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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Dec 1898

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p.1 Alderman Stewart had the flags on all the boats of the K. & M. F. company's fleet flying at half mast today out of respect to the memory of the late Capt. Taylor.

Died - Taylor - In Kingston, December 21st, 1898, Capt. Thomas Fenwick Taylor, inland Lloyd's marine inspector, aged sixty-four years, son of Capt. W.R. Taylor.

Funeral from the residence of his sister, Mrs. James Minnes, 124 Bagot street, on Friday, December 23rd, at 2:30 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.



Capt. Thomas F. Taylor, inspector for Inland Lloyds, died last evening after a week's severe illness through bronchial asthma. For years he had been troubled with a throat infection which went against him in inspection work among boats. Last week this developed into bronchial asthma which hastily brought on his untimely death. His demise will be a great loss to the insurance companies he represents, and the loss will be equally felt by all mariners along the Canadian border of the lakes and rivers. His knowledge as a mariner, his honesty in all dealings and his amiable disposition made him a great favorite in marine circles, and an esteemed friend of all shipowners and captains. His sudden demise is deeply regretted.

Capt. Taylor, eldest son of Capt. W.R. Taylor, was born at Niagara December 17th, 1834, and at an early age he followed the footsteps of his father in taking to a seafaring life. His early sailing days were spent on salt water, where he acquired a full knowledge of the laws of navigation and the appointments of a ship. While yet a boy he came to Kingston and entered Counter's shipyard as an apprentice, where he worked seven years. In this occupation he was a master workman, and his familiar acquaintance with the details of ship construction aided him much in his superior qualifications as an inspector. He assisted in building the schooner Eliza Mary for the late Capt. Robert Gaskin. In her he crossed the Atlantic to London, shipping as ship carpenter. Returning as a passenger he spent a short time in the city, after which he went to New York and shipped on the steamer San Francisco for California. He remained two years in that state for the benefit of his health and spent eight months in the gold fields. Returning to the water he sailed two years in the ship Wild Ranger, in which he visited Australia, the island of Ceylon and other places in the orient, and also London, England. Leaving the ship he came back to Kingston and entered into a partnership with his father, sailing the schooners Governor, Dundee and Annie Falconer.

In 1885 he succeeded his father as inspector of inland Lloyds, his territory extending from Georgian Bay to the city of Quebec and up the Ottawa river. Being well acquainted with the inland routes, and with the required conditions of boats for lake and river travel, he was competently qualified for the responsible office. He ever proved a conscientious workman and faithful employer. The insurance companies placed fullest confidence in him, for he always kept their interests in view in the performance of his duties. His place will be hard to fill, for he combined with his knowledge honesty with all men.

The deceased was married to Miss Jean Hood, daughter of the late John Hood, of this city, who preceded him to the grave on July 4th, 1897. Four children survive, three sons and one daughter. They are William, Fenwick and Hudson, all of whom are engaged in the hardware business in Minneapolis, Minn., and Nellie, who is taking an arts course in Queen's university.

Capt. W.R. Taylor, father of the deceased, survives his son and is still hale and active at the age of ninety years. Four brothers and one sister also survive. They are George Taylor, chief railway engineer, with headquarters at Malone, N.Y.; John, agent for the Canada Atlantic railway at Coteau du Lac; A.D. Taylor, New York formerly dry goods merchant here; ex-alderman Taylor, of the firm of Nugent & Taylor, and Mrs. James Minnes, Bagot street.

The late Capt. Taylor was a Presbyterian in religion, a faithful member of St. Andrew's church. He took little active part in politics, but was recognized as an adherent to the reform principles. He was also a life member of St. John's lodge, A.F. & A.M.

The flags flew at half-mast on most of the boats in the harbor today out of respect for the late captain. Probably no person outside the family was more intimately acquainted with the deceased than Capt. T. Donnelly, government steamboat inspector. Their duties drew them together frequently, and in this way a close friendship was formed. Capt. Donnelly deeply regrets the untimely demise, for he recognized in Capt. Taylor a master mariner, a thorough workman, and a man who never offended honor in the fulfilment of his duties.

Enjoyed Ice Boating - Earl and countess of Minto while at Toronto were taken out on ice yacht by members of the Royal Canadian yacht club.

The Plan Here - This morning mayor Livingston received a copy of the plan of Kingston harbor, made by the government surveyors last winter. The parchment is 5' x 12' in size and takes in the harbor front from Rockwood hospital to Belle's Island, embracing Point Frederick and the islands lying to the south of the city. Every wharf, shoal, buoy, etc. is shown, together with the depth of water taken by soundings every few feet apart. The plan is a most complete and valuable one, by far the best yet made of the harbor, and will form a rare treasure among the cities documents of a similar kind. The thanks of the corporation is due to mayor Livingston for securing so precious a document.

p.7 Wolfe Island, Dec. 21st - The Pierrepont was able to come up to Hitchcock's wharf on Sunday, but the north wind brought the ice back again on Sunday night, and so the ice boats are again running.

p.8 Death of Capt. David S. Rees - of Clayton, had been sailing for more than 50 years; ....Early sailing was done on some of the old war vessels of 1812. They were used as timber vessels at Clayton. The captains of these vessels were not American citizens and could not carry the ships papers. David and William Rees were employed to carry these papers and ranked as captains when mere boys, which may account in part for more than half a century's sailing..... [Cape Vincent Eagle]

Dec. 23, 1898

p.1 Marine Men Complaining - Marine men at this port are complaining of the early closing of the lighthouses in the waters of this district. They claim that the department of marine has not yet issued orders for the closing of the light-houses and that therefore the keepers have violated the regulations by closing without orders. It is pointed out that while navigation has practically closed, yet there are a number of steamers still plying the Bay of Quinte and river St. Lawrence.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The task of docking the government dredge was concluded yesterday afternoon. The dredge, two scows and the M.T. company's tug Bronson have found berths in the dock.

Passed A Resolution - The Canadian lake marine underwriters' association at a meeting in Toronto yesterday passed a resolution of condolence to be sent to the relatives of the late Capt. T.F. Taylor, conveying their sincere regrets at his death. J.J. Higman was appointed to represent the association at the funeral, and Capt. Thomas Donnelly was asked to place a floral tribute, an anchor, on the bier as expressive of their sorrow.

p.5 Death of Capt. Richard Saunders - ....The cause of his death was from a fall he received on the steambarge Coaster about one week ago. The captain was walking about on the deck and accidentally fell into the hold of the boat, falling a distance of about six feet, striking upon his head and shoulders...., had been captain of schooner L.S. Hammond for 26 years; had been assisting his brother Capt. Joseph Saunders on steam-barge Coaster; survived by wife and daughter, and three brothers and one sister - details. [Cape Vincent Eagle]

p.6 The Funeral Today - Capt. Taylor laid to rest at Cataraqui cemetery.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Dec 1898