The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1899

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p.1 A Vessel Sunk - Information has been received that the schooner H.D. Alverson went down off Long Island last Saturday. She was one of the fleet chartered by the Atlantic transportation company last fall, and passed down the river on her way from the lakes to the coast. At the time of the accident the schooner was en route from Boston to Newport News, and was driven ashore in a fierce gale. The ship was valued at $16,000, and was built in 1885.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The hull of the first steamer Pierrepont lies on the shore of Wolfe Island.



Brief Sketch Of Capt. Hinckley's Career.

Capt. Coleman Hinckley, of this city, holds the proud distinction of being one of the most popular steamboat masters on the upper St. Lawrence river. His long service on these waters, and his competency as a mariner has established for him an enviable reputation, while by his affable manner he has won the esteem of the general travelling public. He is widely known in marine circles as a careful and competent sailor, and enjoys the good will of all his freshwater confreres. The announcement that he has signed with the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company for this season was received with some surprise, for it was considered by many that his long service with the River St. Lawrence steamboat company would only terminate with death or inability to act through old age. The captain, however, is still active, though well advanced in years, and the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company has made no mistake in securing his services. Whatever steamer is placed in his charge will be in safe hands, and his knowledge of these waters, his accuracy as a pilot, together with the close friendship between him, Kingston excursionists and the Thousand Island tourists will ensure for her a successful season. It is altogether likely that he will command the steamer Columbian in the excursion business on this end of the river.

Captain Hinckley is a Canadian, Wolfe Island being his birthplace. In sailing he follows the footsteps of his father, the late Coleman Hinckley. When but ten years of age he accompanied his father, who then owned and sailed the schooner James Morton, a craft similar to the Maggie L., owned by Capt. LaRush. He remained with his elder parent some years sailing in the sloops Oddfellow, White Water and others, and when sixteen years old could handle a sailing craft in any wind, an accomplishment of great credit for one so young. He subsequently engaged on the steamer Raftsman, Capt. H.D. Pike, of Wolfe Island in command, and familiarized himself with steamboat work. The Raftsman was a steamer of peculiar model carrying her pilot house behind the smoke stack. On the steamer Pierrepont, the predecessor of the steamer now bearing that name, he sailed as wheelsman, steward and purser, and later took out mate's papers. He was given his first charge in 1861, when he was placed on the steamer Gazelle, owned by G.M. Kinghorn, as captain, and remained in charge of her until 1863. He continued in Mr. Kinghorn's employment until 1872, when the latter sold out to the late William Nickle and the Folger brothers, with which company he remained up to last year. The captain has commanded several of the company's steamers including the steamer Pierrepont, Geneva, Watertown, Maud, America and New York. When the Folger Bros. purchased the steamer Maud from C.F. Gildersleeve he was given charge of her, still holding her when she was rebuilt as the America. Last season he had command of the steamer New York on the Kingston-Montreal route.

During his long career on the waters, Capt. Hinckley has never lost a boat, drowned or injured a member of his crew. He enters service with the Richelieu company with a clean record, and will, without doubt, close his sailing experience with that record unblemished. Capt. Hinckley introduced the late Michael Nolan to the sailing fraternity and held the deceased captain in high esteem. They sailed together for over thirty years.

p.8 Shenango Adrift In The Pack Ice - Cleveland, March 18th - The tug Sunol reports seeing the big car ferry Shenango off Ashtabula yesterday drifting helpless in the ice. The Shenango was light, and was on her way from Port Dover to Conneaut. She was caught in the drifting ice pack. The boat carries a crew of ten men. Their position, it is said, is perilous. On account of the heavy ice it would be impossible for a tug to reach the vessel.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1899