The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1899

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The sloop Granger arrived from Amherst Island, light.

The steambarge Alberta is loading railroad ties at Folger's wharf.

The tug Thomson arrived this afternoon with four light barges from Montreal.

The steamers Nile and Sovereign from Deseronto are unloading mill wood at the Grove Inn wharf.

The tug Bronson will be hauled on the M.T. company's marine railway tomorrow, and the work of re-building commenced.

The tug Active arrived this morning with seven light barges from Montreal and clears this afternoon with three, grain laden.

The damage to the tug Bronson, which caught fire near Alexandria Bay, has been adjusted at $5,000. The boat will be rebuilt at once and in four weeks' time will again be in service. The arbitrators in the loss were Messrs. Frank Polson, Toronto; H. Tandy and W. Davis, Kingston.

p.? M.I. - Acacia. (only part of column showing)



A Brief Resume Of His Active Business Life Given.

[Cape Vincent Eagle]

As owner and sailing master of vessels he was widely known all over the lake and St. Lawrence river from Toronto to Monteal. He began business early in life. At the age of twelve years he carried the United States and Canadian mail across Wolfe Island, then on horseback as there was no road connected across the island. This he kept up two years; then his father took the contract from the Canadian government to construct a road from Marysville to Hinckley's Point. The same job of carrying the mails on that route was continued by Capt. Hinckley and sons seventy-eight years to the present time. But during the seasons of navigation it is carried by steamers plying between Kingston and Cape Vincent. Capt. Hinckley then built the sloop Ferry with which he towed rafts and did a general freighterage business, in which he was assisted by his son Rodney.

About 1855 he entered into partnership with Mr. Kinghorn and the Hon. Mr. Campbell, member of parliament for many years from Kingston, each having one-third interest. They had the old Pierrepont built of Kingston from timber drawn from his own farm. The firm expended over $10,000 in deepening the canal then constructed across Wolfe Island. Capt. Hinckley sailed this vessel twelve years when she was replaced by the Clyde built steamer of the same name, which is still in active service. With this boat they carried on the ferriage between Kingston and Marysville, Gananoque and Cape Vincent, running in connection with the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg railroad from its construction, succeeding in this business John Counter, who ran two steamers, the John Counter and the Star. The old Pierrepont was succeeded by the Watertown, built in Kingston, which about three months after she was launched took fire at the railroad wharf at Cape Vincent and burned to the waters' edge, with a loss of one life. She was uninsured and a total loss, except her engine, boiler and keelson. These were rebuilt into a boat with the same name, Watertown, and was sailed by Capt. Hinckley, father and son. About two years afterwards the firm (then Nichols, Folger & Hinckley) purchased the Maud from Mr. Gildersleeve, of Kingston. The Maud was rebuilt into the America about three years ago.

The old Watertown was the last vessel of the firm that was sailed by Capt. Hinckley himself. About 1879 he gave up sailing their vessels altogether, but still was regarded as the commodore of their fleet. But true to his habits of many years he built and sailed sloops in which he was assisted by his son, Dexter. The sailing instinct was prominent in his family, no less than six of his sons having spent many years at the same occupation and were well known as safe and skilful sailing masters. He himself was distinguished as an expert sailor. His first sloop, the Ferry, took so many prizes at regattas that he had the honor of having his boat barred out, and himself barred as sailing master in the regattas.

The following tribute of appreciation of Capt. Hinckley's character comes gracefully from his long business associate and partner, Henry Folger, of Kingston, Ont.:

"I had made all arrangements to go across to attend the funeral today, but imperative matters hold me here, for which I am very sorry.

"I knew your father so long, liked him so well, and appreciated his many estimable qualities that I would like to have looked into his face once more. It seems, some way, to me, as if the present day did not develop just such men as he was true as steel, honorable in all things, broadminded and charitable. I never saw anything in him but good qualities. He, of course, had reached an age when it was natural to suppose that he would drift out upon the unknown sea that rolls all round the world; yet, in a way, death is always unexpected, and we hope to live and even to have the old with us a little longer."

p.6 A Steam Yacht Launched - Yesterday the steam yacht Watiti was launched from Davis & Sons' ship yard. She was built for Henry Barber, Toronto, and her dimenstions are 56 by 10 feet by 5 1/2 foot hold. She is equipped with water tube boilers and triple expansion engines guaranteed to deliver a speed of twelve miles an hour. Robert Davis sr. will take the yacht to Toronto.

Found An Anchor - 3-pronged anchor raised from 18 feet of water off Lemoines Point.

Incidents of the Day - The schooner Fleetwing cleared today for Charlotte

The schooner Emery from Charlotte is at Swift's wharf with coal.

The steamer Toronto passed down to Prescott this morning and arrived up this afternoon.

The Hamilton route steamers, up and down, called at Swift's wharf this afternoon.

Arrivals at Craig's wharf: steamers Argyle, Melbourne, Montreal to Toronto.

The steamer Alexandria will arrive up from Montreal this evening.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1899