The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Aug 1899

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p.1 Capt. Alvin Neal - Port Huron, Mich., Aug. 30th - Capt. Alvin Neal, vessel owner and master, died in this city yesterday, aged fifty-three years. Capt. Neal was one of the best known vessel men on the lakes. He was of Canadian extraction, having been born in the township of Moore, Ont., in 1846. He sailed for thirty years. In 1888 Capt. Neal was appointed manager of the Port Huron & Sarnia ferry company, and afterwards and up to the time of his death, controlled the Pawnee boat company and the Mills transportation company.



The tug Maggie May has come out of Davis' dry dock after receiving repairs.

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

The schooner Maggie L. and sloop Madcap, from Wolfe Island, unloaded hay at Richardsons' elevator today.

The steamer Orion, from Fort William, arrived at Richardsons' elevator today with 30,000 bushels of wheat.

Heroic Rescue.

Capt. Read, master of the Canadian schooner Wawanosh, in tow of the steamer Ontario, while loading last trip at Nipigon river, Lake Superior, performed an act which is worthy of public recognition. A man who was helping to load the vessel accidentally fell overboard, being hit by a stick of timber in his fall. He sank instantly and rose once nearly to the surface of the water. The captain saw that the man would drown if he did not get help. The captain plunged in after him, saw and caught him by the top of the head. The drowning man had a tight cap on and in being raised to the surface the cap slipped from his head; he went down again like a stone. The captain followed, and this time caught him by the hair and brought him to the surface. They were then thrown a line and the two men were pulled on board. The man came to and in a few hours was not much the worse for his close call.

[Marine Record, Cleveland]



Oswego, Aug. 31st - Capt. George O'Brien, of the Lake Ontario navigation company's steamer Argyle, came into port yesterday prepared to repeat the performance of last Wednesday, when he refused to honor or obey an order of arrest issued by justice White in the action of Capt. Frank De Witty, of the schooner Kate, for $200 damages for injuries to his craft alleged to have been caused by the Argyle.

Under-sheriff John Dennis boarded the steamer when she touched the dock and mounting to the pilot house, held what looked to those on the wharf to be a pantomimic performance with the captain. It ended in the captain accompanying the sheriff to court, where there was a large crowd waiting.

Recorder Charles N. Bulger, having been engaged by the steamship company to defend the captain, was on hand. He stepped up to the officer and said: "Is this captain O'Brien?"

"I guess likely, yes," answered O'Brien.

"Well, I am here to defend you."

"I don't want your defense," put in the captain. "I am capable of taking care of myself and my rights."

"Well," retorted the recorder, "you may be able to sail a steamer, but you can't steer this case. Now, sign that bond there and go back to your boat."

The captain objected, claiming that in so doing he would make himself a party to the action, which, he said, should properly be brought against the company.

"Sign!" commanded the recorder, and the captain gave way and signed a bond for his appearance when the case is ready for trial.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Toronto called at Swift's wharf on both trips today.

Arrivals at Craig's wharf: steamer Argyle for Charlotte on her last trip; steamer Ocean, from Toronto; tug Charlie Ferris from Oswego.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Aug 1899