The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Mar 1902

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Marine Intelligence

George Sauve left today for Picton to fit out the steamer Waterlily, on which he will sail this season as first engineer. The steamer is owned by A.W. Hepburn. This is the first year that Mr. Sauve has had his first engineer's papers.

The directors of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company have made the following appointments to their fleet for the ensuing season: Kingston, Capt. H. Esford; Toronto, Capt. Harry Granger; Columbian, Capt. C. Hinckley; Bohemian, Capt. A. Dunlop; Corsican, Capt. D. Mills; Hamilton, Capt. ? Baker; Spartan, Capt. J. McGrath.



Capt. Donnelly Well Satisfied With It

"Yes, I agree with the Marine City verdict in every particular," said Captain Thomas Donnelly, "and a splendidly worded finding it is, every charge taken up and a valid reason given why the charge is not sustained."

"I have been much interested, as all mariners have been, and I have very carefully read the evidence, as published in the daily press, but while the matter was under consideration I refrained from passing any opinion thereon. The Hon. Mr. Sutherland is a practical minister, who could be depended on to do justice to every one concerned, and when he chose commander Spain to handle this matter he knew his man, and well knew that Spain was the very best man in the marine department for such a case. Spain is a thorough sailor, with a splendid experience to fit him for such a task, and above all a man of strong mind, who would not let himself be swayed by outside issues or local prejudices.

During the trial Spain was very patient and painstaking, giving everyone a fair chance and using every endeavor to get out the facts. In the hands of a strong man like Spain I had no fear of the result, and I believe the public will be satisfied, as I am, that Capt. Malone did all that any man could do under the circumstances. I knew three of the four men who were drowned, and it is a sad case to see such men carried off, but that is one of the chances men take who go to sea. Both Lawrence and LaRush were men of large experience, and both served as mate under me. As for James Halpin I think he was the brightest young engineer I ever met. I believe that the verdict is strictly in accordance with the evidence, and in every line it shows proof of careful reasoning. The court could have said "We exonerate Capt. A.H. Malone and return his certificate," but this would not have satisfied the public, and so each charge is taken up and a valid reason given why it is not sustained.

I would like to say one word about Capt. Malone. Perhaps I have good reason for knowing him better than any other mariner, and no one more than I regrets that such an unfortunate circumstance should terminate his successful career of twenty-five years as master. I served under him as sailor and mate for three or four years. I have had considerable to do with him since I have quit sailing, and in my judgement and opinion he is the peer of any master mariner on the great lakes. I will go a step further and state that he is head and shoulders in his profession above any master on the Canadian side of the great lakes. I have seen him under all trials as a mariner, and I have never heard of his flinching or showing a spark of cowardice. Cool and collected at all times his career of twenty-five years in command of all classes of vessels on the lakes is one that any man might be proud of, and there is no other mariner on the lakes who has had the same experience.

Men who command vessels in the grain, coal or ore trade, run their vessels from harbor to harbor with good piers, lighthouses and buoys to help them navigate, but Capt. Malone has had charge of all classes of vessels for twenty-five years, trading nearly all of the time on the lake shore, in most dangerous out of the way places, exposed to all sorts of weather and oftentimes exposed on a lee shore with three or four barges to take care of and during all this time never losing a ship or losing the confidence of his employees or that of the cargo owners and underwriters. I state without fear of contradiction that his career has been one that no other master mariner can point to and he may well feel proud at coming out of such a trial without one slur against his character or one fault found with his course of action. Men on shore may and do pass all sorts of criticism on his work during this disaster. Critics are always found "ready made," but the men who have served their time at the trade see nothing to condemn and much to praise to Capt. Malone's conduct. I think it only fair justice to give you my opinion of him.

Let me say further that the barge Marine City was not abandoned by her original crew as a wreck. This barge with two others stranded entering Thunder Bay harbor. The crew of the Marine City assisted in getting the other barges into safety. When they came out after their own craft, the water had raised and the Marine City floated off. The wind changed to the westward and the Marine City drifted out into Lake Huron, where she was picked up by the India."

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Mar 1902