The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1904

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Jim Hadden Died At His Home in Port Hope.

Jim Hadden, the "Port Hope Baby," is dead. Known from one end of Lake Ontario to the other, alike for his genial disposition and commanding presence, the news of his death will indeed be a source of sorrow to his many friends and acquaintances. Captain Hadden was for many years a well-known marine man, and twenty years ago there was probably no better known sailing master on the great lakes than he.

Over six feet and a half in height, and weighing 350 pounds when in his prime, he attracted attention in the most distinguished gatherings. When he first took to the lakes, some forty-five years ago, he was called the "Port Hope Baby," and the sobriquet always clung to him. It was; indeed, appropriate.

Captain Hadden has not sailed into this port for about ten years. He was engaged on the upper lakes during the latter period, but for some time rheumatism had caused his retirement. Several months ago he suffered a stroke, and nearly five weeks ago a second caused him to pass peacefully away. The end came about July 1st, but the news of his death just became known in marine circles this morning.

The deceased was in his sixty-fifth year and lived with his daughters in Port Hope.

Capt. Hadden's first boat was the schooner Great Western, which he built himself on the shores of Lake Ontario, a short distance from his own town. In succession he had charge of the schooners Canadian, D. Freeman, Two Brothers, Mary Ann Leyden and lastly the Burton, which he had launched as the Great Western. [Oswego Palladium]

p.4 Picton, Aug. 8th - The gasoline yacht Ullacalula is in port. The tug Reserve and scow Prescott cleared Monday with building stone. The schooner Echo is at the "ways." The schooner Two Brothers is unloading lumber at Hepburn's dock. The steamer Waterlily was in over Sunday, clearing on Monday with freight for Montreal.



Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Charlotte.

M.T. Co.: tug Thomson and dredge I.X.L. from Montreal.

Craig's wharf: steamers Niagara and Waterlily down last night; Where Now, down and up.

The steamer Kingston had between 275 and 300 passengers on her down trip this morning.

The corners of the Wolfe Island ferry dock are being raised several feet to prevent damage to the steamer when landing.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down and up; Caspian down and up; Stranger down to Smith's Falls; Hamilton up tonight.

The work of raising the hull of the R. & O. steamer Canada will be completed within the next ten days. The hull will first be taken to Sorel and then to the dry-dock at Levi.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1904