The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Jan 1906

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p.2 Day's Episodes - The R. & O. Navigation will, next season, provide accommodation at Cardinal, having agreed to have its Hamilton line boats stop at the starch company's wharf three times a week.

p.6 Late Navigation in 1890 - Navigation was late in the year 1890. On the 16th of January sixteen years ago, the schooner Ella Murton left Kingston for Oswego at 7 a.m., arriving at 2 p.m., with 16,500 bushels of barley owned by James Richardson & Son. The schooner returned light on the 18th, in command of Capt. Jos. Parsons.

Jan. 23, 1906


An Old Mariner.

A vigorous character in the life of river and lake navigation is Captain Stephen Tyo. He has the distinction of having made one of the latest, or perhaps better termed, the "earliest" trips on record, which was on the 19th of March, twenty-one years ago, when he sailed the schooner Margaret Grattan from Ogdensburg to Kingston.

That year the steamer Pierrepont continued her trips until the last day of February and was laid up but twenty days when the season was recommenced.

Capt. Tyo was born in Glengarry, Ont., seventy years ago, but has lived in Kingston for the past thirty years. He first learned his trade as a black smith, but left that to go sailing, and has been a "man of the waters" for forty years. He was three months before the mast, then took the mate's place, remaining second in command for five years. The schooner Natick ? was the first boat on which he was master. He was for fourteen years connected with Folger Bros. He says he has sailed on at least fifty different vessels, several of which he owned. Last year he was on the M.T. company's barge Selkirk. Once he made the trip to Oswego and return at Christmas time, paying his crew $15 for the voyage, which was run in 48 hours.

Several years ago, on the last trip of the fall, he was on the tow barge Glenora, when she broke loose, and her steering gear became disabled. For six days the barge rolled and tossed at the mercy of Lake Superior but when the steamer returned and picked them up, all was safe.

Capt. Tyo has the remarkable record that he never lost a life.

"Will you go sailing next year?" was asked Capt. Tyo, while he was busily at work on the steamer Rideau King, being extensively overhauled on the Kingston foundry marine railway.

"While I cannot definitely say, I think it is hardly likely," he replied. "For the remainder of my active life I think I shall follow my trade as ship-carpenter."

p.8 A Marine Patriarch - Buffalo, Jan. 23rd - Alexander H. Brown, the patriarch of the marine men of Buffalo, died yesterday, aged eighty-six. He was a pioneer of the lake traffic, and was chief engineer on the old boats, Salmon and Bucephalus, the first lake boats to use a propeller.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Jan 1906