The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Sep 1907

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Oswego, N.Y., Sept. 30th - Captain John Budds, veteran sailor, lighthouse keeper, at this port for a score of years, and one of Oswego's oldest citizens, died Friday. Eighty-eight years ago Wednesday, to a day, Captain Budds was born in Kent, England. His father emigrated to Hamilton, Ont., where the deceased passed his boyhood.

Captain Budds sailed in the first vessel that brought a load of coal to Lake Ontario. Fifty years ago he was counted one of the best all round sailors in this vicinity. He was present at the burning of the Robert Peel in 1838, accompanied expeditions at the time of the Mackenzie rebellion in Upper Canada, and saw much of border strife of those days.

Captain Budds formed was one of the crew of the ill-fated Antelope, which went down in 1857. After a terrific struggle with the elements he and one other member of the crew were rescued. In 1874 Captain Budds abandoned sailing and became the keeper of the lighthouse here. In 1896 he retired from this work. He is survived by his widow, aged eighty-six, one son and two daughters.



The steamer Wanderer has been placed on the Cape Vincent route.

The steamer Davidson touched here, today, on her way to Montreal.

The steamer Ames was here today, on her way from Montreal to Fort William.

The steamer Britannic arrived from Chicago, with 45,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company.

The steambarge Navajo arrived from Montreal with thirty tons of freight, for Kingston firms.

Swift's: steamer City of Ottawa up Sunday; steamer Dundurn up Sunday; steamer Belleville up today; steamer Toronto down and up Sunday; steamer Caspian down and up Sunday; schooner Metzner cleared for Oswego for coal; steamyacht Dave Waggoner up Sunday.

p.4 Gananoque, Sept. 30th - The coal schooner Theodore Voges cleared for Oswego, yesterday. The coal schooner Briton, which left Charlotte on Wednesday last, and not having reported, gave some anxiety as to her safety, has been heard from, Charles Britton getting word late Saturday evening that she was all right.

p.6 Firemen Overcome - steamer Bickerdike of the Merchants and Montreal and Lake Superior line, bound from Montreal to Toronto, ran alongside government dry dock to get aid from local fire department - had fire in hold

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Sep 1907