The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1908

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Capt. J.H. Scott Was Found Drowned.


- had made arrangements to go to Ottawa on the steamer Rideau King with Capt. Noonan; brought baggage down and put it in his stateroom; returned to town with an old friend to Grimason Hotel, where, with his son, Capt. Scott boarded; must have fallen in water when returning to ship later that evening.

...."The late Capt. Scott was born in Elginburg, sixty-nine years ago, and received his early education at the Newburgh Academy. When about eighteen he went sailing, first on schooners, and later, when about twenty-two, as purser on the propeller Scotia, running from St. Catharines to Montreal. He became master of that steamer and sailed her for many years, later going on the steamer Persia, which he sailed for nearly 25 years. The Persia was the last steamer he commanded, retiring from active work some few years ago. He was known as one of the most careful and accurate navigators that ever sailed the lakes, and had been through many exciting adventures, in one case having to burn his cargo in order to reach shore. This was on the Persia, and in the storm many vessels and lives were lost.

Before he retired he purchased an interest in the Persia, which he held for some years. About the last sailing the captain did was on the steamer Turbinia, about three summers ago, when he walked her bridge for about four months.

The deceased leaves one son, James Norris Scott, aged twenty-one, and one sister, Mrs. Reuben Spooner, Glenburnie. His wife, whose maiden name was Miss Jane Russell, of St. Catharines, passed to the last rest about eight years previous to her husband. Capt. Scott was a Methodist, a liberal in politics, and a life member of the Masons.

Three weeks ago the deceased furnished the Whig with a story of Friday as a lucky and unlucky day for vessels, relating some personal experiences. Capt. Scott was a genial old gentleman, and will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends."



The schooner Tradewind cleared today for Oswego.

The steamer Nevada arrived from Montreal on her way west.

The schooner Jamieson arrived from Oswego with coal for P. Walsh.

The steamer India arrived at Garden Island from Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamer Dundurn up Sunday; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa; steame Aletha from bay points; schooner Keewatin from Sodus with coal.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: The tugs Bronson and Emerson arrived from Montreal with light barges, and will clear for Montreal with grain-laden barges.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Cataract loaded wheat and cleared for Montreal; steambarge Navajo cleared for Montreal with wheat; sloop Granger will load wheat for Collins Bay; steamer Simla cleared for the upper lakes.

p.4 Gananoque, Oct. 12th - ...The coal schooner Horace Taber, Capt. Frank Barnhart, cleared light for Oswego Saturday afternoon. The schooner Clara finished unloading at Robertson's wharf, Saturday evening, and pulled out of the Gananoque river this morning, bound for Oswego.

p.5 Fishermen Armed For Battle - on Lake Superior.


Marine Notes.

The steamer City of New York arrived from Conneaut with coal for Anglin's.

The steamer Van Allen has arrived at the government dry dock to undergo repairs.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1908