The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1908

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Mrs. Metcalf In Charge Of U.S. Property.


Sacket's Harbor, Nov. 4th - This old military village at the foot of Lake Ontario boasts the only naval station in northern waters. The ship keeper who is not troubled with the care of any ships is a woman and she is the only woman in command of a naval station in the United States. Her name is Mrs. Albert M. Metcalf, and she draws the munificent salary of $1 a day.

"I have been here since 1868," said Mrs. Metcalf, in telling her story of the naval station and her connection with it. "Mr. Metcalf went to work for the government when Admiral J.B. Montgomery was in command of this place. He was the last admiral to be stationed here. Next came Commodore Francis P. Ellison, then Capt. McKinley and then Capt. A.C. Ryan. Capt. Ryan was relieved in 1876, and it was then that Mr. Metcalf was placed in charge with the title of ship keeper. He continued in that position up to the time of his death, two years ago in February.

"After Mr. Metcalf was taken away a department officer came here and offered me the place. I thought it all over and concluded that I probably knew as much about the work as any one and if the department felt that I could do the work I ought to take the place, and so I did."



The schooner Kitchen cleared for Fairhaven to load coal.

Swift's: steamer Aletha, from bay points; steamer Belleville due up today.

The steamer Rosedale is still on the government dry-dock, having a new wheel fitted on.

Richardsons' elevator: steambarge John Randall is loading wheat for Washburn; the steamer Acadian arrived from Fort William with 75,000 bushels of wheat.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: The steamer Glenellah arrived from Fort William, with 75,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Turret Cape, with 70,000 bushels of wheat, due from Fort William today; the tug Mary P. Hall arrived from Montreal, with three light barges and cleared for Montreal with three grain-laden barges.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The dredge Sir Richard is doing splendid work in clearing out Richardsons' slip.

Report this afternoon stated that a schooner went aground near Cape Vincent and was released. Her name could not be obtained.

The schooner Kitchen, which cleared today for Oswego, will load coal for Capt. George Plunkett at Cobourg, and afterwards load for Soward's, Kingston, after which the vessel will be laid up.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1908