Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1909
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(available on microfilm at Kingston-Frontenac Public Library, and at Queen's University - Stauffer Library)

Jan. 2, 1909

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One Of Them Dates Back To 1812

Ottawa, Jan. 2nd - In respect to the question of outstanding pecuniary claims of private citizens, there are at present no unsettled claims of American citizens against the Canadian government, but for many years representations have been made from Ottawa to Washington asking for a settlement of two claims allowed by the courts in favor of Canadian citizens against the United States and hitherto unpaid. One of these claims arises out of the wrongful seizure of a Canadian vessel by American officials at Oswego, after the conclusion of the war of 1812. The claim for damages was awarded in the courts, and at successive periods ever since payment has been demanded by the heirs of the original claimant. The United States government has on several occasions formally recognized the justice of the claim, but congress, for some inscrutable reason, has always failed to pass the estimate providing for payment.

News of District - The Cape Vincent Yacht Club has purchased land from L.L. Peo, at the foot of Point street, on which to erect a club house.

Jan. 4, 1909

p.2 Capt. Poole is making arrangements to have the dredge Sir Richard go on the government dry dock as soon as the work on the steamer Bickerdike is completed.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer New Island Wanderer brought a large number of passengers from Cape Vincent today.

Death of Capt. Hicks - Picton, Ont., Jan. 4th - Capt. Alfred Hicks, one of the best known navigators of the Bay of Quinte district, died on Saturday, aged 59 years. For nearly 25 years he was master of the steamer Varuna, of which he was part owner. He was a native of Prince Edward county and of U.E.I. parentage. A widow survives.

Jan. 5, 1909

p.1 The Funeral of Capt. Hicks - Picton, Jan. 5th - The funeral takes place this afternoon, with Masonic ritual, of the late Capt. Alfred Hicks, one of the best known navigators of the Bay of Quinte, in command of the steamer Varuna for nearly a quarter of a century, who died at his Queen street home on Saturday, after an illness of two years from cancer. The late Capt. Hicks was born on May 22nd, 1849, the youngest of a family of twelve, son of Joseph Hicks and May Minaker. He was born on the old Hicks homestead in North Marysburg, just across from Waupoos Island where first landed his United Empire Loyalist grandparents, who built their home just near the tree under which they camped the first night they spent in Canada, when they left New York state, and whose stump is still to be seen today. Receiving a liberal education, Alfred Hicks qualified for a teacher and for five years taught the school in his home neighborhood and in Wellington.

His career as a sailor first began in 1881, when he went on the steamer Varuna under the late Capt. Porte. He left the Varuna for a few years to take control of the ferry Mary Ethel, which plied between the Ameliasburg shore and Belleville. With the building of the bay bridge the ferry was discontinued and then he went on the steamer Spartan for a season. Capt. Hicks became master of the Varuna with the death of Capt. Porte, and also bought an interest in the boat. He continued on the Varuna until his health faiiled him, two years ago. Then he retired, also selling his West Lake farm to come to Picton to reside. Capt. Hicks is survived by his widow, but no family, his two sons having died when young. He also leaves one brother, Capt. Calvin Hicks, of Toronto, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Lacey, of Richford, N.Y.

p.4 Damages Reduced - The Court of Review modified the judgement of the superior court in the case of Dame Lettie Ivers vs. the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company. In this action the plaintiff claimed damages for the loss of jewellry and other articles taken from her berth while she was travelling between Montreal and Toronto on board the steamer Hamilton. The complaint set forth that the robbery took place while the plaintiff had temporarily left the boat during its stay at Kingston. The first court maintained the action, and granted $102, but the court of review reduced that amount to ten dollars, on the ground that the plaintiff had failed to give special notice of her claim for a ring valued by her at $75, as required by law for valuable articles. The plaintiff was also condemned to pay the costs for review. [Montreal Witness]


Among Goderich Mariners.

A society was formed last season, the "Marine Social Club," and on Tuesday evening before New Year's day, they held their first entertainment in their hall. The vice-president, William Campbell, of the steamer Russia, made a fine "In Memoriam" address on the death of two of the sailors from drowning on the steamer Clemson, Captain William McLeod and mariner William Hunt. They were old acquaintances of many of our mariners.

The sedimentation basin at the lake and the "bar" are the greatest topics this season on which to base the good qualities of the candidates nominated on Monday 28th December, 1908. We have spent large sums on the basin and the water is worse than ever. The town council and Board of Trade entertained the captains of the several steamers wintering at our port.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1909