19th century Ti — Steamboat whimsy

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about news reported in 19th century weekly issues of the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

Mr. Markee of Ticonderoga, pilot on the “elegant steamer ‘Vermont,’” had worked on Lake Champlain steamboats for 34 years and knew every landmark around the lake.

Mr. Rockwell, co-pilot, had worked on Lake Champlain steamboats for 38 years, starting out as a cabin boy, and had just visited Lake George for the first time about three weeks previously, the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct. 17, 1874.

It is not clear if it was one of those pilots that told Editor Tobin the following steamboat joke:

“One of the excursionists on a Lake Champlain boat recently went to sleep on deck, and in the morning couldn’t find his shoes. — ‘Where did you put them?’ asked a sypathizing friend. ‘I opened that little cupboard and laid them on the shelf,’ he replied. The victim had opened the wheel-house and laid his shoes on the paddle wheel.”

In other Oct. 17, 1874 Ticonderoga Setinel news:

  • Weather: “How fast the leaves are falling. … Railroad shanties begin to look deserted. Heavy clothing is becoming fashionable. … Thursday, there was a slight fall of the ‘beautiful snow.’”
  • Ag report: Chestnuts were plentiful, but apples were in short supply.

“Cider is scarce and held at a good price.”

  • Thinking of spring: “Why don’t the base ballists form a club? There is good material for one.”

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