The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1848

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We are gratified in learning that it is the intention of the British American Assurance Company to present two medals to Captain W.R. Taylor, of the Schooner Governor, and Captain Pollock, of the Schooner Sir Charles Bagot. It will probably be in the recollection of our readers that, in the month of October last, during the prevalence of the boisterous weather, which generally accompanies the hardy mariner in his perilous calling at that season of the year, the schooner Ottawa, having on board a valuable cargo, was cast ashore near Port Stanley. The critical situation of the ill-fated Ottawa being observed by the two persons who now form the objects of the British American Assurance Company's consideration, they with an alacrity and intrepidity that does them much honor, bore down to the relief of the stranded Schooner. They were enabled, by dint of perseverance, and at much personal risk effectually to save both ship and cargo; and to mark a proper sense of their praiseworthy exertions the Company have had prepared, for presentation to them, two chastely designed, and equally well executed medals, which may be described as follows:- They are of silver, and come from the hands of Mr. Thomas Wheeler of this City, and bear on the obverse the Arms of the Company - the border which is raised is richly embellished with ? emblems, tastefully grouped, with a half figure of Neptune bearing his Trident surmounting the whole - a vignette on the lower part representing a vessel on shore and a figure of Hope resting on her anchor. In the distance, on the right of the figure, is seen the Propeller, and on the left a Schooner bearing down to her assistance. On the reverse, in the centre, is a suitable inscription, and the border is enriched, on the upper part, with a naval crown and wreath of bay leaves; on the left is a trophy with a shield bearing the Canadian Arms, with the war-like implements which usually form the "red man's" equipment; while on the right is a shield left plain for the Captain's name, surmounted by various nautical insignia. On the lower part is another vignette showing the two Schooners in the friendly act of helping the Ottawa amid the perils of her situation, and in the far distance is also seen the Propeller which had abandoned her. The medals are suspended by a blue ribbon with handsomely chased silver buckles, and neatly fitted into a Morocco case with a silver plate on the lid bearing the Captain's name. The design and workmanship are highly creditable to Mr. Wheeler. They are extremely elaborate in detail and most beautifully finished, and are in themselves quite an epitome of the history of the untoward event which called forth the gallant sailors' exertions and the gratitude of the Assurance Company to the salvors of the stranded vessel. [Toronto Herald]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1848