The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 2, 1882

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A correspondent, after viewing the sail boat from which Messrs. Davy and Johnson lost their lives at the Stone Mills, says: The sail boat by which these parties lost their lives is now lying on the Bath shore, and from the heel marks exhibited on her bottom there is no doubt but both men succeeded in reaching and mounting the boat, and had there been anything to cling to or lash themselves to they would have been saved. These kinds of boats are from 18 to 20 feet long with about six feet breadth of beam, and when turned bottom side upwards by a puff or gale of wind are too broad on the bottom for a man to remain thereon in a gale of wind as the waves will wash him off in spite of all he can do. A simple contrivance, if attached to the keel of boats, would save many valuable lives. One remedy to counteract this defect in boat building is as follows: All boats of this class are made with more or less of a standing keel, and if pieces of iron, one inch wide by six inches long, were set into each side of said keel at proper distances, with a hinge and spring attached to each piece of iron with a notch in the keel forward of each piece so set large enough for a man to insert his finger and open it out a means would be provided in case of an "upset" whereby an unfortunate could cling or lash himself to these bits of iron and be master of the situation until help arrived. These bits of iron being set in a line with the keel when closed would not interfere with the sailing qualities of the craft.

Wedding In New York.

Congratulations are now in order, the nuptials being announced of Capt. George Crawford, of the steamer Hastings. As a correspondent writes us: "He has found an amiable and agreeable mate with whom he will be associated for life. The happy engagement was made some time ago, but only carried into effect on Thursday, a week ago - the name of his happy partner, Miss F.M. Crawford, of New York, a cousin, who is well known in your city, having made frequent visits to it. The ceremony was quietly performed, the Captain being accompanied by his brother, Mr. James Crawford, who acted as groomsman. The wedded couple have left for a honeymoon tour in the Southern States, taking in Washington and other prominent points en route. They will reach Kingston about the middle of February. May the Captain's matrimonial experience be as fortunate as his marine, may sailing on the one sea be pleasant as on the other, in which case the union so lately consumated will be equal to expectations."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 2, 1882