The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct 18, 1853

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A deserved tribute has recently been paid to Capt. Mason, of the steamer ROCHESTER, of the Lewiston route. It consisted of a service of plate, presented by the Insurance Companies as a testimonial of their sense of his gallant conduct on a recent occasion. When the ill-fated QUEEN OF THE WEST was in flames, and drifting against one of the wharves containing goods of immense value; and when both seamen and landsmen gave the burning vessel a wide berth, the ROCHESTER came to the rescue; and before discharging her passengers, Capt. Mason towed the QUEEN to a place where the flames could do no harm, and the machinery could subsequently be procured with ease. Mr. Harbottle, chief officer of the ROCHESTER, was also the recipient of a handsome gold watch. It will be remembered that Mr. Harbottle gallantly plunged into the water, and affixed a rope to the QUEEN, with which she was towed beyond the reach of the property in such eminent danger. The Insurance Companies projected this testimonial, and the presentation was made by Sheriff Thomas, President of the Ontario Insurance Company. -- Buff. Com.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct 18, 1853