The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 22, 1886

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Loss of the Ida Walker
Need of Paid Crews of Life Savers on the Canadian Shore.

Captain O'Hagan, of the schooner Hannah Butler, sharply criticizes the failure of the Canadian government to establish life saving stations and keep paid crews along the Canadian shore. Speaking of the wreck of the Ida Walker in Weller's Bay, he says that when he saw her position he went with his crew to her assistance.

The vessel was lightered, but drifted toward the shore but grounded half a mile out and the two crews were compelled to remain on board thirty-six hours before rescued by a life crew from Wellington, fifty miles away. The seas, he says, were tremendous and the crews suffered intensely. Captain O'Hagan says they could not have held out but a little longer.

The crew which rescued them was composed of volunteers and Captain O'Hagan says a braver lot of men never sat in a life boat. The boat had to be brought from Wellington by rail. The Canadian government employs no life savers, but those who man the boats have sixteen drill days during the year, receiving $1.50 each per day. Vessel men long since appealed to the Canadian government to establish stations at points along the lakes and maintain paid crews but the government seems to have given the matter little if any attention. It was to be hoped that this matter will be speedily attended to. A great many lives lost on the Canadian shore this fall might have been saved had their been life boats and men to handle them.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 22, 1886