The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., May 15, 1913

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Captain Scott Was Drowned
Cast Overboard from Tug Tonawanda
No One Saw Him Fall
His Absence Discovered After Some Some Had Passed - Was A Tug Captain Known All Along the Great Lakes

Captain William J. Scott, one of the best known tug boatmen on the lake and possessing a wide acquaintance among captains and sailors on the Great Lakes, was lost from the tug Tonawanda, of which he was captain and owner, in lake Ontario ten miles in the lake off Nine Mile Point shortly after noon yesterday.

The Tonawanda was being taken to Alexandria Bay for repairs to her hull as the drydock in this city was out of commission, and with Captain Scott at the wheel, left here about nine o'clock yesterday morning. After running for two hours, the bearings on the engine became heated and the machinery was stopped to permit it to cool. There was a considerable sea running and while waiting, Captain Scott complained to P.J. McGrath, the engineer, that he felt ill, and thought he would lie down.

At this point the engine was started again and the deck hand was called to the wheel, the captain telling him he would go aft and lie down for an hour or more. That was the last seen of the captain for at about one o'clock or shortly afterward, when the deckhand called to the captain and engineer and wanted to be relieved in order to take lunch, there was no response from the captain and Engineer McGrath went forward to see what was the trouble in the wheel-house.

A search was immediately instituted on board the tug but after five minutes the crew came to the conclusion that Captain Scott, while suffering from nausea, was thrown overboard while walking aft, the rail being low amidships. The tug was put about and a search made for several miles, but realizing the hopelessness of the search, the boat was continued on to Cape Vincent, where messages were sent to relatives in this city.

As nearly as Engineer McGrath can estimate, Captain Scott must have been lost overboard when the tug was ten or twelve miles from shore and perhaps fifteen or eighteen miles from this port. Points along the south shore have been notified and a search will be instituted.

Captain Scott was bornin Braddock's Point 59 years ago and came to this city with his parents when a child. Since the age of 12 years he has been following the lakes, working first on tugs owned here, and later operating his own craft. He was a well known and popular figure around the water front. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Helen Scott; five daughters, Mrs. Carrie Sadler, Mrs. Edward Phillips, Miss Mary Scott of this city; Mrs. Henry Shadbot of New York and Mrs. Jessie Riley of Lyra; one son, Joseph; two brothers, Isaac and John, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams of Kingston, Ont., and Mrs. Ellen Hourigan of this city.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., May 15, 1913