The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Intelligencer (Belleville, ON), Tues., March 15, 1927

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Saw Capt. Smith after The Wreck
Mrs. Luscomb Recognized Him in Toronto But He Avoided Her

"It is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard and it is easy to understand that it came from some one not responsible." Mrs. Keegan, 29 Wharf Street, a cousin of the late Captain Smith, told The Intelligencer this morning in reference to the comment of a Kingston mariner who stated that he doubted Captain Smith ever sailed on the George E. Marsh on her ill-fated voyage. Mrs. Keegan whose father, the late Captain George Cousins was one of those who lost their lives, related how William Smith, the late Captain's brother, waved to him as he was apparently about to sink at 5 o'clock on the morning of August 8th, 1917. He in all probability made shore and went to the States.

She recalled how Mrs. Luscomb, Dundas Street, saw Captain Smith some time after his reported death by drowning, in Toronto where he was sitting in a restaurant. When Mrs. Luscomb looked at him he dropped his head as if to avoid identification but she met him again coming out of a hotel and as she strove to speak to him he dodged amongst the crowd and got away.

Reverting again to the story of the Kingston mariner, Mrs. Keegan said, "What could be more far fetched than to think that a man would put his wife and family on the boat and desert them. As to the manning of the boat at the time there were two other Captains, my father, Captain George Cousins and Captain Watkins, both of whom knew the lake from many years' sailing and they could have taken the helm and never have let the fate hinted at overtake it. Both the captains on board had sold their boats but sailed with Captain Smith for the love of the life on the water."

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Intelligencer (Belleville, ON), Tues., March 15, 1927