The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Tonawanda (Tug), overboard, 14 May 1913

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Watching for Capt. Scott's Body
      Residents along shore asked to keep lookout
Captain Anderson of the Life Saving Crew does not believe it ever will be recovered unless undercurrents carry it into shallow water.
No trace of the body of Captain Scott, former master of the tug TONAWANDA, who was lost on Wednesday of last week while en route to Alexandria Bay has yet been found.
Captain Anderson, of the local Life Saving Station, said today that the probabilities are that the body will never rise, the water in Stony Passage being of such a depth that the pressure would be too strong.
The only chance of the body rising to the surface, Captain Anderson says, if for it to be caught in an undercurrent, many of which sweep the lake, and to be carried to shallow water, where it would rise and perhaps be washed to
Persons living along the lake in the vicinity of the tragedy have been requested to double their watch for a few days as it is now nearly time for the body to rise, if it is in any shallow portion of the lake, which is extremely doubtful.
The tug TONAWANDA is at Cape Vincent and will probably leave for this port today or tomorrow. On the way up she will make a search of Stony Passage and the surrounding water to see if the body con be located. Other craft bound to the river and for Oswego will keep sharp lookout.
Jerry Donovan and Captain Tim Haggerty have made an offer for the tug and efforts will be made to get her at once by filing a bound with the Surrogate.
Captain Anderson has made the suggestion that it would be a good idea for the Captains' heirs to offer a small reward for the finding of the remains. It is believed that an inducement of this kind would cause many youngster to
patrol the shore in the hopes of securing the money.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Thursday, May 22, 1913

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Reason: overboard
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Tonawanda (Tug), overboard, 14 May 1913