The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Mon. May 4, 1914

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Veteran Lake Master Overcome By Apoplexy While on Duty, Passing Algonac

Just after relieving his mate Sunday, in taking charge of the steamer Jacob T. Kopp*, of which he was master, Captain Alfred Forrest died of apoplexy** while the boat was passing Algonac.

The Kopp was on her first trip from Buffalo to Duluth. This was Capt. Forrest's fourth season as master of the Kopp, and he had sailed the lakes for nearly 30 years. He was about 60 years old. His wife is at the Forrest's winter home in Florida, but her exact address has not been learned.

Capt. George Forrest, an only son, is due in Detroit Monday on the steamer Mary McGregor, and is expected to take charge of the body. Beside the widow and son, three brothers and two sisters survive. They are Captain James B. Forrest, of Walkerville, Ont.; Captain Fred D. Forrest, of Coburg, Ont., Albert H. Forrest, with the Bradstreet company, Detroit; Mrs. Joseph A. Ouellette, Detroit, and Mrs. R. M. McKenzie, Charleston, W. Va.

Captain Forrest was born in Sandwich, and Detroit relatives say he may be buried there. One of his brothers said Sunday night he had never known the captain to figure in any wreck or serious accident in all his years of service.

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*American steel bulker US#204815, 6,035 g.t. Later G.N. WILSON, CONSUMER'S POWER, HARRY YATES and EDMUND P. SMITH. Scrapped in 1963.
** apoplexy = stroke
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Mon. May 4, 1914
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Mon. May 4, 1914