The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 1, 1896

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It Was Not His Father

To the Editor of the Detroit Free Press:

I see by this morning's Free Press that your Buffalo correspondent telegraphed you as follows in regard to the body that was found at Buffalo and which was purported to be that of my father, Capt. George McKay:

"Buffalo, August 29. - After the positive identification of the body picked up in the lake as that of Capt. John McKay, of the schooner Wissahickon, by many lake men, the sons declare it is not their father."

I wish to state that I made a most thorough examination of the body found and that there was not a particle of resemblance to my father. The clothes that were on the body were not the kind that my father wore when he was drowned. There was a truss on the body and my father never wore a truss. I had a post mortem examination of the head made to ascertain if there was any sign of fracture of the skull, but there was none. My father's skull was fractured some years ago, and Dr. Tweedy, of Buffalo, informed me that the fracture would be as visible yesterday as it was the day he arose from his bed after receiving it.

In view of the foregoing, I think it is but right to myself ant to your Buffalo correspondent to state the facts clearly, so that there may be no misunderstanding on the part of vesselmen, who are likely yet to find the body of my father.

Bay City, August 29. R. A. McKay

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Capt. George McKay drowned in the foundering of the schooner-barge LITTLE WISSAHICKON on July 10, 1896. His body was found near Fairport, Ohio and positively identified on September 23.
Date of Original:
Sep. 1, 1896
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 1, 1896