HE IGNORED SIGNALS
EVEN SHOTS ACROSS THE BOW DIDN'T STOP FISHING TUG CAPTAIN
IT WAS SUNK BY THE VIGILANT
Canadian Cruiser Tried to Avoid a Collision, but Lorain Skipper's Fool-Hardiness Caused the Loss of Two Sailors' Lives and of His Boat Near Middle Island
Port Stanley, Ont., June 7. - (Special.) - This morning about 9:15 the Canadian government cruiser Vigilant, Capt. Dunn, sighted a fishing tug about six miles east of Middle Island, Lake Erie, and about five miles north of the boundary line. The captain changed his course and made toward the tug, which proved to be the Grace M, of Lorain, O., Captain William Galbraith. The tug came toward the Vigilant and when quite near Capt. Dunn signaled with his whistle for the tug to check, but no attention was paid to the signal. The Capt. Dunn whistled to stop, but the tug shot past the Vigilant with full steam. Capt. Dunn turned and soon overhauled her, but the tug continued to dodge the Vigilant, notwithstanding the fact that Capt. Dunn had fired across her bows several times.
The Vigilant was coming up on the tug when she again attempted to cross the Vigilant's bow. Capt. Dunn, seeing there was likely to be a collision, stopped and backed full steam and had his boat well stopped when they collided. The momentum of the Vigilant, however, was sufficient to roll the Grace M over and she sank.
Capt. Dunn rescued Capt. Galbraith, Engineer William Rulleson and D. Poppelwell, a fisherman. Two fishermen, Martin Oleson, of Cleveland, and William Anderson, of Lorain, were drowned. Capt. Galbraith admits that Capt. Dunn was in no way to blame and now to his sorrow realizes that he should have obeyed the captain's signals and stopped his boat when ordered to do so.