The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1905

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(available on microfilm at Kingston-Frontenac Public Library and Queen's University - Stauffer Library)

Jan. 2, 1905

not published

Jan. 3, 4, 1905


Jan. 5, 1905



Eight Days In Light House On Scant Food.

Parry Sound, Ont., Jan. 5th - After being for eight days imprisoned in the lighthouse on Red Rock, of which he is light keeper, Adam Brown has succeeded in leaving the rock, and with much difficulty reaching the shore in safety. When Mr. Brown received his instructions to keep the light burning until December 15th, it was too late for him to lay in an extra store of provisions and he had all his preparations made to leave the rock. The sudden cold weather that set in a few days before the 15th, caused sufficient ice to form to prevent the tug that was sent to bring him off, reaching him, and the ice was continually shifting with the wind, which made it unsafe to venture on. After eight days of weary watching for help, and living on one meal a day, Mr. Brown succeeded in launching his boat in the water, the ice having shifted from that neighborhood, and he started in the direction of the search party which was looking for him, he having seen their fire the night previous. But owing to the ice along the shore between the islands he was unable to get within a mile of them and was unable to attract their attention. He then struck out for the mainland, and after a row of about twenty miles and pulling and shoving his boat over ice fields, he made it, and spent that night in a fisherman's cottage. Next day he walked to town. Red Rock light being situated at the open water where it gets full sweep of the wind and waves is at any time of the year a difficult place to leave, but at this season it is covered from base to lantern with ice from one to three feet thick and the rock itself being in a like manner it is a difficult feat to launch a boat and get into it, and Mr. Brown is thankful that he is alive to tell the story. He afterwards left Sunday with a party to announce his safety to the search party and bring them in.



How Abigail Becker Saved Several Sailors.

Amherstburg, Jan. 4th - With the passing away of James Cousins, is removed the last survivor of the famous Abigail Becker incident at Long Point, Lake Erie. In the early sixties a big lumber schooner was driven ashore on Long Point, and pounded to pieces on the bar. At that time Abigail Becker, then a young girl, was living with her father in a settler's cabin on the point. She saw the wreck, and in the absence of her father waded out into the icy breakers time after time and brought the benumbed sailors ashore. She was given credit for saving the lives of several of the men whom she brought ashore. Among them was James Cousins.

Jan. 6, 7, 9, 1905


Jan. 10, 1905

p.2 Day's Episodes - The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company has some thirty men engaged at work in repairing its barges at Portsmouth.

p.8 Sudden Death of Capt. O'Hagan - St. Catharines, Jan. 10th - Capt. D. O'Hagan a well known vessel man died suddenly on Sunday night. Deceased was about forty-nine years of age. He was taken ill about eleven o'clock on Sunday night, and died in a few minutes. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of death.

Incidents of the Day - G.R. Moir, Quebec, secretary-treasurer of the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding company, is in the city.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1905