The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Mar 1905

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p.7 The Tom Fawcett - Wolfe Island, March 22nd - Gregory Keegan, purser for the steamer Fawcett, will furnish board for the crew of the above at a rate of 10 cents a man per meal for a crew of eight men, the township to furnish the cook. Willie Cummings has been engaged for the same. It is rumored that the name of the above boat will be changed to Wolfe Islander. Judging from the appearance of things, at present, navigation will not be open as early as last year when the Pierrepont reached Hitchcock's dock on April 11th. The ice, at present, is thirty inches thick in the bay.

March 24, 1905



Heroine of Long Point Has Passed Away.

Langton, Ont., March 24th - Mrs. Roher, or familiarly known as Abigail Becker, the heroine of Long Point, died suddenly Wednesday at her home in Walsingham Centre. Her husband was absent only a few moments. When he returned he found his life partner had passed away. Mr. Roher achieved fame one stormy winter night in November, 1854, when she risked her life to save Capt. Packett and crew of the three-masted schooner Conductor, which was wrecked on Long Point. For her bravery and untiring efforts in saving the crew the government gave her a farm of 100 acres, and a purse of $1,000 was given her by Buffalo shipowners. The New York Life Saving Association decorated her with a handsome gold medal, and with modest pride she displayed the medal up to the very last. She also received letters from the late Queen Victoria, and also one from Lord Aberdeen.

A Steamer Sunk - Port Dalhousie, March 24th - The steamer Lakeside which during the season of navigation plies between Toronto and Port Dalhousie, lies sunk at her moorings, this morning, her main deck under water, but is held close to the dock by her lines and chains. It is not known whether the sea cock was left open or whether the ice, which lately left the harbor, drew the oakum out of the vessel's seams.

p.5 Wolfe Island, March 13th - moved that the council accept G. Keegan's offer for boarding crew at 30 cents per day per man. Moved, that the reeve be appointed manager of steamboat and to take charge of books. Moved, that the steamer Fawcett call at Harris' wharf, if they furnish a suitable wharf.

p.6 Steamboat Inspection - marine association wants Canadian and American inspection rules to correspond, particularly as respects the size and carrying capacity of life preservers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Mar 1905