The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Aug. 8, 1823

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p.3 We feel much pleasure in publicly expressing our approbation of the humane conduct of Josiah Moss, waiter on board the steam-boat Dalhousie, on Wednesday last when on her way from Prescott to this place. A few miles above Gananoque (as we are informed) two men in a skiff came along side the Dalhousie and requested Captain MacDonell to take them in tow to. A Government Batteau being already in tow, the men were desired to attach the skiff to the stern of the Batteau. This being done in rather a careless manner, the skiff, as soon as she felt the way of the boat, sheared and swamped, when the two men were precipitated into the River, and in danger of being committed to a watery grave. One of them was immediately picked up by a soldier of the 70th Regt. in the Batteau; when the other after every exertion to save him, was almost given up for lost, Josiah Moss heroically leaped overboard, and, at the risk of his own life, saved that of his fellow creature. The cabin passengers were so struck with the intrepidity evinced by the action, that they unanimously agreed to make a subscription, and about ten dollars were instantly collected & handed to him by one of the gentlemen at the request of the rest, with suitable enconiums on his behaviour.

It may be within the knowledge of many of our readers that in the mother country there are humane Societies possessed of funds derived from subscriptions and other voluntary contributions which they employ in rewarding those who make meritorious exertions for saving human lives - and we are requested in taking notice of the above intrepid conduct of the servant on board the Dalhousie steam boat, to suggest whether it might not be highly expedient that some such society should exist in these Provinces. We are authorized to state, that if the idea meets with approbation, there are those who would most willingly give their exertions towards the organization of such a society - and that there are a very considerable number of individuals prepared to come forward with immediate subscriptions in support of a society so humane in its object, and likely to be the means of saving to the community many valuable lives.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Aug. 8, 1823