Pocket Watch

Former Owner: Elgin Belyea
Date: 1877-1879
Medium: Metal: silver
Classification: Decorative Arts
Object number: 1967.4.2
Label text:Presented to Elgin Belyea by the Government of Canada for helping in the attempted rescue of the shipwrecked crew of the MARY AND LUCY of Goderich on Sept 4, 1879. Elgin was the 1st Mate of the steamer QUEBEC.

The Mary and Lucy was a scow-schooner which was wrecked by a storm on Sept. 4, 1879 in Lake Huron. She was driven into the shallows and wrecked by the action of the waves. Four crewman from the steamer Manitoba attempted to take her crew off, but their yawl capsized and three of them were lost. The crew of the steamer Quebec witnessed the accident and lowered a boat to help those stranded on the reef. En route to the reef, the boat overturned multiple times, and two of the would-be-rescuers drowned. All aboard the Mary and Lucy reached shore safely.
DescriptionSilver pocket watch; engraved initials 'E.B.'; inside of case is inscribed.
Not on display