29 July 2012

Tragedy at sea

On Tuesday night last, Nicholas Paterson, a seaman, fell from on board the sloop Aid, in the harbour, into the tide, and after being some time in the water, and when ready to sink, was saved by the Mate of the vessel, who drew him up by means of a boat-hook, and thus rescued his companion from a fate, which he himself was soon to experience: for, next day, on the Aid sailing for London, when in the Bay, the Mate, of the name of Wishart, while preparing to take in the boat, fell overboard - and, before assistance could be afforded him, was carried off by the strength of the current, and unfortunately drowned.  He has left a Wife and two very young Children depending on him for support.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 29th July, 1812.

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