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Heroine of Long Point, The

In November 1854 the schooner ‘Conductor’ was wrecked off this shore during one of Lake Erie’s many violent storms. Jeremiah Becker, who resided nearby, was away on the mainland but his courageous wife, Abigail, risked her life by repeatedly entering the water while assisting the exhausted seamen to reach land. The eight sailors were housed and fed in her cabin until they recovered from their ordeal. In recognition of her heroism she received a letter of commendation from Queen Victoria, several financial awards, and a gold medal from the Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York.

Location

In the park next to the cenotaph, Port Rowan

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Norfolk (District)

Municipality: County of Norfolk

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