Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

A Brave Deed in Harbour

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

A Brave Deed in Harbour

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[By Cable]

LONDON, August 23.

The Agent General for Queensland (Sir Thomas Robinson) presented the certificates of the Royal Humane Society to Harry (Percy) Barton for efforts to save life at Parson's Point, Gladstone, on the 3rd of May last.

Our Gladstone correspondent, writing on the 7th of May, said C[pounds sterling]Details of the drowning fatality at Parson's Point on Tuesday last were elicited at the magisterial inquiry held on Thursday last by the Police Magistrate (Mr M. J. Bracewell.) The evidence of Oscar Harman and Percy Barton was taken. The witnesses were seamen on the s.s. Rippingham Grange, and the former was a companion of Alexander Stemp, the sailor who was drowned. The facts in connection with the accident are very sad. Stemp, who was an ordinary seaman on the steamer, went with the other two men to the jetty to fish about half past six in the evening. They chose a point a short distance from the end of the jetty, where their ship was lying. The place selected was where a plank some 4 ft. long and 1 ft. broad, was fixed on trestles, and running parallel with the jetty, but out from it. A steel rope passed through the centre of this planking, and one of the witnesses supposed that it was the float of a hawser. Stemp and Harman had seen men from the meat works fishing at the point the previous evening, and though one of the rails of the truckway ran very close to the edge of the jetty at the spot, the sailors considered they would be all right, thinking that the meat men would know all about the running of the trucks. It was there, seemingly, that a fatal mistake was made, for the men who fished sitting on the plank on Monday knew that that day, being a holiday, no trucks would run until midnight. The night was very dark, and suddenly Harman heard a shout CyLookout for the truck.' He turned round and found the horse used for drawing the trucks almost behind him, going towards the meatworks from the steamer. So close is the rail to the edge of the jetty, that the box of the truck is flush with it or further over the edge and, as the truck passed, Harman and Stemp bent their bodies forward as far as possible, but without avail, for the lubricating box on the wheel of the truck struck Stemp, sweeping him along the plank, and causing him to collide with Harman, and throwing both into the water. …

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