Capt. Harry W. Webster.
Cayuga Skipper on Great Lakes for 40 years
Suffering a coronary thrombosis, Capt. Harry William Webster, 57, who had sailed the Great Lakes as master of several passenger vessels, died a few hours after being admitted to Toronto General Hospital Wednesday night.
A sailor for nearly 40 years, his last command was the SS Cayuga, which made her final trip of the season Sept. 10. It was Capt. Webster's third term of service as master of the SS Cayuga, of the Canada Steamship Lines, and the only passenger ship operating the past summer on Lake Ontario.
He had also served as captain of the old SS Toronto and the SS Kingston, both of which had been scrapped. It was his task to tow the SS Noronic to its "graveyard" at the Hamilton steelyards after it burned at a Toronto dock in September, 1949, with a loss of 119 lives.
Capt, Webster was born at Lunenburg N.S., and as a child moved to Boston, Mass. He joined Canada Steamship Lines in his youth and received his master's papers in 1934. He interrupted his apprenticeship in sailing during the First World War to serve overseas with the Canadian Army.
Captain Webster received special commendation while master of the SS Toronto in 1937, when on his own initiative he sailed his steamer five miles off course to stand by a New York yacht in difficulty in the Thousand Islands area. Capt. Webster stood by for five hours, prepared to launch rescue boats if necessary, until the arrival of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.
He was a member of the Canadian Masters and Engineers' Federation and St. Aidan's Anglican Church. He leaves his wife, Harriet Lloyd Webster; one son, Lloyd, and a daughter, Mrs. Doris Wilson, both of Toronto, and three grandchildren.
WEBSTER, Harry William (Capt.)—
Suddenly, at Toronto General hospital, Wednesday evening. Nov. 8, 1950, Harry William Webster, in his 58th year (captain, S.S. Cayuga and S.S. Kingston), beloved husband of Harriet Lloyd, 50 Glen Stewart Ave., Toronto, dear father of Doris (Mrs. J. Wilson) and H. Lloyd Webster of Toronto. Resting at the Wm. Sherrin funeral home, 873 Kingston Rd., Toronto. Service in the chapel on Saturday, at 1.30 p.m. Interment Pine Hills cemetery.