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Capt. Walter Petrosky

Capt. Walter Petrosky


...rendered splendid service in rescuing those thrown into the water from the death ship....

Captain Walter Petrosky and the other officers and men of the Petoskey rendered splendid service in rescuing those thrown into the water from the death ship.  The Petoskey was lying just behind the Eastland, having been chartered by the Indiana Transportation Co., as was the Eastland, to carry the excursionists of the Western Electric Outing to Michigan City.

When the Eastland began to list, the officers and crew of the Petoskey got uneasy, and the instant they saw she was going over they jumped into their life boats and lowered them.  They were about the first to get lifeboats into the drifting mass of people whom they dragged out as fast as they could reach them and get them into the boat.

Captain Petrosky and his associates were much affected by the death of Lookout Boyle who gave his life in the effort to save others.

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