A Saltcoats Heroine.
There has just died at Saltcoats, aged 82, a Miss Hannah Miller, whose career was as extraordinary as it was honorable. Her father was a merchant in Saltcoats, and in his later years became embarrassed in his circumstances. At his death the principal asset in his estate was a brig named .the Clitus, which had been built out of the wreck of a man-of-war. In this family crisis Miss Betsy Miller, the eldest daughter, took command of the brig, and was so successful as a" master mariner " that she paid off a debt of £700 owed by her father's estate, maintained herself, and brought up her two sisters. She died in 1864, when her sister Hannah, just deceased, took command of the brig and sailed her with equal success, until the Board of Trade condemned the vessel under the Plimsbll Act, and it was sold by auction for £120. As a token of respect for the two sisters, a public testimonial amounting to £300 was subscribed and presented to the survivor.
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A Saltcoats Heroine., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890
A Saltcoats Heroine. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890
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