News from 1908 Death of Capt Kidwell


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The New York Times, 27 January 1908

SKIPPER DIES AT SEA
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Capt. Kidwell of the Freighter Georgic a Victim of Pneumonia


The death and burial at sea of Capt. Thomas Kidwell of the White Star
line freighter Georgic, was reported when that vessel arrived yesterday
from Liverpool. The Captain died of pneumonia. The Georgic was brought
to port by William Hug, her chief officer.

Capt. Kidwell was not in the best of health when the Georgic got under
way on Jan. 11.

His fellow-officers urged him to rest, but he declared his place was as
navigator of his vessel, especially as there was promise of coming
storms. But on the second day out he was forced to take to his bed. He
died the next day and was buried at sea.

Capt. Kidwell was an Englishman, about 45 years old, and had been in the
service of the White Star line for years. Previous to his coming to the
Georgic he was commander of the White Star liner Tropic, in the
Australian trade. He lived, when ashore, in Liverpool, where his widow
and children are now.

The Georgic was due here on Saturday, but she was forced to lay to
when nearing port to ride out the storm.

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The Sun, New York, 27 January 1908
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Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,
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GEORGIC'S CAPTAIN DIED AT SEA
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He Was Thomas Kidwell, Recently of White Star Pacific Service

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Capt. Thomas Kidwell who was transferred recently from the Pacific to the
the Atlantic service of the White Star Line, died last Monday aboard the
White Star liner Georgic of pneumonia and was buried the same day at sea,
Chief Officer William Hug, who brought the ship to this port yesterday,
reading the Church of England burial service, The Georgic has had three
three skipper since last October. Capt. Roberts, then in command, injured
his leg by a fall from a ladder. Capt. Morgan, formerly chief officer of the
Oceanic, took Capt. Roberts's place, making two trips in the Georgic. Capt.
Kidwell assumed command of her this trip. He had a severe cold when he
boarded her at Liverpool. There is no doctor on British freight ships, but
officers are required to pass a semi-medical examination showing that they
are fit as laymen to attend to the sick of their crew. Chief Officer Hug did
all he could for Capt. Kidwell, who was so badly stricken that the chief officer
believes he could not have been saved by the best of physicians. He lived
in Liverpool.

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New-York Tribune, 27 January 1908
Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,
chroniclingamerica.loc.gov


SHIP'S COMMANDER DIES FOR DUTY
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The White Star freighter Georgic arrived here yesterday after a stormy
passage from Liverpool in command of William Hug, her chief officer, her
commander, Captain Thomas Kidwell, having died of pneumonia on January 20.

The Georgic, which left Liverpool on January 11, usually makes port within
eleven days. Heavy westerly gales, which caused her to run at reduced speed,
made her four days late.

Soon after leaving Liverpool Captain Kidwell complained of pleurisy. He was
advised to remain in bed, but he insisted on attending to his duties until
the pleurisy developed into pneumonia. Nine days after the Georgic left
Liverpool he died, and was buried the same day. He was formerly in command
of the White Star steamer Tropic, in the Liverpool-Australia service.

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