George C. Eccles was born and raised on a farm just outside Almonte. He is virtually unknown now, but has been recognized as the first wireless telegrapher to die while carrying out his duties on board a ship. The ship, the S.S. Ohio, struck an uncharted rock in Swanson Bay off the British Columbia coast on Aug. 26, 1909. Eccles stayed at his post transmitting SOS signals to the end and the water in the sinking ship had reached him.
George Eccles was slipping from memory on a rotting wooden sign on Concession Road 8, in Ramsay Township has been replaced with a new one.
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