Near Point Edward in Lambton County, Ontario — Central Canada
Robert Earl Campbell
The Secretary of Transportation takes pleasure in presenting the Gold Life Saving Medal to Robert Earl Campbell
For acts as set forth in the following Citation
“For extreme and heroic daring on the morning of 5 June 1972 as Captain of the pilot boat Sally M. engaged in rendering assistance and rescuing 31 of the crew members from the steamer Sidney E. Smith, Jr. which had collided with the steamer Parker Evans in the St. Clair River near the Water Bridge at Port Huron, Michigan. From his location at the Sarnia pilot boat station, Sarnia, Ontario, Captain Campbell immediately proceeded to the scene to assist when he heard danger signals and the collision of the ships. Upon arrival he found the Sidney E. Smith, Jr. drifting bow upstream and listing heavily to starboard, observed the futile efforts of the crew working in darkness on the sharply listing vessel as they attempted to lower the lifeboat.
Although the space between the port side of the vessel and the dock was very restricted and despite the obvious danger of being crushed between the Sidney E.
Captain Campbell’s determined efforts, outstanding courage, initiative and fortitude, while jeopardizing his own life during this rescue, averted a harrowing tragedy for those persons he rescued from the sinking vessel. His unselfish actions and valiant service are in keeping with the highest traditions of humanitarian service.” For the Secretary C. R. Bender Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
In loving memory by Ollie F. Campbell
Erected by Ollie F. Campbell.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical date for this entry is June 5, 1972.
Location. 42° 59.82′ N, 82° 25.343′ W. Marker is near Point Edward, Ontario, in Lambton County. Marker is on Alexandria Avenue close to Michigan Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on the Bluewater Bike Path off Alexandria Avenue in Waterfront Park Just south of the Bluewater Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point Edward ON N7T N7T, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are The Voyage of the Griffon 1679 (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Alva Edison (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Underground Railroad (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Bridging the Blue Waters (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Edison Homesite (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Ships on the St. Clair (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Wilderness Outpost (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Native Americans (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.).
Additional keywords. United States Coast Guard
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 14, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.