Vancouver B C Wednesday, November 23, 1904
Twins Born To Castaway Woman
During Howling Gale
Shipwrecked Crew Alternately Gladdened and Distressed by Additions to their Number
Remarkable Events Occurred on Gambier Island on Saturday
In the early hours of Saturday morning while a stiff southeaster whipped the seatops into white plume and drove chills like keen-edged knives into the bodies of two men and three women who escaped death in a shipwreck only to stand drenched to the skin on the shores of Gambier Island, Howe Sound, a baby boy was born to one of the women. Within the next forty-eight hours another child came to cheer the castaways. This second infant, also a boy, confirmed the feeling of grandparentage which had settled down over two members of the shipwrecked crew. The birth of these two children occurred under the most distressing of circumstances it is possible to imagine, and yet despite the physical discomforts and lack of proper food and attention, the mother of the twins bore up wonderfully well, and today is as proud a woman as is to be found in the province of British Columbia.
The story of the shipwreck and double
birth on the bleak wind-driven shores of the little island in
Howe Sound is told by Capt. Robbins master of the British ship
Falklandbank, now loading lumber at the Hastings mills as follows:
"When their story of the men had been heard, Capt. Cates ordered a boat lowered, and the men and women were taken on board. The mother and little ones were brought from shore on a stretcher. Capt. Cates placed the party in comfortable quarters and some time afterward he and I visited the mother and children. He made each of the youthful passengers a suitable present and in gratitude at what had been done the father thereupon named one boy "Brittania" and the other "Defiance", after the two steamers owned by Capt. Cates. On the return trip all the shipwrecked people were landed at Eagle Harbor. Altogether the trip was one of the most interesting and instructive I have ever made despite the fact that I have been at sea thirty-five years, and have covered most of the world during that time.