Becker, AbigailAbigail Becker, née Jackson, "The Heroine of Long Point" (b in Frontenac County, UC 14 Mar
During a vicious storm on 24 Nov 1854, the overloaded schooner Conductor foundered on a nearby sandbar. The captain and crew clung to the frozen rigging all night, not daring to enter the raging surf. Abigail found the men in peril the following morning and, although unable to swim, she waded shoulder-high into the icy water and persuaded the men to swim towards her. The captain and 6 crew members were coaxed ashore; the cook remained lashed to the rigging until he was rescued the following day.
The crew loudly praised Abigail's heroism.
In later incidents she came to the aid of 6 other shipwrecked sailors who had struggled ashore, and she saved the life of a boy who had fallen down a well. A plaque erected in Port Rowan, Ont, 10 Sept 1958 commemorates her heroism, and the Abigail Becker Conservation area takes in part of what was her farm.