John Adams AM

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DATE OF AM ACTION: 18/10/1881 off Newfoundland coast.

Very little is known about John Adams, who was serving on the “Low Wood”, a vessel which had set sail from St John’s, New Brunswick, Canada. Following the incident, Adams received the Albert Medal of the Second Class (Sea) on June 1st, 1885.



The Low Wood, when off the Newfoundland coast, on the 20th October last, fell in with

the barkentine “Bend Or” in a disabled and sinking condition, and showing signals of distress.

‘The weather at this time was very bad, and the sea very high, but the ” Low Wood ” rounded to,

and sent a boat manned by five men to her assistance. When about half-way between the two vessels the boat was capsized in a violent squall, and all her crew were drowned.

The “Low Wood” stayed by the wreck till the 23rd, and, at about one P.M. on that day, a second boat, manned by ARTHUR McKEE, JOHN ADAMS, and WILLIAM ROLLESTON, was lowered and proceeded to the rescue. The sea was then as high as on the previous days, and the risk greater, as the boat was smaller than that which was capsized. The smaller size of the boat also made it

necessary to make two trips to the wreck, and in returning the second time to the “Low Wood” it was almost swamped. At last, after much difficulty and danger, the rescue was safely accomplished. .