Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle

...gave his life in the effort to save others...

Peter Boyle, a lookout on the steamer Petoskey, drowned while attempting to rescue a woman who had been thrown into the water by the capsizing of the Eastland.

According to officers of the Petoskey, Boyle jumped from one of the lifeboats while it was being lowered and still about 15 feet from the water. He did not come to the surface, and it is not known whether he was clutched down by one of the victims and held beneath the surface, or struck some object.

Captain Petrosky and his associates were much affected by the death of "Lookout Boyle" who gave his life in the effort to save others. The young man was about 26 years of age and lived at 110 E. Illinois Street, Chicago.

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See also Man of Aran by Bernard J. Byrne.

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