GLASGOW HERALDPenny Tray wrote: ↑Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:01 am GLASGOW HERALD
20 AUGUST 1915
MOTOR LAUNCH SUNK AT ARDROSSAN
An accident occurred at Ardrossan Harbour on Wednesday night, as a result of which Hugh Hamilton, captain of the Ardrossan tug was drowned. Hamilton accompanied by John Wylie, a pilot at the harbour, had gone out to the Horse Island in a motor launch, and when returning about eleven o'clock in the darkness struck a rock. The motorboat sank and the men were thrown into the water. Wylie succeeded in scrambling on to the rocks and was rescued a little later by a party of Navy men at the harbour. A diligent search was made for Hamilton but no trace of him could be found. Hamilton was a powerful swimmer and it is supposed that he was either injured by the impact or carried out to sea by the strong current which runs at this point. He had been employed at the harbour for many years and was well known on the coast.
10 SEPTEMBER 1915
Corporal Dykes, 5th Royal Scots Fusiliers, who is stationed at Farland Camp, West Kilbride, on Wednesday night observed a body floating in the water off Portencross.
On being recovered it was identified as that of Corporal Hugh Hamilton, pilot at Ardrossan, who was drowned in the motor boat accident at Ardrossan Harbour on August 18.
Captain Hamilton was 50 years of age, and leaves a widow.