Corporal Harry Oliver Morphy
Northwest Mounted Police
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 9, 1890
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 2162
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: Tuesday, September 9, 1890
Incident Location: Northwest Territories
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Corporal Morphy was stationed aboard a NWMP Vessel called the
Keewatin. The vessel encountered severe weather in Lake
Winnipeg, Manitoba. The vessel had anchored to wait out the
conditions but the anchor chain broke setting the vessel adrift.
The vessel eventually hit a reef and overturned.
Corporal Morphy was able to hold on for one day before he was
swept to his death. Fellow Constable George De Beaujeu was
swept from the vessel the day before. The captain, Matthew
Watts, a civilian, was found clinging to the wreckage 13 days
after the vessel sank. He was alive but later died in hospital.
Constable De Beaujeu's body was found two months later.
Corporal Morphy's body was never recovered.
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