From ‘The Times’- 27th June 1881
As the Allan steamship ‘Morsvian’ was getting ready for departure from the Mersey for Quebec on the 26th June 1881, an exciting incident occurred. Mrs. Helen Badcock, 32, a passenger, threw one of her children from the ship into the river, and attempted to throw over a second one, but was prevented. George Singer, the boatswain, and another sailor jumped in after the child, and the former with considerable difficulty brought the child to the surface. It was taken on board and attended to by Dr. Stone, a passenger, who after some time succeeded in bringing it round. The father and mother and the two children were landed at Liverpool, and taken to the police-office. The father stated that his wife and her family were subject to hereditary insanity.