Friday, January 12, 1917
Fear Craft and Crew Are Lost
Sch. Jessie Costa, With
Gloucester Crew Sailed from Boston
For St. Johns, N. F. Early in December
Not Heard from Since
Grave fears are entertained for the safety of the
former Provincetown schooner Jessie Costa, which was sold at
this port several weeks ago to St. Johns N. F. parties and sailed from about
December 13 for her new home port in command of Capt. Allen Doleman, who
is one of the best skippers out here.
A Halifax dispatch says:
"The schooner Jessie Costa, which sailed from Boston on
December 13 for a Newfoundland port, has not been heard from since and it is feared she
met disaster in last months heavy gales.
Capt. Allen Doleman of Lockport was in command of the Costa,
which was recently purchased by Newfoundland interests."
Capt. Doleman has commanded many crafts
out of here in the various branch of the fisheries. He was one of the well known skippers
of the Rips fleet of drifters. He was commanded sch. Juno
of this port which was lost on the Nova Scotia shore two years age.
The Jessie Costa was rated one of
the finest sailing crafts out of Provincetown and one of the staunchest of the fleet.
After her sale at this port, she fitted here and went to Boston, where she took on a
general cargo for St. Johns.
No mention is made of the number of men she carried for her
Monday, January 15, 1917
Only One Local Fisherman on Missing Craft
Thomas Miller, residing at East
Gloucester, is one of the crew of sch. Jessie Costa, for which
craft grave fears of safety are entertained. As far as can be learned, Miller
is the only Gloucester man aboard. Besides the skipper, Capt. Allen Doleman,
the craft carried seven men.
That the bad gales of the last fortnight have driven the
schooner Jessie Costa far out of her course on the passage from
Boston to St. Johns, N. F., was the opinion expressed yesterday morning by David W.
Simpson, the Boston shipbroker who had recently sold the vessel to a St. Johns
party. Mr. Simpson bought the vessel a short time age, and spent $2000 overhauling
her, he says, before she was disposed of. The Jessie Costa
is valued at about $15,000.
The Costa had about 150 tons of
cargo, including 400 barrels of beef and consignments of leather, dry goods and general
merchandise. The vessel was to be delivered to her new owners upon her arrival at
St. Johns. Mr. Simpson, though he has not heard from her since she
sailed from Boston, December 13, says he has no fears for her safety despite dispatches
form Canada which report her to be overdue, and that fears for her safety are entertained
at St. Johns.
Tuesday, January 16, 1917
Miller Not on Missing Craft
Owners are Still Optimistic That The Decosta [sic]
Will Turn Up
Thomas J. Miller of East Gloucester,
reported to be a member of the former Provincetown sch. Jessie Costa,
for whose safety fears are entertained, is not a member of the crew it has been learned,
he still being in this city and residing with his family at East Gloucester. Capt. Austin
Adams, a brother-in-law of Miller, however, is a member of the
crew, shipping as mate. This probably accounts for the mix-up in the names. Another one of
the crew is Arthur Dolman, a brother of the captain, who is also well
known among the fishermen here.
Her owners have not give up the belief that the craft will
yet be heard from and all hands safe and sound, which everyone hopes will prove the case.
Wednesday, January 31, 1917
Owners Give Up Sch. Jessie Costa
Hope for the safety of the former Boston fishing schooner Jessie
Costa, which sailed from Boston for St. Johns, Newfoundland, on
December 13, with a general cargo of merchandise, has been abandoned by her owner,
David W. Simpson of Boston, and the vessel and her crew of seven men are given up
as lost. Capt. Allen Doleman was in command of the vessel and the mate,
Capt. Austin J. Adams, the cook, Nelson Downie, and some
of the other members of the crew, all belonged here.
The complete crew list is as follows:
Allen Doleman of Gloucester and Lockport,
N. S., master
Austin J. Adams of 8 Traverse street, Gloucester, mate
Nelson Downie, 17 Chestnut street, Gloucester, cook
Arthur C. Doleman
William Huretti, all of Boston and Gloucester, seamen.
Arthur C. Doleman is a brother of the
While it had been feared for some time that the schooner
had been wrecked, it was considered possible that she had been blown far out of her course
and would turn up at some port, or that at any rate the crew might be rescued. No tidings
of the vessel have been received since she sailed. Mr. Simpson
stated yesterday that he feared the vessel had been lost, but expressed the hope that the
crew had been rescued by some fishing schooner or other craft.
The Costa was built at Essex in
1905 for John Costa of Boston, and until recently had been engaged in
fishing. She was purchased late last fall by David W. Simpson, and was
repaired here at a cost of $2000. He sold the vessel to Newfoundland parties, subject to
delivery at St. Johns. The vessels cargo was valued at $15,000, and included
400 barrels of beef and shipments of leather, dry goods and general merchandise.
There was a report around the waterfront today that lots of
wreckage, presumably form some vessel, had been sighted floating off Sable Island
recently. Whether this is from the Costa or some other craft
could not be determined.