Friday, September 5, 1873
The Gale at the Bay
Additional Disasters and Loss of Life
Thirty-six Vessels Ashore, Six Total Losses
Fears for the Safety of other Vessels and their Crews
Thirty-Six Lives Lost
Steamer and Revenue Cutter Dispatched to the Scene of Disaster
Our Town has been in a state of feverish
anxiety the past week, in regard to the Bay disasters, and the rooms of the Fishing
Insurance Company have daily been visited by large numbers of our citizens to learn the
latest news. Last week in publishing the disasters reported up to Friday night, we stated
that we feared the worst was not yet known, and so it has proved, for daily, since then,
the telegrams of disasters to the fleet have come think and fast, and even now we fear the
story is not half told, as months must elapse before we shall ascertain the full extent of
the losses. The saddest news of the week is the probable loss of schooner Angie S. Friend, with all on board, some
fifteen persons in all. Portions of the wreck and the medicine chest drifted ashore, and
there is but little doubt that she foundered, at her anchors. The loss of sch. James G. Tarr, Capt. James Cushing,
with all on board, was reported Tuesday, but nothing definite ha been ascertained in
regard to her fate, up to the present writing, and we hope the rumor may prove without
It is yet impossible to ascertain the amount
of the losses, but, as we stated last week, it will not fall much if any shore to
$100,000, and may exceed this amount, should further disasters to the fleet be reported.
The loss of life is the saddest feature of all. Thirty-six lives are already known to be
lost, and we fear that others will yet have to be added to the list, and the anxiety and
suspense of those having friends and relatives there, not yet heard from, is most terrible
A fortnight since, everything was looking very
favorable for the fishing interests of our town, and every one was predicting a most
successful season, but the recent gale with its fearful accompaniments, has dispelled all
the bright anticipations, and the season bids fair to wind up among the most disastrous we
have yet experienced.
The number of vessels belonging to this port,
in the Bay during the gale was one hundred and thirty-eight, of
this number, up to last evening, all but twenty-two had been
heard from, safe, wrecked or disabled.
A Steamer and Cutter dispatched to
assist the Wrecked Vessels
The steamer Commerce
of Boston has been chartered by the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insurance Company to proceed
to the scene of the wrecks and assist in getting them off, and "insurance
cables" have been made for the better prosecution of the work. She sailed on Monday.
Capt. Tower, who has had much experience in this direction, accompanied
the steamer to assist in the work. Capt. Nehemiah Procter and Mr.
H. N. Andrews have gone on the represent the Gloucester underwriters.
On Tuesday afternoon telegrams were received
from General Butler, by Collector Babson and J.
O. Procter, stating that he had secured the services of the Revenue Cutter Woodbury,
Capt. Burr, to aid our shipwrecked fishermen in the Bay of St. Lawrence.
She arrived here Tuesday evening, and after receiving instructions sailed again for the
Bay. These two steamers will render most efficient service in getting the stranded
We provided up to Friday afternoon, but as
many were unable to procure copies of the Advertiser, we re-publish the list,
with the additional losses since reported. Up to the present writing the number of vessels
reported ashore is thirty-six, six total losses, all of which with but two exceptions are
insured in the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Office, viz.:
S. Friend reported lost with all on board.
C. Dame, total loss of vessel and crew
Sch. Charles P. Barret,
Capt. Blatchford, ashore at Magdalen islands, damage slight. Owned by
Hardy & Co.
Sch. Charles P. Thompson, Capt.
Ryan, ashore at the Magdalens, damage slight. (David Low & Co.)
Capt. Turner, ashore at the Magdalens, damage slight (Maddocks & Co.)
Sch. Addie M. Story, Capt.
Rowe, ashore at Port Hood, C. B., damage slight; lost anchor, cable,
foresail and jib. Got off and proceeded to Canso, N. S.
Sch. Ann Eliza, Capt.
Fries, lost cable and two anchors. Arrived at Port Hawkesbury, C. B.
Would land her mackerel and refit. (John Pew & son)
Sch. Amos Cutter, Capt.
Herrick, ashore at Cape Canso, N. S., damage slight. (Dodd, Tarr &
Capt. Guptil, ashore at Magdalen Islands, damage slight (W. H. Friend)
Sch. B. D. Haskins, Capt.
McDonald, totally dismasted and towed into Canso, with fare from Grand
Sch. Belle Gilmore, Capt.
Parkhurst, ashore at St. Peter's, C. B.; lost mainmast, hull not much
injured. Good prospect of getting off at slight expense. (Wm. parsons, 2nd & Co.)
Capt. Ingersoll, caught in the blow and lost sails, etc. Since arrived
home. (John F. Wonson & Co.)
Sch. Charlotte Augusta, Capt.
Phillips, ashore at the Magdalens, damage slight. (Wm. C. Wonson)
Sch. Clytie, Capt.
Merry, shore at Port Mulgrave, N. S., damage slight. Will be blocked up
and launched. 885 barrels of mackerel on board. (Rowe & Jordan)
Capt. Smith, at Harbor Bouche, N. S., damaged about $300. (Samuel
Sch. Centurion, Capt.
Maker, at Ship Harbor Point, N. S.; damage slight, mackerel landed and no
water in hold. (Samuel Haskell, Jr.)
Sch. D. H. Mansfield,
Capt. Williams, ashore at Magdalen Island, damage slight (George W.
Sch. Evangeline, Capt.
Morrill, ashore at Harbor Bouche, slightly damaged. (James Mansfield
Sch. Electric Flash, Capt.
McDonald, ashore at Magdalen Islands, damage slight. (Dennis & Ayer)
Sch. Enola C., Capt.
Cunningham, ashore at the Magdalens, total loss; crew and materials saved
and landed. Value $6400; insurance of vessel $4600; on outfits $500. (Smith & Gott)
Sch. E. L. Rowe, Capt.
Wixon, ashore at the Magdalens, damage slight. (Sam'l Lane & Brother)
Sch. Fanny R., Capt.
Sadler, lost masts, sails, cables, anchors, etc., decks swept, and two
men, Charles Rose and William Winn, washed overboard;
reported at Port Hawkesbury, C. B. Mainboom, mainsail and boat picked up at Port Hood.
(David G. Allen)
Sch. Far West, Capt.
Turner, ashore at Port Mulgrave, N. S., badly damaged; tide ebbed and
flowed in the hold. Value $1200; insurance on vessel $1000 in Naumkeag office, Salem, on
outfits $400 in Rockport office (Dodd, Tarr & Co.)
Capt. Neson, ashore at Magdalen Islands, damage slight (James Mansfield
Capt. Cook, ashore at Magdalen Islands. Total loss; crew and materials
saved and landed. Value $8500; insurance on vessel $8068, on outfits $500. (Perkins
Sch. J. J. Clark,
Capt. Lee, ashore at Magdalen Islands, damage slight (Sidney Friend and
Sch. Knight Templar, Capt.
McDonald, ashore at North Sydney, C. B., badly damaged, hogged on
starboard side. Lost considerable of her gear and 250 fathoms cable. Will be launched with
great difficulty. (George Steele)
Sch. Lydia A. Harvey, ashore
at East Point Chapel, P. E. I. Will be got off. (Dennis & Ayer)
Sch. Mary S. Hurd,
shore at Cape Canso, N. S. Condemned. Value $2000; insurance on vessel $1750, on outfits
$1000. (James A. Stetson)
Sch. Morning Star,
Capt. Davis, ashore at Port Mulgrave, N. S., damage slight. Since
reported afloat off Port Hawkesbury, C. B. (Joseph O. Procter)
Sch. Marion Grimes,
Capt. Jameson, ashore at Magdalen Islands, damage slight. (D. C. & H.
Sch. Mary Louise
was caught in the gale twenty miles southwest of Seal Island, and badly shaken. Put into
Halifax for repairs. (Daniel Sayward)
Sch. Oliver Eldridge, Capt.
Keene, ashore at the Magdalens, damage slight. (George Steele)
Sch. Typhoon, Capt.
Pinkham, ashore at the Magdalens, damage slight. (D. C. & H. Babson)
Sch. William H. Raymond,
Capt. Getchell, ashore at Magdalen Islands, damage slight. (David Low
Sch. Helen M. Crosby,
of Boston, Capt. John Collins, shipped a sea on her passage to the Bay
during the gale, and had one of her crew, Antoine Lewis, washed
overboard. Also lost boat, dory, tafrail, and sustained other damage.
Vessels Not Yet Heard From
Up to last evening, the following vessels
twenty-two in number, had not been heard from:
|A. I. Franklin
||Annie C. Norwood
|Sarah H. Cressy
|Abbie M. Heath
||James G. Tarr
|Clara B. Warren
|D. E. Woodbury
||Peter D. Smith
|Ernest F. Norwood
A letter received on Wednesday, states that
schooner Morning Star has been got off, and is now on her
passage home, as she was too badly damaged to be repaired there.
Schooner Centurion has been sold,
just as she lies, to parties at the Provinces, for $650 in gold.
A rumor was current on Wednesday, that
schooner Royal Arch was last seen at
White Head with all her crew, but nothing definite is yet known. The insurance company had
received no telegram to that effect, up to last evening.
Nothing reliable as yet has been heard
concerning the schooner James G. Tarr.
A dispatch, yesterday, form Prince Edward's Island, to the Associated press, states that a
quantity of wrecked material, a boat and tow bodies had floated ashore at Campbell. Some
of the material had the name of schooner, James G. Tarr,
Gloucester, Mass., written on them, and on the bat, the name Tarr
was painted. This indicates that the schooner was probably wrecked in that vicinity, and
considerable anxiety prevails to hear something definite in regard to the fate of the
vessel and her crew.
Crowell is not overdue. She is reported to have left Canso the day
before the gale, and should have been here ere this. No little anxiety is beginning to be
felt for her safety.
It looks now as though the loss of life would
be much more serious than at first supposed, and it would indeed be a relief to know the
worst; but many weeks must necessarily elapse before a full list of the losses can be