12th - Sch. Robert J. Edwards wrecked at Sable Island on her
homeward passage from a Newfoundland herring trip, and all her crew drowned. Sch. Flash sailed for Newfoundland on this day
on a herring trip and has not since been heard from; crew of six. Sch. Henrietta lost on a Georges trip with crew of
13th - Sch. Susan
L. Hodge disabled in the gale and abandoned at sea when her crew were taken
off by the French steamer LeBretagne. During the height of the
gale, while the crew were lashed to their placed on deck to prevent being washed
overboard, a huge sea broke across the decks, snapping off both masts close to the deck,
breaking the bow-sprit short off, and carrying everything movable overboard, leaving the
wrecked schooner on her beam ends. Edward Stevens, one of her crew, who
was in the cabin, was caught by the pig iron ballast which broke from the floor and came
near crushing him to death. From Saturday to the following Wednesday the sixteen men
comprising her crew saw nothing of any vessel, but at nine p.m. of the latter day the
LeBretagne hove in sight, bore down and took them off. All the schooner's
boats were swept overboard when she was thrown down, as well as the beef and pork, and
most of the water supply, and there was nothing on board to eat but brine-soaked biscuit
on which the crew subsisted for five days and nights, carefully husbanding their small
supply of water. Just previous to being taken off the kerosene oil can exploded while a
torch signal was being prepared, and so the vessel on fire which gained too rapidly to be
17th - John Edren, age 19, a
Frenchman, lost overboard from sch. Valkyrie off Thacher's
Island on the passage home from Placentia Bay, N. F. Edward Frost, 25, a
native of Argyle, N. S. and Alexander Swim, 28, a native of Barrington,
N. S., washed overboard from sch. Elmer E. Randall and drowned.
18th - William H. Burns, 50
years of age and married, one of the crew of sch. Fannie S. Orne, drowned
in Samuel Lane & Brothers' dock. His family resided in Newburyport.
24th - William Closson, age
50, a native of Deer Island, Me., a widower with two daughters, one of the crew of sch. Grace
E. Freeman, died in his berth while in port.
26th - Cornelius Powers, 20,
and Joseph Powers, 32, of sch. Edward P. Boynton, natives
of Toad Cove, N. F., lost their way in a snow storm near their home which they were going
to visit, and were frozen to death. Their bodies were found. The vessel was wrecked later
on the same trip.
29th - Sch. Gertie E. Foster wrecked on Strawberry Point, near
Liverpool, N. S. and five of her crew drowned. Sch. Aberdeen
wrecked in a snow-storm on her return from a Georges trip, at Pebbly Beach Cove. Three of
her crew swan ashore, and the others reached the land by means of a plank.
Thomas Cunningham, mate, with a wife and family in Cape Breton, Raymond
Burke, single, from Pubnico, N. S., and Julian Rowe, single,
from St. Pierre, Miq., washed overboard from sch. Opheus on the
way home from Newfoundland with a cargo of frozen herring, and drowned.
30th - Sch. Brunhilde
broke adrift on Banquereau and was struck by a sea which hove her on her beam ends. After
awhile she righted with every boom and gaff broken, every dory smashed and the gurry pens
and checker-boards and most of her sails gone. She was kept afloat by pumping and bailing
until Feb. 6 when her crew were taken off by the sch. Laurel and
she was abandoned and set of fire.
Charles W. Green, 40, of
Portland, Me., one of the crew of sch. Polar Wave , died on
Georges from a hemorrhage. His body was brought home.
3rd - James McDougall of sch.
Essex capsized in dory and drowned on Cashes.
12th - Sch. Maggie
E. Wells, parted her cable in the great gale and was struck by a sea and
thrown down and completely wrecked. Her cabin was split open, deck planks torn up, dories
and everything movable on the deck swept away, wave after wave rolled around the disabled
craft. Every boat was smashed to atoms, not a spar was left standing, blocks and lines
were hopelessly tangled, and her cabin and hold were full of water. The captain and two of
the crew were washed overboard, but succeeded in getting on board again. The crew remained
on the wreck, in constant danger and suffering severely, until Jan 14, when they were
taken off with considerable difficulty by sch. Magnolia of this
port, and landed at Halifax. A sad feature connected with this disaster was the drowning
of six men from the Dutch steamer Amsterdam in a heroic but
unsuccessful effort to rescue the imperiled crew the day before they were taken off by the
Sch. Alert bound for the Bay of Islands, N. F.,
for a cargo of salt herring, wrecked on Ramea Island on the coast of Newfoundland. The
captain and crew got ashore by means of a rope, assisted by the people of the island, but
had a hard experience and close call for their lives. The wreck afterwards floated off and
was seen by a Bucksport vessel, but doubtless went down in the gale of Jan. 30.
Sch. Col. J. H. French sprung a leak on Georges in the gale, and
was abandoned and the crew taken off on the 14th by sch. Gertie E. Foster, being
greatly exhausted, having been kept constantly at the pumps for nearly forty-eight hours.
Sch. Fortuna wrecked one-fourth mile off Race Pint in the gale.
Two of her crew were drowned and the others had an exceedingly narrow escape on their
lies. The drowned men were James McLean, who left a widow and five
children in this city, and Abram Brow, married, a native of Harbor
Bouchee, N. S., and formerly master of fishing sch. Blanche of
15th - Sch. Porter
S. Roberts abandoned at sea. She sprang a leak in the terrible gale of Jan.
13, on the coast of Nova Scotia and not withstanding constant pumping and bailing the
water continued to gain and the men were soon exhausted by their severe toil as no food
could be cooked, owing to the heavy weather, and they were fed on small portions of hard
bread soaked with spirits until the latter gave out. They remained on the wreck until the
15th, when they were taken off, almost exhausted and half frozen, by the steamer Pavonia,
and taken to Liverpool, England.
16th - Sch. Edward
P. Boynton wrecked at St. Mary's Bay, N. F. The crew remained on the wreck
several hours, till morning, suffering greatly from the cold, when they effected a landing
with considerable difficulty.
20th - Alexander Stewart, a
native of Nova Scotia, Tracy Preston, a native of Campobello, N. B., William
Ferguson, a native of Finland, and Augustus Christensen, a
native of Sweden, lost in dories from sch. Resolute on
25th - Hugh McInnis, a native
of this city, but a resident for some years of Mayor's Path, Newfoundland, and Hugh
McLeod, a native of Cape Breton, washed overboard from sch. Carrie W.
Babson, and drowned.
2nd - Sch. Blanche
wrecked at Port au Bas, N. F. She was carried ashore by the ice but subsequently slid off
firmly imbedded in the ice, but finally drifted ashore and was sold for $125. Her crew of
sixteen men escaped by jumping upon a huge cake of ice, upon which they built a fire with
their mattresses to keep from freezing, and after drifting about for over twenty hours
were driven ashore. Valued for $7421.
15th - Sch. Mabel
R. Woolford run down and sunk by steamer Lake Ontario .
Crew rescued by the steamer and landed in Boston.
16th - Daniel McIntire, 60, a
native of Sidney, C. B. died on consumption aboard sch. Epes Tarr
on Georges; was buried at sea on the 17th.
26th - Sch. Alton
S. Marshall knocked down in a heavy gale, but after lying with the masts in
the water for a quarter of an hour was righted by cutting the masts and rigging away. Two
of the crew, James Barry and Herman Olsen, were knocked
overboard but were rescued by their shipmates in a badly bruised condition. The wreck was
tossed about helplessly on the sea until the morning of the 28th, when they were taken off
by the steamer Mohawk and brought to New York.
and Susan lost in gale with crew of ten men.
3rd - Joseph McEachern and Knute
Kloster, a Norwegian about 27 years, capsized in a dory from sch. Nannie
C. Bohlin on the Banks and drowned. Kloster was one of the
crew rescued form the sinking sch. Susan L. Hodge by the French
9th - Angus Vickers washed
overboard from sch. Cecil H. Low and drowned. He was 35, a
native of Whittaker's Cove, N. F., and unmarried.
10th - James Mansfield, 35, a
native of Newfoundland and unmarried, washed overboard from sch. Richard C.
Steele about four miles southeast of Highland Light and drowned.
15th - William Olsen, 30, a
native of Norway and unmarried, one of the crew of sch. Lizzie M. Stanwood, struck
by the leach of the mainsail and knocked overboard and drowned on LeHave Bank. Two of his
shipmates, John J. Carroll, and William Grindle, who
went in a dory to his assistance were capsized and had a narrow escape from drowning,
encumbered as they were with heavy boots and clothing, but were rescued by their shipmates
after long exposure and great suffering.
22nd - Capt. David F.
Smith, about 65, cook of sch. Carrie O. died of
apoplexy at the hospital at Vineyard Haven, and was interred there. He was formerly post
owner and master of sch. Elihu Burritt, and had a wife and son
residing in Malden.
30th - John Grant, a native
of Port Hood, N. S. washed overboard from sch. Maggie E. McKenzie
at Iceland and drowned.
William Carr of sch. Fernwood,
32, drowned in the harbor at St. Pierre, Miq.; his body was recovered and buried at St.
6th - William Chisholm, a
native of Nova Scotia, one of the crew of sch. Laurel died at
14th - Capt. John
Knowles, a well-known Gloucester master-mariner, a native of Guysboro, N. S.,
drowned off Delaware Breakwater while on a mackerelling trip in sch. Ettie.
His body recovered and brought home for burial.
8th - Levi Buckley, 21,
single, a native of Carbonear, H. F., fell overboard from sch. Hazel Oneita
while securing the riding sail and was drowned.
12th - Sch. Ambrose H. Knight sailed for an Iceland
trip, and was never heard from again, with crew of sixteen men.
18th - Sch. Mary
J. Wells caught fire, drove ashore and wrecked at Whitehead, N. S. Crew
24th - Sandy Powler, 53, a
native of Geneva, Italy, one of the crew of sch. Indiana,
knocked overboard thirty miles east of Thacher's Island, and drowned; left a widow and six
children residing in this city.
28th - John Doyle, 29, a
native of Bay Bull's, N. F., was capsized in a dory from sch. Fortuna
on Le Have Bank. After clinging to the dory for three hours he was compelled by exhaustion
to loose his hold, and was drowned. His dorymate, Michael McCoady, was
rescued by his shipmates an hour later, having succeeded in righting the dory, which was
provided with air tanks. Thomas Houlahan, 65, a native of Ireland, one of
the crew of sch. Oliver Eldridge, died in the hospital at
Portland, Me., leaving a widow and two sons in this city.
6th - Isaac Merchant and Elias
Frazier natives of Arichat, C. B., about 23 years old, went astray from sch. Mabel
Kinniston off Cape Shore, and were drowned.
7th - John R. Meuse, married,
and Charles Bouchie, single, both of Tusket, N. S., drowned on Grand Bank
by overloading of dory form sch. Annie Wesley. Their dory was
picked up by sch. Carl W. Baxter, the ping having been pulled
through the bottom and other indications showing that they had made a desperate fight for
their lives after being capsized.
7th - Sch. William
H. Foye wrecked at the Magdalen Islands by mistaking Entry Island Light for
Gow Head Light. Crew saved.
8th - William Gedney, 25, a
native of Digby, N. S., lost overboard from sch. Mabel Kinniston
in South Chanel, and drowned.
14th - Allen McEachern, a
native of Port Hawkesbury, C. B., having a wife and seven children in this city, and John
McEachern, also of Port Hawkesbury, unmarried, two of the crew of sch. Maggie
and May went astray in a dory on Grand Bank and have not since been heard
from. John McEachern was the brother-in-law of the Maggie and
May's captain, Alexander McEachern.
26th - Patrick Shea of
Boston, and Thomas Sullivan capsized in a dory from sch. Dora
A. Lawson and drowned. A Spanish barque cruising the Bank spoke the
schooner, asking for a supply of fish, and Sullivan and Shea boarded the barque, giving
them what fish they had in their dory, and receiving in exchange a quantity of gin. The
men drank freely of the liquor, and refused to return to their schooner as advised by
their companions, but persisted in rowing to their trawl, and being intoxicated, were
unable to handle their boat. Both men were about 25 years of age, and Shea left a widow.
Capt. Frank McIsaac,
master of sch. Arthur D. Story, died on the passage home from
Iceland. George Champayne, 55, a native of Malo, France, died on board
sch. M. H. Perkins on the Banks. His body was landed at North
Sydney, C. B., where an inquest was held. John Grant, of Port Hood, C.
B., one of the crew of sch. Maggie E. McKenzie drowned on the
passage home from Iceland and Greenland.
12th - George Whartell, a
native of Liverpool, N. S., one of the crew of sch. Nellie M. Davis
drowned by the capsizing of a boat in the harbor of Louisberg, C. B.
19th - Olaf Johnson, 33, a
native of Sweden, washed overboard from sch. Gov. Butler and
drowned. He was a good swimmer and battled desperately for his life and was still above
water when he passed from the view of his shipmates on the schooner which had been hove
down, so that they could do nothing to rescue him.
21st - John Dooley, aged over
53, a native of St. John's, N. F. , and Frank Mullowney, aged 18, a
native of Witless Bay, N. F., drowned on Grand Bank by overloading a dory from sch. Dora
Edward Taylor, unmarried, a
native of Carbonear, N. F., drowned by overloading a dory from sch. Sarah E.
Lee ; he was a little over 20 years old. James Hanley and Patrick
Londrigan, two of the crew of sch. Resolute, went
astray in their dory on the Banks, and have been given up as lost. Both were unmarried and
belonged in Newfoundland.
1st - Sch. Martha
C. wrecked at Bear Head, N. F. She had been on a trading voyage to Labrador
and was bout home with a full cargo of herring, salmon and trout, valued at $3000. She was
caught at anchor in a heavy gale, torn from her anchorage and dashed on the rocks at
midnight, with a heavy sea running. The crew took to their boats and effected a landing
with much difficulty. They found the place they were cast away on an uninhabited section,
very mountainous and barren. With a sail and a few planks which drifted ashore from the
wreck, they constructed a hut and in this lived for 13 days. The nights were extremely
cold, and to keep their bodies warm they had to huddle together at night as close as
possible. Their only food was a little flour wet with salt water and some of the pickled
fish which came ashore from the stranded schooner. They found some fresh water in holes in
the rocks and this alleviated their sufferings considerably, though it was not palatable
and there was but little of it. After the first week had passed and no assistance had
turned up, Capt. McDonald and one of the crew started for Bay of Islands in a dory for
assistance, where they secured the service of a tug. Seven days after leaving their
shipmates, they arrived back at the scene of the wreck. When they tug arrived off the spot
where they were, the men were almost too weak from starvation to goo off to her in the
dory. They managed to get to the tug, however, after making several efforts, and being
nearly drowned by the boat filling in getting through the surf.
3rd - Thomas Norton, a native
of St. John's, N. F., drowned by the capsizing of a dory form sch. Edward
Trevoy; left a widow and tow children at St. Johns, N. B. His dorymate, Foster
Greet, was rescued.
4th - Samuel Brewster, a
native of Burin, N. F., landed sick from sch. Nellie G. Thurston, at
Louisberg, C. B, where he died, aged 25 years. James Lennon, of Harbor
Maine, N. F. and Dennis O'Quinn of Cheticamp, N. B., drowned by
overloading a dory form sch. Thetie on Grand Bank.
23rd - Willard Thompson, a
native of Lockeport, N. S., drowned by the capsizing of a dory from sch. Henry
M. Stanley on Banquereau. His dorymate, Harry Sonier, clung
to the bow of the overturned dory until rescued by his shipmates.
Sch. Parthia was
boarded by a sea on the Banks in a November gale while at anchor, washing the crew about
the deck, breaking one man's arm, severely injuring the captain's back and inflicting cuts
and bruises on several others of the crew.
6th - Sch. A. M.
Burnham was caught on the Banks in a heavy gale and was struck by a sea
which carried away her head and twisted her is such a way as to cause her to leak badly.
In a few moments the water was up to the cabin floor and after four hours of constant
pumping and bailing there was no sign of gaining of the leak. The cabin floor was cut away
and a lot of old clothing stuffed between the timbers and by constant work at the pumps
she was kept afloat until she reached St. Pierre.
15th - Sch. Noonday
was run into on Georges by sch. J. W. Collins, breaking off her
bowsprit; the Collins lost cathead and had her jumbo-boom broken
and her foresail badly torn.
24th - Sch. Senator
encountered a severe gale, when one sea struck on the house and enveloped the man at the
wheel, striking with such force as to bend the iron wheel-spoke which he grasped with his
right hand, breaking his wrist; another sea struck the vessel just as one of the crew
named Tobin was part way down the companionway going into the cabin,
rolling him completely out of the companionway over the house to the rail and nearly
washing him overboard. Sch. Lettie G. Howard went ashore near
Highland Light, Cape Cod; her crew of twelve men being taken off with great difficulty by
the crew of the life-saving station. The schooner was afterward floated.
25th - Sch. John
E. McKenzie while beating up Boston harbor, was struck by a squall while in
stays and went ashore near Fort Warren, but was got off by the energetic action of the
crew after three hours of the hardest kind of work. Sch. Susie Hooper
was boarded by a heavy sea on LeHave Bank, sweeping her deck of everything and breaking
rails and stanchions.
27th - Sch. Magnolia
wrecked on Pass Island, near Despair Bay, N. S. The cabin stove was knocked over and the
vessel burned to the water's edge. All the dories on one side were smashed but the crew
launched the other four and after battling with the sea for nearly an hour, during which
time al the boats were upset and the occupants nearly drowned, succeeded in reaching the
land, wet through and nearly frozen with their clothing frozen stiff on them. All were
more or less injured: Patrick Dillon was jammed under the wheel and his
shipmate, thinking he was dead, pitched him down into the cabin splitting open his head
and dislocating his shoulder, but he recovered consciousness and was rescued. James
Murdock was struck by a piece of a dory receiving a painful wound, James
O'Neil had his head cut and shoulder dislocated. Frank Marshall had
his head and face bruised. John Dillon had his ankle sprained and his
knee-cap badly torn.
28th - Daniel Wiley and Charles
Torey were caught in a storm in an open boat about ten miles off the Cape and
were obliged to pass the night at sea without fire, arriving home the next day pretty well
John Gibbs, a native of
Arichat, C. B., 26 years of age, one of the crew of sch. Louise J. Kenney,
broke through the ice and was drowned while skating on a pond at Fortune Bay, N. F. His
body was recovered and buried at Fortune Bay.
3rd - Sch. Maggie
E. Mackenzie wrecked on Point Platte, Miq. She was bound to Newfoundland on
a herring trip and was running in for the Point Platt lighthouse (which had just before
been destroyed by fire) when without warning she crashed on the breakers at 3 a.m., just
north of where the lighthouse stood. The crew remained on the wreck until daybreak , the
seas all the time making breaches over them and succeeded in reaching the shore at five
o'clock in the morning.
4th - Allan J. Larry of
Philadelphia drowned by the capsizing of a dory form the sch. Elise M. Smith.
His dorymate, Dominique Newhouse, clung to the overturned dory and was
7th - Sch. A. T.
Gifford sprang a leak one hundred and seventy-five miles at sea, but by
standing constantly by the pumps for two and a half days the crew succeeded in keeping her
afloat and reaching Portland.
11th - Sch. Eben
Parsons was lying at a wharf in Portland when a fish store-house was burned,
but someone on the wharf cut her lines and let her go adrift before the flames reached
12th - Sch. Richard
C. Steele went ashore on Devil's Back in going up Boston Harbor, and after
pounding for several days was got off Dec. 15 by two lighters and towed to Boston where
she was condemned and stripped.
18th - Charles Dagle and Michael
Geary were struck by a sudden squall about a mile off Eastern point in the little
sloop Sea Fox . The boat filled quickly and began to sink until
only the bowsprit was out of water. To this frail support the two men clung until they
were discovered and taken off by the boat Grace Freeman of
Boston. The submerged wreck drifted across the Bay and finally went ashore on Race Point
on January 1, 1895.
21st - Sch. Matthew
Keany was boarded by a sea on Georges, sweeping her deck, smashing a dory to
kindling wood, and breaking one of her davits. Patrick Sheedy and John
Powers were knocked down by the sea and severely injured, narrowly escaping being
washed overboard. Sch. M. H. Perkins, caught in the same gale,
was icing up badly and sprang a leak; one sea struck her stern, smashing dory and breaking
26th - Sch. Welcome
while making port, misstayed and came near going ashore on Norman's Woe, but
was saved by good seamanship.
27th - Sch. Elenora
went ashore on the rocks off George J. Tarr & Co.'s Oil Works at Fort Point and had
her shoe ground off, keel split and rudder damaged. Patrick Cochrane of
sch. Cordova was knocked overboard while engaged in taking in
the mainsail, but clung to the crutch tackle and was hauled on board in an unconscious
condition and with his arms severely strained. During the same gale, Capt. McNeil
was struck in the head by the fore boom, and stunned, and the mate, Joachim
Murray, was hurled against the wheel and had his nose injured. Eighteen barrels
of salt herring were washed from the deck by a heavy sea.
31st - Sch. Addie
Winthrop, while on the way home from Bay of Islands, N. F., with a full
cargo of salt herring, was wrecked at Big Glace Bay, C. B., becoming a total loss, the
crew saving their lives with difficulty.