February 7, 1890
Sch. Alice M. Strople
Believed to have Gone to Bottom
But Slight Hope for the Safety of Her Crew
The Alice M. Strople
sailed from this port December 6th on a fresh halibut trip to the Grand Banks. Three days
later she put into Halifax, N. S., where she remained a day or so, and proceeded to her
destination. After having been on the Banks about three weeks she was spoken by the schs. Gladstone
and Willie M. Stevens, at which time she had
secured a good trip of fish, and was about to start for home, having 45,000 lbs. of
halibut on board, and since that time no tidings of her whereabouts have reached the
shore, and it is supposed she must have foundered in the hurricane of January 9.
Any yet the friends of those on board are loth
to give her up, hoping, though against hope, that she may have been blown to sea and with
disabled sails have been unable to sooner make the land, or that this crew were taken from
the vessel by some craft bound to some foreign port.
The crew of the ill-fated vessel consisted of
fourteen men, four of whom leave families, and most of whom were young men. Their names
were as follows:
Capt. William Porper, master,
35 years, unmarried, a native of St. Francis Harbor, N. S.
Moses Carrigan, a native of Canso, N. S. leaves a wife and two children,
mother, sisters and brothers in this city. Resided at No. 18 Pearl street
Angus McIsaac, 22 years, unmarried, a native of Judique, N. S.
John Kelly, 22 years, single, a native of Burin, N. F.
Thomas Martin, 28 years, single, a native of Herring Cove, N. S.
Alexander Dagget, 25 years, single, from Lunenburg, N. S., where he
leaves a mother, brother and two sisters
George Nickerson, 24 years, single, a native of Cape Sable, N. S.
William Hunt, 25 years, single, from Guysboro, N. S.
Alexander Peeples, 35 years, a native of Steep Creek, N. S., leaves a
widow and one child
John McDonald, 26 years, married, a native of Canso, N. S.
Robert Cavanaugh, 35 years, from Guysboro, N. S. , wife and child in this
Thomas A. Taylor, 26 years, also from Guysboro, unmarried
Michael Deasy, 43 years, unmarried, a native of Ireland, had followed
fishing form this port for 26 years
Charles H. Swim, cook, 24 years, single, a native of the city and son of
Mrs. George W. Scott
The Alice M. Strople
was a fine vessel of 89.90 tons, built in Essex in 1883, and was owned by Messrs. D. C.
& H. Babson. She was insured by the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insurance Company for
$5645 on vessel and $1400 on outfits. The vessel and outfits were valued at $8000 and her
fare at $3000.