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The Almon Bird


[By Telephone to the Cape Ann Advertiser]
Friday, January 6, 1882

Terrible Suffering at Sea!
Sch. Almon Bird Sinks off the Cape -
The Crew Take to the Boats, and Three are Frozen to Death
Five Reach Pigeon Cove Badly Frozen

Sch. Cora Lee, Capt. George A. Saunders, which arrived from a fishing trip this afternoon, picked up seven men in a small open boat at about eight o'clock this morning, on the Eastern part of Jeffries, about forty miles E. N. E. of Cape Ann.
They belonged to sch. Almon Bird Capt. C. A. Packard, of Rockland, Me., from Windsor, N. S. , for Alexandria, Va., with a cargo of plaster, which vessel shipped a sea in the snow storm of Sunday night, smashed in hatches, and sunk.
The men had been in the boat since Sunday night, without proper clothing or water, and with very little food. Two of their number were dead when picked up, and the other five were badly frozen and greatly exhausted. The crew consisted of eight men in all, but the second mate died in the boat yesterday, and his body was committed to the deep. The names of the deceased were:

Charles Chaples
Horace Small
Patrick, unknown last name

The survivors, beside Capt. Packard, are William Harriman, Allen Small, A. B. Henderson and Fred. Hamilton. They were kindly cared for on board the Cora Lee, and since their arrival have received every attention from our citizens, and have been provided with comfortable quarters at the boarding house of Mrs. Ann Pierce. 


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