November 16, 1915
Capt. Nickerson and Three
Local Fishermen Are Lost
Pensacola Red Snapper Fishing Sch. Chicopee,
Nearly Two Months Gone and Not Seen or Heard From, Given Up By Her Owners
Exposed to the Terrific Hurricanes Which Recently Swept Gulf of Mexico
Richard M. Comerford, Oliver Bullock and Aubrey McLain
of This Port Among the Crew
After being out on a trip for over seven weeks
and not heard from or seen and during which time several severe gales have swept the Gulf
of Mexico, Pensacola advises received here state that it is feared that sch. Chicopee
commanded by Capt. Adelbert Nickerson of this port and with three
Gloucester fishermen in the crew, has been lost with all on board. Information from
the same source states that sch. Mary E. Silveira formerly of
this port and commanded by a Gloucester fisherman, Capt. Thomas Murray,
was lost in the gale of August 16 and 17, as she has not been seen or heard from since.
Word to the above effect was received here by Lembert F. Kippen of
E. L. Rowe & Sons, in a letter from his uncle in Pensacola.
After the vessel had been gone nearly two
months, the Warren Fish Company, her owners, requested the Navy Department to keep a
lookout for the vessel, knowing that the crew would be by that time on very short
rations. As nothing has been heard since that request was made, the company has
reluctantly given her up as lost.
With Capt. Nickerson on the Chicopee
were three Gloucester fishermen; Richard M. Comerford, Oliver
Bullock and Aubrey McLain. These three were of the number
who went south with Capt. Nickerson about four years ago when news of big
money being made by fishermen at Pensacola caused several to leave this port.
Capt. Nickerson was a native
of Argyle, N. S., and for 30 years had been master from this port, being very successful
in the halibuting branch. He has two sons, one of whom is in Manitoba.
Comerford was a native of
Newfoundland, but has lived in the city for 25 years. He has many relatives here
having made his home with his brother, Edward, at Gloucester avenue. Bullock
and McLain are also well known fishermen.
[ Oliver Bullock, 35, single,
native of Nova Scotia; Richard Comerford, 40, single, native of
Newfoundland; Aubrey McLain, 33, single, native of Cape Breton; and Adelbert
J. Nickerson, 66, widower, native of Argyle, N. S.]