Saturday, December 1, 1883
Sch. John McDonough left
port the Wednesday before the gale of Nov. 12, and was in Provincetown a day or two,
leaving in time to reach Georges before the storm. She was a handsome new vessel of
77.26 tons, built in Essex by Mr. Willard A. Burnham for Capt. John McDonough of this
city, and this was her first trip. She was valued with outfits at $11,000, on which
there was an insurance in the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Ins. Co. of $8,000 of vessel, and
$1,000 on outfits.
Her crew consisted of sixteen men, as follows:
Hugh McDonough, master
George McCollum, cook
Charles E. Brown
Thomas Scanlan, of Boston
Jacob Woodbury, of Beverly
Isaac N. Robinson
Frank Nickerson, of Cape Negro
Valentine Kelly, of Dennisport
Patrick Sallan, of Boston, only one known to be married
Hugh McDonough was the son of
the owner, and it is said that this was to be his last trip as he intended remaining on
shore and engaging in the fishing business with his brother. He went this trip, only on
account of the difficulty in procuring a competent master. Just before the vessel was
ready to sail another man was procured, but Hugh would not "disappoint the crew"
who had shipped with express understanding that he should go as master. He was a young man
of much promise and had endeared himself to a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
He leaves a father, mother, brother, and a dearly beloved one to whom he was soon to be
united in marriage.
Charles E. Brown leaves a mother, two brothers and a sister in this city,
This was his first trip winter fishing. He was to have been married at Christmas time.