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The Massasoit


Friday, June 23, 1882

Gloucester Fishing Schooner Sunk by an Iceberg
Five of the Crew Go Down with the Vessel

A telegram from St. Johns, N. F., reports the sad intelligence that the sch. Massasoit, Capt. Charles W. Bond, of this port, absent on a Grand Bank trip, struck an iceberg during a thick fog on Friday night, and sunk. Six of the crew, Joseph Barry, the cook, a married man; three brothers named Graves belonging in Chester, N. S. ; and a man named Nauss, shipped in Nova Scotia, remained by the wreck and went down with her. Capt. Bond and the remainder of the crew took to the dories, and reached St. Johns on Sunday. The Massasoit was 73.63 tons burthen, built in Salisbury in 1868, and owned by McKenzie, Hardy & Co. She was valued at $3000, and insured for $2746 by the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insurance Company, with $1069 additional on outfits in the same office.

An account at the end of 1882 of the losses suffered by the Gloucester Fishing Fleet listed the lost members of the Massasoit as:

George Graves, of Chester, N. S. leaving a widow and one child
James Graves,
of Chester, N. S., leaving a widow and one child
Henry Graves, of Chester, N. S., leaving a widow and one child
Benjamin Nass, of Chester, N. S., leaving a widow and one child
Thomas Barry, leaving a widow

(1997 - According to the great-grandson of Capt. Charles Wallace Bond, George, James and Henry Graves were all brothers-in-law of Capt. Bond.)


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