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The Percy


October 23, 1891

Sch. Percy Given Up
Her Crew of Twelve Men Undoubtedly Fill Watery Graves

The fears that the heavy gales in September would result in disaster to some of the fishing fleets exposed to its fury, and that some of them would never return to port, have been realized, and after weeks of weary waiting, with hopes raised as others of the fleet overdue have returned in safety, only to be again crushed as succeeding days failed to bring any tidings of their safety, the owners of the schooner Percy have at last been obliged to reluctantly admit that the vessel and her crew will never again return to port, and the names of 12 men who compose her crew must be added to the long roll of those who left port but from whom no tidings have ever returned. All that is know is that they sailed form port, but no tidings of their last resting place or how they met their death will be known, till the sea gives up its dead, and the secrets of the ocean caves are revealed.

The Percy sailed form this port August 25 on a codfishing trip to Georges, and is the only vessel which was exposed to the heavy gale of September 7 which has not been heard from, and in which she is supposed to have foundered. Nothing has been heard from her directly since leaving port, but it is said that on the night of the gale the sch. Fanny S. Orne was anchored in her neighborhood, and previous to a sudden squall her lights were plainly seen by the crew of the Orne. The squall threw the latter upon her beam ends, and it was feared form a few moments that she would not recover herself, but she righted after a heave struggle, when nothing more was seen of the lights of the other vessel, and it is feared that she foundered in the squall.

The vessel was commanded by Capt. Oscar A. Glade, a native of Finland, who has been a successful master for many years, though a comparatively young man. He was about 42 years of age, and was twice married, leaving a widow and two step-children in this city. She carried a crew of eleven men, as follows:

Frank Tuttle, cook, of Maine, leaves a widow and two children in this city
Joseph Boston, born in Spain, leaves a widow and one son residing in this city
William Cluney, a native of St. John's, N. F., resided at Manchester where he leaves a widow
Fred Lindman, born in Norway, leaves a widow in this city
Bartholomew Downes, born in Ireland, leaves a widow and children in Boston
Charles Sandstrum, Sweden
Benjamin F. Wiley, of Boothbay
James Reynolds, St. John's N. F.
Charles Melville of Marblehead
John F. Lynch, Sweden, leaves a wife and several children in this city
Nathan A. Fuller, Of Boston

The Percy was owned by Capt. James S. Ayer and measured 68.66 tons. She was built in this city in 1878, and was insured by the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insurance Company for $3000 on the vessel and $500 on the cargo.

Fred Lindman, John F. Lynch, and Charles Melville were members of the G. A. R.


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