December 22, 1924
Lost Man Off Here Saturday
Joseph Ryan, One of the Crew of Sch. Elizabeth
Supposed To Have Drowned When Dory Swamped
Schooner Elizabeth and Ruth,
her colors floating at half-mast, came into port yesterday morning, encased in ice from
stem to stern, and reported the loss of one of her crew, John Ryan, 47
years of age, a native and resident of Lockport, N. S., who was probably drowned early
Saturday afternoon, while hauling trawls.
The loss of the man is somewhat mystifying,
because of the fact that his dory had not been found when the craft came in here for
Around 1 o'clock Saturday when the wind began
to freshen up, the schooner, which is single dory fishing on the shore, hove down on her
dories and picked them up, one by one. The last dory aboard reported passing a
floating dory thwart and then the schooner was sent down in the general direction of the
spot where Ryan was hauling his gear. Although the craft cruised
around until nightfall, not a sign of the dory or its contents or oars was found.
It is thought that the dory became swamped as Ryan
broke out the anchor, and diving under water was held there by the anchor and fishing
Ryan had been on the schooner
but seven weeks, having come from Lockport to go winter fishing. He is a single man.