Out of Gloucester


Friday, January 12, 1917

Fear Craft and Crew Are Lost
Sch. Jessie Costa, With Gloucester Crew Sailed from Boston
For St. John’s, N. F. Early in December
Not Heard from Since

Grave fears are entertained for the safety of the former Provincetown schooner Jessie Costa, which was sold at this port several weeks ago to St. John’s N. F. parties and sailed from about December 13 for her new home port in command of Capt. Allen Doleman, who is one of the best skippers out here.

A Halifax dispatch says:
"The schooner Jessie Costa, which sailed from Boston on December 13 for a Newfoundland port, has not been heard from since and it is feared she met disaster in last month’s heavy gales.
Capt. Allen Doleman of Lockport was in command of the Costa, which was recently purchased by Newfoundland interests."

Capt. Doleman has commanded many crafts out of here in the various branch of the fisheries. He was one of the well known skippers of the Rips fleet of drifters. He was commanded sch. Juno of this port which was lost on the Nova Scotia shore two years age.

The Jessie Costa was rated one of the finest sailing crafts out of Provincetown and one of the staunchest of the fleet. After her sale at this port, she fitted here and went to Boston, where she took on a general cargo for St. John’s.

No mention is made of the number of men she carried for her crew.

Monday, January 15, 1917

Only One Local Fisherman on Missing Craft

Thomas Miller, residing at East Gloucester, is one of the crew of sch. Jessie Costa, for which craft grave fears of safety are entertained. As far as can be learned, Miller is the only Gloucester man aboard. Besides the skipper, Capt. Allen Doleman, the craft carried seven men.

That the bad gales of the last fortnight have driven the schooner Jessie Costa far out of her course on the passage from Boston to St. John’s, N. F., was the opinion expressed yesterday morning by David W. Simpson, the Boston shipbroker who had recently sold the vessel to a St. John’s party.  Mr. Simpson bought the vessel a short time age, and spent $2000 overhauling her, he says, before she was disposed of.  The Jessie Costa is valued at about $15,000.

The Costa had about 150 tons of cargo, including 400 barrels of beef and consignments of leather, dry goods and general merchandise.  The vessel was to be delivered to her new owners upon her arrival at St. John’s. Mr. Simpson, though he has not heard from her since she sailed from Boston, December 13, says he has no fears for her safety despite dispatches form Canada which report her to be overdue, and that fears for her safety are entertained at St. John’s.

Tuesday, January 16, 1917

Miller Not on Missing Craft
Owners are Still Optimistic That The Decosta [sic] Will Turn Up

Thomas J. Miller of East Gloucester, reported to be a member of the former Provincetown sch. Jessie Costa, for whose safety fears are entertained, is not a member of the crew it has been learned, he still being in this city and residing with his family at East Gloucester.  Capt. Austin Adams, a brother-in-law of Miller, however, is a member of the crew, shipping as mate. This probably accounts for the mix-up in the names. Another one of the crew is Arthur Dolman, a brother of the captain, who is also well known among the fishermen here.

Her owners have not give up the belief that the craft will yet be heard from and all hands safe and sound, which everyone hopes will prove the case.

Wednesday, January 31, 1917

Owners Give Up Sch. Jessie Costa

Hope for the safety of the former Boston fishing schooner Jessie Costa, which sailed from Boston for St. John’s, Newfoundland, on December 13, with a general cargo of merchandise, has been abandoned by her owner, David W. Simpson of Boston, and the vessel and her crew of seven men are given up as lost. Capt. Allen Doleman was in command of the vessel and the mate, Capt. Austin J. Adams, the cook, Nelson Downie, and some of the other members of the crew, all belonged here.

The complete crew list is as follows:

Allen Doleman of Gloucester and Lockport, N. S., master
Austin J. Adams of 8 Traverse street, Gloucester, mate
Nelson Downie, 17 Chestnut street, Gloucester, cook
James Cleary
John Evans
Arthur C. Doleman
William Huretti
, all of Boston and Gloucester, seamen.

Arthur C. Doleman is a brother of the skipper.

While it had been feared for some time that the schooner had been wrecked, it was considered possible that she had been blown far out of her course and would turn up at some port, or that at any rate the crew might be rescued. No tidings of the vessel have been received since she sailed.  Mr. Simpson stated yesterday that he feared the vessel had been lost, but expressed the hope that the crew had been rescued by some fishing schooner or other craft.

The Costa was built at Essex in 1905 for John Costa of Boston, and until recently had been engaged in fishing. She was purchased late last fall by David W. Simpson, and was repaired here at a cost of $2000. He sold the vessel to Newfoundland parties, subject to delivery at St. John’s. The vessel’s cargo was valued at $15,000, and included 400 barrels of beef and shipments of leather, dry goods and general merchandise.

There was a report around the waterfront today that lots of wreckage, presumably form some vessel, had been sighted floating off Sable Island recently. Whether this is from the Costa or some other craft could not be determined.


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