August 28, 1923
Drowned Off Eastern Point
George Pearce, One of Crew of Sch. Sibyl,
Lost Life While Taking in Foresail Last Evening
George Pearce, 50 years of age, a member
of the crew of the swordfisherman Sibyl, commanded by Capt. Aubrey
Hawes, was drowned a mile outside of Eastern point light last evening, while the
vessel was making harbor at the conclusion of a trip to Browns bank and vicinity.
According to the story, Pearce, with
others of the crew was taking in the foresail, the vessel being under power, and in some
manner, as the boat lurched in the choppy sea, he lost his balance and fell over the rail
into the water.
A dory was put over and an effort made to locate him, but
the cries for help had ceased, and in the darkness, no trace of the man could be found.
The Sibyl arrived in port about 10.30 oclock and reported
Last Wednesday afternoon, while the Sibyl
was fishing on Browns bank, Capt. Hawes, who was in a dory after a
fish, was thrown overboard when the dory capsized. He seized the plug strap and clung to
it, half over the bottom of the overturned boat, and in this position he remained until Jovey
Doucette, one of the crew, in another dory, came to this rescue. The skipper was
taken on board of the boat, and after warm drinks and a change of clothing, felt none the
worse for his sudden immersion.