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Adrift Three Days

 

July 16, 1910

Portuguese Fisherman Adrift For Three Days
Reached Island of Martinique After Suffering From Hunger and Thirst
Strayed Form His Vessel While Visiting His Trawls

Jose Estremeny, a Portuguese fisherman belonging in this city, one of the crew of sch. Walter P. Goulart, arrived on the Portland steamer yesterday morning, and immediately made his was to T wharf where he found shelter and food on board sch. Harriet, of this port.  Capt. Ralph Silva welcomed the man, although he was a stranger, and sent for his dory, which has been brought up on the boat with him.

Estremeny's home is in Lisbon, but he has a residence in this city, while ashore.  Last Sunday morning he went out with the rest of the crew of sch. Walter P. Goulart, to haul their trawls.  The men fish "single" or one to each dory.

When the thick fog came down on him and shut out sight of his vessel and his mates, Estremeny tried to reach his schooner.  He soon found he was astray, but he kept rowing until he was tired out in the hope of meeting some other fishing vessel, if not his own.  He had forgotten to take his jug of water with him, and soon began to suffer from thirst as well as hunger.

All during the night he rowed and rested by turns.  The next day came without bringing help, but by resting and allowing the tide to carry him along he managed to get through it.  Hunger and thirst were wearing on him, but there was no help.  He continued to drift and row until Wednesday, when he reached the island of Martinique, where he was given food..

He found a steamer bound for Portland, and was taken on board.  From her he was transferred to the Boston boat Thursday, and reached Boston yesterday.  He had passed three days and three nights on the water without food or drink, but the short rest he had from the time he reached shore had restored him again.  His chief anxiety yesterday was lest the captain and the crew of the Goulart should worry over his absence.

 

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