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Four Fishermen Burned


January 3, 1945 - New York

Four Fishermen Burned Off New York
Emily Brown's Crew Hit by Acid From Metal Object Pulled Up in Drag

Curiosity that led them to prod and examine a strange metal object they found in their fishing nets on arriving in port here yesterday noon resulted in third degree acid burns to four Gloucester men, members of the crew of the Gloucester, Mass. dragger, Emily Brown, Capt. Frank Brown.

Those injured are Elisha Moyle Conrad, 43, burns on both hands; Frank Fonseca, 50, third degree burns; Joseph P. Santos, 41, engineer, burns about the right eye, face and right hand; and Antonio D. Magano, 43, hands and face burns.

The Emily Brown picked up the object, a torpedo-shaped affair about four feet long, in its nets early yesterday morning, and it wasn't until the boat docked near the Fulton Fish Market here that it was discovered.   The four men grouped about it and did some tinkering.  Suddenly a stream of fluid shot out and struck all four of them.  They were taken to Beekman hospital in an ambulance.  The mysterious object was turned over to Naval authorities for examination and disposal.  The four men are expected to be under treatment at the hospital for about two weeks.

The Emily Brown left Gloucester, Mass., last Thursday night to begin a winter of fishing out of New York.  They caught a total of some 100 barrels of sea bass, 20,000 pounds on the way down, and landed this fish at Fulton market yesterday noon, receiving 26 cents a pound for the fish according to report.   This would give them a gross stock of some $5,600 on the first southern trip of the season, and the first trip landed at Fulton market by a Gloucester boat this winter.   Since the OPA has never placed any ceiling prices on sea bass or other southern varieties of fish, there is no limit to what may be paid for these fish.


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