June 6, 1928
Joseph Perry Jumped
Overboard When Shamrock Threatened To Sink Smaller Craft
Accident Happened Off Eastern Point This Morning
Patrick J. Carr and John Muise Rescued
Frightened at the overhanging bow of the
Boston sch. Shamrock, Joseph Perry, 27 years
old, was drowned at 11.30 o'clock this morning, a mile outside of Eastern Point. Patrick
J. Carr and John Muise, a deaf mute were saved by retaining
their presence of mind when the sharp prow of the Shamrock caught
their low set craft and pushed her under water.
The Shamrock, with
Capt. Albert White at the wheel, left her berth at Davis Brothers' wharf
at a little before 11 o'clock, bound for Boston. A mile outside of the Point, Patrick
Carr and two helpers were dumping fish refuse from a boat owned by the Gorton-Pew
Fisheries Company, by whom they are employed.
The Shamrock, with
three Portuguese fishermen in the bow, came bowling along at high speed, according to the
crew, but neither of the trio saw anything until it was too late to avoid the collision.
Capt. White told the paper
this noon that he could see nothing from his place at the wheel, and supposed everything
was in order until he saw the men on the bow racing to him, but their directions were so
uncertain that he couldn't tell which way to turn the wheel, and before he could do
anything, the nose of the Shamrock pushed the little launch
under water and she filled rapidly.
Perry, the drowned man,
became frightened, according to the other two on the launch and jumped overboard.
Clad heavily, he quickly sank from sight and was not seen again. Carr
and his companion grasped the boat as she rolled down on her rail and retained a
hold until the crew of the Shamrock, who had slashed the lines
of a dory hold in its nest on deck, could reach them.
When Capt. White learned that
a man had been drowned, he wanted to jump overboard to try to find the body, and it was
only with great difficulty, it is said, that he was restrained.
unfortunate man, narrowly escaped death two years ago, when in charge of the same boat,
during Carr's absence, the craft caught fire. Perry
climbed out on the bow with the flames chasing him, and despite the cries of persons to
jump, he refused and retained his perilous position until a boat picked him up.
At noon coast guardsmen were grappling for the
body, but with the deep water off shore, chances of recovering it are very slight at the
present time. The Shamrock put back into port and tied up
at the Mattiage wharf.
[Six weeks later, his body was recovered. ]