Wednesday, October 17, 1945
Six Gloucester Fishermen Rescued
Yesterday Off Boston Lightship
Men Were Adrift Four Hours After Dragger Neptune
Sank Before Navy Patrol Boat Picked Them Up
Six fishermen were rescued from a raging sea, seven miles
off Boston Lightship yesterday morning at 8 oclock, after the dragger Neptune
went down. They were brought into port yesterday by the USS Earhart,
Navy patrol vessel.
The craft, the local 62-foot wooden auxiliary dragger,
owned and skippered by Capt. Salvatore Santuccio, 40 years, laden with
65,000 pounds scrod hake, and bound for Gloucester, opened up and sank after being
buffeted by strong seas about 8 oclock yesterday morning, seven miles off Boston
Lightship. Her skipper and crew of five men took to the dory, losing all their
possessions, and were picked up four hours later by Navy patrol boat and brought to the
Charlestown Navy Yard, arriving there at 4 oclock yesterday afternoon.
The Neptune, only a two year-old
craft, sank within 10 minutes of the time she was abandoned by her crew. The vessel is
valued at $25,000, the loss being covered by insurance through the agency of Mrs. Melvin
I. Bernstein of this city. The vessels fare was valued at $2000.
The Neptune is the third
Gloucester craft lost at sea this year while bringing home a fare of scrod hake. The
others were the Ethel B. Huff, Capt. Nofie Demetri,
which sank off Eastern Point, Gloucester, Thursday morning, May 3, and the Escort,
Capt. Anthony Filletto, lost off Nantucket, Monday, May 14. Crews of both
vessels were rescued.
Capt. Santuccios crew included Raymond
Wheeler, 50, engineer; Nicholas Taddo, 52, cook, Lynn; Ellis
Gray, 38, this city; Russell Lacerda, 34, this city; Richard
Touissant, 50, this city.
The skipper, who was in the city this morning, said that
after discharging a fare of scrod hake at the Independent Fish company here last Saturday,
they sailed from there about 1 oclock Sunday morning, going to the area off No
Mans where they fished for 26 hours and loaded the craft.. They started for home
early yesterday morning, and were soon battling a stiff breeze which whipped up a heavy
sea. The first thing they knew, the vessel was opening up and leaking badly.
There was nothing left for them to do, he said, but to
leave the craft before they, too, were taken to the bottom with her. They launched the
lone dory aboard, and all six men piled into the boat. Ten minutes later, the Neptune
sank as they watched. They were unable to make much headway by rowing due to the seas, and
instead struggled to keep their laden dory from being capsized. The skipper said two
steamers passed within a half mile of them during the forenoon, but neither craft
evidently noted the distress signal, the skipper was flying from the dory. He had rigged
up a piece of cloth on the tip of an oar. However, the Navy patrol boat came along about
noon and took them aboard, landing them at Boston in the late afternoon, none the worse
for the experience.
The Neptune was launched two
years ago at Saint Augustine, Fla. She was 62 feet long, 19 ½ feet wide, 8 feet deep and
of 25 gross tonnage. Capt. Santuccio had acquired the vessel only eight