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The Seiner


January 25, 1929

Hunt Steam Trawler Some Days Overdue

Radio orders were broadcast yesterday to every coast guard ship in North Atlantic waters to start search for the steam trawler Seiner, which has not been heard from since January 13.  The Seiner carried a crew of 20 men, most of whom are believed to be from Boston.  She was due in New London, CT., Tuesday, but failed to arrive, and all efforts to communicate with her by radio failed, although she is radio-equipped.

The craft is owned by the Portland Trawling Company of Groton, CT.   The owners notified the Coast Guard yesterday, and Capt. Eugene Blake, commander of the eastern division, sent craft to start search and also notified all shipping in these waters to be on the lookout.

The Seiner was seen a week ago Sunday on Georges Banks.  Since that time a continuous series of storms, gales and high seas have swept over the fishing grounds.  Fishing craft have limped into port badly damaged by the storms, and it is feared the Seiner may have foundered.

President John Graham of the trawler company sent messages from his New London office ordering out 15 other vessels of his fishing fleet to search for the missing trawler.  He insisted, despite that order, that there was no cause for alarm among relatives of the crew.  He said the Seiner was a "staunch boat" which had  weathered "much worse weather" than that of the past week or two, and insisted that there were "a thousand things which can happen to a vessel at sea, none of which means disaster."

February 2, 1929

Abandon Last Hope for Missing Steam Trawler
Bringing Up of Life Boat Would Indicate Seiner Met Doom
on Southeast Part of Georges Bank

Hope that the missing beam trawler Seiner and her crew of 20 are still safe was practically abandoned yesterday, with the announcement by President John Graham of the Portland Trawling Company, at New London, Conn., that a damaged lifeboat from the missing craft was dragged up on the southeast part of Georges in 35 fathoms of water, Thursday afternoon.  Simultaneously, Coast Guard officers at New London announced that the extensive Coast Guard search, which has been carried on for the Seiner during the past week, was brought to an end.

The lifeboat was brought to the surface by the trawler Brant, under Capt. John Hall, which with other trawlers of the Portland fleet, have been searching for trace of the Seiner for the  past week.  It was readily identified as being one of the Seiner lifeboats.

According to a wireless report of the finding to Pres. Graham, the lifeboat's air tanks were crushed and there were several dents in the metal bottom.   President Graham explained the crushed tanks as resulting from the terrific pressure at 180 feet, and the dents as possibly resulting from the boat being dragged on a rough bottom.

The finding of the lifeboat is the first definite trace of the Seiner since January 13, when it was last reported by radio.  The craft sailed from New London January 9, and was due to make port January 22.  President Graham declined to give out the crew list of the vessel.  The exact position where the Seiner's lifeboat was dragged to the surface was given at latitude 41.05 and longitude 6710.

Mrs. Hazel Greenleaf on this city, wife of Capt. Merill Greenleaf, who is mate on the Seiner, received word of the finding of the lifeboat through her family physician.  Capt. Greenleaf was a lieutenant in the United States Navy during the World War.


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