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Wounded Swordfish

 

August 11, 1926

Wounded Swordfish Turned on Pursuer

Charles MacVane, a fisherman living on Long Island, Casco Bay, was hauled aboard the fishing schooner, Audrey and Theo of this city just as his dory pierced by the rapier of a giant swordfish, was sinking under him recently on Georges.  The fishing schooner Alice M. Doughty of which MacVane was one of the crew arrived yesterday at Portland, after a 10 days trip to Georges.

The crew of the Doughty had succeeded in ironing a big fish and the customary buoy was attached to the line.  MacVane, in a dory, started after the capture when the big fish rammed the bottom of the dory.  A piece of planking a foot square was torn away and the sword of the fish came through, followed by part of his head.  In less than two minutes the dory filled.  MacVane's own schooner was half a mile distant and but for the lucky appearance of the local craft he probably would have drowned.  The fish was captured.

 

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