Out of Gloucester


March 15, 1956

Fisherman, 40, Dies In His Cabin At Sea

Clifford A. Nickerson, 40, second engineer on the dragger Cushmeer, died yesterday afternoon at sea.  He was found slumped in a corner of his cabin when he was called near suppertime to take his watch.

The dragger skippered by Capt. Willis Powers, headed for Halifax, Nova Scotia immediately.  They arrived at 6.30 this morning.  From there the body will be shipped to Gloucester.  It is expected here Saturday morning.   The dragger will resume its fishing trip on the Banks.

Nickerson is one of the two engineers carried by the Cushmeer.   He worked six hours on, and six off, alternating with Edward Cormier, the other engineer.

At 3 p.m. yesterday, the cook passed Nickerson's stateroom and noticed him reading a book in his bunk.  Later when he was called for watch, he was found slumped in a chair and could not be roused.  According to Capt. Powers, Nickerson was in good health and spirits yesterday morning while working on the engine.

Nickerson is the son of Mrs. Minnie (DeCoste) Nickerson.   His wife is Helen (Gordon) Nickerson.  Besides his wife and mother, le leaves three sons, Kenneth L., 19, Stephen C., 17, and Leonard B.  The deceased also leaves one brother, Earl Nickerson of Salem.


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