Out of Gloucester


May 19, 1975

Sea Search Ends for Three From Ship

The Coast Guard has suspended a search for three men missing since Friday after a collision between a 484-foot Liberian freighter and a fishing boat.  Numerous Coast Guard apparatus and civilian craft combed the area of the crash 63 miles southeast of Nantucket Island for more than two days.

Two of the crew rescued by the freighter shortly after the collision were returned home safely.  The body of another crewmember, First Mate Edward P. Gleason* of New Bedford, was found Saturday.

Surviving crewmen Bernard Moser, a Canadian, and Francis Tripp. of Marion, spent Friday night on the Coast Guard cutter Alert, which scoured the area for other missing crewmen along with other rescue apparatus.

In an interview Sunday Tripp said "I still haven't got my wits back together yet.  I feel thankful for me but sorry for the families of the men that didn't come back.  I've had quite a shock."

The 72-foot fishing vessel Eugene H., sailing out of New Bedford, and the Liberian bulk cargo carrier Grand Justice, collided in the dense fog Friday.  Officials listed crewmen missing as Capt. Larf Larsen, New Bedford; Maynard McCarthey, Fairhaven; and Ron J. Folley, New Bedford.

* Edward P. Gleason was born in Rockport, MA.  He had always been employed as a fisherman working on fishing boats out of Gloucester for many years before going to New Bedford.  He was survived by his widow and four children, as well as three brothers in Gloucester, and four sisters, three of whom lived in Gloucester.


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