Out of Gloucester


Friday, December 12, 1952

Heart Attack Fatal For Dragger's Cook
John Evans Dies on Kingfisher
Vessel Bound from Grand Banks

John Evans, 56 years, this city, cook aboard the local auxiliary fishing dragger Kingfisher, died at sea on Grand Banks at 2 o'clock this morning, of a heart ailment.  The 100-foot dragger in command of Capt. Ralph Jensen has started the 950-mile voyage home with the body and is expected in Gloucester this coming Monday night.

It was the late Mr. Evans' first trip on the Kingfisher.   He suffered what he considered was a stomach ache late yesterday afternoon while the craft was on Grand Banks, but which turned out to be much more serious.  Capt. Jensen was very much concerned, and contacted the U. S. Coast Guard by radio telephone to be connected with medical help from ashore.

A hook-up was arranged between the Kingfisher and the U. S. Public Health Service at Brighton, where Dr. Miriam Manning talked directly to Capt. Jensen advising him as to what to do.  It was decided that the late Mr. Evans' condition was of so serious a nature preventing the advisability of his being transferred to a plane and thus taken to a hospital.

Capt. Jensen changed the course for Louisburg, Cape Breton, to land the ailing cook at that port, but at 2 o'clock this morning, Mr. Evans passed away.  Capt. Jensen decided then to return to Gloucester.   He talked by radio telephone at 4 o'clock this morning with Lawrence E. McEwen of this city, owner of the Kingfisher, to advise him of what had occurred.

Mr. Evans was born at Mose Ambrose, Fortune Bay, N. F., son of William and Sarah (Thornal) Evans.  He came to Gloucester in 1926 and has gone as cook aboard Gloucester fishing boats ever since, including the Puritan, Wild Duck, Mary and Josephine and the Kingfisher.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Vera (Knickle) Evans, of Gloucester; three daughters and one son; a brother, William, of Gloucester, and a sister, also of Gloucester.


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