Out of Gloucester


The Captain Cosmo

The Capt. Cosmo left Gloucester Harbor on Sept. 2, 1978 for what was to have been a six or seven-day trip to Georges Bank. The last known communication with the vessel occurred Friday, Sept. 8, with skipper Cosmo Marcantonio giving his position as about 180 miles east of Cape Cod on southeastern Georges Bank.

Conditions were rough at the time with seas running at 15 to 20 feet, a preliminary to a vicious storm that would blow up unexpectedly on the fishing grounds the following day.

The air-sea search began on Sept. 11, 1978, after Geraldine Marcantonio, wife of skipper Cosmo Marcantonio, reported that the vessel, with five others aboard, was overdue on a week-long trip to Georges Bank that was to have ended on Sept. 9.

After an intensive nine-day air and sea search, no trace of the vessel was ever found.

Those aboard the Capt. Cosmo were:

Cosmo Marcantonio, captain, 36 ;Capt. Cosmo Marcantonio
John Burnham, 33;
Benjamin Interrante, 21;
Salvatore Grover, 30;
Vito Misuraca, 61;and
Jerome Pallazola, 50.


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