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Capt. Jack Carroll


Capt. Carroll Famous Halibuter
Well known Skipper Sub- To Attack of Pneumonia

Stricken with pneumonia shortly after his visit here, over a month ago, Capt. "Jack" Carroll, old-time fresh halibuter, passed away shortly after 8 o'clock yesterday morning at Sailor's Snug Harbor, Staten Island, New York, at the age of 71 years.  Known on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as a "high-liner" in the halibut industry, he was highly esteemed for his fair treatment of crews and his ability to product.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Capt. Carroll was born in Fortune Harbor, Newfoundland, the son of the late Capt. James and Winifred (Guiney) Carroll.  His father was lost at sea from a Newfoundland craft when Capt. "Jack" was a young man.  He came here when still in his teens and was hardly 20 years of age when given his first command.  He sailed sch. Alva from the firm of Hodge & Poole, who had the wharf now occupied by Capt. William LaFond.  Later the sch. Niagara was built for him, sailing from the firm of Poole, succeeding the other firm, and located on the site now occupied by the Atlantic Supply company.  His final command in the halibuting game out of Gloucester was as skipper of the large sch. Massachusetts, built for him.  In these craft, he went flitching to the Funks, off northern Newfoundland, as well as fresh halibuting.  He was a first-class navigator and "driver", and his record for large trips was well-known along the waterfront.

When times were financially hard on this coast, in 1910, he with others, went to Seattle, Washington, to join that northwestern port.  He made good in the western halibut fishery for the next 10 years, and then returned here shortly after the World war, and went "shacking" for a time, as well as mackerel seining.

The Merchant Marine caught his eye for a time, and he sailed as chief officer aboard such steamers as the Mohawk and the Iroquois.  He tried beam trawling out of New London, Connecticut, for a space of five years, going as mate.

His final sea voyage was as mate aboard the auxiliary sch. yacht Blue Dolphin, on a Galapagos voyage two years ago when his brother-in-law, the late Capt. Norman A. Ross, was skipper.

The late Capt. Carroll has been residing at Sailor's Snug Harbor for the past three years.  His last visit to Gloucester was on January 30 when he attended the funeral of the late Capt. Ross, and at the time visited his old friends at the Master Mariners association.

He was twice cited for bravery during his fishing career.  He was presented with a gold watch, together with a citation for having saved his own vessel, the Massachusetts, from destruction and again was cited by the Canadian government and the Massachusetts Humane society for having rescued the crew of a Canadian freighter, at peril to himself and crew.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary (Finegan) Carroll of 375 Washington street, this city, four daughters, Mary, wife of Charles W. Hartford, and Miss Frances Carroll, both of this city.  Winifred, wife of Joseph Legasse of Brighton, and Alice, wife of James Powers of Mount Vernon, New York; a son, Roger C. Carroll of this city; two sisters, Catherine, widow of the late Capt. Norman A. Ross, and Miss Hannah Carroll, both of this city; also seven grandchildren.


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