Capt. Carroll Famous
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
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