Thomas Point, MD Schooner HERBERT D. MAXWELL Sunk, Mar 1912



Baltimore, Md., March 16. -- Four lives were lost at 4:30 o'clock this morning off Thomas Point in Chesapeake Bay, when the schooner, Herbert D. Maxwell was cut down and sunk by the steamer Gloucester, of the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company.
The dead are:
J. C. COTT, of New York, mate of the Maxwell.
A colored cook from New York, unidentified.
Two colored sailors, shipped here, and believed to be from New York.
Capt. WILLIAM J. QUILLAN, who also owned the schooner, his brother, ELAY, and four sailors were saved by the crew of the Gloucester after they had floated around for half an hour on pieces of wreckage.
The Maxwell did not sink until several minutes after the collision, and some of the men were taken off her by the crew of the Merchants and Miners steamer.
The Gloucester was bound for this port from Boston with cargo and passengers.
The Gloucester was not badly damaged by the collision.
The Maxwell was bound from this port for Wilmington, N.C., with a cargo of fertilizer.
It was said the collision was the direct result of an effort on the part of the Maxwell to cut across the bows of the Gloucester, her helmsman believing that he had plenty of room, as he was carrying a sailful of wind at the time. There was evidently a miscalculation and as it was impossible for the Gloucester to swerve fast enough, the big iron coaster caught the little schooner almost amid-ships.
It was still dark when the collision occurred, but it is admitted that both vessels carried their full complement of lights. Only the few who were on duty were on the deck of the Gloucester, and most of these did not witness the collision. With the grinding and crash of wood as the vessels swung together the Gloucester awoke to life. She had passed on beyond the stricken schooner, and while attempts were being made in the engine room to stop the big liner as soon as possible, her helmsmen bore in a circle around the stricken schooner, and boats were ordered lowered at once.
Willing arms fairly made the lifeboats spring through the waters, and in a short time the bulk of the Maxwell hove in sight. The survivors of the collision were calling frantically that the schooner was sinking under them. Two members of the crew were seen perched in the rigging and were taken off. Clinging to a poop deck that had floated away from the wreckage were Capt. QUILLAN and his brother. Then a few minutes later another of the men was found floating near the wreck on a spar.
Of the nine members of the crew those five were all that could be found, and it is believed that the others were either killed by the collision or were drowned instantly.

Washington Post District of Columbia 1912-03-17