Cape Cod, MA Collision Of Fishing Schooner AVALON, Oct 1927
FISHING BOAT SUNK OFF CAPE COD.
11 LIVES LOST IN COLLISION EARLY TODAY.
BIG STEAMER "PRESIDENTE WILSON" COLLIDED WITH THE GLOCESTER SCHOONER IN DENSE FOG.
THE "AVALON" WAS ON WAY TO FISHING GROUNDS.
WHILE THE STEAMER HAD LEFT NEW YORK FOR BOSTON FRIDAY NIGHT -- SCHOONER SUNK ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.
Boston, Oct. 29 -- (UP) -- Nosing slowly through a dense fog, the steamer Presidente Wilson, with 552 passengers aboard, rammed and sank the Gloucester fishing schooner "Avalon" of Cape Cod early today, with a possible loss of 11 lives.
Only three members of the two-master's crew were safe aboard the big steamship five hours after the crash, which occurred about five miles off Highland Light.
Two bodies had been recovered.
Radio dispatches to the United Press from the master of the Presidente Wilson reported nine men still missing.
The steamer reported it was standing by in the hope of picking up other members of the "Avalon's" crew, but a fog blanket was handicapping the Presidente Wilson.
The "Avalon" a two master which had put out from Boston yesterday was enroute to the fishing grounds when the big steamer sent it to the bottom.
Details of the collision were not available early this morning, but radio reports from he scene of the crash indicated that the schooner had sunk almost immediately.
New York, Oct. 28 -- (UP) -- The following radio message was received today by the United Press from the master of the steamer Presidente Wilson which this morning collided with and sank a fishing schooner off Cape Cod, Mass.:
"At 4:15 a.m., off Cape Cod in foggy weather, collided with fishing schooner Avalon of Gloucester which foundered."
"Rescued the following men -- ELVIN FLEET, FRENCH HEMEON, NICHOLAS WALSH."
"Picked up two bodies"
"Nine men missing."
"Ship still standing by."
Another message, sent to the Independent Wireless Company, states the collision had occurred at 5:17 E.S.T. at latitude 42.09 north and longitude 70.02 west.
Dunkirk Evening Observer New York 1927-10-29