Yonkers, NY Five Drown In Hudson River, Oct 1905

WEIGHTED BOAT SINKS; FIVE DROWN IN HUDSON.

PERSONS ON YONKERS SHORE SEE PARTY GO DOWN IN MIDSTREAM.

EFFORTS AT RESCUE IN VAIN.

NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH FATHER AND FRIENDS ON FISHING TRIP -- MOTHER NEARLY CRAZED.

Special to the New York Times.
Yonkers, Oct. 22 -- A boat iin which were four men and a boy suddenly sank in midstream in the Hudson River off Fernbrook Street this morning, and all five occupants were drowned. The accident was witnessed by persons on the Yonkers shore, but before a boat could reach the spot the men had gone down.
Three of the victims were members of one family, the husband, son, and brother of a woman who is left a widow. HENRY NELSON, HENRY, JR., 9 years old, and his brother-in-law, CARL THOMSON, all of 113 1/2 Cliniton Place, with BENJAMIN BENSON of 114 Herriott Street and P. SIMPSON of 54 Herriott Street, had set out for a day's fishing on the river.
The men were all members of the Hudson Boat Club and owned a large rowboat which had been fitted up with a sail. The craft was heavily ballasted with old iron and was unsafe.
The party left the boathouse, at the foot of Downing Street, about 9:30 o'clock. When about in the centre of the river the wind died out. Then the men were seen to get out oars and start rowing. This continued for several moments when the men were seen to jump up excitedly.
Within a minute or two the boat disappeared, leaving the five men struggling in the water. No one could understand from the shore how it happened that the boat should sink without turning over.
As soon as the accident was noticed a boat in charge of JOHN COUGHLIN and JOHN PFEIFFER put out, but when they reached the spot there was no sign of the five. On the was out COUGHLIN and PFEIFFER had heard plainly the cries of the boy, "Oh, papa! Save me! Save me!"
The men searched for an hour, and were joined by three other boats, but the only things seen were two overcoats and a cap. Word quickly reached the NELSON home, and MRS. NELSON, almost crazed with grief, ran to the river side. Noone could comfort her, and she insisted on remaining there to await the recovery of the bodies.
Toward night, however, MRS. NELSON consented to go home, where three other children awaited her. The three men with NELSON were married and had families, and lived within one block. The police, and the members of the life saving station kept up search for the bodies.
BENSON'S body was recovered this evening and taken in charge by Coroner VAN HOUTON.

The New York Times New York 1905-10-23