Plymouth, MA Schooner LUCY E Wrecked in Storm, Nov 1907


Schooner Lucy E. Goes to Pieces Off Plymouth Coast.


Vessels Take Refuge in Harbors---City Soaked By Rain.

Boston's belated storm which had threatened the city and the entire New Enland coast for several day, materialized yeaterday and with such fury that shipping was completely tied up and the city deluged in torrents of rain. The storm made its first appearance just after midnight yesterday morning and as the day wore on grew to almost hurrican proportions. The rain did not appear until evening and then it literally poured, both rain and wind continuing during the night and giving indication of another day of equal discomfort. Several vessels are reported to have taken refuge at Provincetown and elsewhere.

The most serious accident on the water which had been reported up to midnight was the grounding and breaking up on the schooner Lucy E. off Plymouth, and this in reality came before the storm had fully matured. The Lucy C. was engaged in bay fishing and carried a crew of eight men, the captain and seven seamen.

Broadside to Sea.

When I became evident Saturday night that a storm was imminent Capt. Frank Sousa ordered his vessel to be put about and headed for the harbor. While on the way in she ran aground on Bound Island flats and before she could be gotten off the tide had gone out to such an extent that the ship swung around and in a short time more was laying broadside to and at the mercy of the ever increasing storm.

Capt. Gus Rogers of the Gurnet life saving station saw the perilous position of the Lucy C. and with his crew immediately started to the rescue, being obliged to make two trips before all the men were taken off. The first trip was made with considerable difficulty because of the low water, while the second was rendered even more difficult by the storm, which by that time had grown to dangerous proportions and was continually increasing in fury.

Ship Broken Up.

After the eight men were ashore Capt. Rogers and his crew made a trip in the hope of saving some of the fittings of the schooner, but when they arrived a the place they found that the ship had broken up completely. Yesterday afternoon another visit to the place failed to show even so much as a spar to mark the spot where she grounded.

The rescued men were Capt. Frank Sousa, Joe Meagas, Joe Antonio and Jesse Sousa, Ranard Sante, John Francis, and John Roderick. The Lucy E. was built at Essex in 1876, but of late had hailed form[ineligible] Provincetown. She was of twenty-five tons, fifty feet long, and carried two masts.

No disasters were reported during the afternoon yesterday and the early part of last night, but the life saving stations all along the line doubled their patrols and kept unusally sharp lookout.

The Boston Journal, Boston, MA 25 Nov 1907