New Bedford, MA Fishing Boat Sinks, Dec 1961

5 Crewmen Die As Boat Sinks Off Nantucket

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP)--An inquiry has been ordered in the sinking of a New Bedford fishing boat with the loss of five of it 10 man crew while it was being towed by a Coast Guard patrol craft.

The sinking occurred yesterday 12 miles off Sankaty Head, Nantucket, when the scalloper, Barbara and Gail struck Great Round Shoal and sank as she was being towed through mountainous seas in a gale.

The inquiry is to open Thursday in Boston.

Two Still Missing

The Coast Guard crew on a 95-footer from Woods Hole rescued five of the fishermen and recovered three bodies. Two others were missing.

The survivors, landed last night, were high in their praise of their rescuers, singling out one of the Coast Guards, Boatswain's Male 2 c James C. Jenkins, of Kittery, Maine, as the hero of the rescue.

Jenkins, clinging to a net over the side of the Coast Guard boat, aided his mates in hauling some of the fishermen aboard, then plunged into the raging seas to save two others.

Saved Two Lives

The mate of the fishing boat, Edgar Kent, of Fairhaven, said he was so cold he couldn't move to help himself when Jenkins jumped to his rescue.

"He saved my life," Kent said.

Another survivor, Ellis Kendall, also of Fairhaven, credited Jenkins with his rescue.

The Barbara and Gail was taken under tow when it lost its rudder at sea.

Rescued in addition to Kent and Kendall; were the fishing skipper, Capt. Sheldon Kent, Sr. of Fairhaven, Ives Riendeau of New Bedford and Clarence Roberts of North Dartmouth.

The bodies of Calvin Roberts of New Bedford, a brother of Clarence; Terrance McCarthy, the cook, of New Bedford, and Joseph Costa, Jr., of Fairhaven, were brought ashore.

Bennington Banner, Bennington, VT 20 Dec 1961


Hello, I am Ellis kendall I

I am Ellis kendall I was on the Barbara and Gail with your father and I knew your mother very well. If you would like to contact me the email is

Roger Desroches

I lived next door at 1 Hedge St, Fairhaven. Email me.

Joseph Costa, Jr.

Joseph Costa Jr. was my father! My mother, Maria Do Carmo Costa was pregnant with me in New Bedford, MA at the time of his death.

I would love to hear from his son, Stephen Costa and family members.

Please email me:


My grand father was Joseph

My grand father was Joseph Costa, jr. never got to know him i wasnt born yet and my dad was young still, Sorry for your loss Tami

My father

My father's body was never found, he was in this wreck also, His name is Roger Deroches, I am his daughter Tami. I have been trying to locate any additional information about him. This fishing trip was to purchase a Christmas gift for me when I was 2. This is my Uncle and grandfather also.....

Please write me if yo have the time!

Tami Terry