Whitestone Point, NY Catboat MARTHA B Upsets, July 1901
DROWNED IN A CATBOAT.
ONE OF THE FOUR MEN IN HER CAUGHT UNDER THE BAIL WHEN SHE UPSET.
The catboat Martha B upset off Whitestone Point, Long Island Sound, yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock. WILLIAM DILL, WALTER BOWDEN, JOSEPH BETTLING and JOHN ALWELL, all residents of Middle Village, Borough of Queens, were thrown into the water. DILL was drowned.
The four men had been out for a sail as far as City Island. They were on their way back to Bowery Bay, when at the point where the tides of the Sound and the East River meet their boat was caught in a puff of wind and got away from them.
She was then caught in an eddy, and in the efforts to regain control of her she went over. DILL was caught under the sail, and when the boat sank he was carried down. His three companions
floundered in the water with poor chance of rescue from the shore, owing to its distance. They were saved by Frank A. Gable and Charles Smith, United States sailors, now on the Vermont, who were sailing in a boat near the scene of the accident.
Three years ago a lighthouse keeper was drowned in almost the very spot where the Martha B went down yesterday. Five years ago a sailing craft with three men and three women aboard was caught as was the Martha B and overturned. Only one woman was saved out of the party of six.
New York Tribune New York 1901-07-22