New York, NY Rockaway Beach Storm & Drownings, June 1902

MANY DIE IN STORM.

ROCKAWAY BEACH STREWN WITH WRECKED PLEASURE CRAFT – EIGHT KNOWN DROWNED.

EIGHT MEN DROWNED.

NEW YORK, June 9. – Eight lives are known to have been lost by drowning as the result of the great gale that raged about New York from noon yesterday until well into the night. Many others, it is believed, perished on pleasure crafts. The known dead are: DILLINGHAM ROVER, WILLIAM HELFEFISH, ALEXANDER WINSLOW, MAURICE SILVER, DAVID KERR, HUGH MCKEAN, ERNEST LEFFLER AND LOUIS FRIEND. All were out in sail boats. More than 100 sloops and cat boats, each with a party of from four to fifteen amateur fishermen on board, were caught in the gale on the fishing banks off Rockaway beach. They had a terrible time. The wind blew at the rate of from forty to seventy miles an hour. A number of pleasure craft known to have been out in the storm are as yet not heard from, and it is feared that they are lost.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 9 Jun 1902.