Off Northport, NY Tugboat GWENDOLYN STEERS Lost, Dec 1962


Northport, N.Y. (UPI) - A tugboat disappeared and apparently sank off Long Island in ice-clogged waters lashed into a fury by a howling winter storm. The Coast Guard found the body of one seaman Monday entombed in a solid cake of ice and gave up hope of finding alive his eight fellow crewmen.
The 100-foot long Gwendolyn Steers, owned by the Steers Sand and Gravel Corp. of New York, disappeared Sunday night as gale force winds whipped up 30 foot waves in the relatively shallow waters of Long Island Sound.
Coast Guard planes criss-crossing the area Monday reported there was no sign of survivors, nor of the tug.
"Those guys wouldn't stand a chance if they were in the water," a Coast Guard spokesman said. Company officials notified relatives of the crew that the men were presumed dead.
High seas pitched one lifeboat from the tug upon a beach near Huntington Harbor. In the boat, encased in ice, was the body of one of the crewmen.
"We had to chop him out of the ice to send him to the morgue," said Chief Boatswain G. G. Bannan, skipper of the Coast Guard's lifeboat station at Northport.
Bannan explained that wind-driven spray filled the boat and it froze solid, entombing the seaman lying in the bottom.
Frank Clancy, vice president of the Steers firm, released the names of the crew after notifying relatives.
They were:
CAPT. HERBERT KICKMAN, skipper of the tug, East Meadow, L.I.
ROBERT NOLAND, mate, Hicksville, L.I.
RAYMOND HARRISON, chief engineer, Providence, R.I.
HUGH REID, engineer, Brooklyn, N.Y.
CLAUDE MARKELL, cook, Ontario, Canada.
and four deck hands:
and ROY BURNETTE, Patchogue, L.I.
The red and black tug, used to pull sand and gravel barges, was en route from the Bronx section of New York City to Northport Harbor Monday when the storm struck.

Montana Standard and The Butte Daily Post 1963-01-01