Charleston, SC (Off Shore) Fishing Boat Sinking, June 1901
FIFTEEN FISHERMEN DROWNED.
THREE BOATS SUNK OFF CHARLESTON AND NO TRACE FOUND OF BOATS OR MEN.
Charleston, S.C. (Special) -- Fifteen fishermen are supposed to have been drowned in a squall which blew up while the mosquito fleet of fishing boats was anchored off the "Eastern Patches." There were eight boats fishing at the time. The storm scattered them to the four winds, and all save three were accounted for. The missing boats were the Anna Julia, the Messenger Boy and the Knife. There were fifteen men on the three boats. When the supposed disaster was reported the revenue cutter Forward went to sea and skirted for 30 miles around the lightship, but came back with the report that not a sign of life or a disabled boat could be seen.
All hope for the safety of the fishermen was abandoned when the cutter got into port with the bad news. It was thought during the day that the boats had drifted to places of shelter, but the failure of the government vessel to find a trace of their whereabouts convinced the crowd of watchers at the wharves that the men were dead.
Highland Record Monterey Virginia 1901-06-07