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Lost at Sea Register

We have compiled a list of fishermen lost at sea and other drownings based on the work done by Roberta Sheedy for the Memorial Plaques at the Fisherman’s Statue on the Boulevard at Gloucester Harbor. This list has been expanded and updated, and no longer is restricted only to fishermen from Gloucester or on a Gloucester boat. It now includes not only those Gloucester people lost at sea while fishing, but any death by drowning, whether at sea, in the Harbor, or rivers or lakes, and also deaths of fishermen on shore if their death was caused at sea. Therefore, while there were no women on the original list, there are some on this list. There are also children and vacationers, engineers and dockworkers – anyone who we felt should be included. A cross-hatch # after the name indicates that the person had no connection at all with a death by fishing or drowning in the sea.

This list is unavoidably incomplete – we will probably never recover the names of all the Gloucester people who have been lost at sea. Any additions or questions should be sent to the Archives Committee.

Abbreviations for Lost at Sea List

/

either/or,  between dates, names, places or events

1850 deaths

GlouArchives]

ae

age

B

Babson, John James, History of Gloucester

b.

born

BBMD/BVR

Beverly vital records to 1850

BCR

Babson Church Records [GlouArchives]

bd.

boards at

Bentley

Diaries of William Bentley

b-i-l/o

brother in law of

BN&A

 Babson’s Notes and Additions, 1 & 2

BosGlo

 Boston Globe

bur.

 buried

CAAD

Cape Ann Advertiser

CAB

Cape Ann Breeze

CAHA

Cape Ann Historical Association, now CAM

CAM

Cape Ann Museum

CAN

Canada

CAWA

Cape Ann Weekly Advertiser

CB

Cape Breton

CC143

lists of fishermen lost [GlouArchives]

CC169

Gloucester Police Record [GlouArchives]

CC208

List of vessels lost [GlouArchives]

CG

Coast Guard

cou/o

cousin of

d/o

daughter of

DAS

Deaths at Sea – early list

Dolliver

cemetery inscriptions [GlouArchives]

Ell.Ho.Pprs

Ellery House Papers [CAM]

Elwell.

papers on Elwell family by Levi Henry Elwell [GlouArchives]

EP

Eastern Point

Essex Co. Probate

Essex County Probate Records, Salem, MA

F&A

Fast and Able, Gordon Thomas

f-i-l/o

father-in-law of

FMR

Fisherman’s Memorial Record Book, ProcterBros, 1873

GDT

Gloucester Daily Times

GFI

Gloucester Fisherman’s Institute

Glou

Gloucester

GT

Gloucester Telegraph

h/o

husband of

HSGA?

lost reference, but has to do with Argyle, NS

I.C.

Indentured children, apprenticeship papers [GlouArchives]

L @ S

lost at sea, old list

Lafata

Gaspar Lafata

LoV

List of Vessels, Procter Brothers [CAM, SFL and GlouArchives]

MV

Martha’s Vineyard

NA

National Archives Waltham

NA/W

wreck reports at National Archives

NA-C or  NA-H

crew or hospital lists at National.Archives

Nat.

Naturalization papers [GlouArchives]

NB

New Brunswick

NEHGR

New England Historical & Genealogical Register

neph/o

nephew of

newfloss

Newfoundland Lost at See website

NFD

Newfoundland

NS

Nova Scotia

O

Fisherman’s Own Book, Procter Bros., 1882

P

newspaper at Sawyer Free Library

PEI

Prince Edward Island

PIG

Pigeon Cove, Early Settlers, by Allen Chamberlain, 1940

Pool/PP  

Pool Papers at Rockport Public Library

PR

Pringle, History of Gloucester, 1892

Prybot

Peter Prybot, White- Tipped Orange Masts

pvtr.

privateer

res.

resident of

Rpt

Rockport

s/o

son of

sch.

schooner

SCJ

Journal of Samuel Chandler (in BN&A2)

SFL

 Sawyer Free Library

SR

Selectman’s Records [GlouArchives]

SSCW

Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War [GlouArchives]

SSR

Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution [GlouArchives]

st.

stone in a cemetery

St.J’s Daily Tel

St. John’s Daily Telegraph

stmsp

steamship

Story

Dana Story, The Shipbuilders of Essex

str.

steamer

Swan

Marshall Swan, Town on Sandy Bay

u-i-l/o

uncle-in-law of

VR

Vital Records

w/

with

w/o

wife of

WI

Western Islands, Azores

WWI

World War I veteran

WWII

World War II veteran



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