Island Men Drowned Fishing off Gloucester, Ma.


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By searching the web site "Out Of Gloucester" I was able to compile the following list of PEI men who drowned while fishing out from the port of Gloucester, MA. Used with permission. The earliest recorded death occurred on December 25, 1868 when the "The Virginia Dare" sank with a loss of the crew of fourteen, five of whom were listed as natives of PEI. Undoubtedly there were others besides those listed here, however the records at this site do not indicate the place of birth for many of those who did not return to port. It should also be noted that frequently the person was simply listed as a native of "The Provinces". I encourage you to visit "Out of Gloucester". The stories of shipwrecks and the hardships endured are truly incredible.

Footnotes are used to give further information when it was available.

Please note: if you know of other natives of PEI who are not listed here let me know and I'll add them to the list.


Bob Pierce - bpierce@pei.sympatico.ca

Name Age Residence Ship Date
Daniel Ryan 35 PEI Titus 26-01-1888
Daniel McKinnon   Souris Brunhilde 24-01-1888
John McPhee 24 Little Harbour Edward P Boynton 13-01-1888
James Elwood 26 PEI Belle A Nauss 20-01-1888
Joseph McInnis 35 Shipstown(Chepstow) Speculator 14-05-1902
James Donovan 31 PEI Flash 12-01-1894
Simeon Gillis 52 PEI Flash 12-01-1894
John D McKinnon(1) 49 PEI Eliza H Parkhurst 26-11-1901
Joseph Ryan (2) 28 PEI Eliza H Parkhurst 26-11-1901
Lawrence McDonald(3) 55 PEI Eliza H Parkhurst 26-11-1901
Abraham Stewart 30 PEI Mary S Hontvet 00-02-1895
John Campbell 50 PEI Martha and Susan 00-04-1894
John Beaton(4)   PEI Martha and Susan 00-04-1894
Patrick Findley 38 PEI A M Burnham 14-02-1899
John E Sigsworth(5) 55 PEI Anne and Mary 00-11-1897
David Campbell 55 PEI Anne and Mary 00-11-1897
Lemuel Cantello 35 PEI Anne and Mary 00-11-1897
Pius McPhee 47 PEI Ella M Daughty 00-11-1915
John A McDonald 37 Little Harbour Hustler 00-11-1897
Malcolm Matheson 32 Montague Hustler 00-11-1897
John Campbell(6) 54 PEI Claudia 10-01-1912
Alexander Collins 30 PEI George Campbell 07-04-1911
James Holland 32 PEI Alice and Wilson 30-08-1924
Daniel Gillis 60 PEI Henry W Longfellow 17-02-1896
Maximillian Shivery sp(7) 45 Douris (Souris) Pauline 06-01-1917
John A McKinnon(8) 68 PEI Corsaire 12-07-1917
Alex McDonald   PEI M L Wetherall 11-04-1872
Charles McNeill 20 Souris Abby F Morris 17-03-1887
Charles Morrison   PEI Abby F Morris 27-04-1887
Duncan Campbell   Fairfield Notice 23-01-1886
James McDonald   East Point Cecil H Low 04-04-1886
George A Dixon(9)       15-08-1886
John McVarish(10) 35 PEI   30-10-1886
Angus O'Hanley   PEI Lawrence A Munroe 22-08-1892
Joseph McDonald 23 PEI M H Perkins 11-02-1885
Nelson E Cantello(11) 28 Grand River Spencer F Baird 18-12-1893
Charles Mallett 27 PEI Nourmahal 16-04-1898
Augustus G Kinch   PEI Anne C Hall 11-01-1897
Angus McKenzie 24 East Point John S Presson 18-02-1878
William Cole   New London Mary F Chisholm 19-12-1878
John Gillis 28   Gladstone 00-02-1895
John Nolan 60 PEI Ralph E Eaton 28-06-1895
Peter Gillis   St Peters Nelson Y McFarland 11-11-1895
William Dunn   New London John W Bray 12-12-1895
Jerome Steele   Rock Barra Preceptor 19-01-1908
Frank Burke 26 PEI Atlanta 05-12-1908
Angus McDonald   Bull Creek David Sherman 18-07-1890
Pius McDonald 50 Rock Barra Daisley 15-01-1891
Fabian McDonald   Chepstow Sultan 07-12-1883
Ansel McDonald(12)   Chepstow Sultan 07-12-1883
John Curtis   PEI Sultan 07-12-1883
Charles Bell 19 PEI Belleropan 23-01-1881
George M Sigsworth 27 PEI Victor 12-08-1881
Fabian Nolan(13),   Chepstow Virginia Dare (14) 25-12-1886
Elijah Nolan(15)   Chepstow Virginia Dare 25-12-1886
Daniel McDonald(16)   PEI Virginia Dare 25-12-1886
Daniel McKinnon(17)   PEI Virginia Dare 25-12-1886
Michael McLean(18)   PEI Virginia Dare 25-12-1886
Joseph McDonald(19)   Chepstow Virginia Dare 25-12-1886
John Burns 50 PEI Carthage 30-11-1886
John McDonald   Rock Barra William W Rice 00-03-1890
Albert McEachern   East Point William W Rice 00-03-1890
Andrew (or Harry) Clark   Charlottetown William W Rice 00-03-1890
John Steel   PEI N H Phillips 05-12-1879
John Russell Coulson 30 Long River, PEI Niobe 01-07-1900
James Berkely 29 Prince Edward's Island The Sweepstakes 23-02-1861
John Stewart 28 Prince Edward's Island The Sweepstakes 23-02-1861
Mark Sweeney, Master 26 Native of P.E.I. The Weather Gage 26-02-1870
John McKenzie, single   Native of P.E.I. The Weather Gage 26-02-1870
Archie McNeill, single   Native of P.E.I. The Weather Gage 26-02-1870
Archibald McAllister, single   Native of P.E.I. The Weather Gage 26-02-1870
Neil Macauley, single   Native of P.E.I. The Weather Gage 26-02-1870
John A. McKenzie, single   Native of P.E.I. The Weather Gage 26-02-1870
John McIsaac, Master(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Michael McIsaac(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Joseph Nowlan(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Andrew Swinson(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Ronald McDonald(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Edward Shearman(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Allan McDonald(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Joseph Rogers(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Joseph McAskill(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Neil Beaton(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Roderick Steele(20)   Prince Edward Island Schr. Maud and Effie 21/22-02 -1879
Wm. Delory(21)   Prince Edward Island Schr. John Dove 21/22-02 -1879
Joseph Emos(21)   Prince Edward Island Schr. John Dove 21/22-02 -1879
Benj. DeCoste(21)   Prince Edward Island Schr. John Dove 21/22-02 -1879
Edw. Levang(21)   Prince Edward Island Schr. John Dove 21/22-02 -1879
Charles Campbell(21)   Prince Edward Island Schr. John Dove 21/22-02 -1879

1. Master
2. John Ryan - Served in US Navy in Spanish-American War
3. Left widow in Cloucester
4. Relatives in Essex, MA
5. Master and Owner, 39 years fishing, widow and daughter.
6. Died in port, Cloucester
7. Cheverie
8. alias Duncan McKinnon
9. Drowned in Charlottetown
10. Drowned in Cloucester harbour, family in PEI
11. Master
12. Cousin to Fabian
13. Master

14. Sch. Virginia Dare 89.41 tons, built in Essex in 1883, owned by Pool, Gardner & Co., lost with all on board in the Christmas or New Year's Eve gale on a Grand Bank halibut trip. Loss $9500, insurance $6120 on vessel and $1700 on outfits by the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insurance Co. She had a crew of fourteen men, all natives of the British Provinces, for some years engaged in fishing from this port, as follows:

15. Brother to Fabian Nolan
16. See note on The Virginia Dare
17. Ibid
18. Ibid
19. Ibid

The Examiner, March 22, 1879:

Appalling Calamity

20. An appalling calamity has, it is generally believed, befallen the Gloucester fishing fleet, Thirteen vessels are supposed to have gone down in the February gales, carrying with them one hundred and forty-three men. This great calamity will cause fifty-three widows and one hundred and thirty-nine fatherless children. The gale in which it took place occurred on the 21st and 22nd of February last on the Georges Banks. In the schooner Maud and Effie, which is numbered among the lost, there were ten fishermen formerly belonging to this Island, viz. John McIsaac, master; Michael McIsaac, Joseph Nowlan, (brother-in-law of McIsaac); Andrew Swinson, Ronald McDonald, Edward Shearman, Allan McDonald, Joseph Rogers, Joseph McAskill (brother-in-law to Edward Shearman); Neil Beaton, Roderick Steele. John McIsaac leaves a wife and three children; Michael McIsaac, a wife; Nowlan, a wife and one child; Ronald McDonald, a wife; Swinson a wife and two children; Allan McDonald, wife and four children; Rogers a wife and four children.

21. The schr. John Dove, also among the missing, has five of the crew P.E. Islanders, viz., Wm. Delory, Joseph Emos, Benj. DeCoste, Edward Levang and his brother, Benj Levang, and Charles Campbell. [Clipping courtesy Christine Gorman]


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