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September 2013 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 21. 1 November 1902

HISTORY FROM THE PAST - Bangor Daily Commercial - Early 1900s A New Steamer.

Secures Crew

The Atlantic Seamen’s Union is Beaten by Atwood’s Mate.

Findings Concerning Crew of Schooner HELEN M. ATWOOD are or Interest to Ship Owners and Sailors.

The Atlantic Seamen’s Union was beaten by the mate of the schooner HELEN M. ATWOOD against which they have a grievance. The following concerning the fi ght to get a crew is from the Bath Times: The Atlantic Seamen’s union was

beaten again Thursday in its fi ght against the four-masted schooner HELEN M. ATWOOD which was brought about by the crew leaving the vessel in this city. The craft will occupy a prominent part in the history of sailor troubles on the pages of the union which will not be very interesting reading for the union men. After the hearing before the Commissioner in Portland Wednesday in which the captain won his point and the crew were held for the December term of courts as deserters. Capt. Watts returned to Bath and his mate J. A. Jenson was instructed to go to Boston and try to secure a crew. It was expected that the union would try to prevent the craft securing men and the expectations were proved to be true for Jenson was spotted by a delegate from the Portland union and followed to Boston and it was only by the employment of utmost diplomacy on the mate’s part that he succeeded in his mission.

The Boston union watched his every move and two crews were coaxed away after he had them at the depot ready to take trains for Bath. Jenson then made a bluff at going to New York but left the train just after it left the station and returned to a boarding house where he was acquainted and after some quiet work secured fi ve men and managed to get them to the depot in time to take the evening train for Bath Thursday night. They arrived on the Pullman and signed articles this morning before Commissioner Morse. Mate Jenson has been in the ATWOOD for the past three years and deserves great credit for his work. The ATWOOD was towed to sea this afternoon. She is chartered to go to Brunswick and load pine to a port north of Hatteras.

The Bath Mutiny Case.

The fi ndings in the case of the sailors who left the schooner HELEN F. ATWOOD at Bath, charged with mutiny by Capt. Watts, are of much interest at this time. United States Commissioner Bradley based his decision of the case on ces. 5359 of the Revised Statues of the United States: Seamen George Morris, Peter Johnson, T. O. Havelane, Adolph Anderson and Benjamin Benson, guilty of soliciting, inciting and encouraging each other to disobey the lawful orders of the master of the vessel and neglecting their proper duty.

There are two questions involved in the case of importance. First: Whether the men had a right to leave the vessel and take their clothes while she was lying at anchor in the harbor. Captain Watts has been instructed that they had no right to take their clothes from the vessel and the court so emphatically sustains the points that it will hardly be questioned again.

The second and more far reaching question was raised by Captain Watts in his complaint against the sailors for nutinous conduct in refusing to turn to. It is for this offence that they have been held for the U. S. court next December. The offense is punishable by a fi ne of fi ve years imprisonment.

They were ordered to recognize in the sum of $200 each for their appearance at the December term of the U. S. District Court, in default of which they were lodged in jail.

4 November 1902 Is a Fine Vessel

Four-Master Just Launched by Pendleton at Belfast.

Will Be Commanded by Capt. Walter Small of Islesboro – Reception by Rev. and Mrs. Lutz – Belfast Locals Belfast, November 4.

The launching of the four-masted schooner BRINA P. PENDELTON from the yard of Pendleton Bros., in this city, Saturday forenoon, was witnessed by a big crowd. The vessel was christened by Miss Phoebe Ellen, daughter of the builder and owner, Capt. Fields S. Pendleton of Islesboro. She is named for the wife of Capt. Pendleton.

The schooner is a very handsome one and is built on graceful liners and will doubtless prove to be a very fast craft. Her offi cial measurements are Length, 192.6 feet; breadth, 38 feet; depth, 19 feet; number of decks, 2; number of masts, 4 gross tonnage, 933.78; net tonnage, 821.79. Her frame is of Maine hackmetack and oak, and oak, and the planking and ceiling are of southern pine. The lower masts are 95 feet long; topmasts, 30 feet; jibboom, 63 feet; spanker boom, 53 feet; booms and gaffs, 40 feet. She carries two anchors, each weighing 3600 pounds, attached to two-inch chains. As is customary on all vessels of her size, she is provided with steam power which is used to handle the anchors, hoist the sails, work the capstans and do other heavy work.

The after cabin is roomy and convenient

and is fi nished in mahogany and sycamore, and the forward cabin in mahogany and ash. She is equipped with bath and toilet rooms. The vessel will be commanded by Capt.

Walter Small of Islesboro. O. R. Webster of Belfast was master builder; the blacksmith work was done by Fred Sanborn of Belfast and Wm. Kellar of Thomaston; the joiner

U.S. NAVY NEWS Continued from Page 20.

Medeiros says these new standards will vastly improve NUWC Newport’s ability to address the rising demand for fi ber optic systems calibration.

“Having the ability to support these measurements in-house saves an enormous amount of money and time,” Medeiros said. “It enables us to provide quick, reliable, on- time service to meet deployment schedules and support internal programs.” Headquartered in Norco, Calif., NSWC Corona is part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise and leads the Navy in independent assessment, measurement and calibration standards and range systems

engineering. As a Naval Sea Systems (NAV- SEA) Command fi eld activity, the command employs approximately 2,000 scientists, en- gineers, technicians and support personnel and includes a detachment in Seal Beach, Calif.

NSWC Corona has received patents in seven areas of innovation for its automated MetBench Calibration Management System (MCMS), which distributes and maintains calibration and test equipment data for Navy ships, seamlessly synchronizing all data for users all around the world. It won the Department of the Navy’s Chief Infor- mation Offi cer’s Information Management/ Information Technology Excellence Award

work by Harry Hayford of Milbridge. The calking by Gilbert Watson of Harrington, the fastening by George R. Stover, Belfast, the painting was done by Charles Brier and Wm. Alders of Belfast and Ernest Sprague of Islesboro. The vessel was rigged by Henry Gardiner of Castine and the sails were from the

12 November 1902 Orrington Captain Drowned

John Pomeroy Lost Overboard from the Schooner REUBEN EASTMAN Near Vineyard Haven.

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, November 12. – Capt. John Pomeroy, mate of the schooner REUBEN EASTMAN, Capt. Jordan, New London, for Bangor, Maine, was lost overboard and drowned off East Chip Wednesday. The EASTMAN left this port with strong southwest winds and when off East Chop, Pomeroy who was attending to duties on board ship, was caught by the foresheet and thrown overboard. The schooner’s boat was lowered at once in an effort to save him, but he was not seen after he struck the water.

Capt. Pomeroy was 68 years old and resided at Orrington, Maine, where he leaves a widow and three children. He has been master of coasting vessels for many years and was well known along the coast. The last vessel he commanded was the schooner GRACE WEBSTER, of Bangor. Previous to that he was master of the schooner ABRAHAM RICHARDSON which was lost by collision with a tow of barges two years ago, nearly in the exact spot where he met his death Wednesday.

15 November 1902 Numerous Additions to be Made to Pleasure Fleet.

Numerous additions will be made during the coming winter to the already large and constantly increasing fl eet of power craft in use on the Penobscot River and on various ponds and lakes in this vicinity, plans having already been drawn for at least two of the new boats – those to be built by William C. Bryant and by Fred H. Dickey. The boat to be constructed after a model by Mr. Dickey is for a Bangor man who has withheld his name.

The craft to be built for Mr. Bryant by Eugene Cobb Bros., of Brewer, will be 37 feet long and will be driven by a gasoline engine of 14 horsepower. The boat, which will be fi tted with a half cabin, will be intended for bay and river use and will be the largest boat of her class owned in Bangor. She will be built on the torpedo model and will, it is expected, have speed as well as plenty of room.

The Cobbs will also build, under the

designer’s direction, a 23 foot craft, to be fi tted with a fi ne horse power engine for which Fred H. Dickey has drawn the model. This craft will have a Howard engine and will be paneled and fi tted up throughout in the best of style. As stated above the boat which Mr. Dickey has designed is for a Bangor man who desires his name withheld until after the craft is completed. Mr. Dickey has designed and has had built several gasoline boats and every craft he has turned out thus far has been a complete success in every particular. The 43 foot yawl which Frank L. Tuck is building in Brewer is now ready for the cabin and it won’t be long before work is practically completed. The craft was commenced by the Barbours but is being completed by the Cobbs.

17 November 1902

Designer J. J. Wardwell of Cobb, Butler & Co., shipbuilding fi rm, Rockland, Friday, fi nished the model of a steamer for Capt. I. E. Archibald of that city, which will be much large, faster and better equipped in every manner than the MINEOLA, although it will be much larger, faster and better equipped in every manner than the MINEOLA. The steamer will be built by Cobb, Butler & Co., and will be ready for service between Rockland and Portland about April 1 of next year. The model shows handsome lines, very yacht like in appearance. The new steamer will be 20 feet longer than the MINEOLA or 141 feet, 27 feet breadth and 11 feet in depth. She will have an eight foot propeller and the fi nest engine, Capt. Archibald says procurable, with the end in view that she will be capable of making from 13 to 15 knots an hour.

It is a long time since a steamer was built in Rockland, the last one being the GOVERNOR BODWELL, built at the South End by George Gilchrist, now of Belfast. Work on the new steamer will be begun as soon as the three-master, now on the ways ready to go overboard is launched, which will be very soon.

9 December 1902 Ellsworth Vessel Ashore

Barnstable, Massachusetts, December

9. – The schooner ashore is the SAMUEL LEWIS of Ellsworth, Maine, Capt. Geo. Rice, which is coming out by Cape Ann light Monday began to take water. This froze her up so badly that the captain put her before the wind and in a vapor so dense that he could not see, brought up on the bar.

During the forenoon Capt. Rice and the two members of his crew were rescued badly frost bitten. The vessel which is in poor condition lies on a good hard bottom and if the weather moderates may be taken off.

The SAMUEL LEWIS was built in Blue Hill, Maine, in 1845 and is owned by D. H. Eppes of Ellsworth, Maine. She is 86 gross tons, 77 feet long, 22 feet wide and 7 feet 6 inches deep.

* * * * * Ice Blocks Way

Ten Schooners are Frozen in Here for the Winter.

River Closed Early

Monday Night’s – Might Possibly Escape if Big Thaw Comes. The Penobscot River closed to navigation on Monday and unless a day or two of warm weather arrives unexpectedly a fl eet of ten schooners are frozen in her for the winter. The vessels are the schooner JONATHAN SAWYER, which has been chartered to load stone at Stonington for Delaware breakwater, the MIQUAS, THERESA WOLF, POCHASSET, IZETTA, SADIE WILCUTT, ANNIE P. CHASE, SARAH L. DAVIS, GOLD HUNTER and DECORRA. The GEORGE NEBINGER was towed out Sunday and the RALPH ROSS took the MORANCY, MAGGIE MULVAY and ALMA down on Monday afternoon. Had the tug BISMARK been here Monday it is thought that all of the schooners might have been gotten down river. The BISMARK is at Gloucester, however, and of course useless in the present emergency. A telephone message received here Tuesday morning from the captain stated that he started out of that port twice on Monday but was obliged to return each time. “I nearly lost my pilot house overboard,” he said, “so I concluded it was time to go back.”

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