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As shown by the records of other schooners, there is a possibily of her making 18 trips a year. Some of the big schooners in the coal trade average over 20 cargoes a year. At 18 cargoes with 5500 tons of coal to a cargo, the schooner will carry 99,000 tons of coal in a year. Averaging 70 cents per ton, trimming included, the gross earnings for a year would be $69,300, 70 percent on the original investment. The tow bills on such a vessel would average $6,000 a year, the wages of the offi cers and crew $7,000, food bills $3,000, water and coal, $500, incidentals, allowing for renewal of running riggin and for bursted sails and repairs $5,000, making a total of $21,500, leaving a profi t of $47,800, or over 47 percent. Insurance on vessel averages about 7 percent, and there would be left a net profi t of better than 40 percent. This is rather a rosy picture, but allowing a very considerable shrinkage for adverse circumstances there would still be a handsome profi t.


15 April 1899 Hancock S. J. Court.


The case of Nevens & Co., vs. Bulger Bros., was decided Friday evening, the jury being out until a late hour. The plaintiff was awarded $550.


Court adjourned Saturday morning until


Monday. 1 May 1899


The GERRING for a Lightship.


HISTORY FROM THE PAST - Bangor Daily Commercial - Early 1900s in safety.


American Fishing Schooner Seized by Canadian Government Will Be Put to a Practical Use.


Halifax, N. S., May 3. – The American


fi shing schooner FREDERICK GERRING, JR., seized for an infringement of the fi sheries law two years ago and bought by the Dominion government at auction Monday for $800, is to be converted into a lightship. She will be placed at the entrance of the Miramichi River, gulf of St. Lawrence. The steamer MENDOTA, which sailed from New York on Sunday last arrived off this port at daylight this morning for orders and proceeded to West Bay to load.


3 May 1899 Disaster in Fog and Gales


Three Schooners Ashore Near Highland Light.


The HELENA a Bangor Craft. One, the ROBERT BYRON Took Fire


From Cargo of Lime and May Be Badly Damaged – Crewed Rescued. Highland Light, Massachusetts, May


3. – As the result of foggy weather and a brisk northeasterly gale, three schooners are ashore on Cape Cod this morning. The large New Haven three masted schooner ALICE B. PHILLIPS, went ashore at 2 o’clock near Race Point.


The schooner ROBERT BYRON is on the beach at Crow Hill, just west of Race Point life saving station. The schooners are well up on the beach. The crews were landed


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The three-masted schooner HELENA from a Maine port for the south with a cargo of fi sh scraps, struck on Peaked hill bars during the night. The crew were saved. The HELENA lies in a bad position, especially as the gale and sea were increasing early in the morning.


The life savers of the Race Point and Peaked Hill bars stations went to the scenes of the wrecks soon after the vessels struck. The BYRON, which carried a cargo of lime and was bound from Rockport, Maine to Providence, Rhode Island, took fi re during the forenoon and it was feared she would be a total loss. The PHILLIPS, which was from New Haven was light. The ebb tide left her in good position and there seems a possibility that she may escape destruction and he fl oated later.


The threatening weather which prevailed all day yesterday developed into a heavy gale as night approached and a fog settled down, making it dangerous going off the cape. The life savers anticipated a rough night but no trouble was sighted till just before 2 o’clock when the Race Point men saw the ALICE B. PHILLIPS in the surf. Owing to the fog she was pounding before they saw her and a few moments later she was swept high up on the sand and lay there. The crew who were in no danger, remained by the vessel but they could do nothing. A short time later a vessel which proved to be the HELENA was sighted driving in at a


point about half way between Race Point and Peaked Hill station. She struck hard but was thrown well up on the beach. Her position, however, was such that she caught the full rake of the gale and the rushing seas caught her repeatedly driving against her with great force. She was high enough for the crew to get ashore to get ashore without boats. The BYRON which grounded at about the same time as the HELENA was less fortunate even than the others for in striking near Race Point, some of her seams opened. She landed at a point where the waves swept around her and the life savers had to put off in their boat to reach her. The BYRON’s men were taken off by


the life savers. The tide left the schooner dry, but water had worked in through the seams and at 11 o’clock this forenoon, the cargo of lime took fi re. This, it was feared, would cause the complete loss of the vessel. The ROBERT BYRON was built at Frankfort, Maine, in 1870, and hails from Rockport, Maine. She was of 96 tons gross. The ALICE B. PHILLIPS was built at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1883, hails from New Haven and registers 621 gross tons. The HELENA is a three masted schooner of 1,084 tons and hails from Bangor, Maine.


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