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1682. (photo) 40-Foot Trawler “Catchalot” Capsizes on Chatham Bar c.1950.

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1682. (photo) 40-Foot Trawler “Catchalot” Capsizes on Chatham Bar c.1950.

1682. (photo) 40-Foot Trawler “Catchalot” Capsizes on Chatham Bar c.1950. Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber noted in his book Chatham – The Lifeboatmen that “…For the fishermen of Chatham, undoubtedly nothing endangered their lives more than the daily crossing of the bars while going to and coming from the offshore fishing grounds…. The worst thing that could happen to a fisherman coming in over the bar… was to be ‘pitch-polled’ by breakers…. For the fisherman whose boat didn’t make it in over the bar it meant almost certain death…. On October 30, 1950 Chatham fishermen Archie Nickerson and Elroy Larkin, coming in on their trawler Catchalot, were entering the harbor. Suddenly their boat was picked up by the great seas breaking on the bar and turned end for end over the bar. The boat landed on the beach upside down, with the loss of both men….” 7” x 9”. Dated October 31, 1950. Includes description and credit line on back. Rare view. (VG+). $56.