Maurice was a cousin of Ronald Martens who was also lost aboard the Redstart.
The Redstart left Fairhaven for Georges Bank. As Hurricane Carol approached on August 31, 1954, they headed for port. The hurricane overtook them, and the vessel struck Davis South Shoal and broke up before any boats or floats could be launched. A Coast Guard search began on September 2. Wreckage was recovered, but the eleven crew members were not found.