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Doris Gertrude

Vessel Details


The Doris Gertrude,  with a crew of eleven, was dragging for scallops on the south side of Georges Bank on January 13 when bad weather caused her to secure her fishing gear and jog in location approximately 150 miles east by south of Pollock Rip Lightship. The vessel was not seen again.

On January 26, the owner of the ship reported to the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Boston that the Doris Gertrude was overdue. A Coast Guard search continued until February 3. None of the men's bodies were recovered. Eighteen children were left fatherless.

Name Age
John Bouse 41
Donald Tupper 27
Clarence Goulding
Joseph Vieira Jr. 42
James Vieira
Robert Short
John Romanoff 38
William DeMoranville 30
Herbert Doucette 37
Joshua Murphy Jr. 40
Henry Zalewski 35

  • Trade Indicator: Fishery scalloper
  • Hull Material: wood
  • Year Built: 1936
  • Ship Builder: Cape May, New Jersey
  • Owner: Joshua W. Murphy, 37 Campbell St., New Bedford, MA
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  • Service: Commercial fishing
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  • USCG Doc. No.: 235766
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  • Length (ft): 73.3 ft
  • Hull Depth (ft): 7.3 ft
  • Hull Breadth (ft): 17.5 ft
  • Gross Tonnage: 60
  • Net Tonnage: 40