June 27 - 1933: Trawler hits newsprint freighter off Highland Light

2006: The tugboat at the Bourne Rotary is razed
The #16 steamboat once graced the roundabout in Buzzards Bay.

1933: 132' Trawler hit newsprint freighter off Highland Light

On this day in 1933 both the NY Times and the Provincetown Advocate carried stories about another collision, this time off Highland Lighthouse in North Truro:

Provincetown Advocate report:

The Boston trawler Flow was rammed Tuesday at midnight by the freighter S.S. Cornerbrook four miles off Highland Light. Due to the heavy blanket of fog the freighter was unable to see the trawler.

Captain Charles Evans, master of the S.S. Cornerbrook, sent out a hurried call for help to the Coast Guard. Immediately the Wood End picket boat with Edward Andrews in charge and the Boston Coast Guard boat, Acushnet (shown below), raced to the scene of the disaster. Two men were badly hurt on the Flow. Damage was reported to the extent of a smashed companionway aft of the boat, the after mast carried away and the loss of the life boat.

The Wood End boat fortunately found the life boat and restored it to the Flow. At 6 a.m. Wednesday morning the crippled trawler was towed back to Boston by the Acushnet.

The trawler was bound for Boston after an eight-day fishing trip. Fourteen men were aboard.

The Wood End Coast Guard picket boat had on board beside the officer in charge, Mr. Andrews, Mr. White, Boatswain's mate; Mr. Oliver, Motor machinist's mate; surfman Cabral, and surfman Flores.

The NY Times story used the headline style of the era:

Coast Guard Rushes to Scene,
Although Skipper Says Flow Is in no Danger.

BOSTON, June 27 -- The Boston trawler Flow was in collision at 10 o'clock tonight with the freighter Cornerbrook about four miles northeast of Highland Light, off Cape Cod. Two of the Flow's crew were injured...  Read the rest of this report below.


2006: Tugboat at Buzzards Bay Rotary to be destroyed

The old tugboat which had greeted visitors to the Cape at the Buzzards Bay rotary since 1982 will be razed very shortly without help from the public.

#16 steam tugboat was launched in 1924, and she was rescued from a shameful death as a derelict in Witte's Junkyard in Staten Island, and moved to Bourne in 1982.

She was the last steam tug to remain afloat. Steam-powered tugs are from a by-gone era, and old #16 plied the waters of New York City Harbor for many years during her working lifetime. CVS pharmacies is about to close on the property and says the structure is rotten and unsafe.

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