June 30 - 1911: Coastal steamer sinks fishing schooner

Steamer Nacoohee sinks Catherine Allen - Sank another ship five years earlier

1911: Steamer smashes into schooner in heavy fog on Cape Cod Bay

The ill-fated Steamer Nacoohee sinks a fishing schooner Catherine Allen

On this day in 1911 one of the many coastal steamers of the era sank a large fishing schooner 16 miles northwest of Provincetown.

Since the canal was not completed yet, all ships had to sail a round the outer shore of Cape Cod, and the area was also rife with commercial fishing boats.

The headline in the newspapers the next day blared:

Steamer Nacoochee Runs Down Fishing Schooner Off Cape Cod.


BOSTON, June 30. -- In a dense fog off Cape Cod to-night the Savannah Line steamer Nacoochee, Savannah for Boston ran down the fishing schooner Catherine Allen... (Read the rest on the right.)

The ill-fated Nacoohee had sank another ship, this time a steamer, five years earlier in January of 1906 as this New York Times story reports;

Trojan Cut Down by Nacoochee
Captain's Quick Work Saves Crew

The steamer Trojan of the Boston and Philadelphia Line was sunk in collision with the steamer Nacoochee of the Savannah Line in Vineyard Sound last Sunday. The loss of the vessel was reported by the Nacoochee upon her arrival here to-day... The captain of the Nacoohee kept the bow of his hip stuck into the hole it had caused in the another steamer's side to hold the boat afloat until all those aboard scampered to safety. After the Trojan sank in 45 minutes.

A writer remembers the Nacoohee

A Dorchester writer, Bill Hamilton, wrote aboard the steamer this way,

...On Dec. 17th he set sail for Savannah, Georgia on board the steamer Nacoochee. The first night was destined to test the mettle of even a seasoned sailor such as Alexander Black. In his words: "the Nacoochee rode through . . . a fearful southeast gale with very high seas."

Later on he was to reach the tragic conclusion that "Probably the Arabella and her crew were lost in this same gale." A combination of steam and sail, plus good seamanship was sufficient to save the Nacoochee and Savannah was reached on Dec. 19th... Source.

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