1942A German submarine sank two Gloucester draggers.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Military

Gloucester Daily Times. “14 Fishermen Reach Shore Safely After Craft Are Shelled.” June 11, 1942. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/
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On June 3, 1942, two Gloucester fishing draggers the Ben and Josephine and the Aeolus, were headed to the Seal Island fishing grounds off of Nova Scotia when they were shelled and sunk within a half hour of each other by a German submarine. Captain Guiseppe Ciarmitaro narrowly missed being hit by the machine gun fire as he ordered the boat’s two dories overboard and the crew into them. The crew later told naval investigators that 38 to 48 rounds were probably fired, most of which missed, but enough to sink the fishing boat. The Aeolus, which was five miles astern, attempted to outmaneuver the U432 upon realizing what was happening to the other ship but was forced to surrender. Its crew also clambered into dories and the sub sank the vessel.

While endangered by machine gun bullets, shrapnel from hurtling shells, and direct shelling, all 14 crew personnel managed to reach shore after 36 hours of rowing through fog and drenching rain to land at the lighthouse on Mount Desert Rock, an island off of Acadia National Park. The only casualty was Captain Johnson’s dog “Snooksie.”

“German Sub.” Good Morning Gloucester, 26 Jan. 2012, https://goodmorninggloucester.com/tag/german-sub/. Gloucester Daily Times. "14 Fishermen Reach Shore Safely After Craft Are Shelled." June 11, 1942. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/
Gloucester Daily Times. "14 Fishermen Reach Shore Safely After Craft Are Shelled." June 11, 1942. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/
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