1766A violent storm wrecked nine out of the nineteen Gloucester ships on the Grand Banks, with many crew members lost.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

In March a fleet of nineteen ships sailed for the Grand Banks where they were met with a violent storm. Two were pushed to Nova Scotia, seven sank, and the rest were damaged but were able to return to Gloucester. Unfortunately, there was no record of exactly how many people died, but it is believed to be at least 40. Due to this tragic loss of vessels and crew, the General Court abated the £50 in taxes owed to the colonial government that year.

The Fisheries of Gloucester from the First Catch by the English in 1623, to the Centennial Year, 1876. Gloucester, Procter Brothers, 1876, http://archive.org/details/fisheriesofglouc00glourich
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