1900Captain Joseph Mesquita’s schooner Mary P. Mesquita was run down by the British steamer Saxonia.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Portuguese History

Capt. Joseph P. Mesquita in wedding suit, c. 1890s. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 22726
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On the night of October 27, 1900, the schooner was in a shipping lane off Georges Bank when the steamer >Saxonia appeared and crashed into them. The 15-person crew of the Mary P. Mesquita jumped into two dories before the vessel sank.

On the journey back to Gloucester, Captain Mesquita vowed that he would bring the crowning ceremony widely practiced in the Azores where he was from to Gloucester as a way of giving thanks for the crew’s survival.

North Shore Magazine. “Mary P. Mesquita.” June 1984.
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