1879Twenty-nine fishing vessels with 249 fishermen were lost during a February storm.Events & Anniversaries, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Cape Ann Advertiser. “An Appalling Calamity to the Gloucester Fishing Fleet.” March 11, 1879.
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The storm took place on February 20 and 21, 1879. By mid-March, only two schooners had arrived back from Georges Bank. By March 21, 1879, it was determined that the remaining vessels were lost.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog Dan_nehs. “February 1879 : The Deadliest Month for the Gloucester Fishing Fleet.” New England Historical Society, 20 Feb. 2014, https://newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/february-1879-deadliest-month-gloucester-fishing-fleet/.
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