Blizzard of 78

Blizzard of 78

Joined: January 10th, 2008, 1:23 am

February 17th, 2009, 4:56 pm #1

Does anyone know what boat went down that had Jerome Sinagra on board during the blizzard of 78?
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Joined: June 29th, 2007, 2:52 am

February 17th, 2009, 5:10 pm #2

The ship that sank during the blizzard was the Can Do - The Captain was a man named Quirk and one of the crew was a Curley. There were two others lost but I don't remember their names. I remember a Sinagra being lost but I don't think it was during that storm.
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Joined: January 10th, 2008, 1:23 am

February 17th, 2009, 5:15 pm #3

Does the Alligator sound right?
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Joined: February 24th, 2008, 10:50 am

February 17th, 2009, 5:17 pm #4

Didn't Carlo Sinagra go down with the Alligator?
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Joined: January 10th, 2008, 1:23 am

February 17th, 2009, 5:36 pm #5

OK, found downtosea.com and Jerome Sinagra wasn't on the Alligator or the Capt. Cosmo. My dad and his friend are arguing about which boat he was on, which is neither. I guess it's just two confused old fisherman giving themselves something to do! There's a breakfast riding on the answer. I guess neither one is right. Thanks for the help.
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Joined: February 24th, 2008, 10:50 am

February 17th, 2009, 5:41 pm #6

Thursday, September 28, 1978
Three Men on Overdue Boat
Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard planes re-searched from Gloucester to Nova Scotia today for the 52-foot Gloucester fishing vessel, Alligator.

The vessel and crew of three were reported overdue yesterday after they failed to return as scheduled Tuesday from what was to be a two day trip to Seal Island, Nova Scotia. The Coast Guard search began at noon yesterday after Gloucester fisherman Frank Santuccio reported skipper Carlo Sinagra and his crew of James Sinagra and Glen Guittarr overdue. Following established search and rescue procedure, ports along the Massachusetts, Maine and Canadian coast were checked. Reports were negative and a plane Cape Cod Station to search for the boat. Canadian Coast Guard planes also joined the search, according to the U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Harris.

This morning, one fixed-wing plane from Elizabeth City, N.J. and a helicopter from Cape Cod were in the air searching again. More checks were being made of coastal ports in Maine into which Sinagra may have ducked to ride out rough conditions which prevailed in the Gulf of Maine for most of the week.
Sources in Nova Scotia said the Alligator had taken on a load of swordfish Monday and had headed back. One theory that would explain the Alligator's failure to return on schedule was that it took the long route home along the coast rather than sailing directly across open ocean from southern Nova Scotia. But Coast Guard stations all along the Maine coast have been calling for the vessel on emergency radio frequencies for the past day and almost certainly would have been heard by the vessel if its radios were working. Inshore fishermen who work with the Alligator say the vessel's radios were old and had difficulty transmitting long distances, thus, they say the alligator could have heard the calls but could not respond.

As recorded as follow up in the Times on Friday the 29th, 1978
The coast Guard resumed its search this morning for the missing fishing vessel Alligator, three days overdue on a trip from Nova Scotia. Yesterday's efforts were hampered severely by heavy fog that grounded the three planes assigned to search from Seal Island, Nova Scotia to Gloucester Harbor. The search was called off for the day after only three hours. This morning, the search area was expanded to include all of the Gulf of Maine and waters to the south from Chatham east onto Georges Bank.
Skies were clear and the search team was increased to three Coast Guard planes, one Air Force, surveillance jet, a Canadian Coast Guard plane and the cutter Duane. Fishing vessels in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy. have been alerted to be on the lookout for the missing vessel.
Capt. Carlo Sinagra, 48, and his crew of James Sinagra, 55 and Glen Guittarr, 26, left Gloucester Sunday on what was planned to be a two-day run to Seal Island to pick up swordfish and transport it back.
The vessel's route may have been lengthened by a storm that blew up in the Gulf of Maine earlier this week. Some fishermen familiar with conditions in the waters between here and Nova Scotia think the 52-foot steel-hulled dragger may have become disabled while on a run straight for Gloucester from Nova Scotia. Others think Sinagra may have chosen to take the longer coastal route. So far, there has been no sign of the vessel along either course and the search continues.
The Alligator and its crew of three men were never heard from again.

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Joined: September 21st, 2005, 12:26 am

February 17th, 2009, 5:47 pm #7

Research the archives of the Gloucester Time Times, the Salem Evening News, and the Boston Globe for the time period, and event. Also the Coast Guard's public records, all online. The body lost from the CanDo, was brought ashore in Marblehead, and there are folks there who still remember the storm and the tragedies, in Salem Sound.
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Joined: February 17th, 2009, 8:00 pm

February 17th, 2009, 8:00 pm #8

Gloucester lost 3 fishing boats and 14 men in 1978:

Can Do
Frank Quirk
P.Kenneth Fuller
Donald Wilkerson
Norman "David" Curley
Charles Bucko

Capt. Cosmo
Cosmo Marcantonio
John Burnham
Benny Interrante
Salvatore Grover
Vito Misuraca
Jerome Pallazola

Alligator

Carlo Sinagra
James Sinagra
Glenn Guittarr

The late Alex Destino memorialized these men by commissioning Rocky Neck artist Armand Sindoni to paint murals in the sub shop in 1979. Below the murals are the framed GDT articles. Very sad
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Joined: April 4th, 2004, 11:57 pm

February 17th, 2009, 11:43 pm #9

Captain Carlo Bronco Sinagra was my cousin. His mother Margret Todd Sinagra was my fathers sister. His father Joe Sinagra Senior's sister was Margret Sinagra Destino. Little Joe as we called him was Carlo's brother who passed away a few years ago. Carlo's widow Phylis Sinagra who was a look a like for Jaqualin Kennedy also died a few years back due to a complication in a proceedure at Brigham & Womens Hospital. My fathers sister Margret passed away one could say twice. First was at the viewing of her granddaughters wake after being killed near the Crows Nest , the final was at the AGH soon afterwood. James Sinagra was Joe's brother and he was the father of the Late Lucky Sinagra who used to be the Meat cutter at the old Stop & Shop. Glenn Guittar was I believe the son of Sandy Guittar. They are sadly missed . Of what I know of the family boats would be the Etta Kay, The Dawn , and The Alligator.

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Joined: July 27th, 2005, 6:49 am

February 18th, 2009, 12:26 pm #10

Small world Huck. A good friend of mine is the widow of Joe and I was in the fatal accident with Joe's granddaughter who was my best friend.

Can Do: a great read is 'Ten Hours Until Dawn' - sad but riveting tale of the last hours.
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

February 18th, 2009, 12:58 pm #11

I taped the whole drama and hearing what the crew of the Can Do and the CG 44 footer had to endure was just unbelivable.So much water was coming down the exhaust stack it flooded out the engine of both vessels. Luckily the CG was able to get power going again but was working blind...the radar was lost. Hearing the windshield of the Can Do busted out and Frank's arm was cut badly.The crew stuffed a mattress into the opening but by then the electronics had shorted out. The only means of communicating was with a VHF walkie talkie. One crew member made several attempts to set the anchor. Their plan was to lay low and only use the walkie talkie every 30 minutes or so to conserve battery power.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

February 18th, 2009, 2:15 pm #12

Quiz question - where do you go to find the skipper of that Coast Guard 44 that made it back that night?
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
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Joined: October 12th, 2007, 12:18 am

February 18th, 2009, 2:30 pm #13

gloucester. they didnt make it back they pulled in to beverly
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

February 18th, 2009, 2:34 pm #14

Where in Gloucester though? I want to interview the man in the morning.
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 1:28 am

February 18th, 2009, 2:36 pm #15

I lived a block from the Beverly shore during the '78 storm, and was amazed at the bravery of the men who dared that fury to try to help others in distress. R.I.P.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

February 18th, 2009, 2:40 pm #16

That is I want to interview him if he lets me read the comics first.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
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Joined: October 12th, 2007, 12:18 am

February 18th, 2009, 2:45 pm #17

fliping pancakes at zekes
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Joined: November 11th, 2007, 2:15 am

February 18th, 2009, 2:55 pm #18

Pack yer bags Damon. He's in Canada.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

February 18th, 2009, 3:10 pm #19

LOL - Oh well, I will interview Cindy then.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
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Joined: February 10th, 2018, 1:16 pm

February 10th, 2018, 1:18 pm #20

Ward4 2NoMore wrote: Didn't Carlo Sinagra go down with the Alligator?
Yes, Carlo went down with the alligator
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