Wednesday, July 19, 2017

They mysterious disappearance of Edward Trott & 16 other crew members aboard the Boston Trawler Belle

Edward & Edith Trott purchased the Coudersport Service Station in 1946. The couple was formerly from Boston and Canada. They were looking forward to the slower pace of a small town and living closer to 4 of their 5 grown children. Just before Christmas, the same year, Ed made an announcement that shocked the family. Without anyone knowing he had accepted a position as chief engineer of the Boston Trawler Belle, and was leaving for the port in Massachusetts on Christmas. The 113 foot steel fishing vessel was scheduled for departure on December 27th with a crew of 17. The furthest point would be Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Canada, and estimated return in mid January. The crew was guaranteed a hefty pay for embarking on the dangerous fishing expedition. 

Families were contacted on January 10th with news that the Boston Trawler Belle was lost at sea and a search was in progress. According to the Standard Fisheries Company, owners of the boat, Captain Linehan reached out to them the day before via radio telephone. He frantically reported there was a storm bearing down on the vessel which was loaded with 60,000 lbs of fish. They were about 100 miles east of the Boston port, requesting assistance due to engine failure. The call was cut short and attempts to reach them back had failed. Families began to pray for the safe return of their loved ones. Valiant efforts were made by the US & Canadian Coast Guards, New England & Canadian State Police, other vessels abroad, volunteers, etc...  by sea, air, and land. Over 50,000 miles of ocean and coastline were explored over and over. The Navy used radar equipped bombers to scan the ocean. No sign of the ship, not even a shard of wood, was ever found. The crew was never heard from again and it was quickly presumed that they had all sunk with the ship into the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. 

There were suspicions of a conspiracy following the burial of Patrick Aylward, one of the crew members said to be lost at sea, at the Saint Charles Borromeo Cemetery in Fermeuse, Newfoundland & Labrador Canada on the Avalon Peninsula, which took place in February. This was shortly after the United States Government disregarded a news report that wreckage from the Boston Trawler Belle was found south of Cape Race, Newfoundland & Labrador. Cape Race is about 66 kilometers (41 miles) south of Fermeuse. 

Stay tuned for more stories of the missing in/from Potter County...
Henry Schall - John Heichel - Mike, the Jewish peddler - Jennie Day - 
Henry Simmons - Ethel Bush - William Palmatier - Augusta Holt - 
Charles Alfred Tassell - David Stephens - Sam Duell - etc
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