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Subject: Fishing Trawler Lost At sea
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ladybug22103-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 03 Dec 2003 06:52 PST
Expires: 02 Jan 2004 06:52 PST
Question ID: 283027
I would like to know if there are any pictures of fishing trawler
named "Seiner" owned by Portland Trawling Co. of Groton, Ct. "Seiner"
was lost at sea in Jan. 1929.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 03 Dec 2003 07:38 PST
There are a number of newspaper articles available on-line regarding
the Seiner (including a 1925 incident, as well as the 1929 loss at

If the original articles had pictures of the vessel, they would be
included in the on-line version.  However, there is a cost of from
$2.00-3.00 per article to access the articles, so I have not looked at
them to see if a photo is available.

The articles are:

Nov 17, 1925

May 23, 1926

Jan 26, 1929

Jan 29, 1929

Trawler and 20 Men Still Missing.
Jan 29, 1929

Jan 30, 1929

Boats of the Missing Seiner Are Dragged Up From Under Sea Off
Nantucket Proving Loss
Feb 2, 1929

Toothbrush of a Man Drowned When Ship Sank Found in Fish
Aug 30, 1930


If you'd like, I can answer your question by posting instructions on
how to access these articles yourself.  However, please be aware that
I would be directing you to a fee-based service, and that there would
be an additional charge to you for accessing the articles.

Let me know how you would like to proceed on this.

Clarification of Question by ladybug22103-ga on 04 Dec 2003 06:20 PST
yew, I would like you to proceed, and if possible get copies of
articles No. 3,4,5,6and 7.  Please let me know how much this will cost
before persuing.  thank you.  (ps, my grandfather was on board the
Seiner when it was lost).

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 04 Dec 2003 06:53 PST
Hello again, and thanks for replying to my earlier questions.

Unfortunately, I cannot retrieve the articles for you and post them
here, as that would be a violation of copyright.  However, I can
certainly provide you instructions for retreiving them
is not difficult.

Each article that you select costs $2.95.  However, there are
discounts available for purchasing multiple articles.  For instance,
you can buy 4 articles for $1.99 each (7.95 total), 10 articles for
$1.60 each ($15.95 total),and 25 articles at only $1.05 each ($25.95
total).  You'll have to decide yourself which "package" makes the most
sense for you.

Again, I'll be happy to provide details for accessing the articles
yourself, if you feel this would be a satisfactory answer to your
question.  Just let me know.


Clarification of Question by ladybug22103-ga on 05 Dec 2003 06:30 PST
Hi, sorry, I guess I misunderstood your previous response.  Yes,
please provide details for accessing the articles on the "Seiner". 
Thanks so much for your help.
Subject: Re: Fishing Trawler Lost At sea
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 05 Dec 2003 07:09 PST
Hello again ladybug, and thanks for clarifying what you need.

Accessing old newspaper articles has recently become much easier, to
the great delight of internet researchers like myself.  You can access
articles on the loss of your grandfather's boat at the following link
for ProQuest Archives, which has back issues of the New York Times:

In the "Search for" box, enter the terms: seiner AND trawler
[***IMPORTANT*** -- be sure to capitalize AND]

In the "Sort By" options, click on: "Oldest First"

and then click on "Search".

That's it!

The results will return a number of articles containing the terms
Seiner and trawler (you may want to try searching on other terms as
well, such as your grandfather's name).

On the left-hand side of each article's title, are two symbols -- a
small rectangle, and a dollar sign symbol.  Click on the rectangle to
see a free preview of any article of interest.  For instance, clicking
on the rectangle next to the very first article returns the following:


Captain of Sea Gull Radios Later Craft Is Safe Despite Gale. 
New York Times Nov 17, 1925.  pg. 31, 1 pgs 

An S O S call was received yesterday afternoon by the Independent
Wireless Telegraph Company from the trawler Sea Gull, which was
reported to be drifting in the gale in a helpless condition toward
shallow water near Nantucket Lightship. At the local office of the
Portland Trawling Company, owners of the disabled vessel.....

As you can see, the Seiner is not mentioned in the first would have to access (that is, buy) the full article
in order to see where it is mentioned (of course, there's always a
chance that Seiner, the vessel, was not mentioned at all, and that a
person named Seiner is mentioned instead.  However, since the article
mentions the Portland Trawling Co., there's a good chance that their
boat, the Seiner, is mentioned as well).

Below the free excerpt from the article is some additional text:


Click to purchase complete document:

     Buy article image  - (PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader required.) 


You can click on this to buy the actual image of the article itself,
with the full text and pictures (if any) included.  Note that you need
to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.  If you don't
have it, click on the "Adobe Acrobat Reader" and follow instructions
to download it (if you have any difficulty with this, just let me

After you click on the "buy article" option, you'll have a final
choice to buy the single article for $2.95, or to buy a "package" of
4, 10 or 25 articles at a cheaper per-article rate.

Lastly, you'll need to enter your credit card and related information
to make the actual purchase, at which point, the articles are yours
for the viewing.

I hope I have explained this clearly.  The process is actually fairly
straightforward, but if you run into any difficutlies at all, just
post a Request for Clarificaiton to let me know, and I'll be happy to
assist you further.

Good luck in your research.  


 Adobe Acrobat Reader required

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 05 Dec 2003 07:11 PST
Ooops...ignore that last little " Adobe Acrobat Reader
required"'s just a stray bit of text.
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