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".
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:
S O S CALL FROM TRAWLER
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
paragraph...you 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.
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