News from 1901: Celtic II rescues the crew of a sinking schooner

Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
The New York Times, 17 November 1901

Their Schooner Was Water-Logged and They Had Little Food and Water

The White Star liner Celtic, from Liverpool, got in last night, and like the
Peninsular, that had preceded her into port by several hours, reported that
she had rescued during the voyage, the crew of an American vessel. The
rescued men were four in number, and constituted the crew of the schooner A.
M. McNichol, which they abandoned in a water logged condition on Friday when
they were picked up by the Celtic. The rescue happened about 10:30 o'clock
in the morning.

The skipper of the schooner was named Sanborn, and when he was hailed by
Capt. Lindsay of the Celtic he informed that officer that he only had one
and a half gallons of drinking water left, and that his supply of food
consisted of a few pounds of flour. He asked Capt. Lindsay to take him and
his men off. Capt. Lindsay consented, and a life crew from the Celtic, in
charge of Third Officer Hume, soon had the men off of their rickety craft
and on board the Celtic.

On the Celtic, Capt Sanborn said that he had sailed from Newport on the 6th,
in ballast, for Bangor, Me. On the 9th he put into Hyannis, Mass., sailing
again for Bangor the following day. They had hardly lost sight of the shore
line off Hyannis when they ran into a heavy northwester, which drove the
little vessel out to sea, breaking the tiller and rendering her
unmanageable. The winds, which each day increased in fury, were accompanied
by the inevitable high seas, and the vessel was at the mercy of the storm
until Thursday, when she was sighted by the Celtic.

The skipper said that he had sighted eight steamships while he was being
tossed about by the heavy seas, but that none of them paid any attention to
his signals of distress. Early Friday morning, he said, a large passenger
steamship had passed close to him. Torches and red lights were burned on the
schooner to attract the attention of the liner, but she passed by without
heeding the signals of distress.

Capt. Sanborn is about twenty-one years of age, and succeeded his father as
skipper of the craft. Capt. Sanborn, Sr., committed suicide about a year ago
by jumping overboard from the McNichol. The McNichol was a vessel of 104
tons, and was built at East Machias, Me., in 1884.


Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
The New York Times, 19 November 1901

Woman Objected to the Celtic Stopping to Rescue Sailors

Capt. Lindsay of the White Star liner Celtic, on that vessel's arrival
Saturday night, told Col. Story, the Deputy Surveyor of the port of New
York, what one of his woman passengers thought about his stopping on the
high seas to rescue the crew of an American schooner that he
had brought to port with him.

"The woman in question," said Capt. Lindsay, "was in the saloon, and as I
passed through on my way to the deck I told her she had better come up and
witness a rescue at sea. She looked at me a moment and said, 'If you are
going to stop and pick up the crew of every old craft you meet we will never
get to New York.' When she said that I thought it about time for me to
attend to my own business."


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