News from 1927: Ionic II rescues Daisy's crew

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Mark Baber

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As promised elsewhere:

The Times, 18 April 1927

Twenty-four members of the crew of the French fishing schooner Daisy,
who were rescued in the Atlantic as they were preparing to abandon the
ship on the evening of Good Friday, were landed at Southampton
yesterday. Captain Couchard said that shortly after the schooner left
St. Malo for Newfoundland one of the crew fell from the rigging and was
drowned, so that they had to return to port for a substitute. They
started again on April 8 and soon encountered a heavy sea. The vessel
rolled heavily and strained badly, and on the 10th it began to leak. By
the 13th their position was very serious, and they asked for help from a
French vessel, which escorted them during the next day. Her captain said
that he did not think that they were in any immediate danger and left
them. Their position got worse and for four days they were continually at
the pumps trying to keep the water down. They were all exhausted when
the Ionic came to their rescue. Captain A. E. Jackson, of the Ionic,
said they found the schooner in a sinking condition. The crew had
prepared to leave her. They were in a very bad state, having had no
sleep and very little food for four days, during which they had manned
the pumps continuously. As the sinking schooner was in the direct track
of liner traffic it was decided that it would be better to sink her.

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