Sandy Hook, NJ (Off Shore) Pilot Boat JAMES GORDON BENNETT Sunk, Aug 1901

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CUT DOWN BY LINER.

PILOT BOAT JAMES GORDON BENNETT SUNK BY GERMAN STEAMER ELENE.

FOUR OF CREW ARE DROWNED.

SHARP PROW OF THE STEAMSHIP STOVE THROUGH THE SCHOONER LIKE A KNIFE -- SURVIVORS SWAM FOR THEIR LIVES.

New York, Aug. 17. -- The German steamer Elene, now running in the Atlantic branch of the Hamburg American line, rand down and sank the pilot boat James Gordon Bennett No. 7 this afternoon and drowned three pilots and the cook of the Bennett. The names of those who lost their lives are:
Pilot HENRY MIX, of Stapleton, Staten Island.
Pilot JOHN GODBOY, of Brooklyn.
Pilot JOHN LEONARD, of Brooklyn.
Cook JOHN GRUBE, of Stapleton, Staten Island.
The bodies of MIX and GODBOY were recovered.
The accident occurred near the Scotland lightship while the pilot boat was lying hove to on Sandy Hook bar, about ten miles east of Sandy Hook.
When the Elene struck the pilot boat the weather was clear. The survivors say the German steamer came bearing down upon their vessel and they were totally unable to avoid her. The whole thing happened so quickly and unexpectedly that they were floating in the water before they realized what had happened.
The big steamer struck the other about the rigging on the starboard side, going through like a knife and cutting her completely in two.
FRANK HOPKINS and ALEX DEXTER were asleep in their bunks when the crash came. They awoke to find themselves in darkness and the water pouring in upon them. The men were in their night clothes, and both struck out for their lives. They managed to keep afloat until rescued by the steam pilot boat New York.
When the steamer crashed into the Bennett the crew of the liner rushed to the side of her and threw life preservers to the pilots as they sprang from the sinking boat into the water. The steamer being under full headway passed on, but soon returned and quickly manned and lowered a boat in an effort to save those they had run down.
The boats from the Elene and the New York cruised about for some time, and at last the bodies of MIX and GODBOY were picked up and taken aboard the New York. Both the pilot boat and crew from the Elene continued to look for the bodies of the other two, but at last gave up the search.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1901-08-18