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Harlem River, NY Fishing Boat Capsized, July 1901



As the result of the capsizing of a small boat on the Harlem River off One-hundred and fifty-eighth Street yesterday. AUGUSTUS WILLIS, twenty-five years old, of No. 664 East One-hundred and fifty-third Street, was drowned. His body was carried away by the ebb tide and not recovered.
WILLIS and LEONARD MARTIN were fishing opposite the house of the Nassau Boat Club, when they were hailed by two men on shore. The strangers, JAMES OSBORN and WILLIAM ROFF, asked to be taken into the boat to fish also. WILLIS and MARTIN consented, and the four were soon in midstream. In trying to change seats one of the newcomers stumbled over WILLIS, which caused the boat to overturn. All but WILLIS swam ashore.
It was not until three of the men were standing on the float of the Nassau Boat Club that it was discovered that WILLIS was not on the float or to be seen in the water. MARTIN, who is an expert swimmer, removed his clothing, swam to where the boat had capsized, and dived several times for WILLIS'S body, but unsuccessfully.
A systematic search for the body was then made.

New York Tribune New York 1901-07-22

article | by Dr. Radut