New York City, NY Yawl Accident In Hudson, July 1907

BOAT ROCKED BY A SAILOR.

IT IS CAPSIZED WITH FATAL RESULTS IN THE RIVER AT NEW YORK.

THREE MEN DROWNED BECAUSE OF FOOLHARDINESS OF ONE OF THE PARTY AFTER THEY HAD MADE A MERRY NIGHT OF IT ON SHORE.

New York, July 9. -- (AP) -- Three members of the crew of the steam yacht Yacona, belonging to Henry Clay Pierce, of St. Louis, were drowned in the Hudson River early today when a small yawl carrying six of the Yacona's crew and a dockman was capsized by a sailor, who rocked the boat. Four of the party were picked up by a passing tug. No traces have been discovered of the three missing men, and the police are convinced that they are drowned.
They are:
RUDOLPH JOHN.
FREDERICKSON VON BORSEN.
HERMAN VON BORSEN.
The Yacona came into port yesterday after a week's cruise in Long Island Sound, and Captain McDonough gave several of the crew shore leave. Six of the Yacona's crew came down to the landing at Eighty-sixth Street early today, after an all-night frolic, and hailed the Yacona for a launch. There was no answer from the yacht, and in their anxiety to get aboard, the sailors induced Gus Appleman, a dockman, to take them out to the yacht. The dockman wanted to divide the party and make two trips, but, against his will, all six piled into the yawl and started for the steam yacht. Several times during the trip Appleman warned his boisterous passengers to remain quiet, as their movements threatened to overturn the craft. Within a dozen boat lengths of the yacht one of the sailors gave the yawl a violent lurch, and she capsized, throwing all seven men into the water.
Appleman succeeded in not only clinging to the keel of the overturned boat, but also assisted three of the sailors. All four were finally picked up by a tug which had been attracted by the shouts of the men. The crew on board the Yacona, hearing the cries of distress, threw a powerful searchlight over the water and lowered a boat to search for the three missing men. No traces of them could be discovered. The police searched the river, without result.
Henry Clay Pierce, the owner of the yacht Yacona, is chairman of the board of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company of Missouri.

The Pensacola Journal Florida 1907-07-10

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