Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Crew

The seven-man crew serving on the Jennie M. Carter consisted of the following men:
  • Wesley T. Ober (Captain) ~ His body washes ashore near Knobb's Station, Plum Island on April 19. Captain Ober's remains were sent to Sedgwick, ME to be interred with his father.
  • J. W. Preble (Chief Mate) ~ His coat comes ashore on April 23. In it is a letter from West Harrington, ME dated 18 Dec 1893.
  • ? Crowley (Steward & Cook) ~ His brother, Captain A. L. Crowley of East Boston states the captain's niece had made the trip. It is later discovered there were no women on board.
  • Sven Sigfred Petersson (Seaman) ~ His is the first body to come ashore. He is Swedish, 25 years old and has only been in America a few years.
  • Seaman
  • Seaman
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  2. Judi: You may want to add last week's article from the Newburyport News about the Carter. Since your 2012 picture, Salisbury has lost a lot of sand due to storms. The Carter's ribs now stick up 2-3 feet or more above the water line. I swim there whenever I can depending on the sea temps and ambient temps. Actually 2 Nov 13 was the last time I swam there this year. I got pretty well cut up a few times by the upright beams of the Carter this summer, because depending on the water levels/tides its ribs can be unseen by swimmers - as they can be under the water in as little as 6 inches to a foot below the water line. At really low tide they are often above the water line now. So I worked with a wonderful lady named Ellen Fitzpatrick at Mass DCR. Thanks to Ellen's understanding of the conundrum (Carter is protected historically, yet it is a hazard to swimmers) - beginning next May (2014), the Carter will be marked with 'hazard buoys'. Here is the link to that Newburyport Times story: Newburyport Daily News (16 NOV 13):

    Also, I have one question for you. In your story you wrote that the Carter was enroute New York from Maine, and that she first got in trouble off Ipswich. New York is a southerly direction from Maine, and Ipswich Bay is pretty far south of Salisbury Beach. So, why did the Carter turn back in a northerly direction - to end up wrecked on Salisbury beach? Does her ships log say why the course was changed?

    Of interest. I sort of always had an inkling that I was swimming close to the wreck, as the water temperature over it would usually drop 5-10 degrees. Do I hear the 'Outer Limits' theme song? Or, is it because its wood absorbs the night chills and any thermocline differences - and slowly releases that cold in the morning?
    Sincerely, Steve Keohane, USN (Retired), Methuen, MA.

  3. This is a followup to my previous post. It wasn't you that posted the 2012 picture of the wreck as I stated. That is here: It sticks out of the sand further this year.

    To answer my own question. I guess if you loose a rudder and a topmast you pretty much end up drifting around aimlessly dependend on the currents & tides. That would explain how/why the Carter ended up at Salisbury Beach - which is pretty far north from Ipswich Bay. Sincerely, Steve Keohane, USN (Ret.)