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Reports on U.S. commercial fishing vessel accidents from 1950-1990

Reports dating back to 1950 are available on the Internet for review

The Coast Guard maintains an Internet site that contains a variety of Marine Board of Investigation reports that pertain to the fishing industry. This is list of available reports that can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-
m/moa/reportindexcas.htm
.

As indicated in the table to the right, the site contains information dating back to April, 1950 for the Fishing Vessel Four sisters, which lost a crew of 10 near Nantucket Shoals. 

While this is list does not include every maritime incident, it does provide an historical context for similar incidents occurring today.

 A chronological listing is also available on the Internet at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-
m/moa/chronocas.htm
.

Some of the included cases are not fishing vessels, but were included because of they were of a high profile nature and the availability of the report. They include pax in the description to indicate that they were passenger for hire vessels.

Vessel Lives lost Date/Location
Aleutian Enterprise 9 presumed dead 1990, Bering Sea
Fish-N-Fool 2 dead and 8 more presumed dead, Fishing Charter/Pax for hire 1987, Off Isla de San Martin, Mexico, 
Merry Jane 8 dead, one presumed dead (9 total) Fishing Charter/Pax for hire 1986, Bodega Bay
Americus and Alatiar 14 presumed lost, 7 from each vessel 1983, Bering Sea
Fenwick Island 7 lost 1968, off Cape Lookout North Carolina
Jane (vs merchant vsl) 2 (of 5) presumed dead 1959, Strait of Juan de Fuca
Keturah (vs. drilling platform) Estimate 9 lost 1957, Gulf of Mexico (Hurricane Audrey, USCGC Cahocne witness)
Western Explorer 5 lost (three drown, two presumed) 1956, Off Mexico (Pacific)
Santa Maria 3 lost 1955, Puget Sound (vs. Navy LST)
Doris Gertrude 11 presumed lost 1955, New England
Redstart 11 presumed lost 1954, New England (Hurricane Carole)
Sun Voyager 2 (of 14) lost 1954, Galapagos (from San Diego)
Anna C Perry 6 presumed lost 1952, New England
Paolina 7 presumed dead 1952, New England
Mary M 5 (of 6) dead 1951, New England
Penguin 6 presumed dead 1951, New England
Gudrun 15 presumed dead 1951, New England (Perfect Storm Scenario)
Theresa A 12 lost 1950, New England
Four Sisters 10 lost 1950, New England
Signal Hill 4 lost -  had pax for hire 1950, California
Last Modified 3/31/2013