To Minister Marine and Fisheries.

8.26p.m. — Another man arrived on Island named Richard King. Was on ice since the explosion.


8.27 p.m. Wreckage of Viking drifting towards Cape John, Gull Island.


Foundation Franklin Searching

10.34 p.m.— off scene and in ice. Searching around until daylight.

Master, Foundation Franklin

Condition Rescued Men

7 p.m. King has fractured leg and both feet frozen. Kennedy and Sergeant suffered slight injuries; in fair condition.


Jacob Kean, Sagona

The Minister sent message yesterday morning asking for detailed information as to the number of men on the ice, what number were dead, what number went down with the ship for which no account could be given. And at 8.36 p.m. received the following telegram:—

Thirty one on the ice. Cannot account for what are dead. Terrible rush. As soon as I hear will advise.



Captain Foundation Franklin and S. S. Sagona, March 17— Latest reports state 118 men landed safely on Horse Island, many badly injured needing medical attention. About twenty-five are missing, presume dead. Advise your proceeding direct to Horse Island if possible. Steamers Ungava, Eagle, Neptune, Sagona, due on the scene late this afternoon.

Minister Marine Fisheries.


Postal, March 17—

to steamers Ungava, Beothic, Neptune, Eagle, Bowring and Job's wiring all their ships tonight to make through search for victims Viking disaster tomorrow. Presume you heard that Sagona rescued three men from Viking wreckage. Capt Kean of Viking states that five disabled men still on ice five miles east by south Horse Islands. Suggest you keep out search parties all night tonight with food and water as men must now be nearly exhausted. Presumed all steamers in touch with each other keep me fully advised.

H. B. C. LAKE.

Part 2


Large Congregation Attends—His Excellency The Governor is Present— Service Conducted by Rector.

In spite of the very short notice possible a large congregation attended the special service of intercession at the Cathedral at mid-day yesterday. His Excellency the Governor was present, accompanied by Commander East, A. D. C. The robed clergy were Rev. J Brinton, Rev. T. Greavett, Canon Field, Canon Pelle and the Lord Bishop. Mr. D. Morgan presided at the organ and some members of the Cathedral choir were in attendance. Before the service commenced Canon Pelle—who conducted all the service—announced the latest news of the disaster which had very kindly been given to him from "The Evening Telegram" office immediately before the service started. Hymn 370 ("Eternal Father, Strong to Save") was sung after which the lesson was read from St. Mark 6, 45-51. The rector then read the following call to prayer after which the subject for intercession were announced and after each a short pause for silent prayer was kept. At the conclusion, of the prayers hymn 193 ("Rock of Ages") was sung and the Bishop pronounced the blessing.

"Brethern—in the time of anxiety in our Colony it seemed good to call together as many as one could, in so short a time, to interceed with all the earnestness possible for those in any way afflicted by this tragedy of the seas. It is not a time for an ornate or elaborate service. We gather as intercessors before the Throne of Grace whilst the grim details of rescue work are being carried on at the scene of disaster. At least we can hold up hands of believing prayer and so to some little extent enter into the work of assisting those in need at this time. I will therefore simply announce the subject for our intercessions and then pause for silent prayer will follow. For our comfort as we pray let us remember how intimately connected our Blessed Savior was in His earthy ministery with those engaged in the fishing trade and there how He can enter into our anxiety at this time. To Him Who chose simple fishermen to be His chief disciples let the prayers of this fishing colony ascend and may He of His mercy hear us as we pray."

The Lord Prayer.

For those in danger of their lives at this time.
For those who may be suffering from the knowledge that they are cut off from their comrades.
For those lost on the ice that their presence may be discovered.
For those hastening from all directions to their rescue.
For fair weather and a safe voyage for the rescue ships.
For guidance for those in command of the rescue parties.
For those in great physical strain who are sending news through by the wireless service.
For all who have been injured in body or mind by the perils they have gone through.
For those who have died in this disaster.
For the doctors and nurses in their anxious work.
For those endeavoring to house and feed the survivors whilst awaiting the rescue ships.
For the government of the colony in organizing relief measures.
For those in mental agony as they await news of their love ones.
For those seeking to console them in their anxiety.
For those who have been saved that they may speedily recover from the terrible experiences of those past hours.
For a liberal readiness on the part of everyone to help financially if called upon to do so.
For the other ships of our sealing fleet that they may be preserved from danger.

B.I.S. Abandons St. Patrick's Day Annual Parade

Resolution Sympathy is Passed—

Rev. Father St. John Preaches Panegyric at St. Patrick's Church— Telegrams Exchanged.

A special meeting of the Benevolent Irish Society was held at the hall on Monday night. The president Mr. J. C. Pippy occupied the chair. The meeting was called for the purpose of deciding whether, because of the awful tragedy as the ice fields, the Society's annual parade this year.

It was decided that as an expression of sympathy to the relatives and friends of those who were so unfortunately cut off in the prime of life that the society have no parade this year but that the members attend Mass at St. Patrick's.

The members assembled in the hall at 9.15 a.m. where the president Mr. J. C. Pippy, extended St. Partick's Day greetings to the members on the attainment of the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary of the Society. We then referred very feelingly to the terrible disaster which had overtaken one of our sealing fleet and the awful loss of life which it entailed.


The following resolution was sent to the relatives and friends of the unfortunate men who had lost their lives.

WHEREAS a very great disaster had fallen on a a number of our countrymen in the loss of life occasioned by the destruction of the sealing ship Viking.

AND WHEREAS this Society sympathizes sincerely with the suffers , their relatives and friends in the loss thereby sustained.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Society in meeting assembled places on record its profound sympathy with all concerned in the awful tragedy. And that a copy of this resolution br inscribed in the minutes of this Society.


Below are given in adjacent columns the list of survivors as recorded up to midnight from the ships company as registered in the Viking articles. As a few survivors are still coming in it is as yet impossible to give a list of victims.


Captain Abram Kean Jr., Brookfield, Master; Alfred Kean, Brookfield, Second Hand; David Winter, Valleyfield, Master Watch; J. J. Wheeler, Lower Island Cove, 1st Master Watch; W. G. Johnstone, Job's Cove, Master Watch; George Day, Little Harbor, P. B., Bridgemaster; Henry Brown, 17 MullockStreet, Galleyman; William Goodwin, Trinity Bay, First Cook; Alfred Butt, Freshwater, Bridgemaster; Charles Fry, Brigus, Second Cook; John Austin , Cook;

Sealers—Patrick Gushue, Conception Hr.; John Lambert, 79 King's Road; Robert Cole, Conception Hr.; Michael Martin, Flatrock; Alphonsus Doyle, Gull Island; Isreal Foley, Bonavista; Chesley Martin, Bonavista. James Street, Bonavista; Yetman Mouland, Bonavista; Wm. Bartlett of John, Georgetown, Brigus; Wm. Cole, Colliers; Walter Batten, Bareneed; Herbert Ryan, Port Rexton; Michael Martin, Torbay; Jacob Bradbury, (Thom.), Torbay; Nicholas Roache, Middle Cove; Dan Fleming, Spillar's Cove; Isaac Bradbury, Brigus; Michael Kinsella, Outer Cove; Edward Spracklin, Brigus; James Coady, Outer Cove; George Cross, Badger's Quay, John Soper, Carbonear; Fred Percey, Brigus; Arthur Richards, Brigus; Abram Dyke, 22 Beaumont Street; Albon Oakley, Wesleyville; Walter Power, Flatrock; Stephen Lush, Georgetown, Brigus; James Linthorne, Georgetown, Brigus; John Whitty, Georgetown, Brigus; John Ryan, Logy Bay; Malcolm Webber, Cupids; Jerry Quinian, Red Head Cove; Frank Dawe, Bay Roberts; George Linthorne, Georgetown, Brigus; Arch Linthorne, Georgetown, Brigus; John Breaker, Brigus; Roland LeGrow, Bauline; James Burke, Colliers; Benj. Ganey, Colliers; Ernest Newell, Burnt Head; Richard Conway , Colliers; Alfred Fifield, Trinity; Henry Sparkes, Georgetown, Brigus; Robert Bartlett, Marysvale; Harold Bishop, Burnt Head; James Dawe, Burnt Head; Richard Fowler, Burnt Head; William Fowler, Burnt Head; John Newell , Georgetown, Brigus; John Boland, Calvert; James White Greenspond; Joseph Kelly, Brigus; James Fey, Brigus; Sydney Burry, Greenspond; John Gosse, Torbay; Patrick Brown, colliers; Charles McGrath, Colliers; Joseph Cole, Colliers, Patrick Burke, Colliers; Joseph Brown, Colliers; Albert Sparkes, Sibley's, T. B. ; Joseph Lambert, King's Bridge Road; Edward Conway, Colliers; Jacob Ralph, Barsil's Square; Harold Batten, Bareneed; Wm. R. Boones, Bareneed; William Fleming, Bonavista; James Murray, Pouch Cove; Jacob Newell, Pouch Cove; Tom Fleming, Bonavista; Isreal Pearce, Bonavista; David Chaulk, Catalina; gordon Loveys, Western Bay; Stanly Johnston, Job's Cove; Eli Garland, Caplin Cove, C.B. ; Simeon Garland, Caplin Cove, C. B. ; Edward Oliver, Gull Island, C. B. James Oliver, Gull Island, C. B. ; Joesph Oliver, Gull Island, C. B. ; Michael Martin, Flatrock; Nanshi Tippett, Catalina; Isaac Efford, Bareneed, C. B. ; Vincent Hewco, Torbay, Henry Codner, Torbay; Peter Berg, Wesleyville; Joseph Stockley, Brookfield, B. B. ; Victor Hicks, Bonavista; Albert Spracklin, Brigus; George Efford, North River; Zack Thistle, Pouch Cove; Walter Bursey, Lower Island Cove, C. B. ; Frank Flynn, Brigus, Ira Pearcy Brigus; Thomas Kennedy, Brigus; Simon S. Spracklin, Brigus; Noah Way, Bonavista, Alfred Way, Bonavista; Wilson Kennedy, Western Bay; Ernest Spracklin, Brigus; Edward Dalton, Western Bay; Paddy Spracklin, Brigus; Walter Crew, Flatrock; William John Doyle, Gull Island, C. B. Dan Brown, Brigus; John Roberts, Brigus; Fred Payne, Brigus, George Adams, Brigus, Edward Bragg, Pouch Cove; Ronald Gushue, Brigus; John Kenndy, Brigus; George H Youden, Brigus; Richard Walker, Brigus; John Doyle, Gull Island, C. B.; Ben Antle, Brigus; Patrick Bartlett, Brigus; Samuel Morgan, Seal Cove, Henry Sparkes, Brigus; George Spracklin, Brigus; Thomas Spracklin, Brigus; Charles Spracklin, Brigus;

William Kennedy, Job Street, Navigator; John J Roche, Top Battery Road, Doctor; Clayton King, Brigus, Marconi Operator; A James Young 26 McNeil Street, Food Inspector; Stephen Mullett, Wesleyville, Store Keeper; Ronald Carter, Pleasant Street, Boatswain; Joseph Murphy, 29 Cabot Street, Chief Engineer; Fred Carnell, Quidi Vidi Road, Second Engineer; H. Hansford, Shaw's Lane, Third Engineer;

Firemen— P. Whalen, 18 Spencer Street; Patrick Breen, 45 Flower John Burke, 18 Spencer Street; Richard Adams, 19 Brennan Street; Harold Wiseman, St. West, Anthony Taylor, MacFarlane Street .

Movie men— Varrick Frissell, A. E. Penrod, Harry Sargent, and helper (probably Noseworthy)


To Minister Marine and Fisheries.

Beothic, 4.20p.m. — Just arrived 8 miles east horse Isalnd; Started search.



To Dr. Moores, S.S, Sagona, via Fogo:— Thanks for detailed information . We have no definite information as to condition of men on Island except that Captain is seriously injured. As there as been no death among the 121 men now on island I presume that their injured are more or less minor. I have an idea that there are about ten seriously injured men with legs and arms broken still on ice about five to ten miles east by south from Horse Island. You will of course be in touch with other steamers in that vicinity as Beothic sent dory for three men at five o'clock this afternoon.


To Minister marine and Fisheries

Neptune, 6 p.m.;— Arrived Viking position. Now beginning search



Operator , Horse Island, March 17—

Sagona has supplies onboard for residents of Horse island, who will get same, by applying to purser, to reimburse them for provisions supplied crew of Viking . Steamer Ungava expected to reach Horse Islands at four thirty this afternoon. Foundation Franklin also at four thirty, Sagona about 6 p.m. Eagle and Neptune also on way

Minister Marine Fisheries


Danger Too Great To Risk $20,000 machine For possible $2,000—offer Made by News Reel Companies

New York, March 18 –(C.P.) Offers by new reel companies to charter planes to Horse Island were rejected by officials and plane owners, who contended that the danger hardly justified their risking $20,000 plane on a flight bringing a maximum return of $2,000


Arrangements Completed to provide Thirty Beds for Surgical Cases as Wess as Care for Pneumonia Cases or Those Suffering from exposure


Arrangements at the General Hospital have been made by Drs. Keegan and Campbell to take care of all surgical cases that may result from the Viking disaster. Thirty bed will be available by to-night, and in the opinion of Dr. Keegan this will probably more than takes care of all surgical cases. It is possible that there will be cases of frost burn and it is known that there are many cases of fractured limbs.

If there are not sufficient surgical cases to fill the thirty beds, those suffering from pulmonary ailments and exhaustion as a result of exposure, will be admitted.

Exclusive of these 30 beds, there will be a few beds available for any male emergency or accident cases. Dr. Keegan also pointed out to a representative of the Daily News that whereas these beds will fill the hospital on the man's side there are vacancies for female cases in their wards.

Immediately on arrival of the steamer with the injured all surgical cases will be moved to the hospital , members of the Boy Scouts forming an ambulance corps.

The Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Mr. H. B. C. Lake, telephoned Monday to Dr. Keegan who provided the necessary splints and instruments that the doctors on S. S. Sagona and Foundation Franklin needed.


Dept. Marine and Fisheries,
17 March, 1931

Since Prime Minister's telegram sent, two men named Dick Walker and Nicholas Roche have arrived safely on island. Sealer Ungava within five miles of Viking position at 2.30 p.m. Beothic, Eagle, Neptune sighted. We hope that medical aid will reach island before dark. Telegraph offices and wireless stations in that neighbourhood, also department of fisheries will be kept open until last possible body recovered.


Horse Island:— Six men left early morning to rescue men in dory , if possible.

March 18, 1931


In the sad story that is gradually unfolding concerning the disaster to S. S. Viking on Sunday night, there are picked out, here and there, silver linings to the overshadowing cloud of sorrow. Of suffering, hardship and trails there was, unfortunately, a brimming cup. But outstanding among them all, and something that will appeal as well to popular imagination, is the story of the rescue of three injured men from the drifting wreckage of what was one the sten of a staunch steamer.

It requires no stretch of imagination to appreciate the feeling of these three survivors as they drifted steadily to sea on the shattered wreckage that at first proved their salvation, but threatened to become their deathbed from privation and exposure.

It requires, also, no vivid imagination to understand what must have been their feelings as, benumbed with exposure and weak from lack of food, they watched the smoke of the oncoming steamer.

Out of all the incidents, and when the full tale is told it will not be lacking in incidents of endurance and rescue, this rescue of men far out at sea on a fragment of wreckage will forn an historic chapter in the annals of an industry that is packed full of outstanding incidents.

Apparently the list of survivors is slowly growing and there is yet hope that others may be located. Especially do we all hope that five men on the ice suffering from broken limbs and exposure and privation may be rescued as quickly as possible.

The rescue ships have no simple and easy task. While heavy ice impedes them, young ice also makes the progress of boats sent out difficult, and handicaps searchers in walking on the ice.

There is always hope from the sea, however and we are still of the belief that the first toll may be reduced. For the sake of mothers and children, sisters and wives we would say in all sincerity, "God Grant It"

EDITOR Daily News


Amount acknowledged
Arthur Walker
Dr. N. S. Fraser
Lady Cashin
Cashin & Co., Ltd
In memoriam J C Oke



Governor of St. Pierre Cables Regrets.

The following telegrams have been passed between His Excellency the Governor of St. Pierre, Miquelon, and His Excellency the governor. —


St. Pierre, Miquelon, March 17th—On learning of the catastrophe to the steamer Viking I hasten to address to Your Excellency an expression of the heartfelt sympathy of the French Colony of St. Pierre, Miquelon, for the people of Newfoundland and the families of the Victims.

I assure Your Excellency of my infinite sorrow.




On behalf of Government and people of Newfoundland I desire to thank Your Excellency for kind message.

We are deeply grateful for this expression of sympathy from Your Excellency and people of St. Peirre, Miquelon, in the disaster which has occurred to steamer Viking.



Kingston Jamaica,
March 17: Extended to the relatives and friends of those who have suffered through the Viking disaster, my heartfelt sympathy.

(Sgd.) W. F. Coaker.

Practical Sympathy

St. John's, Newfoundland,
March 17th, 1931

Editor the Daily News

Dear Sir:— it was with deep regret that we heard of the awful accident which occurred on board the S. S. "Viking" on Sunday night which caused the death of so many of our hardy bread winners. We would like to express our sincere sympathy, through you columns, to the friends and relatives of the unfortunate victims. We enclose our cheque for the sum of One Hundred Dollars, which we would like you to hand to what ever committee which shall be organized , as a small help towards assisting the dependents of the victims.

We also enclose my mother, Lady Cashin's cheque for a like amount to be devoted to the same purpose.

Yours sincerely

L. V. CASHIN, Director.


Plane will leave Boston early to-day with three en and supplies of food and medicine for Horse Island


New York, March 18.—(C.P )– Dr. Lewis Frissell, father of Varick Frissell, has announced that Bernt Balchen noted flyer, would take off from Boston early to-day in an effort to reach Horse Island to get new of younger Frissell's fate. The big Sikorsky amphibian will carry food and medical supplies. Mechanics flew from Roosevelt filed early this morning to condition the plane at Boston. Bernt, who has extensive Arctic flying experience, will take the veteran birdmen, Randy Enslow, and Barney Barbin.


Crew of Imogene and Beothic will assist medical men—Survivors advised to walk to meet them and get injured to ship.

S S. Sagona, March 19—At 8 p.m. am making arrangements for doctors walk to Horse Islands to-morrow morning weather permitting. Ship now 5 miles east of Island, Imogene about mile west of us. Impossible to penetrate ice, Imogene and Beothic crew will assist in getting doctors on shore. Wind light, east by south.


St. John's, March 18—(to operator Horse island)— Kean of Sagona wire me that doctors , with combined crews from Imogene, Beothic and Sagona, are leaving early morning for Horse Island. Advise men to walk to meet them as they will have ample supplies and will assist the injured back to ship.—Minister Marine and Fisheries

To Captain Sagona, Imogene, Beothic, Ungava

St. John's, March 18—Am pleased that you and crews, with doctors will start towards Isl;and in early morning. Suggest each man take extra supplies provisions. Have advised men on the Island to walk to meet you. Minister Marine & Fisheries

Replying to suggestion made by Capt. Kean late of Viking, at Horse Island, to Captain of Beothic, that survivors should attempt to walk to the ship owing to scarcity of provisions on the Island, the Minister Mr. Lake wired him as follows:—

"I deeply regret and can quite understand your position. Latest message from the ships is that Imogene and other steel ships are practically jammed and now making no progress towards Island. They ask that your men who are physically fit to travel will start walking towards the ships at daylight. They have promised me that doctors, with combined crews, will start for the Island to meet your men, and will endeavor to reach the island with medical assistance and provisions for you sufferers. I think that by the combined efforts of your crew and those on the steel ships that by to-morrow at noon, if weather is favorable, we shall have handled the situation and relief will have reached you and your men."


At 10.15 yesterday morning the Minister of Marine and Fisheries has a message from S.S. Beothic via Fogo, stating that three survivors , named William Johnson, master watch; Alfred Kean, second hand and Frederick Bent, movie helper, had been rescued for a dory. All three were suffering from slight injuries by their condition was otherwise good.

It is presumed that this explains the statement previously made that some men were in a dory.

Beothic, via Fogo, March 18, 3.38 p.m.—Rescued three men , Johnson, Kean and Fred best, one p.m. position 6 miles east Horse Island, transferred above men to Sagona, now making for Horse Island.



Mr. E. M. LeMessurier, secretary of the International Grenfell Association at St. John's had a message yesterday from the New England Grenfell Association as follows, "Frissell's family planning air search Thursday."

Mr. Varrick Frissel is a director of the Grenfell Association of America in New York.

About the same time Mr. Eric Bowring, director of Bowring Bros. Ltd. received a message from his brother, Mr. Charles W. Bowring, from New York, asking him to investigate the facilities for an airplane landing at Harbor Grace. The result of his enquiries were cabled to New York.

Mr. T .J. Meaney, correspondent of the United Press, last night received a message from his principals stating the Mr. Seth Low, chairmen of the board of directors of Roosevelt Flying Field had been asked to try and get a plane to search, on behalf of relatives, for those missing, in the Viking disaster, but officials considered that under all the circumstances, the risks were too great.


S.S. Sagona, via Fogo, March 18 3.24 p.m.—Johnson good condition walked on board without help, Alfred Kean scalp wound and injured knee, not serious. Fred Best, both feet frozen, result indefinite at present. These were transferred from the Beothic at 12 a.m. Impossible to walk to the Island, ice bad, making slow progress. At present about 5 miles away.


Part 3

Americans Seated at Table When Explosion Occurred

Sargent Has Not Seen Them Since— Captain Winsor Thinks Missing Men Went down with Wreck

Minister of Marine and Fisheries:

Sagona. via Fogo, march18, 6.56 p.m.—Frissell and Penrod were sitting at table with me when the explosion occurred. Did not see them again. Have notified my family of my safety.

(Sgd. ) Sargent.

St. John's, March 18—Ask Sargent to wireless me any definite information he has regarding Frissell and Penrod as we have no report of them whatever and I am anxious to communicate Sargent's report to their relatives. One hundred and twenty-one still on Island. Have advised as many as are physically fit to walk to nearest ship, preferably Sagona. Keep me fully advised of any men which reach your ship, also their condition as I will need all detail and information so as to make hospital and there arrangements.— H. B. C. Lake.

Minister of Marine and Fisheries

S.S. Ungava, via Fogo, March 129, 9.34 p.m.— Gave up search at 4 p.m. Only one body around wreckage. Eagle, Neptune, Ungava gave it a complete search. Only the one body to be found. Considering the way the hull was blown up think the remainder of the missing must have gone down. Started searching yesterday at 4 p.m. 7 miles east of Horse Islands, finished to-day 28 miles south-southeast Gull Island. East wind now. Think men will have no trouble to get aboard ships in the morning.


To Captain of Viking

The following telegram has been sent to Captain Abram Kean, Junior, horse island, from His Excellency the Governor :—

18th March, 1931

I have learned with deepest concern of appalling disaster to S.S. Viking and wish to express to yourself and all those who have been injured or have suffered from exposure my profound sympathy.


Eagle Searching Among Wreckage

The following was received from Capt. W. B. Kean, 7.35 a.m., by the Minister of Marine:—

"Ascertain from Capt. Kean of Horse Island if they actually saw men 5 miles east by south from there on Tuesday, as that area was searched and no sign. Now making towards wreckage 22 miles S. by E. to search for dead or disabled in that vicinity as that is most likely place as ice and wreckage would drift together.

Wife of One Movie Party in New York on Verge of Collapse— Usually Accompanied her Husband

New York, March 18—(C.P.)—Mrs. Arthur G. Penrod in on the verge of collapse after three days of uncertainty as to her husband's fate following the Viking Explosion. She and her children, Alpha, eighteen , and John, sixteen, are still hoping that he may be found. Mrs. Penrod usually accompanied her husband, but it is stated, did not go with the Viking owing to a sealer's superstition that a woman would jinx the ship.


The following telegram has been received by his Excellency the Governor from the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs and has been repeated to Captain Abram Kean, Junior, Horse Island.

March 18th, 1931:— His Majesty's Government in Great Britain have learned with deep regret of the tragic disaster to "Viking". Please convey to bereaved and suffers our sincere sympathy.

The following telegram has been sent by His Excellency the Governor to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs.:—

March 18th, 1931:— With reference to your telegram of 18th March, Prime Minister and Ministers request me to convey to you in their name and in the name of the people of Newfoundland and of the bereaved and sufferers from the tragic disaster which has befallen "Viking" their deep appreciation and grateful thanks for your kind message of sympathy.

The following telegram has been received by His Excellency the Governor and Lady Allardyce and has been repeated to Captain Abram Kean, Junior, Horse Island:—

London, 18 March 1931:— My son and I send our heartfelt sympathy to Captain and crew of "Viking" and to all who have suffered from this terrible tragedy.

An acknowledgment of this kind message of sympathy has been sent by His Excellency the Governor to Lady Allardyce.


Ship Hopeful of Getting Clear of Ice To-day— Had Lights of Prospero in Sight Last Night — Latter Has Crew of Auxiliary Aboard — Provisions Needed at Horse Island


All the survivors of the Viking disaster now on board (save only Gardner, the stowaway on Beothic) numbering 126 souls, the Sagona should likely get free from ice pack this morning and begin her homeward voyage. Sunday night the Beothic and Imogene were reported alongside her and the ships hope to follow in the wake of the more powerful ships as they force out of the ice Monday.

The Prospero forced in through one mile of ice Sunday afternoon and reached the Eagle transferring on board from the latter ship 28 men, crew of "Sir William" in good health. Sunday night the Sagona reported the Prospero's lights were in sight about four miles off and today the latter ship should be able to reach the Horse Islands and land provisions which must be badly needed there now because of the influx of the Viking survivors.


Of the sixteen injured, most were reported last night in fair condition, but eight would need hospital care on arrival. The wireless operator Clayton King who with Sargent the American, and Capt. Kennedy, was rescued from the shattered stern porton with broken leg and frozen feet, has so far escaped amputation of the limb, doctors may be able to save it. The lone American survivor was able to sit up Saturday and had regained his sight which was injured by the explosion. Capt. Kennedy , with pneumonia , was making fair progress.

The injured from the Island were brought off to the ship by the Viking survivors who went ashore from the Sagona Saturday afternoon. These were accompanied by 22 men from the Island and reached the Sagona at ten o'clock Sunday Morning.

The Foundation Franklin which was due Saturday night rode out a gale about fifty miles north of St. John's Saturday and Sunday. She will likely arrive this morning with the body of Patrick Bartlett of Brigus on board.


Two planes reached Newfoundland yesterday from the Maritimes. The plane sent by Dr. Frissel to search the ice and shores in the vicinity of the Viking Disaster for bodies, landed at Humbermouth yesterday afternoon, and was later towed to Corner Brook as her motors were put out of action temporarily by dash of salt water when she alighted . Arrangements for gasoline supplies miscarried and the aviators must wait the arrival of a special train sent out at six last evening. The other plane landed at Hampden late yesterday afternoon. This is the plane and pilot which flew to Greenly Island and their purpose is solely to take pictures of the scene of the disaster it is understood.


Wire Consul General here to Enquire if Aid Needed in Search.— Sargent's family Offer Aid Also

Washington, March 18.—(C.P.)– The State Department has instructed the American Consulate at St. John's, Newfoundland, to ascertain for the United States Red Cross if additional facilities are needed in the search for survivors of the Viking . Sargent's family have also offered additional facilities.

Boy Scout Troop Brings News Disaster

Evidence of the anxiety with which the people throughout the whole country are waiting for news of the Viking disaster was on Tuesday morning at Torbay when a number of lads from the 9th St. John's Troop Boy Scouts visited there on a hike. The Scoutmaster had in his possession a couple of copies of the Daily News special edition and as he arrived in Torbay he was eagerly besought for news. Giving the paper to one of the men, the latter read the latest messages as the other people gathered around to hear it.


Mr. F. G. House of this city received the following message from James Street of S.S. Viking who is at present on Horse Islands

"All Elliston, Catalina , Bonavista and Spillar's Cove boys landed safely O.K."

Latest Checkup on Those Still Missing

Mr. Clyde H. B. Lake, Minister of Marine and Fisheries has endeavored to make up an accurate statement of rescued and probable missing. There are now 121 men on the island and aboard the ships. The Viking had about 148 or 150 men on board, though owing to interchange of tickets and other fortuitous circumstances, it is well nigh impossible to exactly state the ship's complement. He therefore estimates that 27 or 28 men are missing. Latest check-ups indicate that some previously believed missing are safe, and the most accurate estimate at the moment shows the following as the list of those as yet unaccounted for.

Varrick Frissell, New York
A. E. Penrod, New York
E. Cronin (stowaway) St. John's.
David Winter, master-watch, Valleyfield.
J. Wheeler, master-watch, Lower Island Cove
William Goodwin, cook, New Melbourne.
Charles Fry, cook, Brigus.
George Cross, Badgers Quay.
Alban Oakley, Wesleyville
James Linthorne, Georgetown, Brigus
John Austin, Brownsdale
Malcolm Webber, Cupids (may be on Thetis)
John Breaker, Brigus
Joseph Kelley, Brigus
Joseph Stockley, Brookfield.
Zach Thistle, Pouch Cove.
Patrick Bartlett, Brigus
Henry Sparkes, Brigus.
George Spracklin, Brigus.
Stephen Mullett, Wesleyville.
John J. Roche, St. John's.
Roland Carter, Pleasant Street ,St. John's
Joseph Murphy, St. John's.
Fred Carnell, St. John's.
H. Hansford, St. John's.
Harold Wiseman, St. John's.
Anthony Taylor, St. John's



Dr. Moorse visits all Injured Men on Island— Hopes to be able to put the Remaining on Island Aboard Sagona To-day— All Rest Survivors Now Aboard.


Ample Food Supplies Landed by Imogene to Assist Families On Island for Present.

To Clyde lake, Esq., Minister Marine and Fisheries:

Horse Islands, March 19.—(7.42 p.m.)—Walked from Sagona to Horse Island. arrived 12 a.m., five hours walk. Took one dory with supplies. Ice bad. Saw all injured on island. Captain Kean, cut head, not serious, left kidney injured, no fractures, good shape; Alfred Fifield, right leg injured, no fracture, otherwise normal; Patrick Whalen, cut eye, foot injury, not serious; Richard Adams , right arm injured, bruised face, could probably walk on board Sagona. Alphonso Doyle, frost bitten toe, bad right rib fracture, otherwise good; Richard King, ice blind, only , no fracture, normal, can walk around; Israel Bradbury, influenza, mild , otherwise good; Jerry Quinlon , face and head cut, slight injuries to back and right foot, cannot walk, in fair condition. These are six cases that have to be taken on board in dories. If weather suitable will try reach Sagona with cases to-morrow. None of the cases on the island is serious. Fred Best, Captain, Clayton King, on Sagona in poor shape.



To Minister of Marine and Fisheries:

S. S. Sagona, via Fogo, March 19.—(9.10p.m.)— following men taken on board to-day in good condition.: Din Brown, William Martin, Robert Cole, Samuel Morgan, John Boland, Roland LeDrew, Abram Dyke, Gordon Lovies, Edward Oliver, Joseph Kennedy, Albert Sparcklin, Patrick Brown , Richard Fowler, Vincent Hawco, Ira Percy, James Lambert, Walter Carew, Joseph Cole, Michael Martin, Frank Glynn, William Fleming, James Street, Israel Price, John Roberts, Patrick Burke, Chesley Martin, Thomas Kennedy, Dan Fleming, Fred Payne, Hebert Ryan, Victor Hicks, Harold Button, James Fry, Nimshi Tinnett, John Kennedy, William Cole, Frank Dawe, Patrick Cushue, Edward Conway, David Chaulk, Sidney Burry, George Linthrone, Simon Garland, Wm. R. Boone, James White, George Spracklin, James Dawe, Walter Batten, Wilson Kennedy, Ronald Gushue, Edgar Bragg , Jacob Newell, Eli Garland, Stanley Johnson, John Newell, Ernest Newell, Harold Bishop, Harry Codner, James Murray, Michael Kinsella, Israel Ayles, George Adams, Ernest Spracklin,Yetmen Mouland, Simon Spracklin, Jacob Ralph, John Whitey, Patrick Spracklin, George Heyoudan, Edward Spracklin, Charles Spracklin, Thomas Spracklin, Walter Bursey, Richard Conway, Stephen Lush, William Fowler, Fred Piercey, Joseph Brown, Isaac Hefford, Arthur Richard, George Hefford, Thomas Fleming, Alfred Way, Noah Way, John Lambert, Arch Linthorne, William Bartlett (of John), Peter Berg, Henry Sparks, Michael Martin, Albert Sparkes, Michael Martin(?), John Gosse, Jas. Coady, Nicholas Roache, Henry Brown, Walter Power, Alfred Butt, George Day, James Oliver, Edmund Dalton, (really Patrick Oliver who had Dalton's ticket), Charles McGrath,. Also Louis Green suffering from cuts and bruises, not serious. Six p.m. position unchanged, outside edge of ice about six miles

(Sgd) KEAN.


To Captain Kean, S.S. Sagona, via Fogo:
St. John's, March 19

(11.45 a.m.)–It is very necessary that you ask Imogene and Beothic crews to assist you in transporting all the food supplies you can spare to horse Island, as people there have used up practically everything in the shape of food which they had for winter.

(Sgd). LAKE, Minister Marine & Fisheries

To Minister of Marine and Fisheries:

S.S. Imogene, via Fogo, March 19.—(5.30 p.m.)—We landed the following list of stores at Horse Islands this morning: 240 pounds Butter, 200 pounds butter biscuit, 400 pounds sugar, 40 pounds coffee, 160 pounds bully beef, 2 dozen assorted soups, 336 loves bread, 7 dozen condensed milk, 330 pounds fresh beef, 50 pounds cheese, 6 half bags bread, 140 pounds tea .


Thursday, March 19, 1931


Out of the welter of many messages which have come from the vicinity of the disaster, which must have left the public in somewhat of a confused state of mind, we are endeavoring to set down here a coherent and as nearly correct story as can be composed from the information at hand. Who the actual dead are it would be premature, perhaps, to yet state since they may still be a hope that others may yet be discovered. That three more men were found yesterday morning still lends a ray of hope, however faint, as the hours pass. Apparently 27 or 28 are still missing, according to the Minister's estimate.

What happened as far as can be surmised after securing varied expert opinion thereon, is that the magazine on the Viking exploded at 9 o'clock Sunday night , blowing away the sten portion completely, which drifted off carrying with it H. J. Sargent, W. Kennedy, and Clayton King, who were picked up by the Sagona two days later, over 20 miles away from the scene of the accident.

Apparently most of those who are missing were men who were in the cabin, the engineers' mess, or had berths in that section of the ship. It is suggested (and a statement made by Mr. Charles W. Bowring and broadcast from WGY last night, says the explosion occurred while men were getting powder out of the magazine) that supplies of powder were being got out of that hour preparatory to the morning, as the ship after all day lying in the ice, would require blasting before she could be moved the next morning. Experienced men say that a boiler explosion was unlikely, since at that hour on Sunday night the ship would be carrying bars requirements of steam for the dynamo. The blast injured very many men about ten or more suffering from broken limbs, while it is likely many suffering bad burns and cuts in addition. A scene of great confusion must naturally have followed as the ship took fire and the men were left stranded on the rough ice fields, eight miles from the nearest land.

A message received by Mr. Lake from H. J. Sargent last evening stated that he, Frissell and Penrod were seated together at the table when the explosion took place, and that he had not seen any trace of them since.

By half-past seven Monday night fifty survivors had reached the Horse Islands over the pinnacled and heaving ice which separated them from the and. All were in an absolutely exhausted condition and unable to give any coherent account of what happened. By Tuesday night one hundred and eighteen survivors, had landed while others has been rescued, the Sagona finding three men on the wreckage of the ship's stern, three other disabled men being brought in by residents of Horse Island; a lone man , Richard King, arriving at half-past eight, while the sealing ships Beothic, Ungava, Eagle, Imogene, and the rescue ships Sagona and Foundation Franklin, combed the waters that lie to the eastward between Horse Island and Cape John.

About midnight Tuesday, a search party from the Beothic had seen a light which they followed to within a mile and half of Horse Island, returned to their ship without having secured any survivors. During yesterday morning, however a message for the Beothic stated they had been successful in finding three survivors. W. G. Johnson, master watch: Alfred Kean, second hand and Fred Best, who has been a helper with the movie party, who were rescued from a dory. All three of these were suffering from slight injuries but were not seriously disabled.

Shortly after mid-day reports were received by the Minister of Marines and Fisheries from the Eagle and Neptune which had reached the actual spot among the ice fields where the disaster took place, that ice field having then drifted to a point about twelves miles southeast of Cape Jon Gull island. Among this wreckage the Eagle found the body of one man bearing a paper in its package marked "P. Bartlett".

A scene of desolation presented itself as the ships steamed in among the ice fields that had harbored the Viking on Sunday night. Cabin fittings, canned goods, personal belongs, pieces of timber, bits of the ship's wheel, life belts, cloths, water tank, ice flags, were strewn around the pans as well as the jacket belonging to Bosun Carter. The Neptune found no sign of bodies

The scene on the Horse Islands can only be faintly imagined. Some thirty-eight families occupy the eastern island of this group, and the influx of well over 120 men, many of them suffering from serious injuries and exposure, must have created a very serious problem for them. This problem has existed now for three days and continues to exist, for to yesterday afternoon at five o'clock, no ships had apparently actually reached the island while latest information was to the effect that none could reach there last night. At that time the nearest to land was the Imogene, which was still four miles from the island.

The inhabitants, therefore, are still compelled to feed the influx of men from their scanty stores, now much depleted after the winter, while the suffering men can as yet receive only such emergency treatment as those with knowledge of first aid could render.

Late messages indicate that the Minister of Marine and Fisheries has very wisely suggested that in view of the ships being stalled, the best procedure is for survivors to walk to the ships; and parties from the crew of the Imogene, Beothic and Sagona with the medical men will leave those ships at daybreak for the shore.

All wireless facilities on the island and through the sealing and rescue steamers are being monopolized by the Government in an endeavor to get an account of the whole situation and make all preparations for attention to injured men as soon as ships can land.