Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

60 Years Ago

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

60 Years Ago

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Richard J. Bishop, 32, son of Mr. and Mrs. Casmer Bishop, of 1449 Brookline Boulevard, was assistant chief engineer on the Pelagia, which broke in half during a storm above the Arctic Circle.

A veteran of 15 years in the maritime service, he left on the voyage August 14, leaving his wife, Marjorie, and children, Richard, Jr., 8 and Grace, 5, in Clearwater, Fla. His wife, whom he married in 1948, is the former Marjorie Guemble, of the Northside. She told reporters, "I know he's coming home."

Only five of 37 crewmen from the Pelagia have been rescued by the flotilla of ships and aircraft engaged in the search. The five were pulled from a lifeboat by a British trawler, Northern Duke. Two bodies have been recovered.

The survivors said that theirs was possibly the only lifeboat to get free from the broken ship. …

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