The Bodies of Claude Toner and Forest Wooster Are Still Missing Says Capt. Wakefield
When interviewed at the Van Dran hotel this morning by the Democrat representative regarding the accident in Yaquina Bay Saturday evening when five men were drowned by the capsizing of the fishing sloop “Pilgrim,” Captain William R. Wakefield, a well known resident and proprietor of the Wakefield hotel at Newport said:
“The life-saving crew patrolled the south beach Saturday evening and when they were able to reach the “Pilgrim,” they found the bodies of Capt. J.W. McKenzie, Tarld Telefson, and Michael Henry. The bodies of Forest Wooster and Claude Toner have not yet been recovered. The “Pilgrim” was washed ashore and is beached a short distance up the South Beach from the jetty. The beach is patrolled with the hope that the bodies of the other two young men will be recovered.”
Capt. Wakefield, who gave this information to the Democrat representative this morning, has been a resident of Newport for many years and is well known among the skippers of the coast. He went to Portland this morning on a short business trip.
Source: Albany Democrat, October 11, 1912.