Bertha F. Walker

November 26, 1888

Off Stony Beach

Schooner Bertha Walker carrying coal.

"Captain and Mate Washed Overboard
A survivor told about the schooner's tragic loss.

'The Bertha Walker, in from Philadelphia with a cargo of 975 tons of coal, Captain Westgate of Berkley, Massachusetts in command. We came into the roads about midnight Saturday. We lay securely till about 10 o'clock, when the anchor began to drag, and we drifted all day until about 10 o'clock Sunday night when we struck on the rocks. We crawled under the forcastle deck were we stayed until early Monday morning when the waves breaking over the vessel forced us to take to the rigging.

Captain Westgate and mate Thomas of Isleboro, Maine, waited till all the men were safe aloft before they tried to get to a place of safety. But they had waited too long and were washed overboard. We remained aloft till taken off by the lifesaving crew. The vessel was a total wreck.'

This schooner calamity occurred at Toddy Rocks during the November 1888 storm, on the 25th, and a few hundred yards northwest of the Gertrude Abbot wreck."

Robert F. Sullivan, Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor