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John Young and Willie Linton


BOATING DISASTER AT NEWHAVEN


Two Men Drowned.


Two Newhaven fishermen went out to the Black Rocks, east of Leith, to fish, when the vessel was capsized in a squall, and the men were drowned.  John Young, a man of 70 years of age, residing at 18 Willowbank Row, Newhaven, and a youth of 17 years named William Linton, residing at 8 Westmost Close, Newhaven.  The two men were engaged at the time in the flounder fishing.  They had on Monday set their nets, and yes­terday morning about eight o’clock left Newhaven for the purpose of taking them up.  The movements of the yawl were witnessed from another fishing vessel, also belonging to Newhaven, which’ was some con­siderable distance away. It appears that the yawl had reached the Black Rock in safety, de­spite the fact that a gusty wind was blowing and the sea was very choppy.  The men drew the nets, which were about a mile off the Edinbugh Dock at Leith, and were making for the harbour at Newhaven when the casualty occurred.  It appears that the sail had not been hoisted when a sudden squall struck the little craft, heeling her over, so that she filled with winter, and sank.  Both men were thrown into the sea, and were much handicapped in their efforts to keep themselves afloat by their heavy clothing.  The other vessel immediately bore down, but before reaching the spot both men had sunk.  Young’s body we recovered but the search for Linton’s was fruitless.  The body of Young, who was a widower, was taken to Newhaven.  Linton was unmarried, and was the pole support of his mother, who was a widow.


Reproduced from The Edinburgh Evening News

Wednesday, February 2nd 1909