SILVEIRA, Jose Ancelmo
SILVEIRA, Jose Ancelmo ( -1901), fisherman presumably drowned by falling overboard from his fishing vessel.
In the News~
July 29, 1901 [LAT]: “Old man probably lost. Capt. Cornell of the Mascot, while returning from the Isthmus last evening about dusk, when off Long Point, saw a small sailboat near his pathway, which was apparently drifting. He ran close up and hailed it, but no response came and he boarded it to investigate. The mainsail was set and tied, while the jib was down. A bone jig hook was out, and two other lines, fouled, lay on the deck. In the boat were two nets, various fishing apparatus, a pair of gum boots, several loaves of bread and a demijohn of "Dago red." Cornell towed the boat into Avalon, and it has been identified here as belonging to Jose Ancelmo Silveira, an old fisherman of Wilmington. Appearances indicate that the old man was out fishing and by a lurch of the boat or while pulling down his jib, fell overboard. The line out shows that he was fishing, but what befell him can only be conjectured. He was a man past sixty years of age.”
July 29, 1901 [LAH]: “Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, July 29.—Jose Ancelmo Silveira, an Italian fisherman of San Pedro, fell overboard from a small fishing boat near the island Saturday evening and was drowned. George Cornell, returning from the Isthmus about 7 o'clock, saw the boat drifting with her jib up and her mainsail set, off Long Point, six miles above Avalon. He towed her into the bay and it was found there was a demijohn of wine, several loaves of bread and some nets aboard, with a fishing line hanging over the side. It has since been learned that Silveira left San Pedro on a fishing trip at 9 o'clock Saturday morning and has not been seen since. The captain of the Nellie saw the boat with a man aboard in the afternoon, and Campandoni, an Italian fisherman of Avalon, saw him at 6 p.m. at White's landing. The inference is that he must have fallen overboard shortly before Mr. Cornell found the boat adrift.”