17th May, 1912: SAILING BOAT FATALITY ON THE TRENT
A PLEASURE trip on the River Trent at Gainsborough on Saturday had a sad termination.
Embarking in a small sailing boat, Mr J. W. Curtis, foreman at Messrs Pearson Brothers oil mills, Gainsborough, with his brother and nephew, were towed by a vessel up the Trent to Sturton water engine.
Casting loose, they started to sail back to Gainsborough and they decided to take down the sails and come down with the stream. But a sudden gust of wind caught the boat and it capsized, the occupants being thrown into the water.
Joseph and the lad managed to cling to the boat but John struck out for the bank before falling back under the water. His body was recovered half an hour later.