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On December 3, 2015 the 51′ Orin C. rapidly succumbed to 12′ seas, leaving three men bobbing in the dark, 49 degree waters 12 miles off Gloucester MA. Crewmen Rick Palmer and Travis Lane were able to swim to safety, but the Coast Guard could not revive Captain David ‘Heavy D’ Sutherlund after a rescue swimmer reached him.
The Orin C. was originally owned by a long time friend of mine, John Borden, of Westport, MA. The Orin C was a highline offshore lobster boat for many years. I made several multi-day trips on the Orin C. gillnetting codfish in the late 80’s, and I can say the boat was incredibly seaworthy for it’s size. The boat was named after John’s friend, Orin Crapo, who died when his lobster boat was apparently run down by a tug-and-barge somewhere south of Westport MA in 1975.