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 - TWO Skipper To Be Prosecuted In Wreck Of Bay...
TWO Skipper To Be Prosecuted In Wreck Of Bay Schooner . BALTIMORE— dtt— The Justice Department has been asked by the Coast Guard to prosecute the captain of the pleasure schooner Levin J. Marvel which brolte up'in Chesapeake Bay with a loss of 14 lives. , The skipper was.John H. Meckling of Annapolis. MoV 'Meckling said last night.he would have iio comment on' the Coast Guard investigation board's findings findings until he had examined them. The slender, sandy-haired Meckl ing, a onetime Coast Guard en listed man. was one of-13 survivors wlien the 64-year-old Marvel rolled over in the rough seas which preceded preceded Hurricane Connie last Aug. 14. The vessel was pounded . to pieces off North Beach, Md. Adm. A. C. Richmond,- Coast Guard commandant, yesterday made public the board's report. He said the inquiry turned up evidence of probable violation of maritime laws by Meckling. He listed these as: "Sending an unseaworihy vessel to sea, thereby endangering life. "Neglect of duty in taking an unseaworthy vessel to sea^ in the face of known displayed, storm warnings. , "Negligent "Negligent and-or reckless operation operation ,of (the) vessel so as to endanger life, limb, or pror&rty. "Destruction . of life: through negligence, inattention to duty, and misconduct." ' The Coast Guard { bqard also recommended recommended passage of legislation to- bring all vessels carrying passengers passengers within federal inspection regulations. Meckling planned to confer . in Washington.today with Adm. Richmond. Richmond. The admiral approved the report of the board which conducted the inquiry last August.- The board, he said, decided the foundering "resulted from the jfarvel's unseaworthiness coupled with poor judgment by the master, John H. Meckling, who took the schooner from a safe mooring in spite of known storm warnings." In addition to the alleged violations violations named by. Richmond, the board said it believed the Marvel's skipper and-part owner had also committed these violations: 1. The -Marvel, documented as a freight vessel for the coasting trade, carried persons exceeding allowances under the law. 2. Failed to maintain proper lookout under Inland Rules of the Road, 3. .Failed to employ a master and crew in possession of port security-identification security-identification cards of merchant merchant mariners' documents. 4. Failed to register change of ownership of the 20-foot yawl motorboat motorboat which'the Marvel carried. 1 5. Failed to provide, a licensed molorboat operator on board the yawl. The Marvel, as a sailing vessel weighing only "183 gross tons, did lot come within the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard. However, the board said, "in spite 1 , of directives issued by the Coast'Guard .setting forth conditions conditions with which the vessel must comply to: be exempt from inspection inspection the m'astee continued to: operate operate contrary to said directives 7 by propelling his vessel with the yawl joat as an auxiliary rheaps of propulsion, propulsion, thus removing the Marvel Torn the category bf.-:'unihspected sailing vessel'.'' :; r : - '''•.' Although uninspected 'by. the Coast-Guard, the board said/the Marvel was advertised by ; its owners owners as meeting "all requirements oi maritime safety and standards."; The board suggested "that legis- ation be sought placing.all boats, and vessels,-of any type, size or means of propulsion which carry one or more passengers • for hire, under federal inspection." . Ex-Coiivict Held [n Murder, Rape LITTLE ROCK, Ark".' UPt-A. 19- vear-old ex-convict is'";to : be charged with first degree: murder and rape today in the.Christmas weekend slaying of Joe King, and an -attack on .two .teen-age- sisters Monday night. Prosecutor Frank Holt said he planned to file the charges—each of'which carries a possible death

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  1. Cumberland Evening Times,
  2. 25 Jan 1956, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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