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South China, Maine, May 31, 1953

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Automobile/Power Shovel Crash Kills Six



Six merchant marine cadets from the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, lost their lives in a horrific crash that took place on May 31, 1953.  Scheduled to march in a Memorial Day parade that day, the cadets broke regulations when they went for a ride.  Their speeding car rounded a curve and careened into a ten-ton power shovel.  Floyd Brann was driving the shovel to a construction site and was helpless to avoid the crash.

Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director of Castine Historical Society, Castine, Maine, provided the biographies of the merchant marine cadets that she found in the Boston Globe, and the KWE thanks her for her assistance.

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Cadet Fatalities

Fox, Philip J. -

Philip, age 20, was the son of Benjamin Philip Fox (1897-1990) and Margaret Elizabeth Brodigan Fox (1900-1988) of Braintree, Massachusetts.  He was the third ranking student in the junior class at the Maine Maritime Academy.  Philip graduated from Boston College High School in 1951.  He had returned to the academy three weeks prior to the accident after a Caribbean cruise on the Academy's training ship.  He had visited his parents two weeks before.  Besides his parents he was survived by sisters Mrs. Phyllis Poccia of Yonkers, New York, and Marilyn Fox, 19, a freshman at Regis College; and his brother, Benjamin Fox Jr. (1945-1998).  Philip would have entered his senior year at the Academy in June.  He and his family are buried in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, Massachusetts.

Ingraham, James Fuller Jr. -

James, age 21, was the only son of James Fuller Ingraham Sr. (1896-1966) and Mabelle P. Little Ingraham (1898-1986) of Augusta, Maine.  He attended Cony High School before entering the academy.  His father was a member of the investment firm of Millet Ingraham & Company in August.  James was survived by two sisters, Margaret of New York City and Mrs. Preston Dollof of Booth Bay, Maine.  James and his parents are buried in Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Maine.

McIntosh, LeRoy B. -

LeRoy, age 20, was the son of Joseph Allen "Mickey" McKay (1905-1976) and Dorothy E. London McKay (1913-1992) of Houlton, Maine.  At Houlton High LeRoy was an honor student and active in athletics.  He took part in many cross-country events.  At the academy he continued to excel in academics, ranking as the eighth student in his class.  He was survived by four half-brothers: Robert A. McKay (1935-2011), 18; David McKay, 14; Rodney McKay, 9; and Peter McKay, 2.  His half sister was Glenna McKay, 16.  LeRoy is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton, Maine.

O'Brien, Robert J. -

Robert, age 19, was the son of Rodney J. O'Brien (1910-1985) and Louise J. Cummings O'Brien (1909-2000) of Rochester, New Hampshire.  He was a graduate of Spaulding High School in Rochester.  Robert and his parents are buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Rochester, New Hampshire.

Stinson, Arnold Willis Jr. -

Arnold, age 19, was the son of Arnold Willis Stinson Sr. (1902-1997) and Kathleen Anderson Stinson (1901-1996) of Cape Porpoise, Maine.  He was an honor student and member of the junior class at the merchant marine academy.  He attended Kennebunk High School for two years and then went for two years to Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, where he graduated.  In addition to his parents he was survived by a brother, Robert W. Stinson, who was serving in the Marine Corps, and two grandfathers, William Stinson and James Anderson, both of Cape Porpoise.  Arnold Stinson Jr. is buried in Arundel Cemetery, Kennebunkport, Maine.

Sulides, Paul P. -

Paul, age 19, was the son of Philip Apostolos Sulides (1899-1998) and Efime "Emma" Vangel Sulides (1906-1990) of Rockland, Maine.  A graduate of Rockland High School where he was an honor student and a member of the baseball and basketball teams, he was survived by two brothers, John and Peter Philip (1924-1991) (the latter in the Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia), and four sisters, Ellen, Sylvia Robinson (1933-1997), Elizabeth and Janet.  Paul is buried in Seaview Cemetery, Rockland.



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