Captain George W. Bunker

b. 1839
d. 1911

Background

Capt. George W. Bunker was the son of Thomas Jr. and Lydia M. Bunker.

He is buried in the Bunker Cemetery on Great Cranberry Island.  The cemetery obelisk that bears his name reveals his birth year but not his death date.  It has other names and dates on it, the latest date being 1896, so it is probable he died after 1896.  From the obituary we know his age was 72 years, so that would make the year of his death 1911.

From Charles Liebow:

Capt. George W. Bunker, so Victor [White] said, weathered out the Portland Gale, and was the only one of five vessels travelling together to survive.  I believe he was in the Alicia B. Crosby.  I can check that.

Obituary

Capt. George W. Bunker, for 50 Years a Seaman, Passes Away

Captain George W. Bunker, who was striken with paralysis, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Clark, Friday morning, Feb. 23.  His age was 72 years, 50 of which he had spent in following the sea.  He was skipper of a small fishing vessel, called the Amythest when in his 18th year, and in a recent interview gave an interesting account of the seining of herring 50 years ago.  Mrs. Bunker died about eight years ago and since then Capt. Bunker has disposed of his Portland home.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. George Clark, Miss Bessie Bunker, who lives with her sister, and Mrs. Annita Lord of Kennebunkport.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Clark.  The remains were taken to Portland for interment in Evergreen cemetery, Monday.

Obituary courtesy of Omer & Annette Mountain.

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