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 William James “Bill” Burchell

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William James “Bill” Burchell

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 2004
  • Burial Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 66224610

William "Bill" Burchell grew up on San Francisco Bay. Working out of Eureka for years, he was a respected captain. His ruddy mariner's face featured a walrus mustache and usually a toothpick dangled from the side of his mouth as he talked.

The veteran skipper and his two crewmen aboard the a 46-foot trawler Marian Ann vanished one evening in September as they fished for rock cod about 40 miles northwest of Eureka. A subsequent investigation using a submersible robot found the commercial fishing vessel sitting upright and apparently undamaged on the sea floor. The cause of the sinking remains a mystery.


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  • Created by: Wes Keat
  • Added: 27 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66224610
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William James “Bill” Burchell (unknown–2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66224610, citing Fishermens Memorial, Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA ; Maintained by Wes Keat (contributor 31983254) .