Boston Globe Jan. 22, 1947
Families of the 17 men presumed lost with the Boston trawler Belle will receive the usual $200 death benefit from the treasury of the Atlantic Fishermen's Union, it was learned today.
According to union spokesmen there is little likelihood that they will receive anything from the fund provided for in the union-company contract of last September, under which 1 percent of each fisherman's pay is witheld by his company and paid over to the union. The union has had fund matters under onsideration at the meetings, and has been investigating the possibilities of insurance plans, but no decision has been reached.
The fund has only about $17,000 accumulated at this time and it is generally felt that is should accumulate to a considerably larger sum beofre dispositions from it can be made, it was said.