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Captain of Sunken Vessel "Bluebelle" a Suicide

Nov. 17, 1961 - A sailing-yacht captain (pictured) who survived a sinking that apparently claimed 5 lives commited suicide today, 24 hours after the only other known survivor was found. The body of Julian Harvey, 45-year-old skipper of the 60-foot sailboat Bluebelle, was found in a room of a Miami motel where he had registered under a false name. He had slit his arms, wrists, and throat with a razor. A suicide note said: “I am tired, nervous and can’t take it any longer.” Mr. Harvey’s death left 11-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault of Green Bay, Wis., the only known person alive who can tell of the events leading up to the sinking of the sailboat Sunday after a storm in the Bahamas. She was picked up by a merchant ship and transported to a Miami hospital by helicopter. She was listed in satisfactory condition today. Mr. Harvey was picked up by a tanker the day after the sinking. He had the body of Terry Jo’s 7-year-old sister, Rene, in a lifeboat with him. Others aboard the sailboat who are missing and presumed dead were the girls’ parents, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Duperrault; their son, Brian, 14, and Mr. Harvey’s wife, 34-year-old Mare Dene Harvey.


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