Ronald Armand Martens was survived by his parents Prosper and Nellie Martens, wife Marie Jeannette (Melanson) and three children, Jane Ann, Patricia and Michael; who was a year and a half old at the time of his father's death.
Ronald was a cousin of Maurice J. Marcotte, who was also lost on the Redstart.
The Redstart left Fairhaven for Georges Bank. As Hurricane Carol approached on August 31, 1954, they headed for port. The hurricane overtook them, and the vessel struck Davis South Shoal and broke up before any boats or floats could be launched. A Coast Guard search began on September 2. Wreckage was recovered, but the eleven crew members were not found.