Mr. Kuliga was the husband of Dorothy E. (Besse) Kuliga. He attended New Bedford Vocational High School and served as a member of the Navy in World War II. He was employed at the Revere Copper and Brass, Inc., before he started fishing about three years earlier. He had three children: Mitchell Jr., 8, Robert, 6, and Paul, 18 months.
The scallop dragger William Landry was smashed to pieces by pounding seas near the Pollock Rip lightship in Nantucket Sound. Captain Arne Hansen and his crew had been struggling in high seas for several hours, with the pumps out of operation. They remained in contact with the Coast Guard. The ship's running lights had become visible to the lightship crew, but it suddenly vanished and radio calls went unanswered. The wreckage was later washed up on Wauwinget Beach near Great Point, but the bodies of the crew members were never found.