Mr. DeManches was a Naval veteran, having been discharged on February 19, 1945, after a year and a half of service. He had made two trips on the St. Anthony. He had been employed at a North Front Street machine shop. He was survived by his wife, Muriel (Guillet) DeManches.
The St. Anthony ran out of gas and was anchored south of Tuckernuck Island, Nantucket. The vessel carried an extra supply of gas, but it had leaked and was empty when the crew tried to use it. Captain Gilbert Selig and Engineer Charles U. DeManches put out in a 15-foot dory for Martha's Vineyard with a barrel to be filled with gas when they reached Martha's Vineyard. The men were tossed from the dory by the pounding surf and drowned. Their bodies were found on Edgartown South Beach on March 23.