Manuel Vieira, a 65-year-old veteran fisherman, drowned in the fo'csle of the Alice May on May 24, 1950. His body was recovered when the wreckage was raised, soon after the incident.
On May 24, 1950, the Alice May sank after colliding with the St. Anthony in the New Bedford harbor near Palmer's Island. Manuel Vieira was trapped in the forecastle and drowned. The crew of the St. Anthony rescued the other crew members of the Alice May, Captain Joseph Lima and his son-in-law, Manuel Prenda.