On July 6, 1938, Albert W. Carpenter and Donald Sousa, members of the crew of the Sankaty Head, were swept overboard when a scallop rake, resting on the starboard rail, went overboard with a lurch of the vessel. Both sank below the surface within two minutes while other crew members tossed them lines and made frantic efforts to save them.
One of the crew members, Braz McDonald, was later lost in the sinking of the Red Start in 1954.
The body of William Hannon was found floating in Acushnet River on August 15, 1942. He was due to board the Sankaty Head on Monday, August 14, but never showed up.