I believe that the report you refer to concerns an incident which occurred
in (I think) 1937 off Carradale in Argyll.
A small sailing boat was fishing for mackerel
and watching breaching sharks
in calm weather, when a breaching shark capsized their boat drowning three
of them. One adult and two children, I believe.
The incidient had to be pieced together afterwards, when an examination
their craft revealed abrasions and mucus on the side and gunwale, and it
would appear that the shark hit them on the "way up" if you see what I
mean. This incident was reported in Anthony Watkins' book, "The sea my
hunting ground". Watkins was the most successful of the Scottish shark
hunters, and the book is a good read- hard to find though. Also a piece (I
think) in the most recent "Basking shark in Scotland".
I have had several near misses with breaching baskers, in the last three
years. One breached beside us, so close that water went all over the decks,
and another last year came out of the water less than one boat length ahed
of us, heading straight at us! More than a little thought provoking, and we
are very careful when around breaching sharks, because, unlike ceatceans,
they breach in what appears to be a totally random manner.
The most recent report I heaard of was from a Newlyn fisherman, who
that his next door neighbour, also a fisherman, had one breach beside him,
landing in the stern of his boat, breaking off the mizzen mast, plus a
little other damage.
Moral - beware of flying sharks.
From: Andy Horton <Glaucus@hotmail.com>
To: Colin Speedie <email@example.com>
My File: 00374
Date: 01 September 1937
CARRADALE BAY, KINTYRE, FIRTH OF CLYDE, SCOTLAND. UK.
FATAL: 3 DROWNED. A.BROWN, R.BROWN, N.BROWN (10). SHARK LEAPT OUT OF THE
WATER AND SANK BOAT. 2 OTHERS SURVIVED.