Celebrating 150 Years

A Protective Nature

2024-04-18T16:00:17-04:00April 18th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On the morning of February 26, 1888, the south patrolman for the Whales Head Station (originally known as Jones Hill) observed a longboat full of people about a mile past the breakers near the station. After learning of the situation, Keeper Andrew Scarborough instructed the surfboat be launched to go to their assistance. They turned out [...]

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A Thankful Heart

2024-04-10T19:13:54-04:00April 10th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

Near midnight on November 30, 1885, a patrolman from the Caffey’s Inlet station discovered a vessel stranded about a quarter of a mile northeast of the station. The night was so dark and stormy that her lights were barely visible, and the fog made it difficult to discern what type of vessel was in distress. Keeper [...]

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The Long Game

2024-04-03T09:51:38-04:00April 3rd, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

In the wee hours of October 3, 1883, a patrolman for the Kitty Hawk station discovered the schooner Luola Murchison stranded close to the station. Keeper James R. Hobbs decided to launch the surfboat and about an hour after initial notification, the crew arrived and boarded the vessel. They immediately assisted the Murchison crew in running [...]

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Aware and Watchful

2024-04-01T09:00:48-04:00April 1st, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On September 21, 1883, the crew from the Kitty Hawk Life-Saving Station discovered a schooner about six miles southeast of the station dismasted and flying colors of distress. The surf-boat was launched but due to rough weather, it took about 2 ½ hours for the crew to reach the vessel’s side. Only two sailors were found [...]

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A Moment’s Notice

2024-03-25T08:07:10-04:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

In the morning of March 3, 1883, a small shad-boat named the Allie capsized due to strong winds about five miles north of the Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station throwing two men into the rough waters. Nearby, two surfmen had begun their own journey to Manteo for station provisions but had turned back due to the weather [...]

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A Flexible Manner

2024-03-25T08:05:46-04:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

About 1:00 in the morning of January 9, 1883, the schooner, Thomas J. Martin, stranded about half a mile north of the Caffey’s Inlet station. The station patrolman found her on his return to the station. He lit his Coston light to notify the vessel that help was on the way and took off at a [...]

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Practice Makes Perfect

2024-03-25T08:05:07-04:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On February 5, 1882, the schooner Mary L. Vankirk found herself in storm and ended up losing her sails and sprung a leak. Quickly, she became water-logged and unmanageable. The initial plan by the five-man crew was to seek refuge in Hatteras Inlet but with fears rising that she would capsize at any moment, Captain Ballance [...]

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A Resilient Mindset

2024-03-25T08:04:25-04:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On October 5, 1881, a second schooner was driven to the shore by the weather near the Little Kinnakeet station. The lifesaving crew had seen her heading to land while they assisted the crew of the Charles so they were already in the vicinity and was able to get to her as quickly as the weather [...]

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A Patient Soul

2024-03-25T08:03:41-04:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On October 5, 1881, the same storm that caused the Thomas J. Lancaster to wreck near the Chicamacomico station, forced a small schooner named the Charles to scud down the coastline. When she neared the Little Kinnakeet station, she appeared to haul in towards land as if the captain of the vessel intended to purposefully beach [...]

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The Indomitable Spirit

2024-03-25T08:02:52-04:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

In the early morning hours of October 4, 1881, the schooner, Thomas J. Lancaster, was caught in a heavy squall and ended up grounding about three and a half miles north of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. There were thirteen all told on the vessel that included Captain Hunter’s wife and three children. The crew of the [...]

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