Celebrating 150 Years

Above and Beyond

2024-07-12T08:57:44-04:00July 12th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On January 20, 1895, a barge had broken free from its towline and ended up being stranded about a mile north of the Kill Devil Hills LifeSaving Station. She was discovered, however, by the south patrolman from the Kitty Hawk LifeSaving Station. After not meeting his counterpart from Station #13 while on beach patrol, the patrolman [...]

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Whatever Means Necessary

2024-07-04T09:57:08-04:00July 4th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

Just after midnight on February 20, 1893, the north patrolman from the Little Kinnakeet LifeSaving Station discovered a large schooner about 2 ½ miles north of the station. While not a stormy night, the darkness made it hard to see and the Nathan Esterbrook, Jr.’s master had miscalculated causing the vessel to run aground about 400 [...]

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A Place of Refuge

2024-06-26T17:35:06-04:00June 26th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On November 19, 1892, a northwest gale drove a schooner named Irene Thayer up onto the beach about half a mile southeast of the Oregon Inlet LifeSaving Station. Within thirty minutes, not one but two stations responded to the wreck and were on site ready to assist those on the stranded vessel. In addition to the [...]

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Gentle Kindness

2024-06-20T21:32:58-04:00June 20th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On February 22, 1892, a schooner was spotted through the wind and fog by a small boy who lived near the Little Kinnakeet LifeSaving Station. He alerted John A. Midgett and the experienced Keeper realized while the schooner hadn’t grounded yet, the trajectory of her course indicated it wouldn’t be long. He immediately called the sister [...]

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Brave Determination

2024-06-12T14:05:36-04:00June 12th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On March 24, 1891, what was later deemed to be the most disastrous wreck of the year, happened a little over a mile south of the Chicamacomico LifeSaving Station. In the early hours of the foggy morning, just before sunrise, the British steamer, Strathairly, ran aground about 500 yards from the beach. The sailors blew their [...]

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Admirable Actions

2024-06-08T21:34:44-04:00June 8th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On January 17, 1891, a Norwegian steamship, Banan, stranded on the beach about two miles south of the Currituck Lighthouse. The steamship had been full speed astern for a couple of minutes before landing as the crew tried to keep her from striking land but the foggy conditions and rough waters prevented their success. After continuing [...]

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Quietly Efficient

2024-06-01T00:52:34-04:00June 1st, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On December 11, 1890 a small yawl found herself in trouble about a mile off shore near the Oregon Inlet Station. The four man crew of the Mollie J. Saunders was brought safely to shore due to the prompt response of the Keeper Samuel J. Payne and the rest of the lifesavers. As a thank you, [...]

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Cool and Courageous

2024-05-21T23:23:14-04:00May 21st, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

In the early morning hours of March 28, 1890, a coal-laden schooner, the William H. Keeney, ran aground just southeast of the Little Kinnakeet station. One of the station crew happened upon her as the patrolman was further along his route and hadn’t passed the vessel yet along his return route. Keeper Edward O. Hooker telephoned [...]

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Diligent Duty

2024-05-21T23:22:14-04:00May 16th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On October 23, 1889, a rapidly growing storm caught the crew of the schooner, Frank M. McGear, off guard and due to her being empty of cargo, the schooner was quickly driven ashore by the increasing winds and rough tides. A patrolman from the Whale’s Head Station (formerly Jones Hill) discovered her about two miles north [...]

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Careful Concern

2024-05-10T16:36:36-04:00May 10th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|

On August 11, 1889, a small sloop named June became stranded on a sandbar while trying to enter the Oregon Inlet. By the time the Oregon Inlet station crew got to her side, she was in a bad condition being swamped by the waves and the continuous surf breaking over her. Three men were carefully transferred [...]

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