Chicamacomico - Centennial Commemoration - Midgett Realty donation

MIDGETT REALTY’s Tim Midgett and Susie Midgett Austin (center) present a check for $5,000 to Chicamacomico Historical Association President John Griffin (left) and Treasurer Ralph Buxton (right) to help support the Mirlo Centennial Commemoration Aug. 13-17, 2018. (CHA photo)

Midgett Realty is supporting the week-long commemoration of the centennial of the Mirlo Rescue, Aug. 13-17, 2018, at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe.

The realty firm recently donated $5,000 to the Chicamacomico Historical Association, which is organizing events surrounding the centennial anniversary Aug. 16.

Making the Midgett Realty donation were Tim Midgett and Susie Midgett Austin.

“We are so grateful for Midgett Realty’s support,” said Association Treasurer Ralph Buxton. “This is our first major donation toward this important heritage event.”

Tim Midgett reached out to other Hatteras Island businesses with a challenge to join Midgett Realty in supporting this Hatteras Island and Dare County heritage event by making a donation to the Chicamacomico Historical Association.

In addition to the support for the Mirlo Centennial Commemoration, Midgett Realty has committed an additional $5,000 to the Association for 2019.

The weeklong commemoration features art shows, special museum exhibits, a dinner for descendants of Chicamacomico’s life-savers and a full day of activities on Aug. 16.

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station was built in 1874, the first of seven stations on Hatteras Island and 27 on the North Carolina coast. The historic site and museum is open from Easter to Thanksgiving and conducts the famous “Beach Apparatus Drill” from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Call the station at (252) 987-1552 or visit the website – – or Facebook page for further information about programs or ways to support the historic site and museum.

The Mirlo was a fully loaded British Oil Tanker torpedoed on Aug. 16, 1918 off the coast of Rodanthe. In spite of 15-foot waves and an ocean in flames, the crew of Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station launched surfboat #1046 and rescued 42 of 51 British Seamen in one of the most daring rescues in the annals of the U.S. Coast Guard.