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Brave Determination

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

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

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

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

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

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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A Grateful Soul

On a stormy night, February 22, 1889, a British bark, The Josie Troop, foundered just south of the Chicamacomico station. Spotted around 7:30pm by the north patrolman on his return to the station, he galloped back to sound the alarm and returned to the beach to alert the people on board the bark assistance was on [...]

2024-05-03T18:03:40-04:00May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|Comments Off on A Grateful Soul

A Hero’s Response

Just before daybreak on December 22, 1888, the south patrolman of the Oregon Inlet station discovered a stranded schooner about a mile and a half southeast of the station. He signaled to the vessel that help was on the way and hurried back towards the station to sound the alarm. In the meantime, the station lookout [...]

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A Protective Nature

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

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 [...]

2024-04-10T19:13:54-04:00April 10th, 2024|Categories: Celebrating 150 Years|Comments Off on A Thankful Heart
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