Thursday, March 15, 2012

Barge J.R. Teel ~ 10 Nov 1913

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1913:

On November 10, 1913 the barge J.R. Teel was reported adrift about three miles off shore at 5:45 a.m. by Surfman Walter Yeomans. The station crew went to the vessel but found no life on board and returned to the station. The waterlogged barge stranded about one mile SSW of the station at 2 p.m.

The towboat Wellington soon arrived with four survivors in need of clothing. They had left Jacksonville, FL with the lumber-laden barge in tow but ran into a heavy gale on the 8th, and the barge sprang a leak. In attempting to remove the 5 crewmen the cook was drowned. Those saved were John Williams, Captain; Otto Tolson, Albert Myers, G.O. James, all of Philadelphia, PA. The keeper took Captain John Williams to the barge, but the houses had been washed off and all personal effects were gone. "The barge and cargo turned over to owners. Later was sold to a party at Morehead City. The barge was a total loss."

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