Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bark Formosa ~ 20 February 1893

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1893:

Struck on Outer Diamond Shoal and sunk; crew of 9 men landed in their own boat. Brought 7 to station and cared for them, the remaining two staying at Cape Hatteras Light-House. On 21st took 6 of them to Durants Station, where they were taken care of until the 23d, when they procured transportation to Philadelphia on schooner Addie Henry. On 22d transported master and two males to Big Kinnakeet Station, from which place they took steamer for Elizabeth City on the 23d. (See letter of acknowledgement.)


I wish to acknowledge my thanks to the life-saving keeper and crew for services and kindness rendered to myself and crew after landing on the beach at the hour of 7 p.m., February 19, 1893. The barkentine Formosa struck on the outward Diamond Shoal, and immediately bilged and fell over on her beam ends, sea at the time breaking over the ship. No time was offered to signal the life-saving station. One boat was immediately launched, wind blowing a fresh gale from west-southwest. At 2 a.m. on the following morning landed three miles north of Cape Hatteras Light House, and was immediately discovered by life-saving crew, taken to station, and kindly cared for. J. SHEPPARD, Master ; H. PURDY, Mate ; G. Neuhaus, Second Mate

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