Friday, January 6, 2012

Bark Spero ~ 24 December 1910

Annual Report for the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1911:

The Norwegian bark Spero, of 679 tons register, bound from Barbadoes, West Indies, to New York with a crew of 12 men, stranded before daylight on Hatteras Beach, 2 miles southwest of the Durants (NC) station. Before she struck, the patrol burned a Coston signal to warn her away, but apparently the warning was unheeded, for she failed to change her course. The station lookout saw the patrolman’s warning signal and called all hands. Upon the patrolman’s arrival at the station with the news the Creeds Hill crew were notified by telephone, after which the Durants crew hurried along the beach to the scene with the beach apparatus. A line was fired across the wreck, which lay 300 yards offshore. The Creeds Hill crew arriving at this juncture, assisted in the work of rigging up the apparatus. This accomplished, 9 men—all that were on the wreck—were landed, the three others in the crew having made shore in a boat before the arrival of the life-savers. The shipwrecked men were succored at the Durants station until their departure, four days later. The Spero became a total loss.

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