Thursday, March 15, 2012

Barkentine James H. Hamlen ~ 28 August 1903

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1904:

Stranded at 12:30 p.m. on Lookout Shoals about 8 miles S. by E. from station, while en route from Jacksonville, FL, to Portland, ME, with a cargo of cross ties. The lookout soon discovered the stranded craft, and the surfmen manned the lifeboat and got alongside the vessel at 5:30 p.m. As she had filled and the weather appeared threatening, the life savers took the crew, 8 all told, into the lifeboat, then took the ship’s longboat, loaded with the personal effects of the crew, in tow, and returned to the station. The master was supplied with needed clothing from the stores of the Women’s National Relief Association and all of the shipwrecked men were succored until the afternoon of the 30th. Several tugs visited the Hamlen but she could not be floated, and ship and cargo were lost.

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