Friday, April 20, 2012

Schooner Emma C. Cotton ~ 27 December 1895

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1896:

Stranded at 2 a.m. during shift of wind, 200 yards from shore. Alarm was given and station crew hastened to wreck with beach apparatus. Prepared to fire shot line on board, but master of schooner hailed keeper and requested that action be deferred until daylight. While waiting, keeper sent for surfboat, and at daybreak an attempt was made to launch it, which was successful, and schooner was boarded. Took off the crew of 7 men and their baggage and landed them without mishap; carried them to station, where they were succored for three days. On January 2, saved the sails of the schooner, assisted by crew of Oregon Inlet Station. Vessel and cargo of coal were total loss.

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