Thursday, April 19, 2012

Schooner Flora Rogers ~ 23 October 1908

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1909:

Driven ashore by a NE. gale, 1 mile N. of Bodie Island, and 6 miles ESE. of Nags Head station, and discovered at 1:45 a.m. by the Bodie Island lookout. The Nags Head crew was notified, and the surfmen from both stations immediately proceeded to a point on the beach abreast of the wreck—which was 600 yards offshore. The sea was too high to launch a surfboat, so a line was shot across the schooner, and a whip and hawser were sent off, but through some misunderstanding on board, the whip was lost. A second attempt was more successful. The hawser, however, was fastened too low on the shrouds—only 12 feet above deck—and the shipwrecked party, 7 men and a woman, had to be hauled through the surf. They were taken to Bodie Island station, and furnished with dry clothing from the supplies of the Blue Anchor Society. The survivors were afforded meals and shelter at the stations named for 11 days. The vessel was a total wreck.

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