Thursday, April 19, 2012

Schooner Freddie Hencken ~ 26 February 1892

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1892:

GULL SHOAL LIFE-SAVING STATION, North Carolina, March 23, 1892

DEAR SIR: I wish to tender my thanks to Captain D.M. Pugh and crew of this station, and also to Captain E.O. Hooper and crew of Little Kinnakeet Station, and Captain J.H.W. Wescott and crew of the Chicamicomico Station, for their prompt assistance rendered to me, my wife, and my crew of seven men. After having been tossed about for four days in a terrible storm, with the loss of our steering gear, we finally stranded near this station, where we were safely landed by means of the breeches buoy at a quarter past 8 o’clock on the night of the 26th of February. We certainly feel very grateful for the kindness of these dear people. This Life-Saving Service institution is a grand and noble thing. Respectfully yours, JOHN A. MILLS, Late Master of Schooner Freddie Hencken

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