Saturday, March 17, 2012

Schooner Henrietta Hill ~ 24 August 1899

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1900:

Dragged anchors during a heavy squall and stranded 3 miles E. by S. of station. Foreseeing that she would drag into the breakers, the surfmen made ready and were alongside soon after she struck. They brought the crew of four men to station with their cloths, the captain’s sextant, charts, compass, and clock. On the next day the surfmen helped to strip the vessel. On the 28th they ran out anchors and tried to heave her afloat. On the 30th the revenue cutter Boutwell tried to release her, the surfmen running the lines, but the effort was unsuccessful. On September 7 the surfmen helped to take the pump ashore, and the master gave up the hull as a total loss. The shipwrecked crew were succored at station for 14 days.

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