Saturday, March 17, 2012

Schooner Henry W. Cramp ~ 15 November 1914

On November 15, 1914 the schooner Henry W. Cramp sprung a leak during a heavy southeast gale and sank about four miles northeast of the Cape Lookout lightship. The keepers report follows, transcribed as found:

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1914:

"At 12:45 p.m., the daywatch (Daniel W. Yeomans) reported a vessel some distance off shore with the American Ensign Union down. We hoisted the answering Penant to let them know we had seen there signal. We launched Power Surfboat as soon as possible. Owing to high surf it took us some time to get from the beach. We boarded the Vessel. It proved to be the Schr Anna M. Hudson with the shipwrecked crew of the Schr Henry W. Cramp which she had picked up a drift in small boat. The Captain and crew of the shipwrecked Schr requested me to land them at this Station, which we did. Owing to the high surf and loaded condition of our Power Surfboat, she was completly submerged at times, while comeing to the beach through the breakers, but we come through all safe with no mis hap. The next day the 17th, I took the Captain to Beaufort, N.C. so they could get to there homes. I also notified the Revenue Cutter Service."

The Cramp was oaned by Coast Wise Transportation Company of Boston, MA and commanded by Captain E.H. Mercer of Ellsworth, ME. His crewmen were J.R. McDonald, Mate, Baltimore, MD; William Morris, 2nd Mate, Boston, MA; William Hanson, Engineer, Boston, MA; Fred Morris, Cook Baltimore, MD. The seamen, all of Boston, MA were: Pat Henderson, John Hanson, Charles Anderson, Olof Algren, Ed Nicholson and Frank Laverta. The vessel and its cargo of crossties were all lost at sea.

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