Friday, March 16, 2012

Schooner Ida B. Silsbee ~ 18 August 1879

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1880:

The schooner Ida B. Silsbee, of Patchogue, NY, bound from Pall’s Point, NC, to Portland, ME, with a cargo of watermelons and a crew of three men, foundered at her anchors during a southeast gale, in Pamlico Sound, about one mile northwest of Hatteras Bar, her crew taking to the rigging. The stations not being manned at this season of the year, the keeper of the nearest station, No. 23 (6th District), North Carolina did not learn of the disaster until some hours after it occurred, but as soon as he heard of it he mustered three of his crew, procured a boat at the village of Hatteras, on the sound, a mile distant from his station, and with the aid of volunteers from the town, boarded the wreck, took off her crew, and gave them shelter at the station for several days. The vessel was lost.

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