Friday, March 16, 2012

Schooner Irene Thayer ~ 19 November 1892

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1893:

Totally wrecked in heavy gale. Assisted by crew of Pea Island Station, landed crew of 6 men with breeches buoy, provided them with dry clothing and cared for them at station for two days. Crew of Pea Island Station also assisted in saving clothing and other effects of crew from wreck. (See letter of acknowledgement.)


SIR: We came ashore on the night of the 19th in a heavy northwest gale, and I take great pleasure in writing this to inform you of the timely and heroic service that was rendered us by the crews of the Oregon Inlet and Pea Island Stations. They were abreast of the schooner with their gear in thirty minutes from the time we stranded. They did their work rapidly and bravely in saving us from our position, and landed us without any mishap. I also wish to tender sincere thanks to the captain and crews for this, and also for the kindness and care we have received at their hands while at the station. They have done all in their power and willingly in helping save what has been saved from the vessel, and they should receive the credit which truly belongs to them. I am also thankful to know that I belong to a nation that furnishes such men and houses of refuge for the benefit of seafaring men. Yours with much respect, S.H. WALL, Master of the Wrecked Schooner Irene Thayer

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