Friday, March 16, 2012

Schooner Isaac L. Clark ~ 17 December 1884

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1885:

At about half-past 4 in the afternoon, during prevalence of a fresh southwesterly breeze, with a rough and dangerous sea, the lookout at the Big Kinnakeet Station (6th District), North Carolina, discovered a vessel’s yawl, with several men in it, about three miles seaward, making for the land. The life saving crew at once launched their surf boat and put off, reaching the yawl at half-past 5. There were 7 men in it, the crew of the three-masted schooner Isaac L. Clark, of Camden, NJ, which had been totally wrecked at noon that day on the outer edge of Diamond Shoal, off Cape Hatteras, about 10 miles to the southward, while on her way from Florida port to Philadelphia, PA with a cargo of lumber. The men were safely landed, with their boat, and taken to the station, where they were sheltered and fed for 5 days, or until transportation could be provided to their homes.

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