Thursday, March 15, 2012

Schooner James W. Haig ~ 26 September 1882

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1883:

The schooner J. W. Haig, of and from Philadelphia, for South Creek, NC, with a cargo of hay and salt and carrying a crew of 5 men, went ashore at dusk in the evening of the 26th on the Middle Ground near Bird Island, in Hatteras Inlet, about 7 miles west southwest of the Durants Station (6th District),  North Carolina. She was discovered by one of the station men when he reached the southerly limit of his patrol at daylight (27th), and reported as soon as possible to the keeper. The surf boat was launched, and, after a long and arduous pull the life-saving crew reached the vessel, but their offer of assistance was declined with thanks, the people being in no danger and busily at work stripping her. Although no service was rendered in this case, the station crew deserves credit for their vigilance and activity in pulling so great a distance, the journey to the vessel and back being fully 15 miles.

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