Monday, April 23, 2012

Schooner J.F. Becker ~ 26 April 1903

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1903:

At midnight, during the prevalence of thick weather with a fresh NE. wind and rough sea, this vessel, a fishing smack of 50 tons, struck on the bar off Oregon Inles, 2-1/4 miles N. of station, and soon sank, the crew of 11 abandoning her in two boats. Five of the men were picked up by another smack and the others landed on the beach and were found by a patrolman, who took them to the station, where they were succored until the following day. The master, who had left his vessel very thinly clad, was provided with necessary clothing from the stores of the Women’s National Relief Association. (See letter of acknowledgment.)

STAPLETON, NEW YORK, May 1, 1903

FRIEND: I write to let you know that I arrived at home safe and wish to thank you and your men for what you did for me and my crew, and I hope to have the chance to return the favor. The other men got picked up by a smack and arrived safe at Old Point Comfort. I remain your friend, GEO. W. PERRY, Master American Schooner J.F. Becker

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