Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Schooner Kate E. Gifford ~ 30 August 1893

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1894:

Water-logged by the hurricane of the 28th; drifted ashore 8 miles from station and became a total loss. Keeper who had gone to Southport to assist in landing crew of Schooner Three Sisters (see record) summoned volunteer crew and started to the rescue. After a hard struggle over an almost impassable beach, brought apparatus opposite the wreck early in the morning of the 30th and landed the crew of 7 men, with their effects, in the breeches buoy. The shipwrecked seamen were taken to the station, and there suitably provided for. Crew of Cape Fear Station assisted to rescue the crew of the Gifford, and in the afternoon took 6 of their number to Southport.

(NOTE: See also Sea Island Hurricane of 1893.) 

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