Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Schooner Lena Breed ~ 4 December 1888

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1889:

On the 4th the day watch at the Cape Hatteras Station (6th District), North Carolina, observed schooner standing in for the outer slue. A short time afterward, the sea being smooth on the shoals, the vessel got out of the channel and stranded at half-past 1 o’clock on the Diamond Shoal about 6 miles south-southeast from the station. The surf men made all possible haste in getting out the surfboat, employed a team to draw it to the beach opposite the schooner, launched, and went out to her. She proved to be the Lena Breed, of Philadelphia, PA, with a cargo of yellow pine from Wilmington, NC, bound to her home port. Taking the crew of 7 men into the boat, the life savers set out for the beach. They had not gone far when they were met by the surf boat from the Creed’s Hill Station, (adjacent to the southward) the life saving crew at that point having noted the disaster and set out at once for the place, a pull of more than 7 miles. The Cape Hatteras surf boat being heavily loaded, two of the sailors were transferred to the other. The Creed’s Hill men rendered further aid by taking a line and towing the surf boat of the Hatteras crew inshore as far as the bar. The keeper of the next station north, Big Kinnakeet, having also started to the assistance of the stranded vessel, arrived just in time to help the men ashore. They were conducted to the Cape Hatteras Station. On the next day (5th) the surf men again boarded the craft and saved clothing, ship stores and other articles. They found the vessel in bad condition. Her crew left the station on the 6th, and on the same day, the wind blowing fresh from the westward, she was dislodged and driven to sea, becoming a total loss.

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