Thursday, April 19, 2012

Schooner Lizzie H. Patrick ~ 27 November 1911

On November 27, 1911 the three-masted schooner Lizzie H. Patrick mistook the lighthouse for the lightship and stranded about 2-1/2 miles southwest of the station and one mile from shore. She was built in 1883 and owned and commanded by William J. Breen of Boston, MA.

The weather was clear, with a light northwest breeze. The vessel was discovered at daylight by Surfman Guy F. Hudgins, and the station crew was sent to their assistance in the power lifeboat, arriving at the scene at 6:30 a.m. Keeper Gaskill's report follows:

"...when we got along side she was leaking bad and the Capt. decided to strip her which we commenced to do. The fishing schooner Columbia soon came along side and his crew joined in the work, and the stripings - store - and personal effects of all was loaded on board her, and the Capt and his crew took passage to Beaufort with them and I returned to the sta. at 12:30 p.m. The vessel was full of water when we left her.

28th at 10:30 this a.m. the schooners mast fell and she broke up and became a total loss. Cargo of lumber came ashore on the East side of Cape. The underwriter's agent having previous made arrangements to have it saved."

Nov. 27th, 1911
Wm H. Gaskill Keeper

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