Sunday, February 12, 2012

Schooner Mabel Rose ~ 11 October 1903

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1904:

This vessel, laden with lumber, became water logged in a strong NNE. gale and at 6 p.m., struck on the outer reef, ¾ of a mile SE. of the station. The life saving crew, who had observed her before she struck, were unable to reach her with wreck gun or lifeboat on account of the storm, high seas, and location of the wreck, but stood by with the beach apparatus, ready at the first opportunity to rescue the crew. At midnight the schooner beat over the reef, and, at 3 a.m., the receding tide enabled the surfmen to bring the Lyle gun within range. They soon fired a line on board the wreck, rigged gear, and safely landed the crew, 8 all told, by the breeches buoy.

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