Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Schooner Maggie J. Lawrence ~ 10 February 1896

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1896:

Stranded during strong northwest wind at 3.30 a.m. Discovered by patrolman and reported at station, and also at Oregon Inlet Station. Keeper and crew hauled beach apparatus and surfboat abreast of vessel and awaited daylight before beginning action, as schooner was gradually working inshore, and in no immediate danger of going to pieces. As it grew light, it was found that surfboat could be used to advantage. This was soon launched, and the wreck reached. Crew of 7 men and their baggage were taken off and landed without mishap. The Oregon Inlet crew arrived in time to assist in landing and hauling surfboat upon beach. Sheltered crew at Pea Island Station for 6 days, while engaged in saving stores, rigging, and sails of wrecked vessel. Master was cared for during 15 days while this work was in progress, and was aided by station crew. Schooner was total loss.

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