|Painting of the Martha E. Wallace provided by|
Lisa Hanson, the Great Grandaughter of Capt. Ray.
She was built by the Mather Shipping Co.
"Dec. 21st at 6:30 this a.m. the south patrol discovered a four masted Schooner a shore on the South Side of Cape Lookout Shoals about one and a half miles from the beach and three miles from the station. We got out the power life boat at once and went to her which proved to be the Sch. MARTHA E. WALLACE with cargo of cross ties from Brunswick, Geo bound to New York. A short time after we arrived the Capt. decided to leave the ship as she was pounding heavy and fast filling up having then four feet of water in the hole and the steam pump going steady. We went along side and took of the Capt. and crew, nine all tole with their personal effects. Also taking their large boat in tow and arrived at the station at 11:05 a.m.
December 22nd. Capt and crew still at the station. Storming, so that nothing could be done by wreckers.
Dec. 25th. Tug I.J. MERRITT went down to Schr early. Revenue Cutter SEMINOLE also came up in the early forenoon and anchored of the wreck. In the afternoon both steamers came up in the cove and we carted down their personal effects and the stores brought from ship and the Capt and crew went on board the tug in their own or Schr's boat having previously procured passage to Norfolk, Va."