At 7:00 a.m. the morning of February 1, 1889 a lookout reported a vessel ashore on the north side of Hatteras Inlet about 5 miles N.E. of the Ocracoke Station. She proved to be the 188-ton schooner Mary A. Trainer, Captain Walston commanding with a crew of five bound for Wilmington from Philadelphia, PA.
"... As wind blowing very fresh nothing could be done, not until cold get liter." The following morning they "...went to sead sch to render her relief." They succeeded in getting a liter alongside and in removing one load of phosphate rock before the tide fell. On the 3rd they returned to find the vessel afloat and "... tuck in her liter load, went on her way alright."