The 146-ton J.C. McNaughton parted her cable during a gail of wind and stranded near Hatteras about 4 or 6 miles from the Durants Station. Built at Delaware in 1888, the three-masted schooner was under the command of Captain Outten and bound for New York City from Scranton with a load of lumber.
The Durants lookout spotted the vessel about 8 a.m. Surfman D.E. Willis, at the Ocracoke Station had already discovered the vessel and keeper Burrus and his crew were on the scene when the Ocracoke crew arrived. They worked together for four full days until they obtained another vessel to use as a lighter. After transferring most of the cargo they finally floated the McNaughton at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th.