Thursday, April 12, 2012

Schooner Milton ~ 27 April 1898

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1898:

Sprung a leak in NE. gale and was run ashore as a last resort, about a mile S. of station. Keeper called up Nags Head Station for assistance, and both crews hastened to the scene with beach apparatus. Two attempts failed to lay the shotline across the wreck, but the third was successful, and the whipline and hawser were soon set up and the crew of 7 were brought ashore, one by one, in the breeches buoy. The ship was broken in two and the foremast and main topmast went by the board before the last man was landed. The castaways were all taken to the station and provided with necessary dry clothing from the stores of the Women’s National Relief Association.

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