At about 3 p.m. on September 11 the schooner Rate Coleton out of Rock Port, England was discovered by the Keeper of the Ocracoke light house where she had run ashore. James W. Howard, newly appointed Keeper of the new Hatteras Inlet Station reported:
"... the Sch RATE COLETON from Cuba. She was leaking. She was driven by hard winds the 11 day of Sept over Ocracoke Bar ad thae let her anchors go but she drug a shore and was bilgd on the Point of beach at Ocracoke. The crew went to lower the boat from the davids and the boat got stove so the capt went a shore in his, so cold, little dinky and went a shore braing one may with him the rest of the crew was carried ashore by the sitisons of Ocracoke. I sent to no if the wanted eny assistence. the wanted none. the wear all ashore when I heard of it. She went 14 miles distance from this station."
The Coleton, with her crew of 6, was under the command of Captain N.A. Pierce.