Saturday, April 7, 2012

Schooner Robbie L. Foster ~ 14 October 1882

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1883:

At daylight the crew of the Cape Fear Station (6th District), Smith’s Island, North Carolina, discovered a large three-masted schooner ashore on Frying Pan Shoals, about 9 miles south-southeast of the station. The boat was launched as soon as possible and after a hard pull for two hours they reached the vessel to find her abandoned, her people having been taken off by a steamer which passed them on the way out. The schooner proved to be the Robbie L. Foster, of Saint George, ME, bound from New York to Savannah with a cargo of railroad iron. She was full of water, with the sea breaking over her, and as it was apparent she could not be saved the life-saving crew returned to their station, reaching there at 3 in the afternoon, much fatigued from the trip, which had taken over 8 hours. The keeper afterwards learned from the captain of the steamer which took the people off, that 9 men were rescued, including a passenger, and that he had landed them at Smithville, at the mouth of Cape Fear River. Although no assistance was rendered in this case, the life-saving crew deserves the credit of making a gallant effort by undertaking a long and dangerous journey to the stranded vessel. The schooner became a total loss.

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