Saturday, April 7, 2012

Schooner Sallie Bissell ~ 4 March 1895

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1895:

Stranded on a shoal 3-1/2 miles east of station, in a dangerous position; blowing hard and a heavy sea running. Keeper summoned volunteers (station a new one and regular crew not yet engaged) and rescued the crew of 5 men, succoring them at station four days; on the 8th secured them transportation to Newbern on schooner Virginia Dare. Had crew been left on schooner till flood tide they would have been lost as she then pounded over the shoal into deep water and sunk. Put notice on masts of wreck forbidding their removal, as she would then be a dangerous obstruction to navigation.

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