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Schooner Samuel W. Hall ~ 24 December 1897


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

Stranded on the beach at 4.20 a.m., ¼ mile NE. of station. Keeper notified New Inlet and Gull Shoal stations, and then started out with the surfboat. The heavy sea and strong current made it inadvisable, if not impossible, to launch the boat, and therefore the beach apparatus was hurried to the scene. By this time the crews from the other two stations arrived, and a line was fired over the vessel and the hawser was soon set up. Four men were safely landed, but the hawser chafed through and parted under the crosstrees while the fifth was being hauled ashore. Life savers hauled him through the surf in safety, sent off the hawser again, and finally landed the last two men. Took them all to the station for shelter and succor. Next day the surfmen boarded the schooner, furled sail, and landed the stoves and provisions. On the 27th the 6 seamen left for Norfolk; on the 29th the vessel was condemned by board of survey and was stripped of her rigging, and on January 19, the cargo having been disposed of, the master left the station. (See letter of acknowledgment.)

CHICAMACOMICO LIFE-SAVING STATION, NORTH CAROLINA, January 18, 1898

SIR: Please accept thanks from me for the valuable services rendered by the keeper and crew of this station and the keepers and crews of the New Inlet and Gull Shoal stations in saving me and my crew from a watery grave at the wreck of my vessel on December 24, 1897, near this station. I also wish to mention the kind treatment to myself and crew while at the station. Respectfully submitted, THOMAS MUMFORD, Master of Schooner Samuel W. Hall

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