"The Blue Book says we've got to go out and it doesn't say a damn thing about having to come back." --Captain Patrick Etheridge, USLSS
A compilation of U.S. Life-Saving Service reports, newspaper articles, publications and more related to shipwrecks of the N.C. coast. Does not include ships that were hauled off or otherwise saved.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Schooner Samuel W. Tilton ~ 17 February 1898
Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1898:
Stranded in heavy surf ½ mile ESE. From station. Keeper called up Gull Shoal and New Inlet stations and then proceeded to the scene with beach apparatus. After firing two shots from Lyle gun, communication was established with the wreck and the apparatus was soon ready. Landed all hands, 9 in number, in three trips of the life car, and brought off some of the personal effects. On the 18th took master and mate on board and secured the log book and more personal effects. The whole ship’s company were kept at the station until the 19th, when six of them left for Elizabeth City. The other three, together with the owner, who arrived on the 21st, were furnished board and lodging until the 24th, when the wreck was sold. (See letter of acknowledgement.)
CHICAMACOMICO LIFE-SAVING STATION, NORTH CAROLINA, February 23, 1898
SIR: We were shipwrecked on February 17, 1898, on Chicamacomico Beach, North Carolina, and were rescued by the life-saving crew at that point, assisted by the crews of the adjoining stations. They were prompt and quick in landing us, and we received the very best treatment while at the station. We would further state that the life car far excels anything we have yet seen for saving life. Very respectfully, W.R. SMITH, Master ; GEORGE W. LOUD, Mate ; FELIX ALLEN, Steward of the Schooner Samuel W. Tilton