Friday, January 6, 2012

Schooner S.G. Hart ~ 10 August 1898

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1899:

Stranded about ¾ mile NE. of station, an outer reef. Patrolman, who discovered her at 3 a.m., immediately burned a Coston signal and reported the casualty to the keeper. Life savers at once launched surf boat and pulled out to stranded vessel. Her master at first declined to leave her, as he thought that she and the cargo might be saved, but he soon found that she was rapidly filling, and was glad to avail himself of the chance to get on shore. Surf boat took 6 seamen to the beach, with all their personal property; then returned to wreck and took off captain and mate, with their belongings and the ship’s nautical instruments. The crews from Big Kinnakeet and Gull Shoal stations had now arrived, also the life saving team of horses, and were ready to give assistance. Saved small boat from the wreck, and carted all the property and the surf boat to station with the team. On the following day the surfmen helped the master land stores from the wreck in the schooner’s boat, the surf having smoothed down. Sheltered and fed crew from the wreck at station for 6 days before they were transported to their homes. (See letters of acknowledgment.)


SIR: I desire to express my thanks for the prompt service rendered to me by the keeper of the Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station at the wreck of the American schooner S.G. Hart, on the beach three-quarters of a mile above Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station on August 10, 1898. By the advice of the keeper we saved our effects in good condition and also our nautical instruments. He deemed it necessary to remove things at once, which proved to be none too soon. Respectfully yours, C.M. SAWYER, Late Master of the American Schooner S.G. Hart

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