Monday, January 2, 2012

Schooner Wm. H. Shubert ~ 16 February 1903

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1903:

At 10 p.m., during a fresh SW. gale, weather thick and rainy, sea rough, this vessel went ashore 2 miles N. of Bodie Island station. The N. patrol discovered her at 11 p.m. and flashed a Coston signal to apprise the crew of assistance at hand, then returned to station and reported to keeper, who called up Nags Head station by telephone, mustered his crew, and proceeded to a point abreast the wreck, the Nags Head crew arriving at the same time. The life savers soon fired a shot line to the schooner and got a hawser aboard, but the gear became fouled and could not be cleared until daylight, when all hands, 8 men, were safely landed in breeches buoy and taken to the Bodie Island station, where they were succored for three days. The schooner and her cargo of soft coal were a total loss.

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