On April 3, 1879 the Wilmington Morning Star reported that a small craft, the Wyanoke, with a black crew, left Sunday morning bound for New Bern with two in crew and four passengers. The vessel was found bottom up in the inlet. It was thought that all hands were lost. Two days later the Morning Star filed this report:
"Inquiry at the Signal Station last night, did not elicit anthing new concerning the Hatteras Inlet disaster, by which several lives were lost. The latest news is that the persons who perished are Jeremiah Farrow, colored, master of the sunken vessel WYANOKE; Daniel Farrow, also colored, mate; Jeseph B. Whitehurst, Light House Keeper; Mrs. Oscar F. Rue and Miss Flora Rue, the last three white.
It was later learned from the Newbern Nutshell that ... none of the bodies that were drowned from the ill-fated WYANOKE, except that of Mr. Whitehurst had been found. Mrs. Whitehurst was not on board."