Sunday, April 22, 2012

Schooner Charles C. Lister, Jr. ~ 22 January 1891

Just before noon on January 22 keeper James Howard spied a schooner in the breakers off Hatteras Bar about 1-1/2 miles SE of the station with busted sails. The vessel proved to be the Charles C. Lister, Jr. enroute from New York City to Wilmington, NC with a party of four under the command of Captain J.W. Pate. The following day the station crew returned to the wreck to retrieve the crews personal effects before the captain turned the schooner over to salvors. Howard's report follows in part:

... Weather being very thick and stormy, gale wind from SSE. Surf very rough. It look almost imposable to get to the sch. She was about 1 1/2 miles from shore but keep cault out crew took surf boat as it was imposable to reach her with gun. Left station 12 n. Hitch mule to boar carring her to surf. Lanch boat about 12:30 p.m. through very bad surf and very hard to row the current was very strong and gale, wind so hard had very hard tug to get to wreck schooner but with strong effort we wear suckcessful reaching her. We manage boat so one cold get in boat at a time. We refused to take her trunks as the sea was so bad. tuck all the crew, five and landed all right, tuck them up to station, gave them dry clothes and food, ceard for them ...
Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1891


"DEAR SIR: Allow me to express my fervent thanks to yourself and your noble crew for the prompt and successful rescue of myself and entire crew from our perilous situation when stranded in the breakers on Ocracoke Beach on the morning of January 22, 1891. Trusting that you may be spared many years to your noble calling of saving human life, I am gratefully yours, J.W. COVERDALE, Late Master of Schooner Charles C. Lister, Jr."

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