Sunday, April 22, 2012

Schooner Clare E. Bergen ~ 26 June 1905

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1905:

On June 26 the lookout at Durants Lifesaving station discovered a vessel about 12 miles south of the station. As it was an inactive season the keeper called the keeper of Hatteras Inlet Station. They mustered a crew, rowed out to the vessel and found her practically sunk. The vessel proved to be the 481-ton Clara E. Bergen, which had been rammed by some other vessel and abandoned. The Bergen was built at Port Jefferson, NY in 1874.

The Evening Dispatch of Wilmington
June 28, 1905

The U.S. revenue cutter Seminole has received orders to search for and destroy the derelice Clare E. Bergen, which was abandoned 10 miles NE of Hatteras in 60 feet of water. The vessel was struck Sunday morning by the George Dumois, a fruit steamer West India bound, and was completely disabled, the crew being rescued by the crew of the Dumois. The bergen is a 450-ton coaster, built about 1875 and the tow boat people, it is said, did not regard her of sufficient worth to attempt to save her or get salvage.

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