Friday, April 20, 2012

Schooner Enchantress ~ 31 August 1893

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year June 30, 1894:

Fell in with the storm of the 28th, in which the mate was washed overboard, the master’s leg injured, and the vessel water-logged so that she drifted about helplessly until she finally stranded, on the 30th, 16 miles from station, and became a total loss. On morning of this date, having been four days without food, master and one of crew took to the yawl of the Jennie Thomas when it came alongside, and landed with part of crew of that vessel where keeper was guarding some property belonging to the schooner Kate E. Gifford. Keeper sent them to station, where they were fed and clothed, and the master’s injuries dressed. Next morning the balance of the crew, 5 in number, came to station, and were succored until later in the day, when, together with the crew of the Thomas, they were taken to Southport with the assistance of volunteers from Cape Fear Station. In rendering assistance to these three vessels (the Gifford, Thomas and Enchantress), keeper was employed 48 hours continuously.

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