Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1885:
The crew of the Cape Fear Station (6th District), Smith’s Island, North Carolina, afforded succor to three men who had succeeded in reaching Smith’s Island at about daybreak on portions of the cabin of the steamer Dos Hermanos, of Tobasco, Mexico, which had foundered in the gale of the night previous off Frying Pan Shoals, several miles from the land. The men were in an almost nude condition, and were furnished with clothing from the supply donated by the Women’s National Relief Association. The following day, when able to travel, they were taken to Smithville for passage to their homes, in New York and Providence. As soon as the life saving crew learned that there were four other men clinging to portions of the wreck offshore, they launched the surf boat and made diligent search for several hours, but, on account of the high sea, were unable to find them. They were picked up, however, 7 or 8 miles at sea, by the steam tub Blanch, of Wilmington, and landed at Smithville.
Note: 4 Killed