"The Blue Book says we've got to go out and it doesn't say a damn thing about having to come back." --Captain Patrick Etheridge, USLSS
A compilation of U.S. Life-Saving Service reports, newspaper articles, publications and more related to shipwrecks of the N.C. coast. Does not include ships that were hauled off or otherwise saved.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Steamer Palestro ~ 9 August 1900
Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1901:
Stranded on Outer Diamond Shoal during thick weather at about 7 a.m. and was discovered by lookout at Cape Hatteras Station as soon as the weather cleared, about 2 p.m. Keeper sent word to Creeds Hill and Big Kinnakeet to assist, and then started for the wreck. On the way out the crew ran across two of the ship’s boats with 20 men on their way ashore. Keeper signaled the boat from Creeds Hill to take charge of these boats and then proceeded to the wreck to bring off the master, third officer, and three men who had remained by her. The second officer and four men, who had left in a small boat, landed without assistance about a mile from Cape Hatteras Station. The vessel was a hopeless wreck and the keeper brought ashore those who had remained by. The keeper of Creeds Hill Station towed the two boats in his charge to a safe landing place, and the crew from Big Kinnakeet Station arrived in time to transport all baggage to the Cape Hatteras Station. The shipwrecked crew of 30 men were sheltered at this station until the 11th, when they were transported to Norfolk by a schooner.