The Stranding of the "Natalie Porter"

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Postby Grover » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:49 am

From The Asbury Park Press

Approximately $250 worth of oysters was aboard the vessel , which was valued at $4,000

http://www.app.com/article/20120103/NJN ... ie-Porter-
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Postby tinypiney » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:17 pm

Eww, only oysters? I wouldn't have wanted to be on that boat!
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Postby island » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:57 pm

written by museum(?) staff ----The story describes West Creek and the local oyster business however this schooner was not carrying local oysters. And the fate of the schooner was documented.

As per the 1898 USLSS Annual Report this schooner was in route from Hog Island, VA. on March 12, 1898. The vessel stranded on the bar 2 miles NNW of station After three hours of work with cable and sails the schooner was floated and taken to safe harbor. Porter was identifed as master and owner.
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Postby island » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:09 pm

And this schooner stranded again one month later on April 12. This time stranded in open water 2 miles off the NJ coast with a broken foremast. This was a new mast the ship being only a year or so old. They were able to limp closer to shore where the LSS then provided assistance getting the ship to a sheltered port. It was very common for sailing vessels to become stranded for failure of mast, key rigging, or rudder. Such as this on occasions with onshore winds often resulted in vessel groundings, sometimes wrecked with loss of cargo and loss of life.
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