Ship of broken dreams - Fenwick Island LSS (Delaware)

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Postby island » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:00 pm

The ship.

The rescue.
April 22, 1911.—About 10 p.m. the three-masted schooner 0. D. Witherell, bound from New York to Philadelphia, with a crew of 7 men, ran out of her course in thick and stormy weather and stranded 1.5 miles north of the Fenwick Island (Del.) station. She was discovered shortly after midnight by the beach patrol about 150 feet offshore. After burning a Coston signal to apprise those on board that assistance was at hand, the partolman proceeded to his station and aroused the crew. On arriving abreast of the vessel the life-savers threw a line aboard by means of a heaving-stick and set up the beach apparatus. The entire ship's crew were then quickly hauled ashore by breeches buoy. When the work of rescue was completed some of the life-savers boarded the vessel in the breeches buoy and saved her papers, instruments, etc., making 13 trips. The sailors were cared for at the station three days. The schooner became a total loss.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:56 am

Thanks for posting this fine story, Island, on the 100th year anniversay of the shipwreck... :)
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