August 20, 1887 was a "fearful" stormy day. According to James Howard, keeper of the Life Saving Station at Hatteras Inlet the sea was "full" and running over the beach. He reported that he could barely see due to the driving rain. At 2 pm, after the tide had dropped off he patrolled the beach and discovered two schooners, both with their main masts gone, beached on the sound side.
The storm was so intense that Captain Jim's rescue boat was driven up on the shore and he lost both oars and his rudder. It wasn't until early morning of the next day that he was able to reach the "Cherubim" and the "A.J. Marine."
Both vessels were eventually refloated with no lives lost.
[Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]