On this date in 1887 two schooners, the Cherybin and the A.J. Marine, both wrecked near Hatteras Inlet, four miles from shore. According to reports by the keeper of the Life Saving Station, James W. Howard, it was "very stormy" with "gale" force winds and "driving rain." The sea was "rough" & "full, running over beach fearful." Both vessels had lost their main masts.
The storm was so severe that it had driven the station's rescue boat up on shore and both the rudder and the oars were washed away. The station crew had to make a new rudder.
The stranded schooners were spied about 2 o'clock p.m. on the 20th. Because of the rough seas and lost rudder the life saving crew was unable even to launch their boat until 4 a.m. on the 21st. They arrived at the wrecked schooners more than three hours later, between 7 & 8 a.m.
Neither vessel was in danger of breaking apart and no assistance was needed, except that a steamer was summoned to help refloat the ships when the weather cleared.
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