Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Windfall II

Yesterday, just before 1 pm, the schooner Windfall II motored into Silver Lake harbor. Somewhat smaller than her namesake, but with her trademark black hull (and soon to be fitted out with red sails), the Windfall II made the voyage from New Jersey under the command of Captain Rob Temple and a crew of two. The captain, at 65 years old, was the youngest on board. When I met the boat at the dock I commented that they reminded me of the crew of the Anna R. Heidritter, a four masted schooner that wrecked on Ocracoke's beach in 1942. Captain Bennett Coleman was 73 years old. His crew members were all over 65 years old.

Built in Bath, Maine as the Cohasset, the Heidritter burned to the waterline Jan. 22, 1907 while in Baltimore Harbor. Rebuilt in Maryland as the Anna R. Heidritter, she was re-launched in 1910. She survived a U-boat attack in WWI & carried bullets in her masts from the encounter. While carrying log wood from Charleston to Pennsylvania, she hit a storm off Ocracoke & was washed on a bar May 2, 1942. With her back broken, the crew lashed themselves to the masts. All were saved. Captain Coleman died in a car accident in New Jersey 9 days after being rescued.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter celebrates colorful islander Don Wood (1936-1998). You can read it here:


  1. Bright blessings on the WindfallII & Captain Rob!

  2. Anonymous2:17 PM

    While going through some photos taken from past Ocracoke vacations, I was thrilled to see I had taken a photo of the orginial Windfall! Captain Rob must have been the fellow in the picture. The sails weren't up, but the boat clearly reads Windfall. I was so excited to see this photo.

    On another note, the stories about Don Wood are too funny. I have enjoyed reading this newsletter about Don and am looking forward to seeing what else you can tell on this unique guy!

    Keep writing!

  3. So happy to hear that Capt. Rob made the journey safely and now Ocracoke has another "Windfall"! Can't wait to see her and sail with her next month!

  4. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Hope she is as beautiful and majestic!utatorke

  5. Elizabeth Wyand1:08 AM

    Ran across this entry whilst Googling for pictures of the Heidritter to show a friend. Captain Coleman was my grandmother's grandfather, and even though I know the wreck is on record, I'm always amazed that people know that little piece of my family's history.