In 1899 a massive hurricane struck the Outer Banks. The barkentine Priscilla was one of many ships wrecked in August of that year. In 1903 Pearson's Magazine published "A History of the United States Life-Saving Service" by Theodore Waters. In the article Waters relates the dramatic story of lifesaver, Rasmus Midgett, and his rescue of the crew of the Priscilla.
I have re-published the article as our current Ocracoke Newsletter. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052116.htm.