|USCG Photo, ca. 1910|
On August 6, 1918, LV-71 was sunk during World War I when a German U-boat attacked her. All twelve crew members survived by rowing away in the ship's whaleboat as soon as the U-boat began firing. As Stick writes, it would normally have taken "something like five hours to get underway. Even if it had taken only five minutes [the crew] wouldl have stood practically no chance of eluding the U-boat in [the] lumbering light vessel...."
The LV-17's shipwrecked remains were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Our latest Ocracoke Newletter is the story of Augustus Cabarrus, early inlet pilot, and the present day d'Oelsnitz family. Click here to read the Newsletter: Ocracoke...The French Connection.