Wesley Austin (1864-1941) was the keeper of the Ocracoke lighthouse from 1912 -1929.
Keeper Austin kept a daily logbook which Ellen Marie Fulcher Cloud copied from microfilm stored at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In her book Ocracoke Lighthouse Cloud includes Capt. Austin's entry for Aug. 23, 1925 --"Four masted schooner Victoria S. stranded on Ocracoke Roads about 1 am -- in part from Georgetown SC to New York loaded -- Pine lumber."
According to my father, he was on beach patrol Aug. 22-23 with his father, a Coast Guardsman, when they saw a schooner making peculiar maneuvers
offshore. My grandfather speculated that the captain
was just waiting until nightfall to "run her aground" for the insurance
money. Sure enough the "Victoria S" wrecked that night.
A "Roads" or "Roadstead" is a partly sheltered body of water near the shore where ships may safely ride at anchor.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about earthquakes that have affected
Ocracoke and the Outer Banks. You can read the newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092116.htm.