“The thanks of the Service are gratefully given to the Women’s National Relief Association for the liberal supplies of clothing, delicate food and restorative cordials that it has donated during the year for the relief of the shipwrecked. By this means the society supplements and assists the efforts of the Life-Saving Service in an effective manner. Like Florence Nightingale, in the Crimean war, and the Sanitary Commission in our own civil war, the ladies of this association step in to relieve, in their own peculiar way, the distressed and suffering and many storm-beaten mariner has blessed them for their kind gifts and timely assistance.”
Among many other mariners aided, were those of “the schooner Allie R. Chester at the Ocracoke Station, coast of North Carolina, on January 21, 1889.”
The Women's National Relief Association was also called the Blue Anchor Society. You can read more here: http://northcarolinashipwrecks.blogspot.com/2012/06/womens-national-relief-association-blue.html.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of Howard's Pub. You can read it here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082117.htm.