Tales and traditions of the lower Cape Fear, 1661-1896

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9780871521408: Tales and traditions of the lower Cape Fear, 1661-1896
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... Pilots in a Storm. C*l~*% XjiQitE have referred to the hard life of these toilers of the sea, who often win their bread at the risk of their lives. Before the recent change in the method of boarding inward-bound vessels, pilotage business was open to general competition, and as about sixty licensed men depended upon their profession for a living, many of them took their lives in their hands and cruised in frail boats and heavy weather for fifty and a hundred miles at sea, searching for vessels in need of their assistance. We illustrate some of the hardships to which they were exposed by the following thrilling story of the great storm in 1877 by Colonel Waddell, which will doubtless be read with interest: "On April 12th, 1877, one of the most terrific storms that ever visited the North Carolina coast began and lasted for three days, culminating on the 15th off Cape Fear. It was fearfully destructive to life and property, wrecking many ships with their crews and cargoes, and burying them beneath the waves. One large three-masted vessel broke up and parts of her drifted into Smithville Bay, a prize for the wreckers, which not only illustrated the force of the Storm, but was a curiosity in the strength of its structure. ' All her bolts," said one who examined pieces of the wreck, 'are brass, four, six and even eight feet long; the knees are solid iron and the outside planking six inches through and of stout pine' ." There were two Smithville pilot-boats, the Mary K. Sprunt and the Uriah Tiramons, cruising off the coast at the time the storm commenced, and finding it impossible to make a harbor, they were compelled to stand off and try to weather it out. The Mary K. Sprunt had a crew of five men, viz: Christopher Pinner, Robert...

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