GEORGE W. WELLS

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    Sch George W. Wells

    OCRACOKE ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA THE CHART IS A WELL USED 1966 EDITION BRITISH ADMIRALITY CHART. LAUNCHED IN CAMDEN, MAINE IN 1900,

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OCRACOKE ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA THE CHART IS A WELL-USED 1966 EDITION BRITISH ADMIRALTY CHART. LAUNCHED IN CAMDEN, MAINE IN 1900, SHE WAS THE FIRST 6 MASTED SCHOONER BUILT ON THE ATLANTIC COAST AND WAS CONSTRUCTED OF THE FINEST WOODS AND BOASTED STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY. THE WELLS SAILED BETWEEN NEW ENGLAND AND SOUTHERN PORTS CARRYING BULK CARGOS AND A SMALL NUMBER OF PASSENGERS, WHO MADE THE JOURNEY IN THREE WELL-APPOINTED STATEROOMS. ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1913 THE WELLS WAS BOUND FROM BOSTON TO FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA AND ENCOUNTERED A FAST MOVING HURRICANE OFF CAPE HATTERAS. THE CREW OF THE OCRACOKE ISLAND LIFESAVING STATION SPOTTED THE WELLS BEING DRIVEN TOWARD SHORE IN 100 MPH WINDS AND FOLLOWED HER 8 MILES ALONG THE BEACH UNTIL SHE STRANDED NEAR WHERE THE “PONY PENS” ARE TODAY. THE TWENTY-SIX PEOPLE AND ONE ST. BERNARD DOG ON BOARD WERE BROUGHT ASHORE BY THE LIFESAVING CREW DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE HURRICANE. THE SHIP WAS SOLD TO WRECKERS FOR $800; AFTER SALVAGING WHAT THEY COULD, THEY SET THE WELLS ON FIRE. HER REMAINS COULD BE SEEN FOR YEARS AND A SECTION OF THE KEEL IS STILL OCCASIONALLY REVEALED BY THE WIND AND TIDES.


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