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Just before Christmas, in 1915, an old salt who was skippering his own schooner, the George Smith, sailed into New Bedford harbor en route to New York with a load of lumber. He had had an experience which he proceeded to relate to some waterfront friends:

I can’t depend on anyone to handle my vessel just as I want to have her run. Once I had a sailor aboard the Angler (another schooner) to help run her. It was a clear night and we were going over Nantucket Shoals. When we were about two miles from the Cross Rip Lightship (since sunk in a storm and retired), I gave the wheel to the man and told him to keep her headed for the lightship. Well, he did just as I told him, and before I knew it, we ran plumb into the lightship and nearly sank ourselves.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 07/20/06
Categories: BoatingHistory
Keywords: boating, history, maritime


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