William Smith, mate of the schooner Laura Lewis, fell overboard off Sand Island Light, on the coast of Georgia, on Friday, and was devoured by a shark.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 17 Jul 1881
sand island is on alabama coast not georgia
According to a July 17, 1881 NY Times article, this event occurred off the coast of Alabama, not Georgia. The mention of Sand Island Light seems to substantiate this fact.