Barnegat City, NJ Schooner L. AND A. BABCOCK Wrecked, June 1884



Barnegat City, N.J., June 28 -- One of the most thrilling shipwrecks seen on this coast for years occurred Thursday afternoon. The schooner L. and A. Babcock, hailing from Somet's Point and commanded by Captain HENRY BABCOCK, which put out from Philadelphia a day or two ago loaded with coal for Boston, sprung a leak when off Bay Head about four o'clock. The captain was compelled to run his vessel ahead of the wind all day, while the crew worked the pumps. At four o'clock the vessel was discovered making for Station No. 15, just north of the Barnegat Inlet. The vessel was beached opposite the station in the hopes of being relieved by the life-saving crew. The captain of Station 15, however, was not at his post, and as the vessel began to go to pieces Captain Joe Reed, of Station 13, three miles distant, rushed to the assistance of the wreck and arrived there in time to shoot a line over the vessel, but the members of the crew were so weak from working the pumps that they could not draw the rope through the surf, and the vessel broke to pieces while they were endeavoring to do so. In one hour after the vessel struck nothing could be discovered but a lot of broken pieces of timber. The first person to go from the vessel was MRS. SCARBOROUGH, wife of the mate. She was struck by a falling spar while being held by her husband, and was knocked from his arms into the sea. Her husband immediately sprang after her and was afterward picked up on the beach unconscious. A Swede seaman swam ashore; the captain, mate's wife and three seamen were drowned. The wife of the mate had borne up bravely from the time of springing the leak until the going to pieces of the vessel, when her shrieks were heart-rending. It is feared that other wrecks have taken place, as the beach is strewn with drift and Virginia pine wood. The storm was terrible. Cars standing on the narrow gauge road were blown over, and no boats left either this place or Beach Haven to connect with the railroads. Many people watched the vessel go to pieces.

Saturday Evening Observer Dunkirk New York 1884-06-28