(508) 792-6627

Kenrick A.Claflin & Son

12319. (newspaper) Monomoy Disaster – Twelve Lives Lost – Seven Brave Life Savers Perish. 1902

Welcome to Kenrick A. Claflin & Son


Featured on our web site and in our monthly web catalogues are new and out-of-print books, documents, post cards, photographs, maps and charts, engravings, lithographs, uniforms and insignia, tools, lamps, lens apparatus, equipment and apparatus and much more relating to these heroic services.

We now issue most of our catalogues on line rather than by mail. This allows us to issue more catalogues and feature more items, with better photos and descriptions. Let us know your email address and we will email you monthly as our catalogues are posted.

Type in your search word. After hitting Enter you will automatically be brought back to this page. Scroll down to this spot to see the results of search. Pages containing your search word will be listed. You will be allowed to click on the pages found. When on each page, Windows Explorer will allow you to use Ctrl + F to bring up a search box for that page. Type in your search word again and hit “Enter”. You will be taken to that item.


12319. (newspaper) Monomoy Disaster – Twelve Lives Lost – Seven Brave Life Savers Perish. 1902

12319. (newspaper) Monomoy Disaster – Twelve Lives Lost – Seven Brave Life Savers Perish. Appleton Evening Crescent. March 18, 1902. One column article relates an account of the U. S. Life Saving Service disaster and loss of seven men of the life-saving crew from the Monomoy Station, one of the most distressing Life-Saving Service incidents at the time. Early in the evening of March 10, 1902, following the rescue of the crew of the barge Wadena, the life-saving crew struggled to maneuver their surfboat from the wreck. As the heavy seas pounded the surfboat, the panicked crewmen from the barge stood up, clinging to the surfmen as they struggled to work their oars. Just then a heavy wave rose up, fell broadside upon them, and the boat went over, throwing all into the churning ocean. The men clung to the overturned craft, but in the freezing waters soon the sailors and rescuing surfmen succumbed to the sea one by one. The awful tragedy was almost complete and poor Surfman Ellis, the lone remaining sole, was nearly hopeless, but the boat eventually drifted into less turbulent water where he would be rescued by Captain Elmer F. Mayo of Chatham. Includes list of crewmen lost. Good account of the period, just one week after the disaster. Excellent reference and reading. Full page has been encased in plastic for protection. (VG). $48.