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Wilmington Morning News
Wilmington Morning News
Contributed by Harrison

Description: Lewes Oldtimers

Date: February 9 1958

Newspaper published in: Wilmington

Source: newspaper

Page/Column: Sussex Deaths



Captain John Steel Wingate, age 77, died Wednesday, February 8, 1950 in the
Beebe Hospital after a one week stay.

Wingate was of the last of the old regime of the sailing vessels Coast Guard at

He was born in Lewes, June 29, 1872, son of the late John M. and Jane Pettyjohn Wingate.

In 1896 he enlisted in the Coast Guard at the Lewes Station, and served there, also Rehoboth
and Cape Henlopen stations. In 1898 he became Captain in charge of the Rehoboth station,
until 1909 when he took command of the Cape Station until 1929. He was master of the
Lewes station until he retired in 1932, serving 37 years in the Coast Guard.

During these years lifeboats were man powered and he made rescues of crew member of
windjammers. He was on duty when the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse fell in 1926.

Captain Wingate remembers the storms were worse and tells of the 1900 snowstorm as
the heaviest, blocking Lewes Harbor from February to March.

Captain John Steel Wingate was survived by a son, Urbon of Lewes, two granddaughters,
several great grandchildren.

He was buried in the Lewes Presbyterian churchyard after service by Rev. Dr. William

SOURCE: Wilmington Morning News, February 9, 1950


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