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Newspaper published in: Washington, D. C.
Washington Herald January 28, 1908 Ocean Storm Page 1
WILD FURY OF SEA SENDS 15 TO DEATH
Women and Men Perish in Clutch of Storm.
SWEEPS ALL BEFORE IT
Rage of Old Ocean Off Delaware Capes Still Unabated.
Six Are Lost from Barge White Band. Others Are Aboard Missing Boats. Telegraphic Communication Between Philadelphia and Delaware Breakwater Is Cut Off - Other Parts of Seaboard Suffer from Big Blow.
Philadelphia, Jan. 27 - Fifteen persons lost their lives off the Delaware Capes in the storm which swept the Atlantic Coast on Thursday and Friday, three of them being women.
Two women and four men were aboard the coal barge White Band, which sunk off the Capes after breaking loose from the tug U. E. Scully, which was towing it from Baltimore to Boston.
The barge New Jersey, which broke adrift at the same time, was found later safely anchored.
Caught Off Barnegat.
Caught in the storm off Barnegat on Friday morning, the barges Fannie, bound from Philadelphia to Boston, and the Gwennie, from New York to Bedford, broke adrift from the tug Murrell and drifted out to sea.
Twenty-four hours later the barge Fannie was discovered by the tug and her crew of five men rescued. The Gwennie, with a crew of five men, has disappeared.
All communication with the Delaware Breakwater by wire is cut, and the only news the Maritime Exchange in this city is able to get is by letter.
The Grafton, a tug from Philadelphia and Providence, is also missing, with a crew of five men and one woman aboard.
No word has yet been received from the American Line steamer Merion, which was due here yesterday. As she is one of the stanchest [sp.] vessels in the trans-Atlantic service, no fear is felt for her safety, and news of her whereabouts is expected to-morrow.
Sweeps the Virginia Coast.
Richmond, Va., Jan. 27 - The Virginia and North Carolina coast is in the grasp of a storm that has been sweeping the shores for three days, doing inestimable damage to shipping.
Wires are reported in bad condition in many directions, though telegraphic communication has not been interrupted to any appreciable extent. The storm in its early stages was accompanied by snow, which, in turn, gave place to high winds, which have endangered, and in some cases, wrecked vessels along the coast.
Reports from Norfolk and Newport News for the last twenty-four hours have conveyed tidings of crippled and wrecked vessels and narrow escapes from death of those who manned them.
In the mountainous section traffic by vehicle has been impeded by the heavy snows. It is considerably colder in this State to-night, with reports of havoc to shipping on the coast still coming in. High winds continued on the coast.
Sea Smashes Lifeboats.
Boston, Jan. 27 - Three lifeboats smashed almost into kindling wood, ventilators torn off, like so many pipe stems; rails bent and twisted, or else carried away altogether, and barricades, where doors ought to be, were some of the things noted on the long overdue steamer Winstead, as she passed up the harbor this morning.
It was plainly evident that those on board had experienced a rough voyage. The steamship sailed from Fowey, England. One seaman had a leg broken. All of the bridge rails were smashed by a big sea, and Capt. KELLY and Second Mate CLEMENTS were swept off their feet and brought up against the wheel.
The door to the officers' quarters and the captain's stateroom was carried away and the quarters flooded. In fact, there was not a berth on board that was not flooded, while the firemen labored in water up to their waists in the stoke holes.
Naval Dingley [sp.] Sinks.
San Juan, P. R., Jan. 27 - A naval dingey, occupied by seven marines, capsized in the harbor here. Five of the men were saved, but C. E. MERRITT and P. W. NUNEZ were drowned.
Their bodies have not been found. A court of inquiry declared that the accident was due to the inexperience of the marines in a handling a boat.