Fort Fisher

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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Army Transport Quinnebaug Sinks

JULY 20TH, 1865:  Lt.Cmdr. William C. West, commanding the naval station at Beaufort, North carolina, took charge of a large scale rescue operation off the entrance to the harbor.  The Army transport Quinnebaug, loaded with troops, struck a reef and sank off Shackleford Banks while putting onto Beaufort.

Participating in the rescue were the USS Anemone, Acting Ensign A.O. Kruge, USS Corwin, Acting Master Robert Platt, and the boats from Benjamin Adams under the charge of the ship's second officer, Charles Frechrall.

West singled out these officers for "rendering invaluable service in saving life" at the scene of the disaster.  he reported the loss of 25 lives which he attributed to :"the panic at the time of the steamer first striking."

--Old B-R'er

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