Daily Event for February 26

On Feb. 26, 1879 the three masted schooner David H. Tolck was wrecked in a storm off the coast of New Jersey. She had sailed from Cuba with a load of sugar and several passengers, also the captain's wife and baby daughter were on board. The wreck lay a short distance off shore, close enough to use a breeches buoy to rescue the passengers and Genevra, the captain's daughter.

Captain Irving Sawyer and his wife Ida, who would not leave his side, tied themselves to the mast to await rescue in the morning. During the night they both died, in each others arms, some say that Mrs. Sawyer sang a lullaby to calm the baby as she was pulled ashore and that her ghostly song is still heard sometimes in the night.
© 2008 Michael W. Pocock

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