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Off the South Carolina coast, the only survivor of the wreck of a lightship has a fortunate escape from death

Rescue off the South Carolina coast of the sole survivor of a lightship sinking, December 10, 1864, artist's impression
12/10/1864
John Cruse was a crewman on the R.B. Howlett, a vessel from Philadelphia being used as a lightship of the South Carolina coast near Charleston.  A storm had destroyed the lightship the night before leaving Cruse the sole survivor of the seven men in the crew, clinging to a piece of wreckage.  After hours in the water, Cruse cheated drowning when the Union dispatch boat Eliza Hancox spotted him the next evening around dusk. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Sole Survivor of a Wreck Rescued," Harpers Weekly Magazine, January 21, 1865, p. 45.