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:: Exploration :: San Ciriaco :: Life Saving Reports

Exploration, Transportation & Commerce

beacher schoonerLearn of shipwrecks related to exploration, transportation and commerce dating from the earliest periods of discovery through the present....a time span of more than 400 years.  From the earliest explorations of the New World, the Outer Banks have been a prominent landmark.  Throughout the 1500s, English, Spanish and French mariners sailed their vessels off the Banks charting inlets and dangerous waters, and attempting colonization.  By the late 1600s the area was known for shipwrecks, and in 1802 the first lighthouses were constructed all along the Banks.  Following the War Between the States, commercial shipping began to rebound, followed by a increase of shipwrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Losses of ships and lives attracted national attention and spurred the construction of lifesaving stations along the coast.  These stories literally chronicle the development of the nation.

San Ciriaco....The Great Hurricane of 1899
Experience the storm, the shipwrecks she caused, and the heroic acts of the US Life-Saving Service.

On August 8, 1899, Puerto Rico  experienced one of the most destructive hurricanes in history. It rained for 28 days straight and the winds reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. The loss of life and property damage were immense. Approximately 3,400 people died in the floods and thousands were left without shelter, food, or work.

The hurricane was named San Ciriaco for the name of the saint on whose day the hurricane struck Puerto Rico. The most devastating effect of San Ciriaco was the destruction of the farmlands, especially in the mountains where the coffee plantations were located. San Ciriaco aggravated the social and economic situation of Puerto Rico at the time and had serious repercussions in the years that followed.

August 31st -After spending much of its mature life on the North Carolina coast, the Great San Ciriaco hurricane of 1899 headed out to sea and finally died in the Azores.
San Ciriaco The Great Hurricane of 1899



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