*This post consists of excerpts from an article in Origins, a McClellanville newsletter. It has been posted with the author’s permission. I have chosen excerpts relating to the lighthouses and shipwrecks along Cape Romain.
Tidbits: Little Stories of the Village and Parish
Extracted from The Georgetown Times
By D.L. Woerner, Ed. by Selden B. Hill
October 21, 1893
On Sunday last, Capt. Henry Williams, of the schooner Encore, reached McClellanville, where he reported the loss of his vessel at Bulls Bay during the late gale. All of the crew were drowned except himself and he was very much bruised and exhausted; he was three days in getting to that place. None of the bodies have been found yet. The vessel and the crew hailed from this port and traded between this place and the Santees. This vessel was wrecked during the August storm, but Capt. Henry managed to raise her from a watery grave, only to of to pieces at a later date.
November 24, 1894
The tug W.P. Congdon picked up off the bar this afternoon Capt. F.T. Pennington and twelve men of the steamship Ozama, bound from Philadelphia to Charleston, in ballast. Capt. Pennington reports that at 7:30 p.m., on November 21 his steamer struck on Cape Romain Shoals and stove a hole in the engine room compartment. The water, quickly filling the fire rooms, rendered the engines useless. The steamer floated off the shoals soon after striking, and at 2 a.m. sunk in six and a half fathoms of water. Romain light bearing northwest, six miles distant. The crew all took to the boats saving only part of their clothing. The engineer with ten men, went off to board the steamer Planter, from Charleston for this port, but missed her, as it is supposed they have gone to Romain Beach. The steamer will be a total loss. The captain and twelve men will go to Charleston tomorrow by the steamer Planter.
November 28, 1894
Six of the crew of the ill-fated steamer Ozama are missing. They are known to have left the wreck in an open boat and have not been heard of since. Yesterday the steam launch of the buoy tender Wisteria left for the vicinity of Cape Romain, and will search every likely place for these men before returning.
October 10, 1896
The steamer Eutaw of the South Carolina Steamboat Company, which got blown in the marsh near McClellanville by the recent storm, has been floated. Captain Hubbard with the Planter and a force of hands did the work expeditiously and safely.
March 9, 1901
While on her way to Charleston last Wednesday, the steamer Planter, in command of Capt. Bennett, sighted the schooner Mattie A. Franklin, with distress colors flying and upon going to her assistance, found that she was hard and fast on Cape Romain.The vessel was in such a condition that nothing could be done for her, so Capt. Bennett took the captain and crew aboard the steamer Planter and carried them to Charleston. As soon as Mr. Moses, the general manage of this line of steamers heard of the condition of the vessel he ordered the steamer Eutaw to go to her at once and render what assistance she could. It is expected that everything of any value will be removed from the schooler by the Eutaw, as her position is considered so dangerous that she had to be abandoned by her crew. The Mattie A. Franklin was a three masted schooner of 552 tons and was bound for Jacksonville, Fla., from South Amboy with six hundred tons of coal. There was no insurance on the vessel or cargo.