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This week the clock spins backwards 150 years to January 1872, where an article in the New Jersey Courier - at that time carrying the long additional name of Ocean, Monmouth and Burlington Fruit Grower - proved the crew of Life Saving Station No. 9 at Squan Beach an integral part of shore shipping safety.
WRECK OF THE BARQUE "VILLOTINE."
NEW JERSEY COURIER
OCEAN, MONMOUTH AND BURLINGTON FRUIT GROWER.
TOMS RIVER, N.J., WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10, 1872
On Tuesday, 26th of last month the Keeper and crew of the government Life Saving Station, No. 9 on Squan Beach, were instrumental in rescuing from certain death, by means of a life-saving apparatus, the crew of the Italian barque Villotine, numbering fifteen persons.
The vessel hailed from Genoa, Capt. G. Chiwpeli, with a cargo of marble, bound for New York; and came ashore at half-past ten o'clock at night, a heavy surf rendering it impossible to use the boats. As soon as discovered from the shore, James Chadwick keeper, of the station, immediately mustered his crew, and with such apparatus as was available under the circumstances, safely brought every man on board to shore, where they were properly cared for, and transportation furnished them to New York.
The above incident satisfactorily demonstrates some of the benefits to humanity which the Life Saving Station is designed to accomplish when properly directed. Evils have been allowed to creep into the system in the past, but it is hoped that a new order of things will be observed in the future. To this end the present Superintendent, Ex-Senator Ware, is devoting his energy and attention. Additional houses are being built and life-saving facilities increased and improved. Where he has considered it expedient for the better efficiency of the service he has made other appointments, but in no case has a change been made which was detrimental to the interests of the service. Perhaps the best proof of what we have here stated which can be offered is the noble record made by the service since Mr. Ware's appointment in November. This shows a list of names numbering some fifty and upwards of persons who have been rescued through the instrumentality of our Life Saving institution from wrecks, on the Jersey coast.
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