Peninsula Enterprise, December 11, 1886


Transportation -- Water - WrecksWeather -- Northeast storms

A schooner bound from New York to the South went ashore on Metompkin beach on Monday morning in a storm, and is a total wreck. She had no cargo on board of any description. The crew were saved.


Weather -- Northeast stormsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - Strandings

A three-masted schooner, "B. L. Townsend," bound from New York to Baltimore went ashore on Hog Island bar, in a storm on the 5th last. She was signalled by the patrolman of the life saving service to keep off, but no attention was paid to it until she struck. Captain John E. Johnson and crew went to her rescue and by their efforts, aided by a rise in the tide, she was gotten off and towed into harbor. The captain of the schooner says, that she would have been certainly lost but for the services rendered him by the gallant keeper and crew of the life saving service.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Other stores

The new jewelry store of John W. Duncan, Onancock, is completed and was occupied by him this week. It is an elegant establishment and is indeed an ornament to the town. He has recently filled it with a superb stock of valuable, useful, pretty and cheap goods such as watches, clocks, jewelry of all kinds, spectacles, Xmas and wedding presents, &c. You must see to properly appreciate the beauty of his stock and store.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Rev. J. S. Wharton, of Leemont authorizes the following: That the organization of the Broadway Baptist church, near Cashville, which was announced for 1st Sunday in December, but prevented by inclement weather, will take place on 2nd Sunday in January. Rev. W. A. Street will preach the sermon on the occasion at 11 a. m., and the charge to the church will be delivered by Rev. J. W. Ward at 2 p. m. Revs. Hundley, Grimsley and others also are expected to be present.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders

Belle Haven.

A Lodge of Ancient Order of United Workmen will be organized here in a few days, with 24 charter members. -- Dr. G. T. Truitt of Pocomoke City was in our town last week giving the matter his attention.


Transportation -- Railroad - SteamboatsTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdWeather -- Northeast stormsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - WrecksInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


The steamer Widgeon resumed her regular trips between Franklin City and the Island, on last Saturday.

The steamer Widgeon was furnished with a new propeller last Saturday, and placed again on the line. A sloop made her trips while she was disabled. We did not properly appreciate the value of our little steamer, until she was laid up for repairs.

During this freeze wild fowl have been plentiful and many have been killed by our sportsmen.

The schooner Emma A. Bartle of Philadelphia, M. B. Lawrence, captain, bound from New York to York river, went ashore on Wallop's beach in a storm on the 5th inst. The captain and crew were rescued by Capt. J. B. Whealton and force of life saving service. When the boat first struck the bar, an effort was made by Capt. Whealton to reach them in the life boat, which proved unavailing, as it was found that the sea was too rough for the boat "to live in." A life line was then thrown to them, and when arrangements were made to take them ashore in that way, the schooner floated far enough in for the crew to be rescued by the crew of Capt. Whealton in the life boat. Capt. Lawrence and crew were kindly cared for by the life saving crew, and are unsparing in their praises of the bravery and kindness of Capt. Whealton and his force. The schooner was valued at $3,000, and was insured for one third her value

Capt. Mallory of Philadelphia, U. S. engineer, has been here to inspect the bell of Killick Shoal Light. It can only be heard such a short distance, that another probably will take its place shortly.

The old M. P. Church building is soon to be pulled down and a new one, and the handsomest in our town, is to be erected in its place.


Weather -- FreezesWatermen -- Personal injury


Several new buildings are going up in this town.

A great deal of ice made in the bay on last Friday night, but the bay did not freeze over entirely.

The body of the young man, E. Chapman Marriner, who was drowned in Chincoteague Bay, near Greenbackville, more than a week ago, had not been recovered up to this writing.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideWeather -- Freezes

Marsh Market.

Ice was broken on oyster beds of Mr. Walter J. Hall last Saturday, and a lot of oysters taken therefrom, carried to the wharf over the ice, were shipped to market.

Appeal to Oystermen for Organization.

At this period of the so called progressive age we find nearly every class and interest well organized for protection and advancement. Labor and capital in many pursuits are not only well but thoroughly organized, which gives influence and power to control its own interest to a large extent. The general interest and unorganized class cannot withstand the force of organized effort and must sooner or later succumb to organized power and submit to the mandate, and wishes are dictated by organization. We realize the need of an organization of oystermen, that the industry may be protected in all its branches. The State of Virginia has 20,000 men at work in the business and that number of men organized, could have such protection as they want and need -- organization is therefore an absolute necessity in order to meet organized power on equal terms and be prepared to counteract its influence when it assails the interest and rights of oystermen. Unless we organize and work for our self-protection and interest, the oystermen must be the sufferers. Who will take the initiatory steps looking to that end?



Sykes' Island, Dec. 8th, 1886.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
December 11, 1886