A Letter From Captain Andre

From We've Been There 1992, Esther V. Stormer.

Reprinted By Permission

The following communications give a peep into the life of a surfman. Now were it an ordinary surfman we would be pleased, but in this instance the personage is none other than Captain William Andres, therefore we are delighted.

Life Saving Service, 11th District

North Manitou Station 

May 28, 1896

To: Captain N. Robbins, Supt, U.S. Lifesaving District


Enclosed with this letter please find bill for one team which we used to draw the long branch boat across the island. It would be about 18 miles around the shortest way, so to make time we cut across. We left about 8:40 p.m. and arrived at the wreck at 11 p.m. and had the schooner crew ashore by midnight. I am almost played out. We got back to the station at 5 a.m., having walked about 18 miles.

The captain of the schooner gave us a little send off, which I will mail to you in this letter.

The team was hired from Mr. Boardman, and I think the price was quite reasonable, for it was a heavy job.

The next morning I started the "rescue" taking the captain of the schooner to Leland in order to send a message for a tug to pull him off, but the sea was so heavy we had to bail continually, therefore we could not land and returned at 12:40 p.m. Later, after the sea had gone down I sent No. 1 with two surfmen and the captain in "Rescue" to Leland, which they made all right, returning at midnight.

Respectfully Yours,

William L, Andres, Keeper

This letter was enclosed:

I wish to thank the U.S. Life Saving Service, also Captain William Andres and crew of the North Manitou Life Saving Station for their prompt response in coming to our rescue May 27th at midnight, and, bringing ashore myself and crew, five all told, and rendering all service possible in releasing my schooner from the beach, which is ashore on the west side of the island, seven miles from the station.

Yours Respectfully

William Glockner, Captain of the Schooner LaPetit of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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