Herald Article Recalls Remarkable Rescue of 1888

Capt. Joshua James, 1826-1902, of the United States Life-Saving Service (right). James (dark uniform) and his crew of the United States Life-Saving Service, in Point Allerton, MA. Photos/TheLiesavers.org
Capt. Joshua James, 1826-1902, of the United States Life-Saving Service (right). James (dark uniform) and his crew of the United States Life-Saving Service, in Point Allerton, MA. Photos/TheLiesavers.org

A recent Boston Herald op-ed column urges readers to remember the career of Joshua James, famed captain of the Massachusetts Humane Society, precursor to the Coast Guard.

James was a lifelong rescuer who, at the age of 65, led the November 1888 rescue of 29 people from 5 separate ships off Hull, Massachusetts.

Here’s an excerpt:

It was 125 years ago this month that the shoreline of Hull became the scene of one of the most remarkable maritime rescues in history. Sadly, the story of that rescue is now largely unknown, even among the local population and today’s maritime professionals.

Read more about Joshua James and the Massachusetts Humane Society.