Life preserver from the City of Columbus, which crashed on the underwater rocks of Devil’s Bridge in January 1884 when a gash was torn in the hull and seawater rushed into the steamer. Fred Poole, assistant keeper of the Gay Head Light, spotted a light from the wreck and summoned volunteer lifesavers, experienced Wampanoag boatmen. Of the 132 passengers and crew, only 29 could be saved by rescuers.
|Credit||Gift of the estate of Mrs. Norman Benson|
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