The Wreck of the Mary Adelaide Randall
One dramatic episode in the history of the Tasco involved the wreck of the Mary Adelaide Randall, a four-masted schooner that met her end off of Block Island in late December of 1911. Here is an account from the New York Times:
Life Savers at Block Island Bring Ashore Crew of the Randall.
BLOCK ISLAND, R. I. Dec. 28.---The four-masted schooner Mary Adelaide Randall of Port Jefferson, N. Y., coal laden, was cast upon the ledges west of Block Island by a terrific northwesterly gale early to-day, and four hours later ten men of the crew were rescued by the Block Island life savers.
The rescue was accomplished only after the life saving crew had tried repeatedly to reach the stranded craft.The Randall was bound from Norfolk for New London, Conn.
The 4 A. M. patrol of the Block Island station had just started out on his beat when he discerned the outlines of a schooner driving toward the west beach. He burned his signal light and called up the station, but before the life savers reached the scene the schooner had struck the ledges and was being ground to pieces. The vessel was carried to within a quarter of a mile of the beach, when she filled and sank. Her position was so uncertain and the gale so strong that the life savers had to wait until daylight before beginning operations. In the meantime, the New Shoreham and Sandy Point crews were summoned, and many townspeople joined the band of watchers.
Each time the life savers attempted to jam the boat through the surf the seas hurled it back and scattered the crew along the beach.
Then the gun and line were brought up, but the heaviest charge failed to send the shot more than half way to the wreck. Shortly after 9 o'clock the life savers neared the wreck, and after several attempts reached the side of the schooner, and the crew dropped one by one into the boat and were landed on the beach. The vessel is probably a total loss.
The New York Times, New York, NY 29 Dec 1911
The vessel turned out to be a total loss--and a big job for the Tasco. The photos shown here demonstrate various steps in the process: salvaging the cargo and valuable parts of the schooner, blowing it up and burning what remained.