Daily Event for December 3

December 3, 1927: The Greek steamer Kyzikes ran aground on the outer banks near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The ship broke in two after hitting the rocks. The storm that drove the ship ashore was apparently ferocious enough that visibility was almost zero, because the men on the bow could see a what they thought was a rescue ship coming along side. However the rescue ship turned out to be the severed stern of their own ship. The men on the stern were returning the signals the men on the bow were sending. Those on the stern, which must have been in worse shape, eventually boarded the bow. While several survived the ordeal, four did not.

© 2005 Michael W. Pocock