Cox & Green

November 26, 1888

Stony Beach

Schooner Cox & Green carrying coal.

"The Cox & Green of Greenport, New York, was wrecked 200 feet from shore on the west side of Toddy Rocks, on the 25th, during the great storm of November 25-26, 1888. Captain Henry Thompson described the disaster: 'We sailed from Philadelphia, Wednesday last, bound for Boston, with a load of coal for Mystic Wharf, Chelsea. We had good weather. We anchored in Nantasket Roads at about 11:30 Saturday night. Sunday morning we began to drift and struck on the rocks about noon. The mainmast went overboard in the night, and Sunday afternoon the foresail and forestay-sail were blow away.'

The crew was taken off by means of the Hunt gun and breeches buoy, high above the waves, as the ocean began to tear the craft apart. The schooner, carrying 700 tons of coal, was constructed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1881. In addition to coal, wrecks such as this frequently replenished the villagers' supply of firewood as well as coal, keeping out the New England winter chill."

Robert F. Sullivan, Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor