April 3, 1837

Hull Gut

Sloop Hepzibah carrying passengers.

"A sorrowful accident struck the sloop Hepzibah on April 3, 1837. Returning from Boston through Hull Gut, the vessel was engulfed by a sudden squall and thrown on her beam ends by a flaw of wind. She sank like a stone before Mrs. William James and other family members trapped in the cabin could be pulled free. The brave woman had gone below to save one of her children and grandchildren. The sloop belonged to a son whom she had rescued from a well when he was a child. Mrs. James was the mother of Joshua James, then only ten and destined to become America's most illustrious lifesaver."

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