On October 11, 1896, the E.S. NEWMAN, a three-mast schooner out of Stonington, Connecticut, was caught in heavy storms off the Virginia coast. Captain S.A. Gardiner ordered the ship be beached in the \"Graveyard of the Atlantic,\" and a warning rocket be fired. At the time, Captain Richard Etheridge and his crew, all of whom were black Americans, were at the Pea Island Lifesaving Station, two miles north of the wreck. Although Etheridge had no lifesaving equipment, he and his crew were able to rescue the ten aboard during the dangerous storm currents. Etheridge was born in Dare County in 1842 and was in charge of Pea Island until his death in 1900.