U.S.S. HURON wrecked on Nags Head's reefs in November 24, 1877. One hundred eight lives were lost during the wrecking despite efforts by Capt. B. F. Meekins, head of the Nags Head lifesaving station. The HURON was a 610 steamer commanded by Captain George P. Ryan when the ship left Hampton roads bound for Key West before a storm blew her ashore.