This month in maritime history:
Purnell T. White laden with lumber, 18 November 1933, photo by J. S. McCullough.
The Sharptown-built 4-masted schooner Purnell T. White signaled in distress to a passing steamer 200 miles off Cape Fear on February 7, 1934. She took a tow the next day from a Coast Guard cutter that was dispatched to the scene, but was abandoned at sea when the tow proved exceedingly slow. The dismasted schooner was ultimately salvaged and brought into Norfolk, but she never sailed again.