Wreck of the NORA, Anglesea, NJ – 1906
Operated by Captain Herbert Shivers, the "NORA" was a one of several gasoline powered motor sloops that sailed regularly from Anglesea, New Jersey to the fishing banks off Cape May. On July 29, 1906, while returning early from the fishing grounds because of sudden foul weather, she capsized with thirty passengers, two crewmembers and Captain Shivers aboard.
Members of the U.S. Life Saving Service station at Hereford Inlet responded to the scene and saved many lives, but despite their efforts, nine of passengers aboard the "NORA" perished. A few hours later on the same day, the motor sloop "ALVA B." also capsized and lost one of her passengers.
Anglesea Borough was what is now called the City of North Wildwood, New Jersey. In 1915, the U.S. Life Saving Service joined with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service (the oldest armed maritime service in the U.S.) to form the U.S. Coast Guard.