THE RESCUE OF THE BARGE WADENA
On March 17, 1902 seven lifesavers paid the ultimate sacrifice attempting to save five men from the stricken Barge Wadena off Monomoy Island.
The Mack memorial located next to the CG Station in Chatham was erected by the family of William Henry Mack, a crewmember aboard the Barge Wadena.
Lifesavers lost during the rescue attempt:
Keeper Marshall Eldridge
Osborne F. Chase
Isaac T. Foye
Valentine D. Nickerson
Arthur W. Rogers
Edgar C. Small
Sole Survivor of the rescue attempt:
Surfman Seth Ellis
Crew Lost from the Barge Wadena
Capt Christian Olsen
William Henry Mack
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.