Benjamin B. Dailey

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Benjamin B. Dailey
Benjamin Dailey, via the NPS.jpg
Occupation Keeper of a lifeboat station
Known for A hero, who had a Sentinel class cutter named after him

Benjamin B. Dailey was the keeper of lifeboat station for the United States Lifesaving Service—one of the precursor services to the United States Coast Guard.[1][2] On December 22, 1884, when he commanded the Cape Hatteras Lifeboat Station, he helped rescue nine men from the Ephraim Williams.

The stranded men had been shipwrecked in a heavy storm for 90 hours, five miles, or seven miles, off the coast of Cape Hatteras.[1][3][4][5] According to Life magazine Dailey explained in his report to superiors that he wasn't able to draft a report on the rescue for seven days as his hands were too raw from the exertion.

For more information, see: Wreck of the Ephraim Williams.

The US National Park Service's has preserved Dailey's US Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal at its Hatteras Museum.[6]

In 2014 the Coast Guard published a list of ten individuals who were to be namesakes for Sentinel class cutters.[1] All the Sentinel class cutters are to be named after men and women who have been recognized as heroes serving in the US Coast Guard, or a precursor service. Dailey was named in the second cohort of heroes, and the USCGC Benjamin B. Dailey will be launched in 2015, 2016 or 2017.[7]

David Stick, author of "Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast", described the wills made out by Dailey and his crew, when he commanded the Creed's Hill Lifesaving Station on April 1881, prior to setting out on a particularly dangerous rescue effort.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Christopher Havern. Benjamin B. Dailey, USCG, 2014-01-23.
  2. Who are some of the heroes of the Coast Guard?, USCG, 2014-08-26. Retrieved on 2014-08-27.
  3. Rowboats to choppers, tales of rescue at sea, Life magazine, 1967-07-15, p. 50. Retrieved on 2014-08-27. (in English)
  4. Two Tales of Bravery from the U.S. Life-Saving Service, Carolina Outer Banks. Retrieved on 2014-08-27. “The other crews knew it was hopeless, sure the surfboat could not make it over the treacherous outer sandbar with the sea conditions that existed that day. But luck and skill prevailed, and the small boat somehow made it across.”
  5. Hatteras Island Lifesaving Stations, North Caroline Beaches.
  6. The U.S. Lifesaving Service, National Park Service. Retrieved on 2014-08-27. “Cape Hatteras National Seashore preserves the history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service on the Outer Banks. Walk the same beaches that Rasmus Midgett once patrolled or stop and see what Keeper Dailey’s medal looks like at the Museum of the Sea near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.”
  7. FRC Plan B: The Sentinel Class, Defense Industry Daily, 2014-05-02. Retrieved on 2014-04-03. “All of these boats will be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes, who distinguished themselves in USCG or military service. The first 25 have been named, but only 8 have been commissioned...”
  8. David Stick. Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast, University of North Carolina Press, 1989. Retrieved on 2014-08-28. “The Ephraim Williams, a 491-ton vessel loaded with lumber and bound from Savannah, Georgia, to her home port of Providence, Rhode Island, with a crew of nine, ran into a storm off Frying Pan Shoals December 18 and soon became waterlogged and unmanageable.”