Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue
Publisher: Soundprints, 2008
Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue unfolds on a stormy night in March 1877 when the WF Marshall wrecked near Surfside Life-Saving Station on Nantucket. Rescuers from the life-saving station came running. They used a small cannon to fire a rescue line to the ship. Onto the line, they attached a life-ring with pants called a breeches buoy. One sailor at a time got into the breeches buoy, and the life-savers pulled him from the ship to the beach. Everyone on board——including a young woman, her baby, and a big, black Newfoundland dog——was saved. After the rescue, young Nantucketers Alice and Edith Gardner adopted the big Newfoundland dog and named him Marshall, after the ship. They taught Marshall tricks and romped all over the island with him.
For older children—ages 8 - 12—find my second shipwreck book on Marshall, the Sea Dog: A History of Lifesaving and Notable Nantucket Shipwrecks.
About the Illustrator
Dennis Lyall is a native of Iowa and graduate of the University of Kansas. He was awarded a Gold Medal for his work, while still a student, by the Society of Illustrators. His career as an artist and illustrator has spanned 39 years. Dennis is well known for his designs for postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service has issued 34 stamps of his design. Dennis is a portrait artist, and has work in several private collections, and in the collections of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and Northeast Utilities. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
Marshall’s real-life rescue story inspires several exhibits at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. Learn more:
You can learn more about the history of the U.S. Life Saving Service. This fabulous website is full of real rescue stories and photos.