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On this day in 1927: The schooner Maurice R. Thurlow runs aground during a storm off the Outer Banks. It signals for help, and its crew of nine is taken ashore in a Coast Guard surfboat. Few ships stranded on Diamond Shoals are ever refloated, but after the storm the Coast Guard can find no […]

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Iron lung — what a name. The recent reissue of “Breath: Life in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung” by Martha Mason made me wonder about other surviving iron lungs. This one sure has a curious provenance. Even at the height of the polio epidemic, why would a “Charlotte Lifesaving Crew” need an iron lung? […]

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