National Geographic : 1965 Sep
rapher McCurdy steals up behind us, and secures a snapshot." Broad doors of the boathouse frame the visitors. Metal lifeboat inside, presented by humanitarian Dorothea Lynde Dix in 1853 rests on its carriage, ready for launching should a wreck occur. Sad mission brought Dr. Bell and party to Sable. They came to search for bodies of friends lost in the sink ing of the liner La Bourgogne, 60 miles south of the island. The in ventor (left) and R. J. Boutilier, island superintendent, drove along the shore in a buckboard, looking for wreckage. Here Dr. Bell takes notes on a "fringe of shrimps upon the shore. Number inconceivable millions and millions and millions." "Ladies first," wrote Bell of this surf boat boarding. "This is the regular way of embarking and disembarking . ladies on Sable Island."