Benjamin B. Dailey

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Benjamin B. Dailey
Benjamin Dailey, via the NPS.
Benjamin Dailey, via the NPS.
Nationality USA
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 Lifeboat 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.

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 Dailey will be launched in 2015, 2016 or 2017.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Christopher Havern (2014-01-23). "Benjamin B. Dailey". USCG. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. 
  2. "Who are some of the heroes of the Coast Guard?". USCG. 2014-08-26. Archived from the original. Error: If you specify |archiveurl=, you must also specify |archivedate=. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  3. "Rowboats to choppers, tales of rescue at sea" (in English). Life magazine. 1967-07-15. p. 50. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. "Two Tales of Bravery from the U.S. Life-Saving Service". Carolina Outer Banks. Archived from the original on 2014-08-28. Retrieved 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. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. 
  6. "The U.S. Lifesaving Service". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 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."