Recent grad chronicles shipwreck heroes

Jessica Miller, a 2015 graduate of UVa-Wise, is researching a 128-year-old shipwreck that took the lives of five U.S. Life-Saving Service surfmen as they made an unsuccessful but heroic attempt to rescue the German crew of the Elizabeth. Miller, a history major, is working as an intern at the Coast Guard Museum in Virginia Beach. The U.S. Life-Saving Service later became the U.S. Coast Guard. The Elizabeth wrecked between Dam Neck Mills Station and Little Island Station during a Jan. 8, 1887 snowstorm. Miller’s research reveals the dedication and bravery of the seven surfmen who worked hard to rescue the…