August 1933 Hurricane
April 20, 2012. Beulah Frances Grimstead Dixon Collection.
From The life-saving station at False Cape prepared by the Staff of the Old Coast Guard Station Virginia Beach, VA. in 1997.

In August 1933 a large hurricane struck the Virginia coast. Torrential rain and accompanying strong winds of 82 miles per hour struck False Cape at high tide. The property damage along the Coast was extensive and the station log reported winds from the northeast swinging around to southwest in the afternoon with very heavy surf conditions. Boatswain Henry N. Holmes was absent on leave when the storm struck and John T. Tolson was acting Officer-in charge. The telegraph line went down wiping out all communications and due to the severity of the storm no patrols were ordered out after midnight. By this time a clock replaced the metal check by men on patrol. Few patrols were conducted but Surfman William Bowden took "Sonny Boy" on a south patrol to the halfway house. It is reported that the horse started snorting and Bowden "popped him upside the head" to quiet him down.

The station log for 23 August 1933 records the following entries: "No patrols made at this station after midnight on this date due to severe storm. No line test made. Line down due to storm. Kitchen and oil house washed off blocks. water 8 inches in station floor. at 5:10 AM watchman reported Surfman Edward M. Gray and William H. Bowden's houses being wash down and their families in immediate danger. Launched S.B. Surfboat at 5:25 AM and rescued three Women and nine children and taken them to a clubhouse about 1/2 west of station. Upon returning found that water had rained in Surfman Clarence Steven's house and it was in danger of being washed away. Taken his family aboard and carried to clubhouse. Returned to station at 7:10 AM. crew employed in cleaning about station premises from 8:10 AM to 3:30 PM. Surfman Elsworth Morse and Milton Hurler unable to make patrols on account of high seas."