Plane Speeds To Islands Still Cut Off

Nine From Baltimore Get Off Ship

2 Other Marylanders Safely Taken From City of Norfolk with Rest of Passengers-Virginian Praises Skipper

Carries Baby From Battered Craft; Voyagers Played Bridge Awaiting Aid

A mounting toll of fifty dead was counted today in the widespread and battered wake of the runaway hurricane now blowing itself out in the valley of the St. Lawrence after a devastating rush along the Atlantic seaboard from Cape Hatteras northward.

The passengers on the Chesapeake Line steamer City of Norfolk, on the bay since Tuesday with the vessel on a mouth in Potomac Sound, reached Norfolk aboard the City of Baltimore during the day.

Coast Guard cutters put out to seek the missing motorship Solarina, with twelve aboard, off the Carolina coast and unsighted since the hurricane.

Apparently complete reports showed thirteen storms dead in Maryland.

Property damage in the seaboard States on which the hurricane visited its fury was estimated at $3,000,000.

A seaplane put out from the Naval Academy today for a flight to a group of islands in the Chesapeake Bay to learn whether the inhabitants were in need of outside aid. Naval craft were reported ready to carry food and medical supplies if thew plane discovers the islanders in distress

The passengers landed in Norfolk from the City of Norfolk related harrowing experiences during more than thirty hours while the vessel was grounded.

Associated Press dispatches today said the City of Baltimore picked up the thirty-two passengers early this morning from her sister ship which went aground during Wednesday's terrific storm while en route from Baltimore to Norfolk.

Crew Stays Aboard

With the exception of Purser Keely and his assistant, R.H. Bland, waiters and stewardess, the remaining thirty-odd members of the crew of the City of Norfolk remained aboard, as she is in no immediate danger of breaking up on the hard bottom of the mouth of the Pocomoke river. NO news is available as yet as to plans to float the liner, which is in ten feet of water.

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1933: No. 8
The storm caused severe flooding in the Chesapeake Bay and created the inlet at Ocean City.

1972: Agnes This storm also caused severe flooding problems and ranks as the sixth costliest tropical storm to hit the U.S. mainland ($2.1 billion in 1990 dollars).

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Track five historical storms -- two that hit Maryland (Agnes in 1972 and No. 8 in 1933) and three that devastated other parts of the country (Andrew in 1992, Hugo in 1989 and No. 1 in 1900).

The tugs Helen and Peerless established contact with the stranded steamer shortly before midnight last night but they were unable to get within a quarter of a mile of the steamer.

Steaming swiftly along through the starlight night, the City of Baltimore sighted two lights dead ahead at about 2:45 A.M. and at 4 A.M.. Capt. C.L. Brooks and his crew as well as many passengers received an answering signal from the City of Norfolk.

As day was breaking Captain Brooks ordered lifeboats lowered. Without further incident the passengers and several members of the crew were brought to their rescue craft.