She Was 12 When She Saved Her First Life…Happy 175th Birthday to Lightkeeper Ida Lewis!

I hope we’re related! Sadly, I know nothing about the Lewis side of my family. Never met my Dad but it would be cool if I ever do. Ida sounds awesome!

The Sanguine Woods

unnamed Art by Lydia Nichols.


“Lewis made her first rescue in 1854, coming to the assistance of four men whose boat had capsized. She was 12 years old…

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Her most famous rescue occurred on March 29, 1869. Two soldiers, Sgt. James Adams and Pvt. John McLaughlin, were passing through Newport Harbor toward Fort Adams in a small boat, guided by a 14-year-old boy who claimed to know his way through the harbor. A snowstorm was churning the harbor’s waters, and the boat overturned. The two soldiers clung to it, while the boy was lost in the icy water. Lewis’s mother saw the two in the water and called to Ida, who was suffering from a cold. Ida ran to her boat without taking the time to put on a coat or shoes. With the help of her younger brother, she was able to haul the two men into her boat and…

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