Two Bush lighthouse, ME, photo courtesy US Coast Guard
As Norton viewed the sea through his spyglass, a small boat came into view being tossed upon the turbulent waves. Two men rowed desperately, trying to escape a sinking schooner behind them. Norton ran down to the shore, waving to the men and trying to guide them to land.
But a giant wave overturned the boat, throwing the unfortunate men into the water. The keeper hurried to retrieve a rope and alert his assistant to the situation. When he returned to the shore, Norton waded out into the frigid water and tossed the rope to the floundering sailors. Once they grabbed the rope and tied it around them, Norton and his assistant hauled them safely to shore.
The grateful sailors collapsed on the beach as Smut ran over to lick their faces.
“Thank you, thank you for coming to our rescue,” the schooner captain told Keeper Norton.
“You can give the credit to Smut. He’s the one that heard you and came and got me.”
The captain pointed to Smut. “We couldn’t see where we were headed, but when we heard that dog barking, it was like hearing music from an angel.”
Kneeling beside Smut, the sailors gave the dog a big hug.