Maria Bray

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Maria Bray (1828–1921), was a 19th-century American maritime heroine of an incident during the first days of winter in late 1864.

Bray was married to Alexander D. Bray (1818-1885), the lighthouse keeper at Thacher Island Light, off Rockport on Massachusetts' Cape Ann. From December 21 to December 24, 1864, she and her twelve-year-old nephew tended the lights of the station, while her husband was stranded on the mainland, where he had taken an ill co-worker. The Bray family was reunited on Christmas Day.

In 2000, the United States Coast Guard named a coastal buoy tender in her honor.

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