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  • What a great old photo. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Thanks for posting, Fred. Any idea where Lincoln was from. She looks to be a big coasting schooner, maybe a 3 master

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  • I’ve done a little research and find that the wreck in the photo was from the three-masted schooner Lincoln. She was owned by Arthur Dana Story, Essex’s most prolific ship builder. She was built at the Story Yard and launched in 1910. She operated out of Gloucester as a trading schooner carrying cargo of potatoes, lumber and coal from Maine and the Canadian Maritimes to Gloucester, New York and Boston.

    In 1928 she was severely damaged when rammed by a steam collier. Her full load of lumber kept her afloat until she could be towed into Gloucester where the lumber was salvaged but the ship declared a total loss. Later, she broke up and her stern-section floated ashore on Eastern Point.

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  • After some research, I find that the schooner in the picture was the three-masted Lincoln. She was built in Essex by Arthur Dana Story and launched in 1920. She sailed out of Gloucester as a coasting schooner under several captains but continued to be owned by A.D. Story. She carried cargo of coal, lumber and potatoes from Maine and the Canadian Maritimes to Gloucester, New York and Boston.
    In 1928 she was severely damaged when rammed by a steam collier but her load of lumber kept her afloat until towed into Gloucester. Her cargo was salvaged but, the hull was declared a total loss. Later, she broke in two and her stern-section floated ashore on Eastern Point as shown. I have a picture of her before she wrecked but cannot figure out how to add it here.

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  • Email me a decent scan of the photo, and I’ll post it for you. Fred Bodin

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  • how nice to have a followup ~ interesting post

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