Thomas W. Lawson
Albumen Photograph double museum matted glazed, Framed.
8 1/2 x 13 1/4" (21.6 x 33.7 cm) Fame 18 1/2 x 22 1/2"
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The Thomas W. Lawson is believed to be the largest schooner ever built and the greatest capacity of any cargo-carrying sailing vessel. She was 404 ft. over all (385 ft. at her water line) 50 ft beam and 33 ft. deep; 5000 gross tons. She had seven 193 ft high masts capable of carrying 25 sails - over 40,000 sq. ft. rigged fore and aft with seven lower sails and three jibs, top sails, stay-sails and two outer jibs. Built in Quincy, Mass. in the last decade of the 19th cent. she had three complete tiers of beams, two steel decks, besides a poop and top-gallant forecastle; she was fitted with two boilers and five steam winches, with both steam and hand steerers. She had a total crew of just nineteen. In 1907 she was lost in heavy weather off Britain's Scilly Isles with only one crew member surviving.
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