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Alice M. Lawrence
Description: schooner, 6-masted, wood.
Date Sunk: December 5, 1914.
The schooner Alice M. Lawrence struck Tuckernuck Shoal the evening of December 5, 1914 while "bound light" (without cargo) from Portland
to Norfolk, probably to pick up a cargo of coal. Heavy seas soon opened its seams and it would
have filled completely if not for her powerful steam operated pumps. Running almost constantly, it
was all they could do to stem the rising flood. The Revenue cutter Acushnet went to the Alice M. Lawrence's assistance and would have pulled it off, if not
for the fear of the schooner's captain that it would fill with water and sink. A wrecking tug from New London was soon alongside the schooner with hopes of refloating it. However, the evening after it struck, 60 mph winds drove the schooner higher on the shoal
and seas battered it heavily. Subsequent gales broke the vessel's back before local wreckers could
attempt to refloat it.
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Constructed: in 1906, at Bath, Maine by Percy and Small.
The third of five, six-masted schooners built under contract for the
J.S. Winslow Company of Portland Maine. The Alice M. Lawrence was rumored
to be the first American-built schooner to be fitted with electric lights. Although
that honor more likely belongs to a Rockland built vessel, it was undoubtedly one of the first.
December 14th; the schooner's crew, who had remained aboard since it grounded,
abandoned their ship after stripping it.