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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Havana: 1904

Havana: 1904

Havana, Cuba, circa 1904. "Muelle Tallapiedras (Tallapiedra wharf)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Doris M. Pickup

Also in the lineup is the Doris M Pickup. 372 tons built at Annapolis, Nova Scotia, in 1901, lost at Praia Cape Verde Islands in June of 1914.

Bow Port

Schooners built for the lumber trade had a bow ports for the loading of long pieces of lumber.The Bessie Parker was a vessel of 227 net tons , built in Tynemouth New Brunswick 1889

You're Havana Laugh

Ha! I was waiting for an opportunity to use that one. That's a serious amount of wood by the way.

Holy Havana

Talk about a sea of rigging and giant toothpicks too!

The Bessie Parker

Ship on the far right. Wrecked near Wallace Cove in South Lubec, Maine, on October 7, 1906, sailing from St. John, New Brunswick, to New York with a load of lath. (Photo)

The Guy

who sells rope is doing pretty darned well too. There must be miles of it in this photo.

Schr. Emma L. Cottingham

Washington Post, Jun 14, 1906.

Six Perish in Shipwreck

Captain the Only Survivor of Foundered Schooner.

Tampa, Fla., June 13 — The schooner Thomas S. Dennison, Capt. Wade, arrived at Port Tampa late this afternoon, having on board A. Phinney, master and sole survivor of the crew of the three-masted schooner Emma L. Cottingham, of New Bedford Mass., which sank last Sunday morning 135 miles west-southwest of Egmont Key, Fla. Six men composing the crew of the Cottingham, were lost.

A heavy gale struck the Cottingham Saturday night, and she sprang a leak. The power pump refused to work, and the vessel filled rapidly, going down early Sunday morning. Capt. Phinney clung to the shattered lifeboat and saw only one member of his crew afloat. This man swam to the lifeboat, but was washed off by a heavy sea. From 6:15 in the morning until 11 o'clock the same morning, Capt. Phinney clung to the wreckage, when the schooner Dennison picked him up.

The log and all records were loast, and Capt. Phinney can remember the names of only three of his crew — Mate Hiley, of Mobile; Brown, the negro cook, Mobile, and Nelson, a seaman from Jamaica.

The rescue of the captain was attended with great danger, and Capt. Wade and the men of the Dennison risked their lives in saving his.

I Am Mahogany?

Cuban mahogany off to the cabinet-makers of world. Back when there was still plenty of the old growth behemoths growing on the beautiful island.

The loading hatches in the ship's bows are nifty.

The Schooner Vila y Hermano.

Matanzas, Cuba - May 13, 1905
Inspection of Vessels - Malarial Fever

The American schooner Vila y Hermano bound for Mobile, crew 8, inspected.

One of the crew of the Vila y Hermano presented a slight elevation of temperature with history of recurrent chills and fever. This was noted on the bill of health.

Malarial fever is still prevalent in the city and district. No quarantinable disease has been reported during the week.

 
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