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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Rigged: 1899

Rigged: 1899

        Said to have been the last full-rigged ship built in Massachusetts, the Mary L. Cushing was launched in Newburyport in 1883 by George E. Currier. Registered to Pendleton, Carver & Nichols of Searsport in 1895, and eventually sold into the salmon trade; disappeared from the register in 1907.

— Penobscot Marine Museum

Off Sandy Hook Light circa 1899. "Sailing ship Mary L. Cushing." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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Full-rigged vs. schooner rig

Full rigged vessels needed large (expensive) crews to operate and required men to go aloft (hazardous). Schooner rigged vessels could be operated by a much smaller crew, from the deck. Schooner rigged vessels were being built much later than this, and making money.

No good end in Mazatlan

Quick bit of research reveals it being aground in Mazatlan in 1906.

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