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Alice M. Colburn

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Description: Schooner; 4 masted; Wood
Dimensions:   length - 225.1 ft. ,    width - 43.3 ft. ;    depth - 20.4 ft.
     Tonnage:     gross - 1603 ,         other -
  Propulsion: Sail
  Machinery:
        Cargo:

The Shipwreck

    Date Sunk: January 3, 1923 .
           Cause: Stranded.
      Location: Manchester, northwest corner of Great Egg Rock .
Coordinates:   Latitude, 42o - 33'- 53"N   Longitude, 70o - 44' - 20"W.
          Loran:
   The evening of January 3rd an easterly storm battered the North Shore of Massachusetts as the twenty seven-year-old schooner Alice M. Colburn labored offshore. Enroute from Portland, Maine to Norfolk Virginia, whether she was blown in by the gale or ran in seeking shelter is unknown however the helpless schooner was driven onto Egg Rock, one mile off Coolidge Point, Manchester, where she stranded. Her crew abandoned ship and was assisted by a nearby Coast Guard station.
   By January 4th the vessel was full of water and breaking up.

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Dive Site Conditions

    Depth in feet:    maximum -    ;    minimum -    .
Visibility in feet:      average -    .

   The only dive related reference found on this wreck comes from Brad Luther's pamphlet entitled "New England Shipwrecks" which was prepared for the Boston Sea Rovers Thirteenth Annual International Underwater Clinic, Saturday April 29, 1967.

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   Luther reported that he had not yet found the main body of wreckage but that a portion had been found between Egg and Little Egg Rock. However, some Beverly divers had supposedly found the main hull on the southwest corner of the rock.

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Historical Background

Constructed:    year - 1896 ;    where - Bath, Maine .
                     builder - Wm. T. Donnell
Construction details: Yellow Pine, Copper and Iron fastened.
Crew: 10 ;     Master: Cap't McLeod (1915)
Owners: Ulen Contracting Corp. .
Home or Hailing Port:    Home - Boston, Mass.;    Hailing - New York, N.Y.
Former Name(s), date(s):
Official number: 107211    Country: U.S.A.
Other Comments:
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Salvage

   The January 10, 1923 issue of The New York Maritime Register reported that wreckers were contracted to strip the vessel after her crew had left the area for Boston, on January 6 .
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Sources:
Encyclopedia of American Shipwrecks; Berman, 1972
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Merchant Vessels of the United States; 1922
New England Shipwrecks; Luther, 1967
New York Maritime Register; January 10, 1923
The Record, "American Lloyds", American Bureau of Shipping; 1921

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   These files are under construction. Any information, specifically dive site related, would be greatfully appreciated.  

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