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Edward R. Rich

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Description: Schooner; Wood
Dimensions:   length - 79.5 ft.    width - 22.6 ft.   depth - 7.8 ft.
     Tonnage:     gross - 74             other -
 Propulsion: Sail
 Machinery:
        Cargo: Paving Blocks


The Shipwreck

  Date Sunk: August 30, 1899.
         Cause: Stranded.
     Location: Sandy Bay Breakwater (eastern end), Cape Ann.
 Coordinates: Latitude, 42o - 40' - 39"N   Longitude, 70o - 35' - 25"W
          Loran:

   It was a foggy evening when the coasting schooner Edward R. Rich finally left the Cape Ann Granite Company dock, after loading a cargo of Paving Blocks for Boston purchasers.
   While exiting Pigeon Cove harbor she struck the eastern end of Sandy Bay Breakwater. Striking the rocks hard her hull was badly crushed and soon filled with water. By morning all but a small portion of the schooner's bow was completely submerged.
   Hopelessly damaged she was abandoned to the wreckers.

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Dive Site Conditions

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


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Historical Background

Constructed:    year - 1867;    where - Chelsea, Massachusetts
                      builder -
Construction details: Oak; Iron & Copper Fastenings
Crew: ;     Master: John Paschal
Owners: H.P. Halma.
Home or Hailing Port: Boston, Massachusetts
Former Name(s) and date(s):
Official number: 7097      Country: U.S.A.
Other Comments:
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Salvage

Initially wreckers removed her sails and rigging.
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Sources:
Boston Globe; August 30, 1899
MapTech Mapserver
Merchant Vessels of the United States; 1899
The Record, "American Lloyds", American Bureau of Shipping; 1899

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