Lamartine, wreck on National Register of Historic Places
- On 21/05/2012
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From The Patriot Ledger
While gathering granite for the construction of streets, sidewalks and buildings, the captain and mate of Lamartine, a 19th century ship, went overboard during a storm off Cape Ann on May 17, 1893.
They were rescued by a fishing schooner, but a crew member drowned, and the ship sank.
The wreck of Lamartine, which lies within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
The listing protects the shipwreck from being moved or removed and prohibits anyone from removing artifacts.
The 79-foot, two-mastered cargo schooner was built in Camden, Maine, and launched in 1848. It is considered by historians as a representative vessel of New England’s granite trade of that time.
“Lamartine’s cargo of cut granite reveals fascinating details about how granite quarried in New England met the demands of a nation growing increasingly urban,” superintendent of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Craig MacDonald said in a written statement.