Sunday, February 12, 2012

Schooner Maurice R. Thurlow ~ 28 October 1927

The Maurice R. Thurlow, a 1,270 ton schooner, built at  Stockton Springs, Maine, in 1920 disappeared on Diamond Shoals in 1927.

The following account was published in The Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday, October 28, 1927:

Washington, Oct. 28.—(UP)—Crewless and with her sails bellied full, a derelict schooner is playing hide and seek with trans-Atlantic shipping and a full fleet of pursuing coast guard cutters.

The “Flying Dutchman” of the North Atlantic, the abandoned Maurice Thurlow, with a valuable lumber cargo aboard, has eluded searchers since she went on the Diamond shoals off the (Virginia [sic]) coast and then slipped away 10 days ago.

Yesterday the steamer Slidrecht wirelessed coast guard headquarters that it passed the phantom ship about 100 miles east of Nautucket, fully 600 miles from where it was lost.

It was sailing along serenely “without a helmsman at the wheel or any sign of life aboard,” the Slidrecht reported. “The sails were full and the schooner was pushing steadily north by east.”

The Maurice Thurlow is a four master schooner of about 1,200 tons. During the recent Atlantic coast storms she was abandoned by her crew off Diamond shoals. The crew was picked up by a coast guard cutter, which was later forced to the open seas by the storm. Returning 10 hours later the cutter found the schooner gone and the beach strewn with wreckage. It was thought the schooner had been battered to pieces until it was reported sailing to the northward.

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