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    Sale 2030

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Maritime Art and Prints

    25 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 55

    A half model of the sail-steam vessel Iorenzo D. Baker


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    A half model of the sail-steam vessel Iorenzo D. Baker
    American, circa 1886
    the hull constructed in ten lifts with applied stem, keel, propeller guard, propeller and rudder, painted with a white bottom, black topsides, and detailed with carved trailboards with gold leaf finish, applied rail, deck houses, masts, funnel, American flag, engraved name board on the aft quarter, and other details.
    19¾ x 72 in. (50.2 cm x 182.9 cm.) backboard.

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    The steam schooner Lorenzo D. Baker was built by Goes & Sawyer of Bath, Maine. She was 190 feet long and had accommodations for twelve passengers along with her cargo, which was primarily bananas. She had a powerful steam engine which produced enough power for her to make ten knots. On the night of July 15, 1889, while en route from Port Antonio, Jamaica to Boston, the Lorenzo D. Baker caught fire off Nantucket Shoals, and the ship was a total loss.


    John H. Melville, The Great White Fleet, 1976, New York; Vantage Press, p.13 for additional information on this vessel and the history of the vessels of the United Fruit Company.