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Irish artist offers views of schooner

13th March 2009

Irish artist Jim Clary, based in America, is offering progress images of  his upcoming original painting. The Thomas W. Lawson, with thirteen letters in her name, was the only seven-masted vessel in the world. Known as "Lucky Seven," the   steel hulled, 404' schooner was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts in 1902.  She was initially designed to haul coal up and down the Atlantic coast,  and did so until 1907, when the price of coal tumulted. Then refitted to  carry bulk liquid, she was contracted by the Sun Oil Company (Sunoco), to  haul two-and-a quarter million gallons of light oil to England.  It was during  this maiden voyage across the Atlantic that she encountered three gales which  rendered her sails useless.  Having no other means of propulsion, she went  aground, broke up and sank off the Scilly Islands, southwest of Cornwall on  Friday the thirteen, December 1907.  Her demise would be marked as the world's first oil spill. The pictures can be viewed here and it is possible to bid on the 30 x 24" acrylic work. Bidding starts at $5000. Team

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