This is a family heirloom with known half century history.It was originally built by a Swedish master carpenter as his tool chest Ca 1900, and handed down through his family until sold at the estate sale of Mr Hathaway, Westfield NY 1964.Was purchased by my Mother Virginia Wareham Dean an antiques specialist. The bottom pine board is 17 inches wide with a half inch oak surround, top a half inch wider. It had been lovingly preserved until that day; a 250 pound lady sat on it and cracked the top board before final sale.It was then stripped to bare wood. refinished with waterlox, The inside was finished in Old Soldier blue from Yield House, and is still as when it was done.. It was given to me by my parents upon graduation from Colgate University, June 1968. I moved to Boston, but on a visit to my ancestral home of Newport RI, Fall 1971, I boarded a 147 foot Grand Banks Schooner, the HARRY W. ADAMS, for a short cruise to the Bahamas.Once at sea, my mechanical expertise was shown on the 500 HP Fairbanks Morse diesel engine, so on arrival in Freeport Bahamas, I was hired as Chief Engineer. In December I flew back to Boston to retrieve my tools and this sea chest, tipped the baggage handlers with Bahamian rum,and flew it to Freeport . I believe HARRY W. ADAMS was the last full rigged auxiliary schooner built in Lunenburg, as a Knockabout schooner, with no bowsprit. Mainmast was 121 feet, main boom 90 feet. Most schooners built after that were not full rigged, due to the engine. Howard Chapelle called this schooner the epitome of fishing schooner design, She was the last and most advanced of her type, and I was fortunate to be aboard on her last successful cruise..When launched in 1937 ADAMS was fitted with a small diesel, in 1939 was refitted with the huge Fairbanks Morse, a Locomotive engine adapted to Marine use, so an Engineer was required..After Christmas the sea chest and I survived a collision at sea with an oil tanker. The Captain was sent home. I stayed on until February 72, when the sea chest and I left the schooner, to the 33 foot sloop Cheetah for a cruise through the Bahama out islands to The Virgin Islands, I was first mate, the sea chest was in the main salon. A collision underwater in the submarine lanes North of Puerto Rico broke our centerboard, so we put in to San Juan for repairs. I moved ashore with my sea chest, for a few months, then again plying the baggage handlers with rum, flew back to Boston with this sea chest.It has been in my living room ever since. There is no salt air in Sebring, so I feel it should go to someone closer to the sea than I. .
The chest is 33 inches long, top is 18.5 inches wide, it is 15.5 inches high. Top, bottom and ends were each made from one board with oak framing on all, that prevented such a wide board from warping.Workmanship is superb, as the end photos of the joinery show. It has survived hardships in its' long life, and has the nicks and scars to show that. The 1964 exterior finish is showing age on the end, it would be best to refinish it.The original iron or steel hinge screws into the top have pulled out, so should be repaired and replaced.I left them, as though it is not difficult, should be done right. I do not have a key, but original heavy lock appears complete.
If you read the ads on other sea chests, most like this began as a carpenters' chest. with iron or steel fittings.They could have gone to sea when a carpenter joined a cruise with a load of salt fish or lumber to the West Indies, but most spent their years in a barn or attic, with no known history, and may have never seen salt water. This has a known history; but most important is the workmanship or joiner work of this chest, It is not a simple chest hammered together by a barn carpenter
I have written an account of that last successful cruise of the HARRY W. ADAMS, and my trip down through the out islands, in which I mention this sea chest, and will enclose a copy, with the purchase, as well as photos of the schooner.I have a copy of a drawing of the schooner, done by the first wonderful Captain (Not the second one who did not see the oil tanker), will send it, and put you in touch with him, in Lunenburg. Thank you. Note, Shipping given is $200 to Miami Florida to a business address.Shipping to another location may be slightly more, Please give me full shipping information. Overseas shipping; If you have an agent in Miami, shipping will be $200. For direct air freight shipping, please give me full address for a shipping cost, which of course will be more.
NOTE, Important; The first photo shows the chest sitting on a vintage railroad hand cart. That is NOT for sale nor included. Sale is ONLY the chest.
Sea Chest Ca 1900 Pine & Oak Used on 1937 Lunenburg Schooner Harry W Adams
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