Diorama of the Ship WILLIAM P. FRYE
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- American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
- Date / Time :
- November 08, 2009 11:00AM
Diorama of the Ship WILLIAM P. FRYE, America, early 20th century, the four-masted vessel identified on the bow and stern, is depicted off coastal waters with a lighthouse, possibly Minot light, offshore of the towns of Cohasset and Scituate, Massachusetts, (two loose segments), ht. 17, wd. 30 3/4, dp. 4 1/2 in.
Note: The WILLIAM P. FRYE was a steel four-masted ship built in 1901 by Arthur Sewall & Co., of Bath, Maine. On January 28, 1915, carrying wheat to the United Kingdom, she was stopped by the German auxiliary cruiser Prinz Eitel Friedrich, which ordered that the cargo should be jettisoned overboard. When the discharge of the cargo took too long, Captain Max Thierichens ordered the ship to be sunk, becoming the first American ship lost in World War I.
One of the masts and the anchor have loosened from their placement.