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Object Name Ship Fragment
Other Name Wood Fragment
Object Number 1879.1.3
Collection Stafford
Description square piece of dark wood; a newspaper article is pasted to the board (see provenance); a paper label taped to the board giving provenance
Date 1813/09/10
Dimensions W-6.496 L-6.378 D-4.213 inches
Material wood
Event War of 1812/Battle of Lake Erie
Provenance Piece of the stern-post of Commodore Perry's flagship, "Lawrence" from the battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. "Presented to Sarah Smith Stafford, of Trenton, N. J. By John Lindsley, esq., a member of the New Jersey Legislature." Newspaper clipping pasted on board reads: "Commodore Perry's Flag-ship. From the Fredonic (N.Y.) Censor. Anybody who has curiosity to see the last remnants of Commodore Perry's famous flagship, "Lawrence" will find them in Charles L. Webster's barn. The stern--post, with rudder-iron and a few other timbers are all that is left in that form of the vessel that bore Perry and his men to victory and glory, Sept.10, 1813 - were purchased by Mr.Webster of Capt. Dobbins at Erie a few weeks ago. The timber is perfectly sound, and, having lain under water in Erie Bay over 60 years, has acquired a deep rich color and a density that makes it susceptible of a high polish. The cabinet which Mr. Webster has already made from a "Lawrence" rib we have heretofore described. He has a handsome sideboard designed to be made from the stern-post. His occupation of civil engineer is one that affords plenty of leisure in the winter, and the products that he evolves from his workshop during that season are worthwhile to see."
People Stafford, Sarah
Perry, Oliver Hazard
Lindsley, John
Search Terms Lawrence
War of 1812
Commodore Perry
Battle of Lake Erie
flagship
wood
Stafford
John Lindsley
September 10, 1813
New Jersey legislature