Wreck of the schooner Empress, Kennebunkport, 1891

Contributed by Brick Store Museum


On 28 October 1891 the four-year-old, 121-ton schooner Empress went aground on the Fox Rocks near the Nesmith cottage and St. Ann's Church at Kennebunkport.

The schooner was Bangor owned and under the command of a Captain Kelly.

The Empress, built at Rockland, was carrying 206 tons of hard coal from New York to J. A. Titcomb's coal wharf on the Kennebunk River at Kennebunkport. She missed the turn into the river in a heavy fog and came ashore on a rocky spit a half mile beyong the river's mouth. She was broken up by pounding waves.

The photograph shows her hull on the rocky spit and to the right the Nesmith cottage, which became the rectory of St. Ann's Church.

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About This Item

  • Title: Wreck of the schooner Empress, Kennebunkport, 1891
  • Creation Date: 1891
  • Subject Date: 1891-10-28
  • Town: Kennebunkport
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: I-86.1
  • Collection: Charles Morgan Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Brick Store Museum
117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 985-4802

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