Gold from seawater factory, Lubec, 1898

Contributed by Lubec Historical Society


This drawing appears in an undated, unnamed newspaper clipping as an artist’s rendition of a hoax to separate gold from seawater. Prescott Jernegan and his accomplice Charles Fisher, both originally from Edgartown Massachusetts, arrived in Lubec in 1897. Jernegan and Fisher convinced locals of a business scheme to separate gold from seawater. During their time in Lubec Jernegan and Fisher built one factory for this purpose and started to build a second before they absconded to Europe with their investors’ money in July, 1898.

The various news items on the rear of this clipping cover a broad area of upstate Maine, suggesting that this is a Bangor newspaper.

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  • Title: Gold from seawater factory, Lubec, 1898
  • Creation Date: 1898
  • Subject Date: 1898
  • Location: Lubec, Washington County, ME
  • Media: Newspaper
  • Dimensions: 9.2 cm x 14.9 cm
  • Local Code: 632 jpg
  • Collection: Bernard Ross
  • Object Type: Image

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Lubec Historical Society
135 Main Street, Lubec, ME 04652

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