Portrait of the ‘Thomas W. Lawson’ (SOLD)

The only 7-masted schooner ever built, the Thomas W. Lawson (1902-1907), is depicted here off the coast of New England with a small village in the distance. It is famous as being the largest schooner and largest pure sailing ship ever built but was unsuccessful for its purpose of hauling coal along the east coast and was later fitted for trans-Atlantic oil transport. In 1907, on a trip from Philadelphia to London, the ship wrecked off the Scilly Isles.