1922W. Starling Burgess designed the Puritan, which was the finest and fastest schooner ever built.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), Puritan, n.d., Photograph, Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection, Historic New England, https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/gusn/279187/
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Built by the J.F. James and Son yard in Essex and commanded by Captain Jeffrey Thomas, it was launched on March 15, 1922. It was 123 feet long and flew almost 9,000 square feet of canvas. Puritan was fast, once sailing to Boothbay, Maine, from Thatcher Island, in five hours, and 7 minutes, averaging 14 and one-half knots. It wrecked on June 23, 1922, striking the western bar off Sable Island. Although the ship was a total loss, 15 crew survived with the loss of only one life.

Garland, Joseph E. Gloucester on the Wind: America’s Greatest Fishing Port in the Days of Sail. Arcadia, 1995.
Gloucester Daily Times. “New Sch. Puritan Showed Her Speed.” April 18, 1922, Vol. 58 No. 10052 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/.
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