Thursday, September 24, 2015

The George W. Wells

I recently came across this old photo of a portion (the bowsprit? or maybe one of the ribs?) of the 6-masted schooner, George W. Wells, that wrecked on Ocracoke Island in 1913. The Wells was one of the largest schooners ever built.

Photo courtesy Ocracoke Preservation Society
A section of the wreck is occasionally exposed after storms and hurricanes, but is usually covered with sand.

In 2010 I wrote an article about the wreck of the George W. Wells. You can read it here:

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a reproduction of a 1960s booklet titled The Great Ocracoke Cat Hunt. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Read your interesting account of the wreck of the George W. Wells, the six-masted schooner built in Camden, Maine. One minor suggestion: Wells was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, NOT Connecticut. American Optical is in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

    1. Thank you for the correction. I made the change.