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1783. (souvenir cup) Wrecked Steamer “Onondaga, Orleans, Mass. c.1907.

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1783. (souvenir cup) Wrecked Steamer “Onondaga, Orleans, Mass. c.1907.

1783. (souvenir cup) Wrecked Steamer “Onondaga, Orleans, Mass. c.1907. This early piece is quite handsome and enhanced by gilt trim and embossing. Bold cup features a detailed full color image of the steamship Onondaga aground on Nauset beach in Chatham. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida, stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand. The cup measures 3” high by 3” in diameter. Marked “Made in Germany [for] G.W. Higgins, Orleans, Mass.”. Cup is clean, bright, no chips or cracks. An unusually bright, bold piece for display, near fine. (VG+). $88.