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Rye Wreck is Lizzie Carr
July 2000

Lizzie Carr

Two years ago we offered you images by Ralph Morang of an unknown shipwreck that appeared in the sands of the band at Rye. The mystery is a mystery no more. Researchers have identified the buried ship as the 1868 Lizzie Carr that was wrecked in a Seacoast NH storm in 1905. Our photos too have resurfaced for you to review again, and we've wired you in to articles on the wreck from both local newspapers. -- JDR

Click to see our 1998 images below

Our Maritime Heritage
Rye Shipwreck Surfaces
After Winter Storm

Shipwreck 1
Blending in like a sandbar on the beach, this shipwreck was recently discovered after an El Nino-related winter storm along Wallis Sands in Rye, NH. Kittery teacher Norman Michaud and his son discovered the sunken ship while walking the beach in late February.

Shipwreck 2
Close-up of "trunnels" (short for "tree nails") in the planking of wreck found at Wallis Sands. So far, experts believe the boat was built in the 1800s. At least 10 documented shipwrecks occurred along this short stretch of beach in the 19th century according to the History of Rye.

Shipwreck 3
Rye Historical Society co-chair Bonnie Goodwin is photographed for Portsmouth Herald article by Ryan Mercer. Shifting February- March sands exposed the wooden wreck. This spring-like scene was followed by a frigid week of snow along the Seacoast.

Shipwreck 4
This spike found in the wreck was stolen from the site after news reports drew crowds to the location. The hand-forged spike might have provided clues to the age and origin of the buried vessel.

See Also:
Related maritime archeology article
The Wreck of the Sagunto
The Hampton shipwreck from 1657

Copyright 1998-2001
All photographs by Ralph Morang
Images may not be used without permission of photographer.

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