The Lexington Shipwreck
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The wooden paddlewheel steamer Lexington. She was built by Bishop &
Simonson of New York in1835. She was 205 feet long had a 21 foot
beam and could cruise at 14 knots.
On January 13th, 1840the Lexington left New York bound for
Stonington, Connecticut. She had approximately 154 passengers and
crew aboard. A short time latter a fire was discovered around the
funnel. Although a fire fighting team was quickly dispatched they
failed to put out the fire. The Larchmont was also sailing under
full steam at the time. It was apparently impossible to stop the
engines due to the fire. Many lifeboats were lost as they were
lowered at speed swamping immediately. At the time of the disaster
only one copy of the passenger list was made. This copy was aboard
the Lexington thus making it impossible to verify the total number
lost in the disaster. We have estimated that over 150 persons lost
their lives and only 4 were saved.
In 1983 Clive Cussler of NUMA tried to locate the wreck. Using a
side scan sonar they located a wreck off Eaton's Neck. Divers
descended to find a wreck with charred timbers. Some of the wood was
brought to the surface. It was Charred Yellow Pine the same wood
used in the Lexington's construction. The Lexington now sits in
several sections ranging from over 70 feet to over 140 feet.
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