Historic Shipwreck Discovered off Cape Cod
September 9, 2010
According to an excellent article by Doug Fraser on CapeCodOnline.com, amateur divers have discovered the remains of a 5-masted, 300-foot “giant schooner” called the Dorothy Palmer, which sank off Monomoy Island in 1923.
The Palmer was one of 13 massive wooden sailing ships designed to haul tons of cargo, primarily coal, up and down the coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before mechanized vessels took over.
The article describes how divers Don Ferris and Chuck Carey found the wreck, and the challenges of diving in this shoal-infested area swept by powerful currents. It also delves into the history of these last lumbering behemoths of the age of sail.