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Lawley Yacht Shogun
Shogun, Lawley Yacht
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Lawley Yacht Shogun

Barkentine Intrepid
Lawley Advertisement Launching Intrepid
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Lawley Barkentine Intrepid

Barkentine Intrepid
Intrepid, a Lawley Barkentine
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Barkentine Intrepid

Firelands
Firelands, a Lawley Boat
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Lawley Firelands

Firelands
Firelands, a Lawley Boat
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Lawley Firelands

Cavu
Cavu, Lawley boat
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Lawley Cavu

Egeria
Lawley Egeria
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Lawley Egeria

Lawley Boat
Lawley boat in Sterling Engine Ad
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Lawley Boat

LCI Conversion
Lawley LCI Conversion
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Lawley LCI Conversion

Hoosier V
Lawley Hoosier V
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Lawley Hoosier V

Tamerlane
Lawley Tamerlane
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Lawley Tamerlane

Tamerlane
Lawley Tamerlane deck
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Lawley Tamerlane

Breezin Thru
Breezin Thru Lawley yacht
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Breezin Thru

Lawley Boat
Lawley Yacht
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Lawley Boat

Express Cruiser
Lawley 68 foot Express Cruiser
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Lawley Express Cruiser

List of Lawley Built Boats
Lawley Built List
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Advertisement with List of Lawley-Built Boats

Good Hope
Good Hope by Lawley
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Lawley Good Hope

Onza
Onza by Lawley
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Lawley Onza

Racing Cutter
Racing Cutter by Lawley
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Lawley Racing Cutter

Motor Sailer
Lawley Motor Sailer
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Lawley Motor Sailer

Lawley Boat
Lawley boatyard
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Lawley Boat

Tamasese
Lawley Boat Tamasese
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Lawley Tamasese

Lawley boat offered for sale on eBay, July, 2004, at an opening bid of $125,000.

TAMASESE FOR SALE TAMASESE was built by George Lawley in 1926 (Hull #979) for Leeds Mitchell of Chicago and Nantucket. The boat was named for Tamasese, a King of Samoa at the time Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) lived there (1890-1894). Austin Strong, a friend of Leeds Mitchell, lived on Samoa with RLS and suggested the name. TAMASESE was the second of 14 Lawley Standard 38-ft. Cabin Cruisers built between 1926 and 1928. The boat was designed by Walter McInnis. McInnis' drawing, dated November 16, 1925, is in the Hart Nautical Collections at MIT. The construction drawings were done by Fred W. Goeller. They are also in the Hart Collections.

Lawley built 12 Standard 38-footers in 1926 (nos. 978-983, and 994 to 999) and two more in 1927 and 1928. At least three of the boats still exist: TAMASESE, CHAUTAUQUA (ex-IRAWEN) (#994) and NAMAUS (#998). Prior to WW II, TAMASESE had four owners, all of whom kept the name TAMASESE and listed the boat in Lloyd's Register of American Yachts. In 1940, Stanley W. Ferguson, a Boston coffee mer-chant and member of the Corinthian (Marblehead), Boston, Savin Hill, and Squantum YCs, purchased TAMASESE after an explosion de stroyed his 50-ft. express cruiser TRIM TOO. Ferguson used TAMASESE II for about a year while James E. Graves built TRIM FORE to replace TRIM TOO. Like TAMASESE, TRIM TOO and TRIM FORE were designed by Walter McInnis. Both had forward cockpits.

When Ferguson bought TAMASESE, he had Simms Bros. of Dorchester, Mass., install a forward cockpit, and used the boat as a tender for his children's fleet of racing sailboats, towing the sailboats to various regat-tas in Massachusetts Bay. When Graves delivered TRIM FORE, the company took TAMASESE in trade. It was the beginning of WW II, and Graves transferred the boat to the Fred J. Dion Yacht Yard in nearby Salem where Dion sheathed the hull and operated the boat for the U.S. government as a harbor patrol craft.

Following WW II, Dion purchased the boat from the government, restored it to yacht condition, and sold it to Fred Mower, a partner in the Durkee-Mower Co., the makers of Marshmallow Fluff. Mr. Mower, a member of the Corinthian YC, renamed the boat JOMO. In 1958, Edmond H. Lalime, another member of the Corinthian YC, purchased the boat and renamed it MILANED. A photograph of MILANED appears in the CYC Year Book in the late '50s and early '60s. In 1972 the boat was purchased by Paul Pelletier, a member of the Salem Willows YC, who renamed it BEWITCHED.

In September 1988, Albert Hickey purchased the boat and moved it to Gloucester, Mass., for professional restoration. New: 58 ribs, 12 floors, fir planking, shelves, clamps, mahogany deck and transom, cockpit sole, vertical windscreen, cockpit 'awning', shaft, etc., etc. Completely refastened. The boat, which retains all her original Lawley hardware, was refitted with a completely rebuilt 1923 Scripps E-6 gasoline engine (598 cu. in.) rated at 100 hp, the engine specified by Walter McInnis in 1925. Accommodations include two berths in the forward stateroom, followed by a hanging locker and WC on the port side and a galley with a Shipmate coal range on the starboard side. Aft of that is the main cabin with a double berth to port and a single berth to starboard.

The yacht was relaunched in 1999. Since then it has appeared in antique boat shows at the Mystic Seaport Museum, the InternationalYacht Restoration School, and the Boston Antique and Classic Boat Festival. This yacht is for sale "as is". Her restoration is 90 percent complete. She needs some interior restoration work to complete the restoration. This includes an engine cover and main cabin furnishings) For more info and pictures go to: http://users.rcn.com/s.hickey1/ For more on the history of Lawley Yachts go to: http://www.lawley-yachts.com/ The seller is interested in this yacht going to a collector/yachtsperson who knows and appreciates the maintenance and expense associated with owning a wooden boat and is committed to completing the restoration to her original 1926 specifications and maintaining "Tamasese" in Bristol condition.

The price set is based on the amount spent on the restoration over the past ten years. If a buyer is interested in buying and maintaining a rare yacht built buy one of the premier yacht builders in the States then they should contact the seller and negotiate a price that may be acceptable to both parties. for serious inquiries only: Albert Hickey P.O.B. 242 Gloucester, MA 01931 978-281-4440



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Created: May 22, 2005   Modified: May 22, 2005