SeacoastNH Home

FRESH STUFF DAILY
Seacoast New Hampshire
& South Coast Maine

facebook logo


facebook logo

Header_flag
SEE ALL SIGNED BOOKS by J. Dennis Robinson click here
Frank Jones on the Rocks

Ship wreck Frank JonesSeacoastNH.com Presents 
Historic Portsmouth #374

We all know Hon. Frank Jones the ale king, right? His estate at Maplewood is now divided into apartments, but the property once stretched to Pease Tradeport. A poor farm boy from Barrington, Jones clawed his way to local fortune selling rags and stoves.  But what about this ship? (Continued below)

 

Jones eventually owned banks, railroads, insurance companies, racing stables, Jones Brewery, and both the Wentworth and Rockingham hotels. He served as our mayor and as a state and federal congressman. Well, this photo has nothing to do with him, except that the tall ship was named in his honor. The Frank Jones is seen here stranded in San Francisco on June 30, 1877. According to historian Ray Brighton, this square rigger was built by Jones’ colleague Daniel Marcy of Kittery and sold for salvage for $4,750. There was also a sleek, white steamer named Frank Jones, originally owned by Jones and his Maine Central Railroad partners. Built at Bath Iron Works, it ferried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1905, then exploded carrying munitions in Virginia in 1918.  The flesh-and-blood Frank Jones died in 1902 and is buried in South Cemetery. (Photo courtesy Portsmouth Athenaeum)

374_Frank_Jones_ship

Photo (c) Portsmouth Athenaeum
on SeacoastNH.com

Please visit these SeacoastNH.com ad partners.

News about Portsmouth from Fosters.com

Friday, November 24, 2017 
 
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.

Copyright ® 1996-2016 SeacoastNH.com. All rights reserved. Privacy Statement
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Site maintained by ad-cetera graphics