A selection of photographs from the Tasco album

The Myrtle B. Crowley. The crew was lashed in the rigging for 14 hours. [11C]

When the 6-masted schooner Mertie B. Crowley bound for Boston went aground near Edgartown in January 1910, the Tasco was involved in the salvage operation to save what they could of the 14,500 tons of coal that she was carrying.  But the story of the rescue of the passengers and crew is a dramatic tale that you can hear by clicking on this link to the web site Yankee Yarns.

Using a breeches buoy to bring passengers from the Spartan to safety. [4-B]

This photo shows the use of a "breeches buoy" to bring passengers from the steamer Spartan to safety after being wrecked off Block Island. However, the wreck of the Spartan took place in 1905 and the S.S.Tasco was constructed in 1907 so perhaps another T.A. Scott wrecker was involved in this salvage operation.

Towing a steamer with broken shaft to Greenport, Long Island [32B]

In this photograph, the Tasco is towing a steamer with a broken shaft to Greenport, Long Island.  The top decks are crowded with passengers.

Another view of the steamer Norumbega aground [35C]

The Norumbega was a luxury steamship that took passengers to Bar Harbor, Maine in the days before automobile travel became the norm. The Tasco was involved in the salvage operation in 1912 after she went aground. The web site Getting Here from There has an interesting article about steamboat travel to Mount Dessert Island, including the incident shown in this photograph.

The Tasco taking soldiers and horses to the fort, possibly Fort Trumbull in New London. [5-C]

Not all of the Tasco activities involved wrecks and rescues.  Here the salvage vessel is being used to take soldiers and horses to "the fort", very possibly Fort Trumbull in New London.

Carrying  an automobile to Greenport, Long Island. [6-C]

In the time before the regular car ferry service from New London to Orient Point, here is a photograph of the Tasco carrying an automobile to Greenport, Long Island.

All of the photographs from the Tasco album may be seen by clicking on this link to S.S. Tasco Photographs.

A selection of photographs from the Tasco album