Lawley Family Collection (Coll. 279)


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Overview of the Collection

History of the Lawley Family

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Lawley family
Title: Lawley Family Collection
Dates: 1839-1990
Extent: ca. 500 items
Abstract: Papers and volumes of the Lawley family of Massachusetts. Collection contains personal papers such as correspondence, legal papers and ephemera of George F. Lawley, Frederick D. Lawley, and George F. Lawley, II. Collection also contains business papers of the George Lawley and Son, and F.D. Lawley ship yards, Located in South Boston, Neponset, and Quincy, Massachusetts. Business papers include vessel records; cost sheets, scantlings, owners, etc. and wage information; lists, time sheets and petitions.
Identification: Coll. 279

History of the Lawley Family

The Lawley family documented in this collection spans four generations of Massachusetts ship builders and designers. Beginning with George F. Lawley, an English shipbuilder who sailed to American in 1851, his son, also George F., his son Frederick D, and ending with his son, the English George's great grandson, George F. Lawley II (1901-). Interwoven within the family history is the story of the family shipyard, George Lawley and Son.

The first George Lawley began his career as an apprentice to Thomas and William Forrest while in England. In 1851 he moved his family to Massachusetts. Family lore states that the steamship passed the yacht AMERICA on her famous Cup voyage and set the family on its road to subsequent Cup victories. After working for Donald McKay, George founded his own shipyard in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Within a few years his son George joined the business and the company name became George Lawley and Son. The yard moved to South Boston. During this period the Lawleys built such vessels as Cup defenders, PURITAN and MAYFLOWER and other well-known yachts, both sail and power.

George's son, Frederick D. Lawley, studied naval architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently joined the company as manager and designer.

In 1901 the Lawleys began working for the United States navy and launched two torpedo boats. In the years to come they would continue the association, especially during the World War I.

In 1908 the George Lawley and Son made its final move to Neponset, Massachusetts where it remained until its demise in 1946. Prior to that however, in 1926, George, Frederick and George II left the company and set up F.D. Lawley in Quincy Massachusetts. George died in 1928, but the Lawley's continued to design and build first class vessels for several years.

"George F. Lawley", Motor Boating, May 1928, pg.29"Sixty Years' Leadership In Fine Yacht Construction", Motor Boating, Feb. 1927, pg. 383

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Scope and Content

The Lawley Family Collection is organized into seven series.

The first contains the family papers, the second, the company papers; first of George Lawley and Son, and then of F. D. Lawley.

Series three through seven contain volumes. Series three holds those of George Lawley and Son, the fourth, those of George Lawley and Son but kept by Frederick D. Lawley. The fifth contains volumes exclusively of Frederick D. Lawley. Series six contains a volume of George F. Lawley II's, and the seventh series and final volume is of the Lawley family.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Lawley, Frederick D.
Lawley, George (1823-1915)
Lawley, George F.
Lawley, George F. (1901- )

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

George Lawley and Son

Places:

Neponset (Mass.)
South Boston (Boston : Mass.)

Subjects:

Shipbuilding--Massachusetts
Wages--Shipbuilding
Yacht designers--Massachusetts
Yachting

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 279, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Lawley family papers; 1838-1947
Box Folder
1 1 Indenture of George F. Lawley as an apprentice to Thomas and William Forrest; 1838 Sep 12
2 Eighty-seventh birthday dinner menu; declaration of incompetence for George F. Lawley; 1910, 1928
3 Catalogue, English High School; correspondence of Frederick D. Lawley; 1894-1941
4 Documents, certificates and letters, George F. Lawley II; 1901-1947
5 Legal notices, deeds, and mortgages pertaining to the purchase of South Boston land by George F. Lawley; 1891
6 Correspondence, Lawley family; 1905-1937
7 Miscellaneous; 1899-1940
8 Ephemera (non-business); 1887-1913
George Lawley and Son papers; 1880-1990
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence; 1880-1953
2 Printed materials, brochures and stationary; 1890-1920
3 "List of sailing yachts designed by Frederick D. Lawley at Lawley and Son Corp.; 1899-1923
4 Petition for wage increase; 1918
5 Wage lists and miscellaneous time sheets; 1918-192?
6 Tender information; 1929-1937
7 Vessel cost sheets; 1929
8 Estimates for yawls, cutters, schooner and sloops; ca. 1930
9 Estimates for power 60' up; ca. 1930
10 Estimates for auxiliary 60' up; 1932-1934
11 Bid materials, specification and contract; 1937-1944
12 Specifications and costs, design no. 724; undated
13 Vessel cost lists; undated
14 Scantlings for vessels # 838-#921; undated
15 History of George Lawley and Son; undated
16 Article, "Building the Greyhounds of the Sea", National Magazine; undated
17 Newspaper and magazine clippings re: George Lawley and Son vessels; 1923-1990
Volumes of George Lawley and Son; 1872-1935
Volume
1 Accounts and index of various people and businesses with whom Lawley conducted business; 1872-1876
2 Numerical listing of tenders (vessels under 35'), including size, style, date build and owners name; 1890-1920
3 Numerical listing of tenders (vessels under 35'), including size, style, date build and owners name; 1920-1935
4 Vessel names, customer names, scantlings, other measurements, data and related information for Lawley built vessels #358 - #589; 1898-1906
5 Vessel names, customer names, scantlings, other measurements, data and related information for Lawley built vessels #590-#958; 1907-ca. 1925
6 Rigging information of various vessels, primarily spar dimensions; 1883-1890
7 Numerical list of vessels built with a breakdown of associated costs; 1911-1925
8 Vessel names, numbers, and measurements as well as comments on engines or sails and speed during trials. Also includes data on Coast Guard vessels in the back of the volume; 1918-1925
9 Estimates for various building and repair jobs. Costs are itemized, and quote figure calculated; 1924-1925
10 Numerical list of work orders. Vessel names, type of work performed and date are included. Work orders #916-1516. Back of volume contains numerical list of tenders #1-#87; 1927-1928
11 Railway book, launch requirements. Listed alphabetically by vessel name; undated
12 Vessel names, customer names, scantlings, other measurements, data and related information for Lawley built vessels #357-#358. Also contains similar information for boats designed and built by F. D. Lawley, Inc. #51-#46. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley; 1901-1904
13 Vessel names, customer names, scantlings, other measurements, data and related information for Lawley built vessels #659-#891. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley; 1904-
14 Vessel names, customer names, scantlings, other measurements, data and related information for Lawley built vessels #659-#958. Also contains similar information for boats designed and built by F. D. Lawley, Inc. #51-64. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley; 1904-1928
15 Numerical listing of vessel displacement table and measurements as well as vessel and owner name. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley; 1903-1916
16 Numerical listing of vessel displacement table and measurements as well as vessel and owner name. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley. Also contains a numerical listing F.D. Lawley vessels 1-144 (1926-1932); 1916-1924
17 Numerical listing of labor and material costs for each vessel. Also contains costs of F.D. Lawley vessels #52-#65. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley; 1925-1932
Volumes of Frederick D. Lawley; 1925
Volume
18 Numerical listing of labor and material costs for each vessel. Volume kept by Frederick D. Lawley; 1925
Volumes of George F. Lawley, II; 1923
Volume
19 Notebook of naval architecture information and calculations. Kept by George F. Lawley, II while attending MIT; 1923
Volumes of the Lawley family; undated
Volume
20 Newspaper clippings of poems; undated
Oversized material; 1880-1990
Box Folder
HF 1 Diplomas for Braintree Grammar School and Stanton Military Acadamy, awarded to George F. Lawley, II; 1914, 1920

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