Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

Page from the scrapbook - Lawrence T. Sullivan

Pictured is a page from one of the old scrapbooks I have been scanning. Unfortunately, I don't know the source of the newspaper articles, nor the date.


L. T. Sullivan May Be Youngest on the Coast

Lawrence T. Sullivan, 25, of 59 St. Andrew road, East Boston, received notification yesterday of his appointment as captain of the steamship John Tracy, one of the Tracy line colliers. His friends believe that he is now the youngest steamship captain on the Atlantic coast.

He comes from a long line of seamen, numbering among his ancestors several noted Irish navigators. One of his uncles was a sea captain, and was lost, with all the crew, in a shipwreck off the coast of Ireland. Except for his father, Patrolman Maurice Sullivan, who has been attached to the Hanover street police station for nearly 40 years, all Lawrence’s family are fond of the sea. He is the youngest of six brothers, and there are three sisters.

Lawrence’s love of the salt water was evidenced during his boyhood when he gave his mother many anxious moments by his cruising in a small sailboat about the harbor. He was born in East Boston, and was graduated from St. Mary’s parochial school. During the world war he tried to enlist in the naval air force, but was turned down because of his age. He then went to sea as a member of a tanker’s crew, and later worked on freighters.

He was graduated from the Massachusetts Nautical Training School in 1921, subsequently serving on freighters and other vessels, and obtaining his pilot’s license fro the ports of Portland, Me., Boston, New York and Chesapeake bay.

During his sea service, he had many exciting experiences. While on the oil tanker West Arrow of the Oriole Line a few years ago that vessel was in collision with a Cunarder and almost sunk in midocean. The tanker, badly damaged, reached port with great difficulty. He was serving on the steamship Brush of the Nawsco Line when she grounded on a sandbar off the Pacific coast. Wireless calls for aid were sent and life-savers’ craft came out and stood by until high water, when the Brush was floated. Later he received newspaper publicity by preventing a serious fire on a ship at the army base at South Boston.

Lawrence’s father came to Boston from Thomaston, Me. The steamship, which the young man will command, runs between Portland and Baltimore.


3 Responses to “Page from the scrapbook - Lawrence T. Sullivan”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I am Lawrence T Sullivan The article you show was of my fathers uncle. I have the same article in a drawer, my father gave it to me several years ago. Are you a relative?  

  2. # Anonymous Jane

    Hi Lawrence,

    Yes, my grandmother was Helen Sullivan Hart - Helen was Lawrence Sullivan's youngest sister. How great that you found my blog!

    I visited Lawrence's grave up in Thomaston, ME this past September and attended a lecture about another Sullivan family member - Lawrence's uncle who perished at sea.

    I am working on scanning my great-uncle Lawrence's scrapbook and hope to update my blog with more stories about him as I have time.

    If you would like feel free to ask questions here on the blog or leave an email address and I can contact you that way instead.  

  3. # Blogger christopher hart

    Hi Jane,

    This is your cousin Chris, we were working tonight on a history project with my son Ben about WW1 and WW2. I remebered the story my dad told me about Lawrence Sullivan and his life as a sea captain. We learned a lot about some of our relatives by reading this thanks for helping us learn more about his life.  

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