The Blanche King was the classic American schooner, a design in wide use at the turn of the century. She was constructed in Maine and launched in 1887. This great sailing ship was a four-masted, two-deck vessel measuring 192 feet. Her most unusual feature was a retractable centerboard that allowed her to navigate shallow waters. She was coming to Bermuda from Virginia with a load of coal, when she crashed into the reefs and sank in 1920. Today, she lies in 35 feet of water near the North Carolina. The wreckage is marked by rigging, deck machinery and the box that housed the retractable centerboard.
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