Historical information

Large door thought to be saloon and small one a cabin door. Wrecked on the 7th May 1892 doors were recovered from Fisherman's Beach Torquay by a member of the pioneer Ford family. Having left New York on the 13th January 1891 with 22 crew and passengers including the Captain's wife and 6 year old daughter. All survived.


The Joseph H. Scammell is historically and archaeologically significant as the wreck of an international inward bound cargo vessel. Most research on inward bound historic shipwreck material has concentrated on 19th century British shipwrecks and further knowledge can be learnt from the study and comparison of North American shipwreck cargo material.

The Surf Coast wrecks exhibit the fundamental difference between American and European bulk cargo international commercial sailing vessels in the last half of the 19th century, with the large wooden American vessels Eric the Red , Light of the Age, Joseph H. Scammell and Paul Jones offering a useful comparison with the wrecks of the European built composite and iron vessels W.B. Godfrey, Inverlochy, Glaneuse and Victoria Tower.

Physical description

2 Doors from the Joseph H Scammel made from teak and mahogany