I don't know if this is the correct ship, since there seemed to be several ships named Fairfield at various times.
Thank you Susannah for that information. I still don't know if that is the same vessel. I took a magnifier to try to read the old newspaper and it does say burning at Governor's Island, New York. Your archive has it in Boston Harbor. Seems there are two Islands with that name. On my own research the one in Boston was taken down
to build Logan Airport in the 1920's. So I believe I'm still looking. If you find anything else, please let me know.
Perhaps the writer of the newspaper had the wrong Governor's Island. It was also known as the "old seahorse".
Dear Ms. Kennedy,
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Based on the information you provided and the Fifty-Second Annual List of Merchant Vessels of the United States (Merchant Vessels of the United States 1919-1920), the Fairfield was owned in 1920 by the U.S. Shipping Board (USSB) with the signal letters LQSJ. The ship appears in the 1921 version of the publication but not the 1922 version.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located one series from the USSB’s Ship Sales Division and two series from its successor, the Fleet Control Department, as well as eight series from the Shipping Information Department in the Records of the U.S. Shipping Board (Record Group 32) that may contain records concerning the Fairfield. For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
We also located the series Log Indexes, 1918 - 1941 which serves as the index to the Merchant Marine Ships' Logs, 1918 - 1941 in the Records of the U.S. Maritime Commission (Record Group 178) that may include logs from the Fairfield. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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