Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Edward A.A. Lamere and the S.S. Volendam

(This post is part of a series about my research of Fitchburg architect H.M. Francis)

Edward Aime Arthur Lamere graduated from Harvard Dental School in 1893 and set up a dental practice in Fitchburg.
At one time his office was at the Safety Fund National Bank on Main Street.
Fig. 1: Edward A.A. Lamere
In the Harvard Alumni Directory, it lists that prior to Edward A.A. Lamere he was known as "Arthur John Lamere."
The house that was designed for Dr. Lamere was on Pleasant Street.

I wasn't able to find much biographical information about Dr. Lamere at the Historical Society, but I was able to find some useful information online.

Fig. 2: The S.S. Volendam
I was able to locate a 1930 manifest for the S.S. Volendam, a large passenger vessel that Lamere had traveled on. The information I found said that the vessel primarily sailed from Holland to America and had a capacity of 1,800 passengers divided into three classes.

Ten years after Lamere traveled upon this mighty ship, the S.S. Volendam was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Luckily, the ship was able to make it to port without sinking and the none of the 300 children on board perished.
For more information about the attack on the S.S. Volendam, click here.

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