Cemetery 25 Sparrow William


Capt. William Chester Sparrow (1858-1932) | Gifford.

Born on Long Point — perhaps in the “floater” that now stands at 9 Point Street — Captain Sparrow spend his life on the sea, poised at its edge, or evoking it with model ships of his own making. After commanding the schooners Oliver Cromwell, Longwood, and John F. Nickerson, he became the first officer at the newly commissioned Wood End Life-Saving Station in 1897, participating in the rescue of Jordan L. Mott‘s crew in Novermber 1898. He was appointed commander of the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station in Hull in 1902, and left Provincetown for 20 years. When he returned, he took up model making. Captain Sparrow was working on a miniature of CDR Richard E. Byrd’s City of New York, with only two masts left to model when he died of a heart attack in the home at 73 Commercial Street that he shared with his remarkable wife, Mary Evelyn (Williams) Sparrow (1862-1961). [Lot No. 174.]

¶ Last updated on 9 March 2018.

Find a Grave Memorial No. 51347576.


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