Lawrence Powell of Breakers was quite a unique character. He spent much of his younger days traveling the globe as a merchant seaman.

At the time when this photo of him was taken in the late ‘70s, he claimed to have 14 children, two washing machines and property that he would not sell.

Besides being a mariner, he also claimed to have been in the bootlegging business while away at sea. He had an amazing memory or he was one heck of a great story teller.

When the photographer asked him how he kept his memory so sharp, he responded by saying he “never touched a drop of liquor in his life.” He passed away sometime in the late 1980s.

This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.

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