Guide to the Ships’ Papers Collection, 1764-1982

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS15
Title:
Ships’ Papers Collection
Date(s):
1764-1982
Creator:
Nantucket Historical Association
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English. Some material is in Spanish.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Ships’ Papers Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 2 gift of James Olderich of Nantucket, Mass., 1981 (Acc. 1981.14B). Folder 22 bill of sale gift of Mr. David Austin; Folders 37-38 gift of Pacific National Bank in 1972 (Acc 1972.56); Folder 39 list of Coffin School boys gift of Alcon Chadwick of Nantucket, Mass., in 1982 (Acc. 1982.84); Folder 45.5 gift of Susan Wyer Haggerty in 1898 (Acc. 1171b); Folder 48 gift of Mrs. Frank E. Lewis; Folder 51 gift of the Nantucket Historical Trust (Acc. 1969.34); Folder 52 “A cruise to California in the ship Edward” gift of Susan Wyer Haggerty in 1898 (Acc. 1171); Folder 53 bill of sale from James Athearn, August 16, 1842, gift of Pacific National Bank; Folder 57.5 gift of Mrs. Helen E. Appleton in 1945 (Acc. 3173); Folder 66 bill of sale from James Athearn, August 16, 1842, gift of Pacific National Bank; Folder 70 gift of Susan Wyer Haggerty in 1898 (Acc. 1133a); Folder 71 John Haven letter gift of Bettye Gleason (Acc. 1986.140), George Comstock drawing gift of Mrs. Maria S. Owen (Acc. 2005.72.1), petition to James Monroe gift of Mark H. Dall; Folder 78 bill of sale gift of Mrs. Frances (Lewis) Elder of Nantucket, Mass., (Acc. 1980.13); Folder 84.5 gift of Mary Hoadley of Gardiner, Maine, in 1996 (Acc. 1996.20.2); Folder 99 gift of Miss Josephine Congdon; Folder 106 gift of Mrs. Arthur E. Pratt in 1970 (Acc. 1970.6); Folder 107 gift of Richard Austin; Folder 116 gift of Everett U. Crosby in 1953 (Acc. 1953.61); Folder 120 gift of Mrs. Frances (Lewis) Elder of Nantucket, Mass., in 1980 (Acc. 1980.13); Folder 127 gift of James Olderich of Nantucket, Mass., in 1981 (Acc. 1981.14A); Folder 138 insurance policy gift of William Brock; Folder 142 receipt for duty gift of Mrs. William Folger in 1896 (Acc. 514); Folder 143 Certificate of Registry gift of T. H. Jones of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1981 (Acc. 1981.1); Folder 144 Certificate of Registry gift of Susan Wyer Haggerty in 1901 (Acc. 1494); Folder 158 bill of sale to Joseph Mitchell gift of Mrs. Frances (Lewis) Elder of Nantucket, Mass., in 1980 (Acc. 1980.13); Folder 168 gift of Mrs. Frank E. Lewis; Folder 182 gift of Susan Wyer Haggerty in 1898 (Acc. 1133); Folder 192 gift of Nantucket Historical Trust; Folder 206 Charles Watts letter gift of Duke’s County Historical Society (Acc. 1986.12), page from the log of the bark Lizzie gift of Dudley Darling of Siasconset, Mass., in 1989 (Acc. 1989.103); OPF-15/3 Logan sea letter gift of Mr. Alfred Bunker, Martha II shipping paper gift of Robert Waggaman in 1977 (Acc. 1977.104); OPF-15/4 Prudence permit to pass gift of Mrs. Wayne Chatfield-Taylor.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Related Collections

  • MS10 Account Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association
  • MS220 Ships’ Logs Collection, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Business—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
    • Vessels (Ships).
    • Whaling.

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of ships’ papers assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. The collection encompasses various materials pertaining to ships that sailed to, from, or around Nantucket, Mass., before the twenty-first century. Its aim is to organize documentary materials growing out of interest in the island’s ship history with a particular focus on whaling ships.

Materials in the collection originate both from their recipients and from the Nantucket Historical Association’s archives.

Scope and Content

The Ships’ Papers collection includes bills of sale, insurance policies, surveys of loss, crew lists, cargo inventories, wages, supplies, and lay transfers. There are also shipping papers, certificates of registration, receipts, newspaper accounts, notes, and journals. The collection documents ships, schooners, sloops, barks, brigantines, and steamers which sailed to, from, and around Nantucket, Mass., between 1680 and 1970.

Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Contents

    • Box 1 Folder 1 Abbie Bradford, schooner, 1867, 1869
    • Box 1 Folder 2 Abel M. Parker, schooner, 1891
    • Box 1 Folder 2.5 Active, ship, 1885, 1891
    • Box 1 Folder 3 Alabama, ship, 1851
    • Box 1 Folder 3.5 Alaska, bark, 1874
    • Box 1 Folder 4 Alexander, ship, 1821, undated
    • Box 1 Folder 5 Alice Knowles, bark, 1932
    • Box 1 Folder 6 Alligator, ship, 1802-1810
    • Box 1 Folder 7 Almeda, schooner, 1881
    • Box 1 Folder 8 Alpha, ship, 1837-1875
    • Box 1 Folder 9 Alto, bark, 1864-1866
    • Contains copies.
    • Box 1 Folder 10 America, ship, undated
    • Box 1 Folder 11 Amy, bark, 1866
    • Box 1 Folder 12 Ann Pennock, schooner, 1802
    • Box 1 Folder 13 Ansel Gibbs, bark, undated
    • Box 1 Folder 14 Antelope, steam ship, 1850-1851
    • Box 1 Folder 15 Antoku-Maru, cargo ship, 1867
    • Box 1 Folder 16 Apphia Maria, bark, 1859
    • Box 1 Folder 17 Atlantic, ship, 1825-1843
    • Box 1 Folder 18 Aurora, ship, undated, 1941
    • Box 1 Folder 18.5 B. Cummings, bark, 1854-1856
    • Box 1 Folder 19 Baltic, ship, 1839-1852
    • Box 1 Folder 20 Barclay, ship, 1839-1852
    • Box 1 Folder 21 Bedford, ship, undated
    • Box 1 Folder 22 Bohio, bark, 1868
    • Box 1 Folder 23 Bonaventure, sloop, 1783
    • Box 1 Folder 24 Boston, ship, undated, 1822
    • Box 2 Folder 25 Bourbon, ship, 1822
    • Box 2 Folder 26 Brewster, ship, undated
    • Box 2 Folder 26.5 C.W. Morgan, bark, 1859
    • Box 2 Folder 27 Cape Horn Pigeon, bark, 1870, 1871
    • Box 2 Folder 28 Castilian, brig, 1858
    • Box 2 Folder 29 Catawba, ship, 1840-1884
    • Box 2 Folder 30 Charles, ship, 1812, 1820
    • Box 2 Folder 31 Charles and Henry, ship, 1837-1839
    • Box 2 Folder 31.5 Charles Carroll, ship, 1840
    • Box 2 Folder 32 Charles W. Morgan, ship, 1845-1884
    • Box 2 Folder 33 Chesapeak, ship, 1799
    • Box 2 Folder 34 Chester, brig, 1778
    • Box 2 Folder 34.5 Christopher Mitchell, ship, 1834-1849
    • Box 2 Folder 35 Cicero, ship, 1818
    • Box 2 Folder 36 Citizen, ship, 1854-1855
    • Box 2 Folder 37 Clarkson, ship, 1828-1846
    • Box 2 Folder 38 Clarkson, ship, 1846-1847
    • Box 3 Folder 39 Clio, brig, 1829, 1830
    • Box 3 Folder 40 Columbia, ship, 1803-1841
    • Box 3 Folder 41 Columbus, ship, 1820
    • Box 3 Folder 41.5 Congress, ship, 1843
    • Box 3 Folder 42 Constitution I, ship, 1854-1855
    • Box 3 Folder 43 Constitution II, ship, 1862
    • Contains typescript.
    • Box 3 Folder 44 Conveyance, sloop, 1840
    • Box 3 Folder 45 Coquette, ship, 1820-1823
    • Contains typescript.
    • Box 3 Folder 45.5 Corning, bark, 1861
    • Box 3 Folder 46 Cortes, ship, 1831
    • Box 3 Folder 47 Cyrus, ship, 1825-1919
    • Box 3 Folder 48 David Paddock, ship, 1848
    • Box 3 Folder 49 Dauphin, ship, 1815-1823
    • Box 3 Folder 50 Diana, ship, 1787
    • Contains typescript.
    • Box 3 Folder 51 Earl of Eglinton, bark, 1846
    • Box 3 Folder 52 Edward, ship, 1849-1851
    • Box 3 Folder 53 Edward Cary, ship, 1841-1846
    • Box 3 Folder 53.5 Endeavor, sloop, 1954
    • Box 4 Folder 54 Enterprise, ship, 1826-1895
    • Box 4 Folder 54.5 Essex, ship, 1811-1813 voyage, 1812
    • Box 4 Folder 55 Essex, ship, 1815-1816 voyage, 1815-1816
    • Box 4 Folder 55.5 Essex, ship, 1817-1819 voyage, 1817-1819
    • Box 4 Folder 56 Essex, ship, 1817-1819
    • Contains notation sheets.
    • Box 4 Folder 56.5 Essex, ship, 1821-1982
    • Contains narratives.
    • Box 4 Folder 57 Eunice H. Adams, schooner, 1845-1865
    • Box 4 Folder 57.5 Exact, schooner, undated
    • Box 4 Folder 58 Fair American, sloop, 1807
    • Box 4 Folder 58.5 Falcon, ship, 1820-1825
    • Contains typed extracts.
    • Box 4 Folder 59 Fame, sloop, 1833, undated
    • Box 4 Folder 59.5 Fanny, ship, 1849-1850
    • Contains copies.
    • Box 4 Folder 60 Favorite, ship, 1804-1807
    • Contains transfer of lays.
    • Box 4 Folder 60.25 Favorite, ship, 1804-1807
    • Contains crew debts to owners for purchases.
    • Box 4 Folder 60.5 Favorite, ship, 1807
      Contains crew debts to captain.
    • Box 4 Folder 61 Favorite, ship, 1804-1807
    • Box 4 Folder 61.25 Favorite, ship, 1807-1808
    • Contains debts to Elizabeth Gardner.
    • Box 4 Folder 61.5 Favorite, ship, 1807
    • Contains debts to Thaddeus Bunker.
    • Box 4 Folder 62 Favorite, ship, 1806-1807
    • Contains bills to ship.
    • Box 4 Folder 62.25 Favorite, ship, 1807
    • Contains information on cargo taken at Whampoo.
    • Box 4 Folder 62.5 Favorite, ship, 1807-1818
    • Contains information on Crocker-Coggeshall case.
    • Box 4 Folder 63 Favorite, ship, 1939
    • Contains letter concerning 1807 return.
    • Box 4 Folder 64 Flora, brigantine, 1964-1965
    • Box 4 Folder 65 Foster, ship, 1850
    • Box 4 Folder 65.5 Frances, ship, 1845-1846
    • Contains photocopy.
    • Box 4 Folder 66 Franklin, ship, 1818-1845
    • Box 4 Folder 66.5 Galen, ship, 1822
    • Box 4 Folder 67 Gardner, ship, 1813
    • Box 4 Folder 68 George and Susan, bark, 1870, undated
    • Box 4 Folder 69 George Washington, schooner, 1848
    • Box 5 Folder 70 Gideon, ship, 1824
    • Box 5 Folder 71 Globe, ship, 1824-1825, 1936
    • Box 5 Folder 72 Glory of the Seas, clipper, 1923
    • Box 5 Folder 73 Golden Farmer, ship, 1815, 1818
    • Box 5 Folder 74 Great Eastern, steamship, undated
    • Box 5 Folder 74.25 Great Republic, ship, 1858
    • Box 5 Folder 74.5 Greyhound, sloop, 1775
    • Contains copies.
    • Box 5 Folder 74.75 Harlequin, ship, 1807-1811
    • Box 5 Folder 75 Harmony, schooner, 1821
    • Box 5 Folder 76 Harriet, ship, 1803-1804
    • Box 5 Folder 77 Harvest, ship, 1841-1853
    • Box 5 Folder 78 Harvest, ship, 1850-1856
    • Box 5 Folder 79 Hawk, schooner, 1764, 1765
    • Box 5 Folder 80 Hazard, bark, 1881, undated
    • Box 5 Folder 81 Henry, ship, 1853, undated
    • Box 5 Folder 82 Henry Astor, ship, 1844, 1940
    • Box 5 Folder 82.5 Henry Clay, ship, 1841
    • Box 5 Folder 83 Herald II, ship, 1854, 1860
    • Box 6 Folder 84 Horatio, ship, 1877, 1882
    • Box 6 Folder 84.5 Houqua, ship, 1855
    • Box 6 Folder 85 Humbird, sloop, 1766
    • Box 6 Folder 86 Hungarian, bark, 1856-1859
    • Box 6 Folder 87 Ida D. Rogers, brig, 1856-1860
    • Box 6 Folder 88 Improvement, ship, 1822
    • Box 6 Folder 89 India, ship, 1894, 1950
    • Box 6 Folder 90 Iowa, bark, 1857-1858
    • Box 6 Folder 91 Isaac Howland, ship, 1828, 1831
    • Contains photocopies.
    • Box 6 Folder 92 Island Home, steamer, 1881
    • Box 6 Folder 93 Islander, bark, 1950
    • Box 6 Folder 94 Japan, ship, 1859-1862
    • Box 6 Folder 95 John Adams, ship, 1826-1828
    • Box 6 Folder 96 John Jay, ship, 1802-1817
    • Box 6 Folder 97 Joseph Conrad, training ship, undated
    • Box 6 Folder 98 Joseph Maxwell, bark, 1872-1874
    • Box 6 Folder 99 Joseph Starbuck, ship, 1842
    • Contains typescript.
    • Box 6 Folder 100 Junior, ship, 1857, 1934
    • Box 6 Folder 101 Kathleen, bark, 1860-1863
    • Box 6 Folder 102 Kremlin, bark, 1863-1864
    • Box 6 Folder 103 Lady Adams, ship, 1802
    • Box 6 Folder 104 Lafayette, ship, 1858, 1860
    • Box 6 Folder 105 Lagoda, bark/ship, 1915
    • Box 6 Folder 106 Lammergeir, ship, 1859-1861
    • Box 6 Folder 107 Levi Starbuck, ship, 1856, 1861
    • Box 6 Folder 108 Laura Annie Barnes, schooner, 1953
    • Box 6 Folder 109 Lexington, ship, 1842-1859
    • Box 6 Folder 110 Lion, ship, 1802, 1846
    • Contains photocopy.
    • Box 6 Folder 111 Live Oak, bark, 1871
    • Box 6 Folder 112 Logan, ship, 1806
    • Box 6 Folder 113 Lydia I, barkentine, 1804-1818
    • Box 6 Folder 114 Lydia II, ship, 1822-1835
    • Box 6 Folder 115 Lydia III, ship, 1840-1845
    • Box 6 Folder 116 Manchester, ship, 1855, undated
    • Box 6 Folder 117 Manilla, sloop, 1826
    • Box 6 Folder 118 Marco Bozzaris, steam boat, 1830, 1930
    • Box 6 Folder 119 Margaret, brig, 1810-1811
    • Box 6 Folder 120 Maria, ship/bark, 1832-1863
    • Contains typescripts.
    • Box 6 Folder 121 Maro, ship, undated
    • Box 6 Folder 123 Martha Wrightington, bark, 1866
    • Box 6 Folder 124 Mary, ship (Edgartown), 1842-1843
    • Box 6 Folder 125 Mary Ann, ship, 1798-1811
    • Box 6 Folder 126 Mary and Emma, schooner (copy), 1849
    • Box 6 Folder 127 Mary Ellen, schooner, 1890
    • Box 7 Folder 128 Mary Mitchell, ship, 1842
    • Box 7 Folder 129 Massachusetts, steamer, 1856
    • Box 7 Folder 130 Mechanic, ship, 1847-1850
    • Box 7 Folder 131 Milton, ship, 1868-1935
    • Box 7 Folder 132 Minerva I, ship, 1817
    • Box 7 Folder 133 Minerva II, ship, 1859
    • Box 7 Folder 134 Mohawk, ship, 1854-1863
    • Box 7 Folder 135 Montano, ship, 1842-1849
    • Box 7 Folder 136 Monticello, ship, 1808-1811 voyage, 1808-1811
    • Box 7 Folder 136.5 Monticello, ship, 1854
    • Contains bill of sale.
    • Box 7 Folder 137 Morning Star, bark, undated
    • Box 7 Folder 138 Mount Vernon, ship, 1832, 1839
    • Box 7 Folder 139 Nantucket, ship, 1826, 1854
    • Box 7 Folder 140 Napoleon, ship, 1842, 1925
    • Box 7 Folder 141 Naushon, steamer, 1929
    • Box 7 Folder 142 Nicholas, ship, 1773, 1774
    • Box 7 Folder 143 Niphon, ship, 1844, 1848
    • Box 7 Folder 144 North America, ship, 1824, undated
    • Box 7 Folder 145 Oak, bark, 1867
    • Box 7 Folder 146 Oeno, ship, 1828, 1922
    • Contains typescripts.
    • Box 7 Folder 147 Ohio, ship, 1866
    • Box 7 Folder 149 Oregon, bark, 1852
    • Box 7 Folder 150 Orion, ship, 1825-1846
    • Box 7 Folder 151 Orpha, sloop, 1812
    • Box 7 Folder 152 Ospray, brig, 1806
    • Box 7 Folder 153 Packet, brig, undated
    • Box 7 Folder 154 Paragon, ship, 1825-1826
    • Box 7 Folder 155 Peru, ship, 1848
    • Box 7 Folder 156 Peru, bark, 1851-1854
    • Box 7 Folder 157 Peruvian, ship, 1848, 1948
    • Box 7 Folder 158 Phenix/Phoenix, ships, 1818-1856
    • Box 7 Folder 159 Platina, bark, undated
    • Box 7 Folder 160 Ploughboy, ship, 1839-1843
    • Box 7 Folder 160.5 Portland, ship, undated
    • Box 7 Folder 161 Potomac, ship, 1841-1846
    • Box 7 Folder 161.5 Preserveranda of Nantucket, ship, 1811
    • Box 7 Folder 162 Rainbow, schooner, 1864
    • Box 7 Folder 163 Ranger, ship, 1810, 1838
    • Box 7 Folder 164 Rapid, sloop, 1823
    • Box 7 Folder 165 Rebecca R. Douglas, schooner, 1943
    • Box 7 Folder 166 Robert McClintock, schooner, 1967
    • Box 7 Folder 167 Roman, ship, 1847-1854
    • Box 7 Folder 168 Rose, ship, 1828-1838
    • Box 7 Folder 169 Rose, merchant vessel, 1805
    • Box 8 Folder 170 Russell, ship, undated
    • Box 8 Folder 171 Sacramento, schooner, 1854
    • Box 8 Folder 172 Sankaty, steamer, 1931
    • Box 8 Folder 173 Sarah, ship, 1839-1845
    • Box 8 Folder 174 Sarah Parker, packet, 1941
    • Box 8 Folder 177 Scotland, ship, 1849, 1850
    • Box 8 Folder 178 Sea Queen, bark, 1867-1868
    • Box 8 Folder 179 Sophia, schooner, 1847-1850
    • Box 8 Folder 180 Spartan, ship, 1853
    • Box 8 Folder 181 Speedwell, sloop, 1784-1787
    • Box 8 Folder 182 Spermo, ship, undated
    • Box 8 Folder 183 Statira, brig, 1815, 1867
    • Box 8 Folder 184 Sukey, ship, 1808-1811
    • Box 8 Folder 185 Susan, ship, 1846-1852
    • Box 8 Folder 186 Tarquin, ship, 1826
    • Box 8 Folder 187 Teazer, sloop, 1836
    • Box 8 Folder 188 Thomas, ship, 1775
    • Box 8 Folder 189 Three Brothers, ship, undated
    • Box 8 Folder 190 Topaz, ship, 1808
    • Contains copies.
    • Box 8 Folder 191 Trident, ship, 1862
    • Box 8 Folder 192 Two Brothers, ship, 1823, 1967
    • Box 8 Folder 193 Tyleston, brig, 1853
    • Box 8 Folder 194 Union, brig, 1924
    • Box 8 Folder 195 Union, sloop, 1837
    • Box 8 Folder 196 Unity, sloop, 1796
    • Box 8 Folder 198 Walter Scott, ship, 1840-1844
    • Box 8 Folder 199 William and Henry, bark, 1871
    • Box 8 Folder 200: Wolga, bark, 1857
    • Box 8 Folder 201 York, ship, 1857
    • Box 8 Folder 202 Young Hero, ship, 1858, undated
    • Box 8 Folder 203 Young Eagle, ship, 1833
    • Box 8 Folder 204 Zephyr, ship, 1849
    • Box 8 Folder 205 Zone, ship
    • Box 9 Folder 206 Papers pertaining to multiple ships, foreign ships, or to ships without individual folders, 1773-1946
    • Box 9 Folder 207 Ships’ papers without reference to specific ships, 1818-1869
    • Box 9 Folder 208 List of whaling vessels belonging to and sailing from
      Nantucket, Mass., 1815-1870, 1877
    • Box 9 Folder 209 Nantucket whaling ships catalogue, 1815-1851, circa 1851
    • Box 9 Folder 210 Catalogue of Nantucket whalers, 1815-1869, circa 1869
    • Box 9 Folder 211 Notes concerning additional ships, undated
    • Box 9 Folder 212 Commercial Insurance Company minutes, 1850-1871
    • Box 9 Folder 213 List of whalers out of New Bedford, 1902-1925, undated
    • Box 9 Folder 214 Betsy, sloop, 1787
    • Box 9 Folder 215 Lima and Farmer, ships, 1811
    • Box 9 Folder 216 Manilla, brig, 1787
    • Box 9 Folder 217 Maria, ship, 1787
    • Box 9 Folder 218 Mars, ship, 1803
    • Box 9 Folder 219 Warwick, brig, 1787
    • Box 9 Folder 220 Unnamed, Undated
  • OP-15/1 Oversize ships’ papers, Acushnet to Columbus, 1794-1858
  • OP-15/2 Oversize ships’ papers, Cyrus to Joseph Maxwell, 1787-1874
  • OP-15/3 Oversize ships’ papers, Logan to Montano, 1797-1869
  • OP-15/4 Oversize ships’ papers, Monticello to Walter Scott, and directions for Savarel Course over the Sholes, circa 1790-1886

Items Separated

  • OP-15/1
  • OP-15/2
  • OP-15/3
  • OP-15/4

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018.

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