Inventory of the John Russell Thornton Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey with assistance from Margaret Brightman, Barbara Groves, and Henry Kettel; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the John Russell Thornton Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the John Russell Thornton Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
John Russell Thornton Business Records
Date Span:
1841-1894
Creator:
John Russell Thornton, 1808-1893
Mss Number:
Mss 16
Extent:
9 linear feet
Abstract:
Financial records and ship's papers of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, businessman and whaling agent, 1841-1894.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

John Russell Thornton (1808-1893) was an apothecary, merchant, and whaling agent active at New Bedford, Mass., between 1841-1894. He learned the trade of druggist from his father, Elisha Thornton (1780-1854), and was in business with his father and brother, Elisha Thornton Jr. (1815-1879), under the firm name of Elisha Thornton & Son, through 1845. Thornton then became interested in mercantile affairs and formed a business association with Wood & Nye, New Bedford, Mass., whaling agents, acting as partial owner for many vessels between 1846-1893. He also served as whaling agent for several vessels during this period.

In 1835, he married Sophia Baxter Spooner (1786-1862), daughter of Dr. Paul Spooner (1786-1862) and Sarah H. Grinnell Spooner (1789-1855). Their son, Walter Spooner Thornton (1841-1905), was partial owner of several vessels and managed his father's business affairs after his death in 1893.

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Scope and Content Note

Records in this collection chiefly concern the business activities of John Russell Thornton between 1841-1894. Financial records include day books, journals, ledgers, accounts current, and cash books, 1841-1894. These volumes contain accounts for Wood & Nye, jointly and individually; William James Rotch (1819-1893); investments in real estate, railroads, and mines by Thornton and several family members; and the settlements of estates of several family members including Elisha Thornton, Paul Spooner, Walter Sprague Spooner (ca. 1816-1841), and family associate William Rodman Rotch (1788-1860). The estate accounts for Sarah Walter Spooner Bullard (1841-1866) include accounts for her husband, John Lincoln Bullard (1840-1899), as guardian of the two children, John Thornton Bullard (1864-1927) and Sarah Spooner Bullard Delano (1866-1941). These volumes also contain accounts for family expenses and for individual members of the Thornton and Spooner families. They also include accounts for various vessels of which Thornton was a partial owner; such as Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark), Desdemona (Ship), Draco (Bark), Elizabeth (Ship), Eunice H. Adams (Brig), Illinois (Ship/Bark), Laetitia (Bark), Mount Wollaston (Ship/Bark), Stamboul (Bark), Tropic (Ship), and Windward (Ship), as well as those vessels represented by the ship's papers in individual vessels series.

Records of five vessels for which Thornton acted as agent consist of ship's papers, 1841-1869, which include correspondence; agent/owner accounts; outfitting books; crew papers and account books; insurance policies; consular and customs records; bills of exchange and of lading; bills and receipts; and volumes dealing with equipment and supplies, cargoes and of oil and bone stowed and shipped. Records for the Messenger (Ship/Bark) represent ship's papers for five voyages and also include a protest and disbursements for damage to vessel, 1853; a workmen's account book which records the names of men, hours worked and wages for preparing vessel for next voyage, 1855; and memoranda of crew promotions during 1859-1863 voyage. Records for the Montpelier (Ship) represent ship's papers for three voyages and also include protests and accounts for damages from ice storm and collision with Junior (Ship), 1856-1857, and correspondence with Daniel C. Waterman of Honolulu regarding shipping of oil and bone, condition of vessel and repairs, and accounts of vessel while in port, 1855-1857. Records for the Ocean (Ship) represent ship's papers for five voyages and also include accounts for storm damage, 1859, 1863; workmen's account books, 1856, 1865; a sketch of oil stowage, 1856; correspondence from Lyles & Polhamus & Company, New York City, N.Y. discussing sales of whalebone for gold, 1867-1868; and a letter from captain regarding mutiny aboard vessel, 1865; and a hand drawn map of the Arctic region, 1868.

Records for the Petrel (Ship) represent ship's papers for two voyages and also include accounts with Josiah Holmes Jr. & Brother, Mattapoisett, Mass., for construction of vessel, 1852-1855; protest for storm damage, 1854; sketch of oil stowage, 1853; workmen's account book, 1857; and correspondence regarding incident with Swift (Ship), 1862. Records for the Sophia Thornton (Ship) represent ship's papers for four voyages and also include correspondence, financial accounts and memoranda with Trufant, Drummond & Company, Bath, Me., concerning the construction of vessel, 1850-1851; settlement of crew member's estate, 1854-1857; a workmen's account book, 1855; and a letter describing capture of the vessel by Confederate raider Shenandoah, 1865. Records for other vessels represented in this collection for which Thornton also acted as agent are an insurance policy, 1848, and bills and receipts, 1852-1853, for the Phocion (Ship); and an outfitting book, 1853, and a Bill and receipt, 1863, for the Sea Gull (Ship).

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to the Collection

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 16 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Most of the records in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Mrs. Charles Weston on 9 April 1976 and Helen R. Gray on 2 November 1976. Records for the Ocean (Ship) were received from John M. Bullard prior to 1956. The majority of the records for the Montpelier (Ship) were purchased by the Old Dartmouth Society in August 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey with assistance from Margaret Brightman, Barbara Groves, and Henry Kettel, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 24 June 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 8 February 2012

Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Description

Series A: Financial Records, 1841-1894 [2 linear feet]
Series A contains day books, journals, ledgers, accounts current, and cash books.
Sub-series 1: Day books, 1841-1870
Box 1
Volume 1
1841-1850
Box 2
Volume 2
1864-1867
Volume 3
1868-1870
Sub-series 2: Journals, 1851-1881
Box 3
Volume 1
1851-1855
Volume 2
1864-1870
Volume 1
1878-1881
Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1854-1889
Box 4
Volume 1
1854-1864
Volume 2
Index to Volume 1
Volume 3
1864-1871
Volume 4
Index to Volume 3
Volume 5
1870-1878
Volume 6
Index to Volume 5
Box 5
Volume 7
1878-1882
Volume 8
1881-1889
Sub-series 4: Accounts Current, 1856-1869
Box 6
Volume 1
1856-1863
Volume 2
1863-1869
Volume 3
Index to Volume 2
Sub-series 5: Cash Books, 1860-1894
Box 7
Volume 1
1860-1862
Volume 2
1860-1867
Volume 3
1868-1870
Volume 4
1884-1889
Box 8
Volume 5-6
1889-1894
Series B: Messenger (Ship/Bark) Records, 1842-1865 [10 inches]
Series B consists of correspondence, agent/owner accounts, crew papers and other records for five voyages of the Messenger (Ship/Bark).
Sub-series 1: 1841-1843 Voyage, 1842
Box 9
Folder 1
Bill of sale, 1842
Sub-series 2: 1847-1851 Voyage, 1852
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1852
Sub-series 3: 1851-1855 Voyage, 1851-1855
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1851-1854
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1852-1855
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1851
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1851-1855
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 6-7
Consular records, 1851-1854
Include protests and disbursements for damage to vessel
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1853-1855
Folder 9-14
Bills and receipts, 1851-1855
Volume 2
Memoranda with cargo of whale oil listed and sales, 1854-1855
Sub-series 4: 1855-1859 Voyage, 1855-1860
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1855-1858
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1860
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1855
Volume 3
Workmen's account book, 1855
Records names of men, hours worked, and wages
SEE Series H, Sub-series 2, Volume 4
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1855-1859
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Volume 4
Crew account book, 1855-1859
Folder 6
Customs records, 1858-1859
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1855, 1858
Folder 8
Bills of lading, 1859
Folder 9-12
Bills and receipts, 1855-1859
Volume 5-6
Memoranda on casks and equipment stored aboard vessel, 1855
Volume 7
Memoranda on rigging and recruits, 1855
Volume 8
Memoranda on cargo and storage after landing, 1859
Folder 13
Sketch of oil stowed, ca. 1859
Sub-series 5: 1859-1863 Voyage, 1859-1865
Box 10
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1859-1862
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1865
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1859
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1859-1863
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Volume 3
Crew accounts, 1859-1863
Volume 4
Crew accounts, 1859-1863
SEE Series B, Sub-series 4, Volume 3
Volume 5
Memoranda on crew promotions, 1860-1863
Folder 6
Consular records, 1859-1863
Folder 7
Customs records, 1861-1863
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1859-1862
Folder 9-12
Bills and receipts, 1859-1864
Volume 6
Memoranda on oil stowed, 1860-1863
Volume 7-10
Memoranda on casks, equipment, and oil stowed, 1859-1863
Folder 13
Memoranda of stores, 1859
Series C: Montpelier (Ship) Records, 1848-1862 [1 linear foot]
Series C contains correspondence, agent/owner accounts, crew papers, and other records for three voyages of the Montpelier (Ship).
Sub-series 1: 1847-1850 Voyage, 1848-1849
Box 11
Folder 1
Consular records, 1848-1849
Folder 2
Customs records, 1849
Folder 3
Bills and receipts, 1848-1849
Sub-series 2: 1850-1853 Voyage, 1850-1856
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1851-1852
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1850-1853
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1850
Folder 3-6
Crew papers, 1850-1853
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 7
Consular records, 1851-1852
Folder 8
Customs records, 1850-1852
Folder 9
Bills of exchange, 1851-1852
Folder 10
Bills of lading, 1851
Folder 11-17
Bills and receipts, 1850-1853
Volume 3
Memoranda of oil and bone sent home and sold, 1852
Volume 4
Memoranda of oil sold, 1853-1856
Sub-series 3: 1853 Voyage, 1853-1862
Box 12
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1853-1857
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853-1862
Folder 6-7
Crew papers, 1853-1858
Volume 1
Crew accounts, 1853-1857
Folder 8-10
Consular records, 1853-1857
Include protest, survey, and disbursements for damages from storm collision with Junior (Ship)
Folder 11
Customs records, 1854-1857
Folder 12
Bills of exchange, 1853-1857
Folder 13
Bills of lading, 1856-1857
Folder 14-19
Bills and receipts, 1853-1861
Series D: Ocean (Ship) Records, 1849-1869 [2 linear feet]
Series D consists of correspondence, agent/owner accounts, crew papers, and other records for five voyages of the Ocean.
Sub-series 1: 1849-1853 Voyage, 1849-1853
Box 13
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1853
Volume 1
Outfitting book, ca. 1849
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1850, 1853
Volume 2
Memoranda on equipment aboard vessel, 1849
Sub-series 2: 1853-1856 Voyage, 1853-1862
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1853-1856
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853-1856
Volume 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853
Volume 2-4
Outfitting books, 1853
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1853-1862
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 6
Consular records, 1853-1856
Folder 7
Customs records, 1853-1856
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1854, 1856
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1853-1854
Folder 10-12
Bills and receipts, 1853-1856
Volume 5-6
Memoranda on oil sent home and stowed aboard, 1853-1856
Volume 7
Accounts of oil sold, 1854-1858
Sub-series 3: 1856-1859 Voyage, 1856-1859
Box 14
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1856-1859
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1856-1859
Include accounts for damage done by whirlwind
Volume 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1856
SEE Series D, Sub-series 2, Volume 1
Volume 2-3
Outfitting books, 1856
Volume 4
Workmen's account book, 1856
Records names of men, hours worked, and wages
Folder 3-7
Crew papers, 1855-1859
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 8-11
Bills and receipts, 1856-1859
Volume 5
Memoranda of casks stowed aboard vessel, 1856
Volume 6
Memoranda on cargo of oil aboard, 1856-1859
Folder 12
Sketch of oil stowage, 1856
Sub-series 4: 1859-1865 Voyage, 1859-1867
Box 15
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1860-1865
Folder 3-4
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1865
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1859
Folder 5-8
Crew papers, 1859-1867
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 9-11
Consular records, 1860-1865
Protests for storm damage survey and disbursements for repairs
Folder 12
Customs records, 1859-1865
Folder 13
Insurance policies, 1863
Folder 14
Bills of exchange, 1865
Folder 15
Bills of lading, 1863, 1865
Box 16
Folder 16-22
Bills and receipts, 1859-1865
Volume 3
Memoranda of casks stowed aboard vessel, 1859-1865
Volume 4-5
Memoranda on cargo of oil aboard, 1865
Folder 23
Sketch of oil stowed, 1859
Sub-series 5: 1865-1869 Voyage, 1865-1869
Box 17
Folder 1-3
Correspondence, 1865-1868
Includes letter from Lyles & Polhamus & Company, New York City, N.Y., regarding selling whalebone for gold
Folder 4
Agent/Owner accounts, 1865-1869
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1865
Volume 4
Workmen's account book, 1865
Records names of men and hours worked
Folder 5-8
Crew papers, 1865-1869
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 9
Consular records, 1866-1869
Folder 10
Customs records, 1865-1869
Folder 11
Insurance policies, 1866-1867
Folder 12
Bills of exchange, 1866-1868
Folder 13
Bills of lading, 1865-1867
Box 18
Folder 14-20
Bills and receipts, 1865-1869
Volume 1-2
Memoranda of oil aboard vessel, 1867, 1869
Folder 21
Inventory of equipment and supplies aboard vessel, 1869
Folder 22
Map of Arctic region drawn by first mate, 1868
Series E: Petrel (Ship) Records, 1852-1867 [1 linear foot]
Series E contains correspondence, agent/owner accounts, crew papers, and other records for two voyages of the Petrel (Ship).
Sub-series 1: 1853-1857 Voyage, 1852-1863
Box 19
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1854-1857
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner accounts, 1852-1861
Include accounts for construction of vessel with Josiah Holmes Jr. & Brother, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1853
Folder 6-8
Crew papers, 1853-1857
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Volume 3
Crew accounts, 1853-1863
Folder 9
Consular records, 1854-1856
Protest for storm damage to vessel
Folder 10
Customs records, 1853-1856
Folder 11
Bills of exchange, 1854-1856
Folder 12
Bills of lading, 1854-1857
Box 20
Folder 13-19
Bills and receipts, 1853-1857
Volume 4
Memoranda of cargo of oil and bone aboard, 1857-1861
Volume 5-6
Memoranda of oil and bone shipped, 1854-1857
Folder 20
Cask plan, 1853
Sub-series 2: 1857-1862 Voyage, 1857-1867
Box 21
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1857-1862
Includes letters regarding incident with Swift (Ship)
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner accounts, 1857-1865
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1857
Volume 3
Workmens' account book, 1857
Records names of men and hours worked. Also lists equipment and supplies purchased
Folder 6-8
Crew papers, 1857-1867
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Volume 4
Crew accounts, 1857-1862
SEE Series D, Sub-series 1, Volume 3
Volume 5
Crew accounts, 1857-1862
Include ship's accounts at foreign ports
Volume 6
Crew accounts, 1862
Folder 9
Sea Letter, 1857
Folder 10
Consular records, 1857-1862
Folder 11
Bills of exchange, 1859-1861
Folder 12
Bill of lading, 1859
Box 22
Folder 13-18
Bills and receipts, 1857-1864
Volume 7
Memoranda on casks and equipment stored aboard vessel, 1857
Volume 8
Memoranda on cargo of oil aboard and settlement, 1862
Series F: Phocion (Ship) Records, 1848-1853 [25 items]
Series F consists of an insurance policy along with bills and receipts for two voyages of the Phocion (Ship).
Sub-series 1: 1846-1849 Voyage, 1848
Folder 1
Insurance policy, 1848
Sub-series 2: 1849-1853 Voyage, 1852-1853
Folder 1
Bills and receipts, 1852-1853
Series G: Sea Gull (Ship) Records, 1853-1863 [2 items]
Series G contains an outfitting book as well as a bill and receipt for two voyages of the Sea Gull (Ship).
Sub-series 1: 1853-1857 Voyage, 1853
Box 23
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1853
Sub-series 2: 1858-1863 Voyage, 1863
Folder 1
Bill and receipt, 1863
Series H: Sophia Thornton (Ship) Records, 1850-1869 [2 linear feet]
Series H consists of correspondence, agent/owner accounts, crew papers, and other records for four voyages of the Sophia Thornton (Ship).
Sub-series 1: 1851-1855 Voyage, 1850-1857
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1850-1851
Concerns construction of vessel by Trufant, Drummond & Company of Bath, Maine
Also includes financial accounts
Volume 1-3
Memoranda concerning construction of vessel, 1850-1851
Includes specifications and lists of equipment and supplies
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1851-1855
Folder 4
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1856
Volume 4-6
Outfitting books, 1851
Folder 5-8
Crew papers, 1851-1857
Include correspondence and financial accounts for settlement of the estate of John Gonsalves
Also includes Whalemen's Shipping Paper and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Volume 7
Crew accounts, 1851-1855
Folder 9
Consular records, 1851-1855
Folder 10
Customs records, 1851-1855
Folder 11
Bills of exchange, 1851-1855
Folder 12
Bills of lading, 1851-1854
Box 24
Folder 13-16
Bills and receipts, 1851-1855
Volume 8
Memoranda on casks and equipment stored aboard vessel, 1851
Volume 9
Memoranda of oil shipped and sales, 1853
Volume 10-11
Memoranda of cargo of oil aboard vessel and sales, 1855
Folder 17
Cask plan and sketches of draft of decks, 1851
Sub-series 2: 1855-1859 Voyage, 1855-1859
Box 25
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1855-1859
Folder 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1859
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1855
Volume 4
Workmen's account book, 1855
Records names of men, hours worked, and wages
Folder 4-7
Crew papers, 1855-1859
Includes Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Volume 5
Crew accounts, 1851-1859
SEE Series H, Sub-series 1, Volume 7
Folder 8
Sea Letter, 1855
Folder 9
Consular records, 1856-1859
Folder 10
Bills of exchange, 1855-1859
Folder 11
Bills of lading, 1855-1859
Folder 12-16
Bills and receipts, 1855-1859
Volume 6
Memoranda of casks, equipment, and supplies aboard vessel, 1855
Volume 7-8
Memoranda of oil shipped home and shipped aboard vessel, 1856-1857, 1859
Volume 9
Memoranda of cargo of oil aboard vessel and sales, 1859
Sub-series 3: 1860-1864 Voyage, 1859-1867
Box 26
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1860-1865
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1867
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1860
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1860-1864
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Volume 3
Crew accounts, 1860-1864
SEE Series H, Sub-series 1, Volume 7
Folder 6
Consular records, 1860-1864
Folder 7
Customs records, 1864
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1862
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1860-1861
Folder 10-13
Bills and receipts, 1859-1866
Volume 4-5
Memoranda of casks, equipment, and supplies aboard vessel, 1860
Volume 6
Memoranda of cargo of oil aboard vessel and sales, 1864
Sub-series 4: 1864 Voyage, 1864-1869
Box 27
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1864-1865
Includes description of capture by Confederate raider Shenandoah
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1864-1867
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1864
Folder 3
Crew papers, 1864-1865
Volume 3
Crew accounts, 1864-1869
SEE series H, Sub-series 1, Volume 7
Folder 4
Customs records, 1864-1865
Folder 5
Bills of exchange, 1865-1868
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1864-1868
Volume 3
Memoranda of casks, equipment, and supplies aboard vessel, 1864

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1841-1894
Alabama Claims
Australia--Commerce--United States
Bath, Me.--Industries
Bondholders--Mass.--New Bedford
Bonds--Mass.--New Bedford
Bullard, John Lincoln, 1840-1899
Bullard, John Thornton, 1864-1927
Bullard, Sarah Walter Spooner, 1841-1866
Bullard, Sarah Walter Spooner, 1841-1866--Estate
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Capture at sea
Collisions at sea
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Consular documents
Contracts--Mass.--New Bedford
Cost and standard of living--Mass.--New Bedford
Decedents' estates--Mass.--New Bedford
Delano, Sarah Spooner Bullard, 1866-1941
Diplomatic and consular service in Hawaii
Diplomatic and consular service in New Zealand
Elisha Thornton & Son, New Bedford, Mass.
England--Commerce--United States
Food prices--Mass.--New Bedford
Gold buying
Great Britain--Commerce--United States
Guardian and ward--Mass.--New Bedford
Hawaii--Commerce
Hawaii--Consular and diplomatic service
Hours of labor--Mass.--New Bedford
Investments--Mass.--New Bedford
Josiah Holmes Jr. & Brother, Mattapoisett, Mass.
Labor contracts--Mass.—New Bedford
Lyles & Polhamus & Company, New York City, N. Y.
Marine protests
Mauritius--Commerce--United States
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Mining industry and finance--Mass.--New Bedford
Missionaries--Tahiti
Mutiny--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Zealand--Commerce--United States
New Zealand--Diplomatic and consular service
Nye, Willard, 1811-1865
Ocean mutiny, 1865
Packard, Sarah E, fl. 1855-1870
Pharmacists--Mass.--New Bedford
Powell, Susan G Spooner, fl. 1860-1884
Railroads--Mass.--New Bedford--Finance
Real estate investment--Mass.--New Bedford
Rotch, William James, 1819-1893
Rotch, William Rodman, 1788-1860--Estate
Seizure of vessels and cargoes
Ship chandlers--Mass.—New Bedford
Ship's papers
Ship-building workers--Mass.--New Bedford
Shipbuilding--Contracts and specifications—Me.--Bath
Shipbuilding--Mass.--Mattapoisett
Shipbuilding--Me.--Bath
Shipmasters--Mass.--New Bedford
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Ships--Maintenance and repair
Shipwrecks--Mass.---New Bedford
Trufant, Drummond & Company, Bath, Me.

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Vessel Names

Alfred Gibbs (Bark)
Alfred Gibbs (Ship)
Bartholomew Gosnold (Bark)
Bartholomew Gosnold (Ship)
Desdemona (Ship)
Draco (Bark)
Elizabeth (Ship)
Eunice H. Adams (Brig)
Illinois (Bark)
Illinois (Ship)
Junior (Ship)
Laetitia (Bark)
Messenger (Bark)
Messenger (Ship)
Montpelier (Ship)
Mount Wollaston (Bark)
Mount Wollaston (Ship)
Ocean (Bark)
Ocean (Ship)
Petrel (Ship)
Phocion (Ship)
Sea Gull (Ship)

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