Inventory of the Charles R. Tucker & Company Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Barbara E. Austen; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Charles R. Tucker & Company Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Charles R. Tucker & Company Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Charles R. Tucker & Company Records
Date Span:
1836-1907
Creator:
Charles R. Tucker & Company
Mss Number:
Mss 57
Extent:
8 inches
Abstract:
Chiefly ship's papers of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling agent and merchant firm, 1836-1907.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Charles Russell Tucker was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1809. He began working in the counting room of Isaac Howland Jr. & Company, merchants and whaling agents of New Bedford in 1830. By 1836, Tucker was acting as an independent agent and established a partnership with Edward D. Mandell (1821-1897) known as Charles R. Tucker & Company in 1844. This firm acted as agent for such whaling vessels as the Benjamin Tucker (Ship), Canton (Ship/Bark), Nye (Bark), and St. Peter (Bark) until Tucker's death in 1876. At that time, his son, John Fry Tucker (1839-1886), inherited the business and kept Mandell as a partner, calling the firm John F. Tucker & Company. They acted as agent for such vessels as the Bark Bertha and the Ship California.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection reflects the business activities of Charles R. Tucker & Company and its successor, John F. Tucker & Company, active at New Bedford, Massachusetts between the years 1836 and 1886. This material encompasses ship's papers of eighteen vessels for which both firms acted as agent. Of particular note are the records of the Nye (Bark), spanning the years 1860 to 1888. The bulk of the records for the Nye consist of testimonies, judgments, awards, correspondence, and financial records concerning claims resulting from the burning of the vessel by the Confederate raider Alabama in 1863. Other ship's papers, dating 1836-1891, include agent/owner accounts; crew papers, including Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles; customs and consular records, including a protest concerning damage suffered by the Marcella (Bark); insurance policies; and related records. This collection also contains a power of attorney certificate, 1882, naming Charles R. Tucker, among others, attorneys in collecting the Alabama claim for a crew member of the Altamaha (Brig); stock certificates for shares held by Charles R. Tucker & Company and by Tucker and Edward Mandell individually in mining companies and local industries, 1849-1872; and a membership certificate, dated 1907.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to Collections

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 57, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Individual items in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Frank B. Ballou on 4 September 1947, James H. Gifford on 21 September 1957, Lawrence Romaine on 16 June 1964, and by Stuart C. Sherman.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 04 June 2012; box list appended by Caitlin Hayes, 24 July 2012

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

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Description

Series A: Ship's Papers, 1836-1891 [5 inches]
Series A contains records of eighteen vessels
Sub-series 1: Adeline (Ship) Records, 1868
Box 1
Folder 1
Settlement of voyage, 1868
Sub-series 2: Alice Mandell (Ship) Records, 1856
Folder 1
Hawaiian Shipping Articles, 1856
Sub-series 3: Arabella (Ship) Records, 1849
Folder 1
Receipts for sums paid by Benjamin Cummings, 1849
Sub-series 4: Bartholomew Gosnold (Bark) Records, 1872, 1880
Folder 1
Customs records in Japanese, circa 1872
Folder 2
Insurance policy, 1880
Folder 3
Bill in Japanese, 1872
Sub-series 5: Benjamin Tucker (Ship) Records, 1839
Folder 1
Whalemen's shipping paper, 1839
Folder 2
Insurance policy, 1839
Sub-series 6: Bertha (Bark) Records, 1888-1891
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1888-1891
Sub-series 7: Brighton (Ship) Records, 1845
Folder 1
Bill of lading, 1845
Sub-series 8: California (Ship) Records, 1875-1886
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1875-1886
John F. Tucker, agent
Sub-series 9: Canton (Ship/Bark) Records, 1841,1869-1892
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1879-1892
Folder 2
Crew discharge, 1869
Folder 3
Sea Letter, 1870
Folder 4
Bill of Sale, 1841
Sub-series 10: Globe (Bark) Records, 1864
Folder 1
Crew receipts, 1864
Sub-series 11: Greyhound (Bark) Records, 1866-1884
Folder 1
Sketch of vessel, 1884
Volume 1
Crew accounts, 1866-1871
Includes outfitting accounts
See Series A, Sub-series 16, Volume 3
Folder 2
Shipping articles, 1866
Folder 3
Bill, 1871
Folder 1
Bill of sale, 1866
Folder 2
Insurance polices, 1862-1870
Sub-Series 13: Marcella (Bark) Records, 1840, 1844, 1860, 1879
Folder 1
Whalemen's shipping paper, 1840, 1844
Folder 2
Protest, survey and financial accounts concerning damages from stormy weather, 1879
Folder 3
Bill, 1860
Sub-series 14: Minerva (Bark) Records, 1836-1840
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1839
Folder 1
Whalemen's shipping papers, 1836-1840
Folder 2
Bill of Sale, 1836
Folder 3
Invoice of slops, 1840
Sub-series 15: Napoleon (Bark) Records, 1864
Folder 1
Insurance promissory note, 1864
Sub-series 16: Nye (Bark) Records, 1860-1888
Box 2
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1874-1877
Concerns Alabama claims
Volume 1
Outfitting account, 1860-1861
Folder 2
Memoranda removed from Volume 1
Folder 3
Agent/ owner accounts, 1876-1877
Cash paid owners from claim settlements
Volume 2
Bank account, 1876-1877
Volume 3
Claim settlement accounts, 1876-1880
Folder 4-5
Crew paper's, 1860-circa. 1863
Include Whalemen's Shipping Papers
Folder 6
Power of attorney certificates, 1876
Folder 7
Bill, H.R. 2714, 1871
Concerns awarding of Alabama claims
Folder 8
Certificates concerning testimonies, 1874
Folder 9
Testimonies, 1876
Folder 10
Court judgements and award of claims, 1876
Folder 11-13
Settlement checks, 1876-1881, 1888
Folder 14
Bills, 1860
Folder 15
Memoranda, circa 1874
Sub-series 17: St. Peter (Bark) Records, 1852, 1854
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1854
Folder 2
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1852
Folder 3
Certificate of protest, 1854
Folder 4
Bills of lading, 1854
Folder 5
Bills, 1854
Sub-series 18: Three Brothers (Ship/Bark) Records, 1865-1870
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1865-1870
Series B: Power of Attorney Certificate, 1882 [1 item]
Folder 1
Concerning Alabama claim of Altamaha (Brig), 1882
Series C: Stock Certificates, 1849-1872 [12 items]
Folder 1-2
1849-1872
Series D: Membership Certificate, 1907 [1 item]
Folder 1
Arthur L. Tucker for membership in the Lincoln Farm Association, 1907

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1866-1880
Alabama claims
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.-New Bedford--Policies
John F. Tucker & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Mandell, Edward D., 1821-1897
Marine protests
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Ship's papers
Tucker, Charles Russell, 1809-1876
Tucker, John Fry, 1839-1886
United States--Claims against Great Britain
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Claims
Whalers
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents

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Vessel Names

Adeline (Ship)
Alice Mandell (Ship)
Altamaha (Brig)
Arabella (Ship)
Bartholomew Gosnold (Bark)
Benjamin Tucker (Ship)
Bertha (Bark)
Brighton (Ship)
California (Ship)
Canton (Bark)
Canton (Ship)
Globe (Bark)
Greyhound (Bark)
Hibernia (Ship)
Marcella (Bark)
Minerva (Bark)
Napoleon (Bark)
Nye (Bark)
St. Peter (Bark)
Three Brothers (Bark)
Three Brothers (Ship)

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