Inventory of the Wood & Nye Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Barbara E. Austen, with assistance from Henry Kettell and Barbara Groves; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark ProcknikFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Wood & Nye Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Separations List

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Wood & Nye Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Wood & Nye Records
Date Span:
1851-1874
Creator:
Wood & Nye
Mss Number:
Mss 66
Extent:
7.5 linear feet
Abstract:
Correspondence, agent/owner and crew accounts, and other ships’ papers of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, merchant and whaling agent firm, 1851-1874.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Willard Nye, the son of Obed Butler Nye, was born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1811. He moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he served as an apprentice in the store and counting room of David R. Greene, merchant. By 1836, Nye had become a partner in the firm David R. Greene & Company, which included Dennis Wood (ca. 1805-1878). The independent merchant firm of Wood & Nye was established by 1850 and served as both merchant and whaling agent for vessels in which they owned the controlling interest, such as the Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark), Illinois (Ship), Mount Wollaston (Ship), and Two Brothers (Bark). Dennis Wood continued the business on his own for several years after Nye’s death in 1865.

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Scope and Content Note

Material in this collection consists of ships’ papers of three vessels in which Wood & Nye had a controlling interest from 1851-1874, namely the Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark), Mount Wollaston (Ship), and Two Brothers (Bark). Of particular note among these papers are letters to and from captains, crew members, and business associates as well as from parents or guardians of crew members of crew members who were minors, giving them permission to sail; agent/owner accounts, which contain information about the outfitting, overall expenses, and profits of individual whaling ventures; and crew papers, including United States and Chilean Shipping Papers, Seamen’s Protection Papers, discharge notices, agreements and other legal documents, orders of payment, and bills and receipts. Other ships’ papers in this collection consist of consular records, chiefly bills; customs records, including certificates of clearance and bills; promissory notes for insurance premiums; bills of exchange and lading; bills and receipts relating to costs of outfitting, repairing and recruiting vessels during the voyage, as well as wages paid to laborers on the vessels, such as caulkers; and memoranda concerning supplies and catches. These records have been arranged under the names of the vessel, first by voyage dates, then according to the types of documents which relate to each voyage.

The records of the Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark) and the Mount Wollaston (Ship) were part of the 1956 and 1976 accessions. The bulk of the material relating to the Two Brothers (Bark) along with one item pertaining to the Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark) was accessioned in 1992 under the accession number B92-14. Boxes 1-13 contain the first two accessions, while boxes 14-18 consist of the 1992 accession.

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 66 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

Copyright Notice

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Separations List

Removed to Log Book Collection

- Alfred Gibbs (Ship), 1859-1864; ODHS # 571
- Alfred Gibbs (Ship), 1859-1864; ODHS # 998
- Illinois (Ship), 1853-1857; ODHS # 422
- Illinois (Ship), 1859-1863; ODHS # 879B
- Two Brothers (Bark), 1858-1863; ODHS # 572

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The bulk of records for the Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark) were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Mrs. Charles Weston on April 9, 1976. Individual items for the same vessel were gifts of Helen H. Seabury on July 7, 1843 and of Charles R. Phillips, Sr., on April 30, 1965. The records of Mount Wollaston (Ship) were received from John M. Bullard before 1956, and the bulk of the records of Two Brothers (Bark) were a gift of Lyman Bullard in 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, with assistance from Henry Kettell and Barbara Groves, ca. 1982; with later accessions B92-14 incorperated into the collection and processed by Mark Procknik, 2010

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 3 June 2011

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

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Description

Series A: Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark) Records, 1851-1874 [33 inches]
Series A contains records of 5 voyages of the Alfred Gibbs (Ship/Bark)
Sub-series 1: 1851-1854 Voyage, 1851-1855
Box 1
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1851-1854
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1851-1854
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1851
Volume 2
Casks Purchased, 1851
Includes memoranda on sails
Volume 3
Labor Account, 1851
Volume 4
Memoranda Book, 1851, 1854
Includes memoranda on sails of Sophia Thornton (Ship)
Folder 6
Letter, 19 September 1861, from Captain Nichols, removed from Volume 4
Folder 7-14
Crew Papers, 1851-1854
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 15
Consular Records, 1852, 1854
Folder 16
Customs Records, 1851-1853
Folder 17
Bills of Exchange, 1852-1853
Folder 18
Bills of Lading, 1851, 1854
Folder 19
Insurance Promissory Notes, 1853-1854
Folder 20-37
Bills and Receipts, 1850-1855
Folder 38
Memoranda, 1851
Folder 39
Documents concerning the death of Dr. Arey, passenger, 1854
Sub-series 2: 1854-1858 Voyage, 1853-1859
Box 2
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1855-1858
Folder 2-3
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1854-1858
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1854
Volume 2
Memoranda Book on Provisions and Outfits, 1854
Volume 3
Labor Account, 1854
See Series A, Sub-series 1, Volume 3
Volume 4
Gauges of Oil Casks Stowed, 1854
Volume 5
Memoranda Book, 1854-1855, 1859
See Series A, Sub-series 1, Volume 3
Volume 6
Account of Oil Stowed, 1855-1858
Includes surplus slops list
Volume 7
Gages of Cargo Landed and Sold, 1858
Volume 8
Account of Returns, 1858-1859
Folder 4-13
Crew Accounts, 1854-1858
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Box 14
Folder 38
Crew Papers, 1853
Box 2
Folder 14
Consular Records, 1855-1858
Folder 15
Customs Records, 1854-1858
Folder 16
Lease of Chronometer, 1856
Folder 17
Bills of Exchange, 1857-1858
Folder 18
Bill of Lading, 1857
Folder 19-36
Bills and Receipts, 1854-1859
Folder 37
Memoranda on Crew's Orders of Payment, ca. 1854
Sub-series 3: 1859-1864 Voyage, 1856-1864
Box 3
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1859-1863
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1859-1864
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1859
Volume 2
Memoranda Book of Provisions and Outfits, 1859
See Series A, Sub-series 2, Volume 2
Volume 3
Labor Account, 1859
See Series A, Sub-series 1, Volume 2
Volume 4
Gauges of Casks Purchased on Board, 1859
Volume 5
Gauges of Oil received and Sold, 1862-1863
Volume 6
"Cargo Book," 1864
Volume 7
Gauges of Oil Landed and Sold, 1864
Includes memoranda on "yellow metal" used on vessel each voyage, 1851-1870
Folder 6-15
Crew Papers, 1856-1864
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers, Chilean Shipping Papers, and Seamens' Protection Papers
Folder 16
Consular Records, 1860-1862
Folder 17
Customs Records, 1864
Folder 18
Bills of Exchange, 1862-1863
Folder 19
Bills of Lading, 1861-1863
Folder 20
Insurance Promissory Notes, 1861-1862
Folder 21-38
Bills and Receipts, 1858-1864
Folder 39
Memoranda, 1859
Sub-series 4: 1865-1869 Voyage, 1864-1871
Box 4
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1865-1869
Folder 3-4
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1864-1869
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1864
Volume 2
Memoranda Book, 1864-1869
Includes notes on "yellow metal" and spars from 1859-1864 voyage
Volume 3
Cask Book, 1865
Volume 4
Gauges of oil casks purchased, landed, and sold, 1865-1869
See Series A, Sub-series 3, Volume 7
Volume 5
Outfitting Book, ca. 1865
Folder 5-17
Crew Papers, 1865-1870
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Paper and Chilean Shipping Papers
Folder 18
Consular Records, 1866
Folder 19
Customs Records, 1865, 1869
Folder 20
Survey Order, 1869
Folder 21
Bills of Exchange, 1865-1869
Folder 22
Bills of Lading, 1865-1869
Folder 23
Insurance Promissory Note, 1865
Folder 24-39
Bills and Receipts, 1864-1871
Folder 40
Memoranda, 1865, ca. 1869
Sub-series 5: 1870-1873 Voyage, 1869-1874
Box 5-6
Folder 1-3
Correspondence, 1870-1873
Includes letter from Providence Reform School regarding employment of young man as crew member on vessel
Folder 4
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1870-1874
Volume 1
Memoranda Book, 1869-1873
See Series A, Sub-series 4, Volume 2
Volume 2-3
Cask Books, 1870
Includes memoranda on sails and provisions
Volume 4
Outfitting Book, ca. 1870
Volume 5
Account Book, 1870-1873
Includes lists of sloops, provisions, and supplies
Includes list of crew and advances
Includes disbursement accounts
Folder 5
Memoranda removed from Volume 5
Folder 6-17
Crew papers, 1870-1874
Includes Whalemens' Shipping papers
Folder 18
Consular Records, 1870-1873
Folder 19-20
Customs Records, 1870, 1873
Includes Sea Letter
Folder 21
Bills of Exchange, 1870-1873
Folder 22
Bills of Lading, 1870, 1872
Folder 23
Insurance Promissory Notes, 1870-1871
Folder 24-41
Bills and Receipts, 1869-1874
Folder 42
Memoranda, 1870
Series B: Mount Wollaston (Ship) Records, 1853-1871 [30 inches]
Series B contains records of 3 voyages of the Mount Wollaston (Ship).
Sub-series 1: 1853-1857 Voyage, 1853-1859
Box 7-9
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1853-1857
Folder 3-4
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1853-1857
Volume 1
Account Book, 1853
Volume 2
Outfitting Book, 1853
Volume 3
Labor Book, 1853
Volume 4
Cask Book, 1853
Volume 5
Memoranda Book, 1853-1856
Volume 6
Account of Provisions Stowed, 1853-1857
Volume 7
Gauges of Oil Stored and Sold, 1854-1858
Volume 8
"Returns," 1857-1858
Includes account of labor and memoranda
Volume 9
Gauges of Oil Sold, 1857-1859
Folder 5-20
Crew Papers, 1853-1857
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 21
Consular Records, 1856
Folder 22
Customs Records, 1854-1857
Folder 23
Bills of Exchange, 1854-1857
Folder 24
Bills of Lading, 1857
Folder 25-61
Bills and Receipts, 1853-1857
Folder 62
Memoranda, ca. 1857
Sub-series 2: 1858-1862 Voyage, 1856-1862
Box 10
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1858-1862
Folder 2
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1857-1862
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1858
Volume 2
Memoranda Book, 1858
Volume 3
Labor Book, 1858
See Series B, Sub-series 2, Volume 7
Volume 4
Cask Book, 1858, 1862
Volume 5
Disbursement Account, 1858-1862
See Series B, Sub-series 2, Volume 7
Volume 6
"Cargo Book," 1862-1863
Folder 3-11
Crew Papers, 1856-1862
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Seamens' Protection Papers
Volume 7
Crew Accounts, 1856-1862
Folder 12
Items removed from Volume 7
Folder 13
Consular Records, 1859-1862
Folder 14
Bill of Exchange, 1861
Folder 15
Bill of Lading, 1862
Folder 16-33
Bills and Receipts,
Folder 34
Memoranda, 1858-ca. 1860
Sub-series 3: 1862-1867 Voyage, 1862-1871
Box 11-13
Folder 1-2
Correspondence, 1863-1866
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1863-1866
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1862
Volume 2
Gauges of Oil Sent Home, 1865-1867
See Series A, Sub-series 3, Volume 5
Volume 3
Gauges of Oil Landed and Sold, 1867
Folder 6-17
Crew Papers, 1862-1867
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Papers
Folder 18
Consular Records, 1863-1866
Folder 19-20
Customs Records, 1863-1867
Folder 21
Bills of Sale, 1862-1863
Folder 22
Survey, 1867
Folder 23-25
Bills of Exchange, 1863-1866
Folder 26
Bills of Lading, 1864-1866
Folder 27
Insurance Promissory Notes, 1865-1866
Folder 28-58
Bills and Receipts, 1862-1867
Folder 59
Memoranda, 1862-1866
Series C: Two Brothers (Bark) Records, 1837, 1847-1864, 1871-1872 [27 inches]
Series C contains records from 4 voyages and two documents from 2 additional voyages
Sub-series 1: 1847-1851 Voyage, 1847-1851, 1858
Box 14
Volume 1
Cask Book, 1847
Volume 2
Ground Tier Storage, 1847
Includes casks stowed
Volume 3
Memorandum Book, 1841-1851, 1858
Includes notes on "yellow metal," 1858, written on bottom
Folder 1
Lays paid of crew, 1847
Sub-series 2: 1851-1854 Voyage, 1851-1854
Box 15
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1851
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1852
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1853-1854
Folder 4-5
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1851
Folder 6
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1852-1853
Folder 7
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1854
Volume 1
Cask book, 1851-1854
Volume 2
Old casks stowed, 1851
Volume 3
Account of cargo, 1852-1853
Volume 4
Cargo book, 1853-1854
Volume 5
Memorandum book, 1851-1853
Folder 8
Crew papers, 1851-1854
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers, Crew List, and Seaman's Protection Paper
Volume 6
Labor book, 1851, 1854, 1858
Contains notes on 1854-1858 voyage and 1858-1863 voyage
Folder 9
Consular records, 1852
Folder 10
Customs records, 1852
Folder 11
Bills of exchange, 1851, 1853
Folder 12
Bills of lading
Folder 13-17
Bills and receipts, 1851
Folder 18
Bills and receipts, 1852
Folder 19
Bills and receipts, 1853
Folder 20
Bills and receipts, 1854
Sub-series 3: 1854-1858 Voyage, 1854-1858
Box 16
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1854
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1855
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1856
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1857-1858
Folder 5-6
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1854-1858
Volume 1
Accounts of casks stowed, 1854-1856
Volume 2
Outfitting book, 1854
Volume 3
Memorandum Book, 1857-1858
Folder 7
Crew Lists, 1854-1856
Contains Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 8-9
Crew Papers, 1854-1855
Contains Seamen's Protection Papers
Folder 10
Crew Papers, 1856-1857
Contains Seamen's Protection Papers
Folder 11
Crew Papers, 1858
Contains Seamen's Protection Papers
Folder 12
Bills of Exchange, 1854-1858
Folder 13
Bills of Lading, 1856-1857
Folder 14
Insurance promissory notes, 1853-1857
Folder 15-19
Bills and Receipts, 1854
Folder 20
Bills and Receipts, 1855
Folder 21-22
Bills and Receipts, 1856
Folder 23-24
Bills and Receipts, 1857
Folder 25
Bills and Receipts, 1858
Sub-series 4: 1858-1863 Voyage, 1858-1864
Box 17
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1858-1860
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1861-1863
Folder 3-5
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1858-1864
Volume 1
Account Book, 1858
Volume 2
Account Book, 1858-1863
Volume 3
Outfitting Book, 1854
Volume 4
Gauges of sperm oil landed, 1858
Volume 5
Cargo landed, 1863
Volume 6
Returns of oil, 1863
Volume 7
Memorandum Book, 1861
Includes notes on shipment of sperm oil
Folder 6
Consular Records, 1862-1863
Folder 7
Contract for Levi Wepquish to serve on voyage,
Box 18
Folder 8-9
Crew Papers, 1858
Contains Whalemen's Shipping Papers
Folder 10
Crew Papers, 1859
Contains Seamen's Protection Papers
Folder 11
Crew Papers, 1862
Contains Seamen's Protection Papers
Folder 12
Crew Papers, 1863
Folder 13
Customs Records, 1858, 1863
Folder 14
Bill of Exchange, 1861
Folder 15
Bill of Lading, 1860
Folder 16
Bill of Health, 1858
Folder 17
Insurance Promissory Note, 1863
Folder 18-22
Bills and Receipts, 1858
Folder 23
Bills and Receipts, 1859
Folder 24
Bills and Receipts, 1860
Folder 25
Bills and Receipts, 1861
Folder 26-27
Bills and Receipts, 1862
Folder 28
Bills and Receipts, 1863-1864
Sub-series 5: Additional Voyages, 1837, 1871-1872
Folder 1
Cask Notes, 1837
Folder 2
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1871-1872

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Massachusetts--1858-1873
Business records--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Consular documents
Customs administration--Hawaii
Customs administration--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Massachusetts--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Massachusetts--New Bedford
New Bedford, Massachusetts--Commerce
Nye, Willard, 1811-1865
Ship-building workers--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Shipmasters--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Ship’s papers
Wages--Ship-building workers--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Whale-oil
Whalebone
Whalers
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford--Agents
Wood & Nye (New Bedford, Mass.)
Wood, Dennis, ca. 1805-1878

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Vessel Names

Alfred Gibbs (Bark)
Alfred Gibbs (Ship)
Mount Wollaston (Ship)
Two Brothers (Bark)

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