Inventory of the J. B. Wood & Company Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark ProcknikFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the J. B. Wood & 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

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Inventory of the J. B. Wood & Company Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
J. B. Wood & Company Records
Date Span:
1845-1873
Creator:
J. B. Wood & Company
Mss Number:
Mss 75
Extent:
2.5 inches
Abstract:
Correspondence and ship's papers, including crew accounts and consular records of New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling agent, 1845-1873
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

J. B. Wood & Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was established in about 1842 and engaged in the whaling industry as agents and owners of several vessels. The firm was comprised of James B. Wood (1809-1872) and his brother, Charles L. Wood (1813-1881), both of whom had previously been captains of whaling vessels. They acted as agents for such ships as Arnolda, Lemuel C. Richmond, Metacom, and Oliver Crocker. The firm ceased to function upon the death of James B. Wood in 1872.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection reflect the activities of J. B. Wood & Company in the whaling industry at New Bedford, Massachusetts, from 1845-1873. The ship's papers, 1845-1873, consist of crew accounts including settlements of voyage with captain, crew, and owners; sales accounts of oil and bone, and oil stowage plans; consular records; containing protests for damage to vessels; correspondence; and insurance policies. The other series of this collection consists of correspondence, 1845-1847, between the company and a Peter Rogerson regarding treasure buried at the Cocos Islands in the Pacific Ocean and discusses plans for recovering the monies.

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

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Some of the materials in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Charles R. Phillips Sr. on 30 April 1965.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 21 December 2011

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

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Description

Series A: Ship's Papers, 1845-1873 [14 items]
Sub-series 1: Arnolda (Ship/Bark) Records, 1848-1873
Box 1
Volume 1
Crew accounts, 1848-1868
Folder 1
Sea Letter, 1867
Folder 2
Consular records, 1872-1873
Protests by captain on damage done to vessel by ice
Sub-series 2: Citizen (Ship) Records, 1850
Folder 1
Crew list, 1850
Sub-series 3: Lemuel C. Richmond (Ship) Records, 1861
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1861
Crew member's father attempting to settle his estate from 1851-1857 voyage
Sub-series 4: Metacom (Ship) Records, 1845-1857
Folder 1
Seamen protection paper, 1845
Folder 2
Insurance policies, 1848, 1849, 1857
Sub-series 5: Oliver Crocker (Ship) Records, 1858-1862
Folder 1
Crew accounts, 1858
Folder 2
Consular records, 1862
Protests by captain and crew on damage to vessel by pilot upon entering harbor at Tahiti
Sub-series 6: Superior (Bark) Records, 1861
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1861
Concerning loss of vessel and insurance
Series B: Correspondence, 1845-1847, 1871 [8 items]
Folder 1
1845-1847
Folder 2
1871
Concerning loss of Gayhead, Oliver Crocker, and Navy, along with insurance.

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1848-1868
Buried treasure SEE Treasure-trove
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
J. B. Wood & Company
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Ship's papers
Sunken treasure SEE Treasure-trove
Treasure-trove--Mass.--New Bedford
Whalers
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents
Wood, Charles L., 1813-1881
Wood, James B., 1809-1872

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Vessel Names

Arnolda (Bark)
Arnolda (Ship)
Citizen (Ship)
Lemuel C. Richmond (Ship)
Metacom (Ship)
Oliver Crocker (Ship)
Superior (Bark)

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