Inventory of the Swift & Allen Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Processed by: Judith Downey with assistance from Henry Kettell; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark ProcknikFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Swift & Allen Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Administrative Information

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Inventory of the Swift & Allen Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Swift & Allen Records
Date Span:
1834-1835
Creator:
Swift & Allen
Mss Number:
Mss 78
Extent:
10 linear feet
Abstract:
Chiefly ship's papers of New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling agents, 1834-1885
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

For almost fifty years, during the most prosperous era enjoyed by the American whale fishery, Swift & Allen of New Bedford, Massachusetts, served the industry as agents, ship chandlers, and commission merchants. This organization, established in 1842 by Frederick Slocum Allen (1812-1896) and his brother-in-law Jireh Swift (1809-1905), grew out of Allen's earlier mercantile partnerships with Thomas C. Lothrop (ca. 1810-1839), 1832-1836, and Ireneus Gooding (fl. 1838), 1836-1841. Swift & Allen were major suppliers of cordage, iron ware, groceries, and other goods needed to outfit whaling vessels of New Bedford and nearby ports. In addition, the firm acted as agents for over twenty vessels from about 1844-1887, handling the outfits, accounts of crew members and masters, and sales of whale-oil, sperm oil, and whale bone for each vessel. Swift & Allen prospered with the whaling industry as a whole until after 1860, when Confederate raiders and Arctic ice caused the loss of numerous vessels and sales were beginning to feel the impact of the burgeoning petroleum industry. The firm's business activity gradually declined in the 1880s and in 1891 the partnership of Swift & Allen ended.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily consists of business records of Swift & Allen, 1840-1885. The bulk of the material consists of ship's papers generated by eighty voyages of twenty-four vessels for which Swift & Allen acted as agent. These documents include correspondence; agent/owner accounts; outfitting books; crew papers including Whalemens' Shipping Papers, Hawaiian Shipping Articles, and crew lists; consular and customs records, including marine protests; insurance policies on vessels, cargoes, and whale oil and bone shipped from vessels; bills of lading and of exchange; bills and receipts; sketches of oil stowage and cask plans; and memoranda on whales sighted and whale-oil and bone shipped.

Many of the ship's papers in the collection reflect the loss or damage to fifteen Swift & Allen vessels over a thirty-five year period. Records of the Jireh Swift (Bark) contain Alabama Claims settlements resulting from the destruction of the vessel by the Confederate raider Shenandoah in 1865. Records of the Cleone (Bark) include correspondence and records of court case for damages from owners and crew of the Timandra (Brig) which "salvaged" the vessel. Additional records regarding this incident may be found in the Mount Wollaston (Bark) in 1877-1879 consisting of memoranda of expenses, extracts of correspondence and records of salvage from wreck. The Louisa (Bark) records contain an agreement regarding the vessel's collision with the Mongul (Ship), in 1852 and a statement made by the captains of the vessel and the Milton (Ship) against the captain of the Crowninshield (Bark) for their portion of a whale jointly taken. Records also exist for several vessels which were lost in the Arctic disasters of 1871 and 1876 namely the barks Camilla, Elizabeth, Swift, Eugenia, Fanny, and Massachusetts.

In addition to the ship's papers, this collection contains financial records; correspondence, accounts, insurance policies, and other records pertaining to vessels which transported whale-oil and whalebone for the firm, usually from Honolulu, Hawaii to New Bedford; legal documents, particularly bills of sale and insurance policies; and general memoranda for Swift & Allen, 1840-1895; as well as financial records and a signal book for Lothrop & Allen and Gooding & Allen, 1834-1846. Particularly notable among these records are volumes recording account payable and receivable, 1846-1874; a day book, 1876-1884; bills and receipts for payments to the New Bedford Port Society, 1853-1885; and memoranda concerning the shipment, stowage, and sale of whale-oil and whalebone, provisions, equipment, and other goods including gun powder, 1851-1885.

Records in the Swift & Allen Collection have been arranged into sub-groups representing records for each firm. Lothrop & Allen records are arranged in Sub-group 1 and those for Gooding & Allen in Sub-group 2. Swift & Allen records comprise Sub-group 3 of the collection. The financial records in Series A include records of transport vessels arranged in sub-series 7 by the name of each vessel. Ship's papers in Series B - Y are alphabetically arranged by name of vessel, then described in chronological order according to voyage dates. The final series of Sub-group 3 contains legal documents and general memoranda.

Researchers should note that additional records of Lothrop & Allen, Gooding & Allen, and Swift & Allen, amounting to 25 linear feet of material, are described by the inventory for Mss 5: Swift & Allen Collection in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library. Other records of vessels which transported whale-oil and whalebone for Swift & Allen may be found by consulting the inventory for Mss 79: Ships' Papers Collection.

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

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 5: Swift & Allen Records

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Most of the records in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society in 1945 by Mrs. Henry Forster. The Society in turn gave a major portion of the Swift & Allen Collection to Baker Library, Harvard University, in 1946. These records (lacking numerous day books discarded by Baker Library in the 1950s) were reunited with the volumes remaining in the Society's possession in 1968. Other materials which are now part of the collection were donated by the estate of William H. Tripp on 2 April 1960, Charles R. Phillips Sr. on 30 April 1965, and Mrs. Charles Batchelder on 22 December 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey with assistance from Henry Kettell, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 21 July 2011

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Lothrop & Allen Records, 1834-1838 [5 inches]
Sub-group 1 consists of financial records pertaining to the firm Lothrop & Allen.
Series A: Financial Records, 1834-1838
Box 1
Volume 1
Ledger, 1834-1836
Volume 2
Cash book, 1836-1838
Sub-group 2: Gooding & Allen Records, 1839 [1 item]
Sub-group 2 consists of one signal book pertaining to the firm Gooding & Allen.
Series A: Signal Book, 1839
Volume 1
1839
Sub-group 3: Swift & Allen, 1840-1885 [9.5 linear feet]
Sub-group 3 contains financial records, ship's papers, legal documents, and general memoranda pertaining to the firm Swift & Allen.
Series A: Financial Records, 1844-1884
Sub-series 1: Day Book, 1876-1884
Volume 1
1876-1884
Sub-series 2: Accounts Payable and Receivable, 1846-1874
Volume 1
1846, 1850-1857
Volume 2
1869-1874
Sub-series 3: Transport Vessels' Records, 1849-1874
Folder 1
Black Sea (Ship): Accounts, inventory of bone landed, and insurance policy, 1859-1861
Folder 2-3
Commerce (Ketch): Accounts, bills, surveyor's report, and protests for damage to vessel, 1856-1858
Folder 4
Flying Eagle (Ship): Accounts, agreement, and insurance policy, 1858
Folder 5
Gideon Howland (Ship): Accounts and insurance policy, 1861
Folder 6-7
Perle (Brig): Accounts, agreement, consular records, Captain's notes, and correspondence, 1866-1867
Folder 8
R. W. Wood (Bark): Correspondence and crew settlement, 1869, 1874
Folder 9
Timoleon (Ship): Accounts, 1849-1852
Folder 10
Yorick (Ship): Accounts, correspondence, and insurance policies, 1858-1859
Sub-series 4: Bills of Lading, 1844-1887
Folder 1
1844-1845
Folder 2
1858-1859
Folder 3
1864-1869
Folder 4
1882-1887
Sub-series 5: Bills of Exchange, 1859-1860
Folder 1
1859-1860
Sub-series 6: Invoices, ca. 1855-1867
Folder 1
ca. 1855-1867
Sub-series 7: Bank Book, 1867-1868
Volume 1
1867-1868
Sub-series 8: Bills and Receipts, 1853-1885
Folder 1
New Bedford Port Society payments, 1853-1862, 1872-1885
Folder 2
1860
Sub-series 9: Financial Memoranda, 1851-1886
Box 2
Volume 1
Records of gun powder sold, 1851-1865
Volume 2
Outfitting book, ca. 1852
Volume 3-5
Record of cargo and whale-oil aboard and shipped from vessels, 1854-1869
Folder 1
List of crew members, ca. 1856
Volume 6
Record of gauges of whale-oil from vessels, 1859
Folder 2
Lists of articles shipped, 1859-ca. 1860
Folder 3
Lists of equipment for vessels, ca. 1860
Folder 4
List of stock of whale-oil and bone, 1885
Folder 5
List of settlement with agents, 1886
Series B: Aurora (Bark) Records, 1865-1871
Sub-series 1: 1865-1871 Voyage, 1865-1871
Box 3
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1865-1866, 1871
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1865-1871
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
Consular records, 1866, 1868, 1870
Protests for storm damages to vessel
Folder 5
Customs records, 1866, 1868
Folder 6
Bill of lading, 1870
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1868
Volume 1
Memoranda, 1871
Include survey of steam bark Lucretia, 1881 and notes concerning supplies cargoes of Gazelle (Bark) and Helen Mar (Bark)
Series C: Camilla (Bark) Records, 1857-1878
Sub-series 1: 1858-1862 Voyage, 1857-1862
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1857-1858
Volume 1
Outfitting books, 1857
Folder 2
Crew Papers, 1858, 1861
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 3
Insurance policies, 1857-1858
Folder 4
Bill of lading, 1859
Folder 5
Bills and receipts, 1859
Folder 6
List of whales sighted, 1860-1861
Folder 7
Sketches of oil stowage, 1862
Volume 2
Memoranda of whales sighted, 1858-1860
See Sub-group 3, Series G, Sub-series 4, Volume 3
Sub-series 2: 1862-1867 Voyage, 1862-1867
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1862-1867
Volume 1
Outfitting books, 1862
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1862-1867
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
Customs records, 1866
Folder 5
Bill of exchange, 1864
Folder 6
Bills of lading, 1866
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1862-1866
Folder 8
List of items received from Fanny (Bark), 1867
Sub-series 3: 1867-1871 Voyage, 1867-1871
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1867-1871
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1867
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1867-1871
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1867, 1869
Sub-series 4: 1871-1876 Voyage, 1871-1878
Folder 1-2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1871-1878
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1871
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1871-1876
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers, Hawaiian Shipping Articles, and Japanese Articles of Agreement
Folder 5
Consular records, 1872
Folder 6
Insurance policy, 1875
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1872/1876
Series D: Cleone (Bark) Records, 1876-1881
Sub-series 1: 1876-1879 Voyage, 1876-1881
Box 4
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1876
Folder 1
Bill of sale, 1876
Folder 2-5
Correspondence and records of court case for damages between vessel and the Timandra (Brig), 1879-1881
Volume 2
Memoranda of salvage from wreck, 1877-1879
See Sub-group 3, Series T, Sub-series 3, Volume 1
Series E: Elizabeth Swift (Bark) Records, 1854-1871
Sub-series 1: 1854-1858 Voyage, 1854-1858
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1854-1858
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 3
Insurance policies, 1854, 1857
Sub-series 2: 1859-1863 Voyage, 1859, 1861
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1859
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1859
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 3
Insurance policy, 1861
Folder 4
Bill of sale, 1859
Sub-series 3: 1863-1868 Voyage, 1863-1868
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1864-1868
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1863
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1863-1868
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Consular records, 1863-1865
Folder 5
Customs records, 1863-1867
Sub-series 4: 1868-1871 Voyage, 1868-1871
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1868-1870
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1868
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1868-1871
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4-5
Consular records, 1870
Protest for damage to vessel by Arctic ice
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1870
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1868-1870
Series F: Eugenia (Bark) Records, 1851-1871
Sub-series 1: 1851-1855 Voyage, 1851-1855
Box 5
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1853
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1851-1855
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4
Insurance policies, 1852-1855
Folder 5
Bills of exchange, 1854-1855
Folder 6
Bill of lading, 1855
Folder 7
Bills of sale, 1851
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1851
Folder 9
Cask plan, ca. 1851
Sub-series 2: 1855-1859 Voyage, 1855-1859
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1859
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1855
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1855-1859
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Consular records, 1858
Protest for storm damage to vessel
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1855, 1857
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1855
Sub-series 3: 1859-1864 Voyage, 1859-1864
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1862
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1859
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1859-1864
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4-5
Consular records, 1860, 1863
Protest for storm damage to vessel
Folder 6
Bill of sale, 1859
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1859, 1862
Sub-series 4: 1865-1869
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1865
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1865-1869
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 4-5
Consular records, 1866, 1868
Protests for storm damage to vessel
Folder 6
Customs records, 1865
Folder 7
Bill of lading, 1867
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1867-1868
Sub-series 5: 1869-1871 Voyage, 1869-1871
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1871
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1869
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1869
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1869-1871
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Bill and receipt, 1870
Series G: Fanny (Bark) Records, 1852-1871, 1882
Sub-series 1: 1852-1856 Voyage, 1852-1856
Box 6
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1852-1855
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1852-1856
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4-5
Consular records, 1853-1856
Protests for storm damage to vessel
Folder 6
Insurance policies, 1852, 1854
Folder 7
Bill of sale, 1852
Folder 8
Cask plan, ca. 1852
Sub-series 2: 1856-1860 Voyage,
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1856-1861
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1856
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1856-1860
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
insurance policies, 1858-1860
Folder 5
Bill of lading, 1859
Folder 6
Bill of sale, 1857
Sub-series 3: 1860-1864 Voyage, 1860-1864
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1860-1864
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1860-1864
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
Consular records, 1861-1862
Folder 5
Customs records, 1861-1864
Folder 6
Insurance policy, 1860
Folder 7
Bill of lading, 1862
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1860-1862
Volume 1
Memoranda of whales sighted, 1860
See Sub-group 3, Series G, Sub-series 4, Volume 3
Sub-series 4: 1864-1869 Voyage, 1864-1871
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1866-1871
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1864
Volume 3
Slops accounts, 1864
Include memoranda of whales sighted by various vessels and instructions to captain
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1864-1869
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Court records and case for damages in collision, 1866-1869
Folder 5
Consular records, 1867
Folder 6
Customs records, 1867
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1865-1868
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1866-1868
Folder 9
List of items given to Camilla (Bark), 1867
See Sub-group 3, Series C, Sub-series 2, Folder 8
Sub-series 5: 1869-1871 Voyage, 1869-1870, 1882
Folder 1
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1869
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1870, 1882
Series H: Gay Head (Bark) Records, 1877, 1881
Box 7
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1877
Folder 1
Insurance policy, 1881
Series I: Gazelle (Bark) Records, 1874-1885
Sub-series 1: 1875-1879 Voyage, 1874-1879
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1878
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1875
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1875
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1875-1879
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Consular Records, 1877
Folder 6
Insurance policies, 1874-1875
Folder 7
Survey of vessel, 1879
See Sub-group 3, Series L, Sub-series 4, Folder 7
Folder 8
Bill of lading, 1874
Folder 9
Memoranda of gauges of whale-oil and an estimate of repairs, ca. 1878
Sub-series 2: 1880-1882 Voyage, 1880-1883
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1881
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1881-1883
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1880
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1880
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 5
Consular records, 1880
Folder 6
Customs records, 1882
Folder 7
Insurance policy, 1880
Folder 8
Bills of exchange, 1882
Folder 9
Bills of lading, 1880-1882
Folder 10
Bills and receipts, 1881-1883
Sub-series 3: 1883 Voyage, 1882-1884
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1883-1884
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1882-1884
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4
Insurance policy, 1883
Folder 5
Bills of lading, 1883
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1883
Volume 1
Memoranda of supplies and cargoes, 1883
See Sub-group 3, Series B, Sub-series 1, Volume 1
Sub-series 4: 1884 Voyage, 1884-1885
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1884
Folder 2
Crew papers, 1884-1885
Folder 3
Insurance policy, 1884
Folder 4
Bill of lading, 1884
Folder 5
Bills and receipts, 1884
Folder 6
Memoranda of oil shipped, 1884
Series J: Gratitude (Ship/Bark) Records, 1841-1876
Sub-series 1: 1841-1845 Voyage, 1841-1845
Box 8
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1841
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1841-1845
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper and crew list
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1841
Folder 5
Cask plan, 1841
Sub-series 2: 1845 Voyage, 1845-1848
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1845-1848
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 3
Insurance policies, 1845, 1849
Folder 4
Bill of exchange, 1847
Folder 5
Bills and receipts, 1845
Volume 1
Memoranda of whale bone shipped, 1847
Sub-series 3: 1848-1851 Voyage, 1848-1851
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1848-1851
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1848-1851
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1848
Sub-series 4: 1851-1854 Voyage, 1851-1854
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1852
Folder 2-4
Crew papers, 1851-1854
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1851, 1853
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1854
Sub-series 5: 1854-1858 Voyage, 1854-1858
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1854-1858
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1854
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1854-1858
Include Whalemens' Shipping Paper and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4-5
Consular records, 1855-1858
Protests for storm damage to vessel
Folder 6
Customs records, 1855, 1857
Folder 7
Insurance policies, 1854-1857
Folder 8
Bill of exchange, 1856
Folder 9-12
Bills and receipts, 1854-1858
Sub-series 6: 1858-1862 Voyage, 1858-1862
Box 9
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1858-1862
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1858
Folder 2-4
Crew papers, 1858-1862
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5-6
Consular records, 1858-1861
Protests for storm damage to vessel
Folder 7
Insurance policies, 1858
Folder 8
Bill of sale, 1858
Folder 9
Bills and receipts, 1858
Sub-series 7: 1862-1865 Voyage, 1862-1865, 1874, 1876
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1862-1874
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1862-1865, 1876
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers, Hawaiian Shipping Articles, and crew list
Folder 4
Consular records, 1864
Folder 5
Customs records, 1862, 1864
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1862
Volume 1
Memoranda of whale-oil shipped, 1865
See Sub-group 3, Series Q, Sub-series 2, Volume 1
Series K: Harvest (Bark) Records, 1847-1855
Sub-series 1: 1847-1850 Voyage, 1847-1851
Box 10
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1847-1851
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1847-1850
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4
Insurance policies, 1847, 1849
Sub-series 2: 1850-1854 Voyage, 1850-1855
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1850-1855
Folder 2
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1850-1853
Folder 3-4
Consular records, 1853-1854
Protests for storm damage to vessel
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1853-1854
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1853
Series L: Helen Mar (Bark) Records, 1860-1885
Sub-series 1: 1860-1865 Voyage, 1860-1865
Box 11
Folder 1
Account of whale bone sold, 1862
Folder 2
Insurance policy, 1861
Folder 3
Survey of vessel, 1865
Folder 4
Bill of lading, 1860
Sub-series 2: 1866-1870 Voyage, 1866-1875
Folder 1-2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1866-1875
Include accounts for collision suit with Ontario (Ship)
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1870
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1865-1870
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Bill of lading, 1868
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1866-1867
Sub-series 3: 1871-1876 Voyage, 1870-1876
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1871-1876
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1871
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1871-1876
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers, crew list, and shipping articles
Folder 4
Customs records, 1872-1875
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1875
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1870-1874
Sub-series 4: 1876-1878 Voyage, 1876-1882
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1879
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1876-1881
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1876
Volume 3
Captain's accounts, 1876-1880
Include disbursements sales and trade at foreign ports. Also includes similar accounts for Arnolda (Bark), 1872-1875
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1876-1882
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 5
Consular records, 1879-1880
Protests for damage to vessel by Arctic ice
Folder 6
Insurance policy, 1879-1880
Folder 7
Surveys of vessel, 1879-1880
Also report on Gazelle (Bark)
Folder 8
Bill of exchange, 1877
Folder 9
Bill of lading, 1877
Folder 10
Bills and receipts, 1878-1880
Sub-series 5: 1881 Voyage, 1881-1882
Box 12
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1881
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1881-1882
Folder 3
Insurance policies, 1881
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1881
Sub-series 6: 1882 Voyage, 1882
Folder 1
Crew papers, 1882
Folder 2
Insurance policy, 1882
Folder 3
Bills and receipts, 1882
Sub-series 7: 1883 Voyage, 1883
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1883
Folder 2
Insurance policies, 1883
Volume 1
Memoranda on supplies and cargoes, 1883
See Sub-group 3, Series B, Sub-series 1, Volume 1
Sub-series 8: 1884 Voyage, 1884-1885
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1884-1885
Folder 2
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1884
Folder 3
Customs records, 1884
Folder 4
Insurance policy, 1884
Folder 5
Bills and receipts, 1884
Sub-series 9: 1885 Voyage, 1885
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1885
Folder 2
Crew papers, 1885
Folder 3
Insurance policy, 1885
Folder 4
Bill of lading, 1885
Folder 5
Bills and receipts, 1885
Series M: J. E. Donnell (Bark) Records, 1845-1858
Sub-series 1: 1845-1849 Voyage, 1845-1849
Box 13
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1845-1849
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1845-1849
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4
Consular records, 1847
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1845-1847
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1847
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1845
Folder 8
Sketch of whale-oil stowed, ca. 1845
Sub-series 2: 1849-1851 Voyage, 1849-1851
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1849-1851
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1849
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1849-1851
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Protest for storm damage to vessel, 1851
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1849, 1851
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1850
Volume 3
Memoranda of whale-oil and whale bone aboard vessel, 1851
Sub-series 3: 1851-1853 Voyage, 1851-1853
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1853
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1851
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1851-1853
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4
Insurance policies, 1851-1853
Folder 5
Bill of exchange, 1852
Folder 6-8
Bills and receipts, 1851-1852
Sub-series 4: 1853-1857 Voyage, 1853-1858
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853-1858
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1853
Folder 2
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1853-1856
Folder 3
Consular records, 1854
Protest for storm and ice damage to vessel
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1854
Series N: Jireh Swift (Bark/Ship) Records, 1853-1884
Sub-series 1: 1853-1857 Voyage, 1853-1857
Box 14
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1853
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1853-1857
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 3-4
Consular records, 1855-1856
Protests for storm damages to vessel
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1853-1856
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1856
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1855-1857
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1855-1856
Sub-series 2: 1857-1861 Voyage, 1857-1861
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1857
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1857-1861
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 3
Consular records, 1860
Folder 4
Insurance policies, 1857, 1859
Folder 5
Bill and receipt, 1859
Folder 6
List of whales sighted, 1861
Sub-series 3: 1862-1865 Voyage, 1861-1884
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1861-1881
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1862
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1862-1865
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Consular records, 1863
Protests for storm and ice damage to vessel
Folder 5
Customs records, 1864
Folder 6
Power of attorney certificate and receipt forms, 1871, 1884
Folder 7
Bills of sale, 1862
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1863-1864
Volume 1
Memoranda of whale-oil shipped, 1865
See Sub-group 3, Series Q, Sub-series 2, Volume 1
Series O: Louisa (Bark) Records, 1850-1881
Sub-series 1: 1850-1853 Voyage, 1850-1852
Box 15
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1850-1851
Folder 2
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1850-1852
Folder 3
Insurance policy, 1850
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1852
Folder 5
Memoranda of agreement regarding collision with Mongul (Ship), 1852
Sub-series 2: 1853-1856 Voyage, 1853-1857
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1857
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1853
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1853-1856
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Consular records, 1855
Protests for storm damage to vessel
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1853
Folder 6
Bills of lading, 1855
Folder 7
Bill of sale, 1856
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1853-1855
Sub-series 3: 1856-1860 Voyage, 1856-1865
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1861-1865
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1856
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1856-1860
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
Consular records, 1858
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1858
Sub-series 4: 1861-1864 Voyage, 1860-1865
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1860-1865
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1861-1865
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Bills of sale, 1860-1861
Folder 5
Bills and receipts, 1861-1864
Sub-series 5: 1865-1868 Voyage, 1865-1870
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1870-1870
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1865
Folder 2
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1865-1868
Sub-series 6: 1869-1874 Voyage, 1868-1875
Folder 1-3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1869-1875
Volume 1-2
Outfitting books, 1869
Folder 4-6
Crew papers, 1869-1874
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 7
Consular records, 1872
Statement made by captains of vessel and Milton (Ship) against captain of Crowinsheild (Bark) for portion of a whale jointly taken
Folder 8
Customs records, 1869, 1872
Folder 9
Insurance policies, 1873-1874
Folder 10
Bill of exchange, 1872
Folder 11
Bill of sale, 1869
Folder 12
Bills and receipts, 1868-1874
Sub-series 7: 1874-1878 Voyage, 1874-1879
Box 16
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1878
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1874
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1874-1879
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Insurance policy, 1874-1877
Sub-series 8: 1878-1881 Voyage, 1878-1881
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1878-1881
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1878
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1878-1881
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 4
Consular records, 1879
Protest by second mate against captain regarding treatment aboard vessel
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1878
Folder 6
Bill and receipt, 1878
Series P: Martha (Bark) Records, 1850-1873
Sub-series 1: 1850-1853 Voyage, 1850-1853
Box 17
Folder 1
Insurance policies, 1850, 1852
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1850, 1853
Sub-series 2: 1854-1858 Voyage, 1854-1858
Folder 1
Crew papers, 1854-1858
Folder 2
Consular records, 1858
Folder 3
Insurance policies, 1854, 1857
Sub-series 3: 1858-1863 Voyage, 1858-1862
Folder 1
Crew papers, 1862
Folder 2
Customs records, ca. 1861
Folder 3
Insurance policies, 1858
Folder 4
Bill and receipt, 1858
Sub-series 4: 1863-1868 Voyage, 1863-1866
Folder 1-2
Crew papers, 1863-1866
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 3
Customs records, 1863
Folder 4
Bill and receipt, 1864
Sub-series 5: 1868-1872 Voyage, 1871
Folder 1
Crew papers, 1871
Sub-series 6: 1872-1874 Voyage, 1873-1875
Folder 1
Insurance policies, 1873-1875
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1873
Series Q: Massachusetts (Bark) Records, 1856-1872
Sub-series 1: 1856-1860 Voyage, 1856-1860
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1859-1860
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1856
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1856-1860
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
Customs records, 1858, 1859
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1857-1860
Folder 6-7
Bills of sale, 1856
Sub-series 2: 1860-1865 Voyage, 1860-1864
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1860
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1860-1864
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4
Consular records, 1860-1864
Folder 5
Customs records, 1862
Folder 6
Bill of lading, 1864
Folder 7
Cask plan, 1860
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1860
Volume 1
Memoranda of freight and cargo aboard vessel and of that shipped from Jireh Swift (Ship) and Gratitude (Bark), 1865
Sub-series 3: 1865-1870 Voyage, 1865-1870
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1865-1869
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1865
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1865-1870
Includes Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 4
Consular records, 1868
Folder 5
Customs records, 1865-1869
Folder 6
Bills of lading, 1866-1868
Folder 7
Bill of sale, 1866
Folder 8
Bills and receipts, 1867-1869
Sub-series 4: 1870-1871 Voyage, 1870-1872
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1871
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1870-1872
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1870-1871
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and crew list
Folder 5
Sea letter, 1870
Folder 6
Bills and receipts, 1870
Series R: Miantonomi (Ship) Records, 1853-1855
Sub-series 1: 1853-1854 Voyage, 1853-1855
Box 18
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853-1855
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1853
Folder 2
Whalemen's Shipping paper and crew list, 1853
Folder 3-4
Consular records, 1853, 1855
Protests concerning sick seamen, wreck of vessel, and salvage attempts
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1853
Folder 6
Bill of sale, 1853
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1853
Series S: Montgomery (Bark) Records, 1855-1862
Sub-series 1: 1855-1858 Voyage, 1855-1858
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1855-1858
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1855
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1855-1858
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Insurance policies, 1855-1857
Folder 5
Bill and receipt, 1855
Sub-series 2: 1858-1862 Voyage, 1858-1862
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1858-1862
Folder 2
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1858-1862
Folder 3
Insurance policy, 1858
Folder 4
Bill of sale, 1858
Series T: Mount Wollaston (Bark) Records, 1872-1882
Sub-series 1: 1872-1876 Voyage, 1872-1877
Box 19
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1873-1874
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1876-1877
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1872
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, 1872-1874
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers, crew list, and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 6
Consular records, 1873, 1876
Folder 7
Customs records, 1872-1876
Folder 8
Insurance policies, 1874, 1876
Folder 9
Bill of exchange, 1874
Folder 10-11
Bills and receipts, 1872-1874
Sub-series 2: 1877 Voyage, 1876-1877
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1877
Folder 2
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1876
Folder 3-4
Consular records, 1877
Protest damages to vessel and also concerning crew refusing duty until vessel is seaworthy
Sub-series 3: 1878-1882 Voyage, 1877-1882
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1879-1882
Volume 1
Memoranda of expenses, extracts of correspondence, and records of salvage from wreck of Cleone (Bark), 1877-1879
Folder 2
Crew lists, 1879-1880
Folder 3
Insurance policies and correspondence, 1879-1881
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1877-1879
Series U: Ospray (Bark) records, 1856-1882
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1867-1868
Folder 2
Crew papers, 1882
Folder 3
Consular records, 1874
Protest regarding temporary repairs to vessel
Folder 4
Customs records, 1878
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1856-1858, 1873-1880
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1856, 1881
Folder 7
Bills of lading, 1878, 1882
Folder 8-9
Bills and receipts, 1866, 1874, 1878
Volume 1
Memoranda of whales sighted, 1863
See Sub-group 3, Series G, Sub-series 4, Volume 3
Series V: Paulina (Bark) Records, 1849-1862
Sub-series 1: 1849-1853 Voyage, 1849-1853
Box 20
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1850-1853
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1849
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1849-1853
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers
Folder 4
Customs records, 1849
Folder 5
Insurance policies, 1849-1852
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1851
Folder 7
Bills and receipts, 1849/1853
Sub-series 2: 1853-1857 Voyage, 1853-1857
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1853-1856
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1853
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1853-1857
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 4
Insurance policy, 1856
Folder 5
Bill of exchange, 1856
Folder 6
Bill of sale, 1853
Folder 7-8
Bills and receipts, 1853
Sub-series 3: 1857-1860 Voyage, 1857-1862
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1861
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1860-1862
Volume 1-3
Outfitting books, 1857
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1857-1860
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 5
Consular records, 1861
Protest regarding wreck of vessel and salvage of cargo
Folder 6
Insurance policies, 1857, 1860-1861
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1858-1859
Folder 8
Bill of sale, 1857
Folder 9
Bills and receipts, 1858
Series W: Silas Richards (Ship) Records, 1851-1855
Sub-series 1: 1852-1854 Voyage, 1851-1855
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1851-1852
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1852-1855
Include Whalemens' Shipping Papers and Hawaiian Shipping Articles
Folder 4-5
Consular records, 1854-1855
Protests regarding storm damage, wreck of vessel, and salvage of cargo
Folder 6
Insurance policies, 1851-1854
Folder 7
Bills of exchange, 1853-1854
Folder 8
Bill of sale, 1852
Folder 9
Cask plan, 1852
Folder 10
Bills and receipts, 1851-1854
Series X: Tacticus (Ship) Records, 1844-1845
Sub-series 1: 1844-1845 Voyage, 1844-1845
Folder 1
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1844
Folder 2
Consular records, 1845
Protest regarding wreck of vessel
Folder 3
Insurance policy, 1845
Series Y: Tuscaloosa (Bark) Records, 1844-1846
Sub-series 1: 1844-1845 Voyage, 1844-1846
Folder 1
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1844
Folder 2
Insurance policies and notice, 1844-1846
Folder 3
Bills and receipts, 1844
Series Z: Legal Documents and General Memoranda, 1840-1885
Sub-series 1: Insurance policies, 1843-1883
Box 21
Folder 1
1843-1848
Folder 2
1852-1854
Folder 3
1855-1857
Folder 4-5
1858
Folder 6-7
1859
Folder 8-9
1860
Folder 10-11
1861
Folder 12
1862, 1866, 1868
Folder 13
1863-1865
Folder 14
1873-1878
Folder 15
1880-1883
Sub-series 2: Bills of Sale, 1845, 1855, 1877
Folder 1
1845, 1855, 1877
Sub-series 3: Certificates, 1877
Folder 1
Consular certificate 1877
Sub-series 4: Lists of Owners of Swift & Allen Vessels, ca. 1855, 1877
Folder 1
ca. 1855, 1877
Sub-series 5: Lists of Whales Sighted, 1840-1864
Folder 1
1840-1864
Sub-series 6: Lists of Vessels in Arctic Fleet, ca. 1870, 1885
Folder 1
ca. 1870, 1885
Sub-series 7: General Memoranda, 1858-ca. 1860
Folder 1
List of American whalers at St. Helenas, 1859
Folder 2
Dye formula, ca. 1858
Folder 3
Captain's notes on a voyage, ca. 1860

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1834-1846
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1876-1884
Alabama claims
Allen, Frederick Slocum, 1812-1896
Arctic disaster, 1871
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Claims
Collisions at sea
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Consignment sales--Mass.--New Bedford
Consular documents
Gooding & Allen, New Bedford, Mass.
Gooding, Ireneus, fl. 1838
Insurance policies--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--Policies
Lothrop & Allen, New Bedford, Mass.
Lothrop, Thomas C., ca. 1810-1839
Marine protests
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford

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Vessel Names

Arnolda (Bark)
Aurora (Bark)
Black Sea (Ship)
Camilla (Bark)
Cleone (Bark)
Commerce (Ketch)
Elizabeth Swift (Bark)
Eugenia (Bark)
Fanny (Bark)
Flying Eagle (Ship)
Gay Head (Bark)
Gazelle (Bark)
Gideon Howland (Ship)
Gratitude (Bark)
Gratitude (Ship)
Harvest (Bark)
Helen Mar (Bark)
J. E. Donnell (Bark)
Jireh Swift (Bark)
Jireh Swift (Ship)
Louisa (Bark)
Martha (Bark)
Massachusetts (Bark)
Miantonomi (Ship)
Montgomery (Bark)
Mount Wollaston (Bark)

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