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Almon L. Stickney was born in Whitingham, New York in ca. 1837. He came to New Bedford, Massachusetts, from North Adams, Mass., and began his career in the whaling industry aboard the ship John P. West in 1858 as a boatsteerer. Stickney then went out on the bark Mary Frazier of New Bedford as second mate in 1865 and again in 1867 as the first mate. He assumed his first command of a whaling vessel, the bark Leonidas of New Bedford in 1869. Stickney appears to have left the area for a while and returned in 1879 to Dartmouth. He resumed his whaling career as the master of the bark Mattapoisett of New Bedford in 1881. All of Stickney's voyages as master were to the South Atlantic Ocean.
His wife, Mary J. Stickney (fl. 1880), travelled to St. Helena in 1880, aboard the schooner Lottie Beard to join Stickney on his whaling voyage aboard the bark Cicero.
Papers in this collection primarily reflect Almon L. Stickney's involvement in the whaling industry as master of several vessels, 1869-1885. Records for the bark Leonidas include crew accounts and disbursements at foreign ports for the 1869-1871 voyage. This volume also includes accounts of goods for sale, 1891. The bark Cicero is represented by crew accounts and disbursements at foreign ports for the 1879-1881 voyage. Records for the bark Mattapoisett contain crew accounts, disbursements at foreign ports, and accounts of oil stowed for the 1881-1885 voyage. Also included are diary entries for 1902 relating to card parties, Ladies Aid suppers, and lodge meetings possibly kept by Stickney's wife.
Papers for Mary J. Stickney, his wife, consist of a diary, 1880, kept at sea. The diary records her voyage to St. Helena aboard the schooner Lottie Beard to meet her husband, the time spent at St. Helena awaiting his arrival, and her voyage with her husband whaling aboard the bark Cicero. There are also several lists in the volume including things to do prior to her departure, messages to pass on, personal items taken, articles of clothing and sewing finished while at sea, accounts of sperm and humpback oil aboard, names of persons she doctored, number of buttonholes made, and names of persons she wrote to.
At the beginning of Mrs. Stickney's diary are the records of School District No. 11, Dartmouth, Mass., kept by Phillip H. Devoll and Benjamin Maxfield, clerks, 1858-1866. Included are warrants for meetings, minutes for said meetings, and accounts of expenses for the school district. There are also numerous recipes which were copied into the volume at the beginning.
Materials in this collection have been arranged by individual and then in chronological order.
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Processed by: Judith M. Downey, 13 October 1989
Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 27 December 2011
Diaries--New Bedford, Mass.--1880
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchant seamen--Medical care
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Stickney, Almon L., b. ca. 1837
Stickney, Mary J., fl. 1880
Women and the sea
Women on ships
Lottie Beard (Schooner)