Mss133_Potter


Inventory of the Potter/Hindle Papers
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Processed by: Jalien Hollister; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark Procknik
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Old Dartmouth Historical Society
Machine-readable finding aid derived from typescript by means of re-keying Date of Source: 03 August 2012Processed by Jalien Hollister; Finding aid encoded by Mark Procknik 03 August 2012
Description is in English



New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Potter/Hindle Family Papers1855-1909
Mss 133 2.5 linear feet Potter family
Papers of a South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, family who were builders, owners, and agents of a number of fishing schooners and whaling vessels that operated out of both South Dartmouth and New Bedford.


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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 133, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

Provenance

The New Bedford Whaling Museum acquired the this collection through a gift by Peter G. Hindle in 2009 as Accession #2009.45

Processing Information

Processed by: Jalien Hollister, 2010

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 03 August 2012

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 102: Potter Family Papers




Historical Note

This collection contains the papers of William Potter 2nd (1809-1892), his two sons Edward F. (1839-1914) and Charles W. (b. 1848), and Abner Potter Jr. (1783-1853). The papers of Captain Michael Cumiskey (1816-1874), related to the Potters by marriage, are also included. These papers also include the documents relating to the numerous fishing and whaling vessels connected to the Potters’ business as owners and agents.

According to Llewellyn Howland III, former New Bedford Whaling Museum board member and chairman of the Museum’s Scholarship and Publications Committee, the Potter story is important for several reasons: it sheds bright light on the work of a major Dartmouth whaling merchant and agent (of whom there were, of course, far fewer than their New Bedford counterparts); it concerns the construction and voyages of at least one vessel – the Bark Matilda Sears – that was built right in Dartmouth at South Wharf by the famous black shipwright Matthews, Mashow, Co. and, …[this addition] to the Potter material already in the archives of the Whaling Museum, it offers a far more complete story of a whaling merchant’s business activities then has usually survived from whaling days.



Scope and Content Note

The Potter Family Papers consist of materials associated with their business operations as owners and agents of a number of fishing schooners and whaling ships. In most cases, the papers and documents have been filed into folders as they were found in the envelopes created by the Potters or their clerks. Researchers should note that these papers are an addition to Mss 102, an existing manuscript collection consisting of Potter family papers.

Also included in this collection is an appendix comprised of oversized documents and material removed to oversized storage. Other related collections are noted, as well as notes on the several ships documented in this collection. Also included is a sketch of a sail plan for the Cape Horn Pigeon which has been removed to oversized storage. Additional materials consist of two Potter family and Cumiskey family genealogies. Notes by Charles F. Batchelder (1898-1973) and the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library card catalog entries are also included.

Arrangement of Collection Series I: Rainbow (Schooner), 1865-1872, 1876, 1878
Series II: Samuel Chase (Schooner), 1866-1868
Series III: J. W. Nickerson (Schooner), 1866-1879, 1894
Series IV: Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark), 1854-1904
Series V: Mount Vernon (Schooner), 1865-1874, 1878
Series VI: Matilda Sears (Bark), 1856, 1859, 1862, 1867-1882, 1888
Series VII: Sacramento (Bark), 1864
Series VIII: Emma C. Jones (Ship), 1853
Series IX: Charles & Edward (Bark), 1856-1865
Series X: Yankee Bride (Schooner), 1856-1865
Series XI: William Potter 2nd Papers, 1848-1880
Series XII: Captain Michael Cumiskey, 1866, 1869, 1872, 1864-1887
Series XIII: Edward F. Potter, 1851, 1871-1909
Series XIV: Additional Materials, 1852, 1860, 1869-1874, 1889
Series XV: Unrelated Materials, 1861, 1871



Added Entries
Account books–Dartmouth, Mass.–1864-1888
Business records–Mass.–Dartmouth
Cod-fisheries–Mass.–Dartmouth
Fish trade–Mass.–Dartmouth
Fisheries–Mass.–Dartmouth
Fishermen–Mass.–Dartmouth
Fishing boats–Mass.–Dartmouth
Mackerel fisheries–Mass.–Dartmouth
Merchant seamen–Mass.–Dartmouth
Merchant seamen–Mass.–Dartmouth–Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchants–Mass.–Dartmouth
Ship’s papers
Whaling–Mass.–Dartmouth
Whaling–Mass.–Dartmouth–Agents
Dartmouth, Mass.–Commerce Potter, Charles W., b. 1848 Potter, Abner Jr., 1783-1853 Potter, Edward Freeman, 1839-1914 Potter, William 2nd, 1809-1892 Cumiskey, Michael, 1816-1874 Potter family
Hindle family


Vessel Names
Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark)
Charles & Edward (Bark)
J. W. Nickerson (Schooner)
Matilda Sears (Bark)
Mount Vernon (Schooner)
Sacramento (Bark)
Emma C. Jones (Ship)
Rainbow (Schooner)
Samuel Chase (Schooner)


Description

Please Consult Research Library for Detailed Description of Collection



Series I: Rainbow (Schooner), 1865-1872, 1876, 1878

Documents relating to the vessel’s conversion to a whaling ship and extensive damage suffered in a hurricane off Bermuda in 1866.





Series II: Samuel Chase (Schooner), 1866-1868

Account book, insurance policies, bills, and receipts





Series III: J. W. Nickerson (Schooner), 1866-1879, 1894

Bills and receipts along with shipping papers





Series IV: Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark), 1854-1904

Financial records, captains’ correspondence, records relating to the crew and the shipping agents, in addition to insurance policies, bills of sale, and three shipping papers





Series V: Mount Vernon (Schooner), 1865-1874, 1878

Correspondence, accounts, and miscellany





Series VI: Matilda Sears (Bark), 1856, 1859, 1862, 1867-1882, 1888

Crew list, bills, and a bill of sale





Series VII: Sacramento (Bark), 1864

Crew list, bill of sale, and bills





Series VIII: Emma C. Jones (Ship), 1853

Insurance policy for catchings





Series IX: Charles & Edward (Bark), 1856-1865

Correspondence and settlements





Series X: Yankee Bride (Bark), 1856-1865

Shipping paper





Series XI: William Potter 2nd Papers, 1848-1880

Letters, bills, receipts, and miscellaneous papers related to his business





Series XII: Captain Michael Cumiskey, 1866, 1869, 1872, 1864-1887

Insurance policies, accounts, and bills of sale for nine vessels.





Series XIII: Edward F. Potter, 1851, 1871-1909

Accounts, bills of sale, insurance policies, and receipts for twelve vessels





Series XIV: Additional Materials, 1852, 1860, 1869-1874, 1889

Seaman’s protection papers, account book for the fishing schooner John Aldrich, and a copy of the Whalemen’s Shipping List, dated October 1, 1889





Series XV: Unrelated Materials, 1861, 1871

Unrelated and contemporary materials





Last modified: July 24, 2012