Inventory of the Continent (Ship) Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Angela Farias; machine-readable finding aid created by: Angela FariasInventory of the Continent (Ship) Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Inventory

Subject Headings

Inventory of the Continent (Ship) Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Continent (Ship) Records
Date Span:
1861-1864
Creator:
Continent (Ship)
Mss Number:
Mss 161
Extent:
3 inches
Abstract:
Ship papers for the New Bedford ship Continent, captained by James Howland, 1861-1864
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Phone: (508) 997-0046

Historical Note

The Continent was built in Bath, Maine in 1850. Carrying 1032 67/95 tons, the ship measured 175 feet by 36 feet by 25 feet 4 inches. The ship contained three decks, three masts, a square stern, round tuck and a female figurehead. It was registered on July 5, 1854 in Philadelphia, but it sailed out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Continent carried cargo to many locations including Singapore, Akyab, and Hong Kong. The ship was owned by George Hussey, John P. Thomas, Thomas A. Green, Augustus P. Hamlin and B. Perkins. Copartners in the ship’s ventures were William A. Rotch, Leander A. Plummer, and William G.E. Cope, all of New Bedford, Massachusetts and Alexander Winsor of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The Continent was mastered by John L. Gibbs as well as James E. Howland.

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Scope and Content Note

The ship records of the Continent consist of 41 folders, spanning 1861-1864, which contain crew lists, clearance papers, receipts, desertion lists and death certificates. During the years in which the records consist, the Continent, captained by James E. Howland, was traveling between Singapore, Hong Kong and Akyab, Burma, now known as Sittwe, Myanmar. The records also show that the ship made brief stops in Melbourne, Australia and Manila, Philippines. Most of the records are authorized by the United States Consulate in the countries visited by the Continent and show the procedures ships had to go through to legally enter ports and do business.

Many of the records in the collection are receipts from the United States Consulates acknowledging that Captain Howland had turned in a crew list, the ship’s register, and other articles. This was the first step toward legally entering a port. When the time came for the Continent to leave port, the ship was issued clearance papers from the Consulate stating that the ship had been cleared by authorities. In addition, before leaving port, the Consulate also kept track of men from their port joining the crew. Because of this, there are several crew lists of varying lengths included in the Continent’s records. The crew lists differ in description with some including physical descriptions, ages, countries of origin and wages.

The Continent’s records also include desertion papers and death certificates. There are several desertion records in the collection. The first acknowledges Thomas Pearson of Melbourne as a deserter in Singapore. The second was issued Hong Kong and lists the nine men who deserted there. The third lists Robert Jones as a lone deserter, and the fourth was issued in Singapore and lists the three men who deserted in Akyab. The records also contain death certificates for crew members who died on board the Continent. The first member to perish on the ship’s voyages was Robert Chesnutt. According to Captain Howland, Chesnutt died on or about June 9th, 1863 on the passage between Akyab and Singapore. The second member of the crew to die on board was S. Treadwell who fell from aloft on December 14, 1863. One record in the collection also acknowledges the finding of a stowaway named Horatio de Loasano after leaving an unspecified port.

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 161, Series A, [Folder]

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Materials in this collection were purchased by the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2017. Accession #2017.24

Processing Information

Processed by: Angela Farias, 2017

Encoded by: Angela Farias, 7 July 2017

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Inventory

Series A: Ship's Papers, 1861-1864 [3 inches]
Box 1
Folder 1
Ship Continent Crew List – New York to Melbourne; October 1861
List of those departing from New York on freighting voyage with pay rate included. Members listed: James E. Howland, master; Frederick Damon, Charles Hallman, James Brown, Alfred Vanaipe, Hanson Blake, Benjamin Adams, Seth Godding, Nath. Bailey, Henry Gala, Washington Weir, John Owen, George Burns, George Blackbaum, George London, Charles More, George Becker, Ignatius Vianna, and Albert Shaw.
Folder 2
Receipt – Ship’s register, crew list and articles – Melbourne; January 20, 1862
Note recognizing that Captain Howland deposited necessary documents at the consulate.
Folder 3
Clearancer, Port of Melbourne; April 29,1862
Document signed at Customs House clearing the Continent’s passage. States that the ship is bound for Guam.
Folder 4
Manifest Melbourne to Guam; April 29, 1862
Document acknowledging the Continent’s voyage from Melbourne, Australia to Guam. Lists George Hussey Co. as the owner of the ship.
Folder 5
Crew List, Melbourne; April 30, 1862
List includes members’ ages, countries of origin and wages. Members listed: Edward Allen, Charles Warren, Robert Pyers, Thomas Pearson, James Holland, John Reynolds, Charles H. Olney, Henry Marinsson, Henry Larssen, Henry Gray Prince, William Brown.
Folder 6
Crew List; April 30, 1862
Same list of names as Folder 5.
Folder 7
U.S. Consulate Melbourne Clearance Paper; April 30, 1862
Acknowledges that the ship has been cleared by authorities.
Folder 8
Consulate Receipt for Crew List and Articles, Singapore; June 26, 1862
Note recognizing that the necessary documents have been deposited at the consulate. Lists John Akin as master.
Folder 9
Certificate of Desertion from J.E. Howland; August 8, 1862
States that Thomas Pearson of Melbourne, Australia deserted in Singapore on July 14, 1862.
Folder 10
Receipt of Ships import and export cargos, Singapore; August 21, 1862
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities. States the ship is bound for Hong Kong.
Folder 11
Receipt for Register, Crew List and Articles, Hong Kong; August 21, 1862
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 12
List of Deserters, Hong Kong; December 4, 1862
List of the men who deserted in Hong Kong. Men listed: Edward Allen, Henry Marinsson, Henry Larssen, John Reynolds, James Holland, Robert Pyers, William Brown, Charles Olney, and Charles Warren.
Folder 13
Port Clearance, Hong Kong; December 4, 1862
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities.
Folder 14
Crew List, Hong Kong; December 4, 1862
Includes physical descriptions and countries of origin of crew members. Members listed: W.H. Cliffe, J.A. Watson, William Steward, Robert Jones, Daniel Grenber, James Cunningham, Thomas Tassell, George Tagg, and William Venable.
Folder 15
Crew List, Hong Kong; December 4, 1862
Same list of names as Folder 14.
Folder 16
Receipt for Register, Crew List and Articles, Singapore; December 16, 1862
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 17
Clearance Papers, Singapore; December 24, 1862
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities.
Folder 18
Crew List, Singapore; December 25, 1862
Includes William Wires and James Parker.
Folder 19
Shipping Articles, Singapore; December 26, 1862
States that William Wires and James Parker are joining the crew in Singapore.
Folder 20
Certificate of Desertion from J.E. Howland; December 26, 1862
Acknowledges Robert Jones as a deserter.
Folder 21
Receipt for Register, Crew List and Articles, Akyab; January 21, 1863
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 22
Crew List, Akyab; February 11, 1863
Includes wages. Lists James Parker and George Tagg.
Folder 23
Receipt for Register, Crew List and Articles, Akyab; February 11, 1863
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 24
Port Clearance, Akyab; February 11, 1863
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities. Lists cargo as rice and cordage.
Folder 25
Crew List, Singapore; March 11-27, 1863
Includes countries of origin and wages. Members listed: James Brown, James Stephens, Joseph Jones, William Campbelle, Horace B. Locke, R. Yager and Charles Ray.
Folder 26
Crew List, Singapore; March 25, 1863
Same list as Folder 25.
Folder 27
List of Desertions, Singapore; March 25, 1863
List of men who deserted in Akyab. Men listed: J.A. Watson, Thomas Tassell and W.H. Cliffe.
Folder 28
Receipt for Register, Crew List and Articles, Akyab; April 28, 1863
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 29
Crew List and Shipping Articles; 1863
Includes physical descriptions, ages, countries of origin, wages and voyage plans. Members listed: Robert Chesnutt, John Furberg, John Rosie, Peter Hanlon.
Folder 30
Clearance Papers, Akyab; May 21, 1863
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities.
Folder 31
Death Certificate for Crew Member, Singapore; June 9, 1863
States that R. Chesnutt died on board on or about June 9th during the voyage between Akyab and Singapore.
Folder 32
Clearance Papers, Singapore; June 22, 1863
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities.
Folder 33
Clearance Papers, Singapore; August 14, 1863
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities. States that the ship is bound for Hong Kong.
Folder 34
Receipt for Register, Crew List and Articles, Hong Kong; August 29, 1863
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 35
Receipt for Register and Crew List, Singapore; December 16, 1863
Acknowledges the Consulate received the Continent’s register, crew list and other articles.
Folder 36
Port Clearance, Singapore; May 12, 1864
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities. States that the ship is bound for Manila.
Folder 37
Crew List, Singapore; May 14, 1864
Document contains three different crew lists, a port clearance, a death certificate, a notice of desertion and the acknowledgment of a stowaway. The death certificate is for S. Treadwell who died when he fell from aloft on December 14, 1863. Desertion notice states that John Thompson deserted during the time between clearing and sailing from Manila. Also states that Horatio de Loasano was found stowed away after leaving port. List of men added to crew: Albert Edwin Coppin, George Hamilton, Michael Sheridan, William Smith, John Thompson, Drester Nelson, Hendrick Williams, Michael Homan, James Christian, John Lynch, F. Helo, T.P. Saltbader, John Murray, Benjamin E. Bassett, John Walker, George Day, Alex Godfrey, John Searboro and E.L. Van Camper.
Folder 38
Shipping Article, Singapore; April 5, 1864
Includes Alex Godfrey
Folder 39
Port Clearance, Manila; July 6, 1864
Acknowledges that the Continent has been cleared by authorities.
Folder 40
Undated envelope, ca. 1861-1864
Includes mention of the Continent of New Bedford, the tonnage of the ship, owner George Hussey, master James E. Howland, and the name Edward D. Halich.
Folder 41
Notes
Notes on the Continent including building information and ownership.

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Subject Headings

Adams, Benjamin
Akin, John
Akyab (Burma: District) -- Commerce -- United States
Allen, Edward
Bailey, Nath.
Bassett, Benjamin E.
Becker, George
Blackbaum, George
Blake, Hanson
Brown, James
Brown, William
Burns, George
Campbelle, William
Chesnutt, Robert
Christian, James
Cliffe, W.H.
Cope, William G. E.
Coppin, Albert Edward
Cunningham, James
Damon, Frederick
Day, George
Furberg, John
Gala, Henry
Gibbs, John L.
Godding, Seth
Godfrey, Alex
Green, Thomas A.
Grenber, Daniel
Guam -- Commerce -- United States
Halich, Edward D.
Hallman, Charles
Hamilton, George
Hamlin, Augustus P.
Hanlon, Peter
Helo, F.
Holland, James
Homan, Michael
Hong Kong (China) -- Commerce -- United States
Howland, James E.
Hussey, George
Jones, Joseph
Jones, Robert
Larssen, Henry
Locke, Horace B.
London, George
Lynch, John
Manila (Philippines) -- Commerce -- United States
Marinsson, Henry
Melbourne (Australia) -- Commerce -- United States
Merchant seamen -- Mass. -- New Bedford -- Salaries, pensions, etc
Merchant ships --Mass. -- New Bedford
More, Charles
Murray, John
Nelson, Drester
New Bedford (Mass.) -- Commerce
Olney, Charles H.
Owen, John
Pearson, Thomas
Perkins, B.
Plummer, Leander A.
Prince, Henry Gray
Pyers, Robert
Ray, Charles
Records
Reynolds, John
Rosie, John
Rotch, William A.
Saltbader, T.P.
Searboro, John
Shaw, Albert
Sheridan, Michael
Shipping -- Mass. -- New Bedford
Ship’s papers
Singapore -- Commerce -- United States
Smith, William
Stephens, James
Steward, William
Tagg, George
Tassell, Thomas
Thomas, John P.
Thompson, John
United States -- Commerce -- Akyab (Burma: District)
United States -- Commerce -- Guam
United States -- Commerce -- Hong Kong
United States -- Commerce -- Manila (Philippines)
United States -- Commerce -- Melbourne (Australia)
United States -- Commerce -- Singapore
United States -- Diplomatic and consular services
Van Camper, E.L.
Vanaipe, Alfred
Venable, William
Vianna, Ignatius
Walker, John
Warren, Charles
Watson, J.A.
Weir, Washington
Williams, Hendrick
Winsor, Alexander
Wires, William
Yager, R.
de Loasano, Horatio

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Vessel Names

Continent (Ship)

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