Collection MS 402 - Whalemen shipping papers

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Whalemen shipping papers


  • c.1840 - c.1870 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm

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The papers comprise agreements between owners, masters and seamen for whaling voyages mainly out of New Bedford and frequently to the Pacific Ocean. They give the names of crews, their positions and their share in the voyages. There are also assorted papers from various ports relating to the discharge and hiring of men. The papers are in alphabetical order by ship's name. The range of ships covered by each microfilm is given in the contents for each reel.

Papers for the ships CAROLINE to B.D. FRANKLIN.

Papers for the ships in the alphabetical series before the ship CAROLINE were not available for microfilming. See also PMB 403 - 408

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New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford, Mass., USA 02740

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