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Maritime Papers, 1787-1964, n.d.

0.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M123

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
John D. Bibber and William G. Randall, master shipbuilders, established the Bibber & Randall shipbuilding company in Bath, Maine, in 1854. William G. Randall went to sea in the early 1840s, was employed at the Portsmouth Navy Yard during the Civil War, and was thought to have been employed in Bath, Maine, in 1848. In 1854, the Bath Custom House records indicate that Bibber & Randall Co. completed the 498-ton ship Sebastopol (see William Baker's A Maritime History of Bath and the Kennebeck River Region, Bath, Marine Research Society of Bath, 1973).

John D. Bibber was married to Mehitable Cowen Hall. Their son, Randall Doyle Bibber, and grandson, Harold Thornton Bibber, were both graduated from the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin College (Class of 1871 and Class of 1908)

Scope and Content:
The collection contains information on ships and shipbuilding, chiefly in northern New England. The bulk pertains to William G. Randall and the Bath, Maine, shipbuilding company of Bibber & Randall Co. Included are correspondence and documents, a Bibber & Randall Co. ledger and letterbook, and William G. Randall's design notebooks with drawings and notes concerning several vessells (such as the Frank Haynie, the Natchez and the Kearsage). Other materials in the collection include several issues of Low's Almanac (1787-1806), some heavily annotated (by an unknown author) with observations about weather, ship arrivals, agricultural planting and local miscellany; various documents recording vessels in Portland, Maine (1789-1800); reports from the early 1900s concerning damage to Russian cruisers; and printed maritime ephemera and newspaper clippings.

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Cite as: Cite as: Maritime Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: None.

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