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Tucker Shipping Papers M177

Title:
Tucker Shipping papers
Creator:
Tucker family
ID:
M177
Date [inclusive]:
1826-1890
Extent:
18.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection includes letters, documents, receipts, insurance records, and other material relating to operation of the Tucker family's shipping business, in Wiscasset, Maine, 1826-1890.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Tucker shipping Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

The Tucker family owned and operated a shipping firm at a time when Wiscasset, Maine, was a major center of trade. The founder, Richard Hawley Tucker (1791-1867), was descended from a long line of mariners. He started the business in 1827, managing the ships and their operations until his death.

Richard's sons, Joseph Tucker (1821-89) and Richard Holbrook Tucker (1816-95), both served as captains, Joseph from 1843 to 1859 and Richard from 1838 to 1848. After leaving the sea, Richard (Bowdoin 1838) looked after the family's interests in Charleston, S.C., (1848-54), then returned to Wiscasset where he engaged in various businesses, many of which were independent of the shipping business. Joseph took over the management of the business upon his father's death in 1867, running it until the last ship was sold in 1882.

The Tuckers operated only sailing ships, each in service from one to twenty years, although the younger Richard superintended the building of a steamship for South Carolina stockholders. They plied the cotton trade routes from Wiscasset, Charleston and the east coast to Liverpool, and other Atlantic ports; and, in the west, traded from San Francisco, Seattle and the west coast to Melbourne, Hong Kong and other Pacific ports, carrying grain, guano and other goods.

The collection includes letters, documents, receipts, insurance records, and other material relating to operation of the Tucker family's shipping business, in Wiscasset, Maine, 1826-1890.

A card index and typescripts of the private records and business correspondence, prepared by the donor, are available for in-house use.

Series Description:

Letters between R. H. Tucker or, after 1867, Joseph Tucker and their captains, customers or business associates; insurance records; accounts and receipts; deeds; notes, etc.; together with a few family letters; all arranged chronologically. Overlapping volumes, also arranged chronologically, are listed at the end. Although captains' letters from various ports of call are included, these are largely the general records of the business; overlapping receipts, documents, etc., relating to individual voyages are with the ships' papers. The original material dates from 1826 to 1890, with transcripts and photocopies of other documents dating back to 1813.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Mar. 1813 - May 1847

Box 1

June 1847 - June 1848

Box 2

July 1848 - Dec. 1848

Box 3

Jan. 1849 - July 1849

Box 4

Ships' Designs 1849 - 1851

Mapcase C4 Folder 4

Aug. 1849 - Apr. 1850

Box 5

May 1850 - Oct. 1850

Box 6

Nov. 1850 - May 1851

Box 7

June 1851 - Dec. 1851

Box 8

Jan. 1852 - Oct. 1852

Box 9

Nov. 1852 - Dec. 1853

Box 10

Jan. 1854 - Aug. 1854

Box 11

Sept. 1854 - Apr. 1855

Box 12

May 1855 - Dec. 1855

Box 13

Jan. 1856 - Oct. 1856

Box 14

Nov. 1856 - June 1857

Box 15

July 1857 - Dec. 1857

Box 16

Jan. 1858 - July 1858

Box 17

Aug. 1858 - Apr. 1859

Box 18

May 1859 - Dec. 1859

Box 19

Jan. 1860 - June 1860

Box 20

July 1860 - June 1861

Box 21

July 1861 - Aug. 1862

Box 22

Sept. 1862 - Sept. 1866

Box 23

Jan. 1867 - Dec. 1871

Box 24

Jan. 1872 - June 1875

Box 25

July 1875 - Dec. 1882

Box 26

Jan. 1883 - Dec. 1890

Box 27

Cashbook: Feb 19, 1841 - Jan. 1, 1870

Volume-folio 1

Letterbook: Sept. 16, 1846 - Aug. 4, 1851

Volume 2

Freight list book: Jan. 3, 1848 - Dec. 15, 1849

Volume-folio 3

Vessels ... at Charleston: June 12, 1848 - Mar. 11, 1851

Volume-folio 4

Nov. 1852 - Nov. 20, 1855

Volume 5

Nov. 17, 1855 - Jan. 18, 1857

Volume 6

Jan. 22, 1857 - Mar. 20, 1858

Volume 7

Mar. 19, 1858 - Dec. 20, 1858

Volume 8

Feb. 11, 1860 - June 4, 1861

Volume 9

May 25, 1861 - Dec. 12, 1862

Volume 10

Dec. 11, 1862 - Nov. 20, 1865

Volume 11

Nov. 10, 1865 - Apr. 6, 1868

Volume 12

June 9, 1869 - May 23, 1872

Volume 13

Aug. 9, 1873 - Oct. 24, 1877

Volume 14

Oct. 29, 1877 - Feb. 20, 1886

Volume 15

Series Descriptions:

Receipts and accounts; freight lists; shipping, repair and supply records; pilot and docking certificates; custom house documents; and other records concerning the operation of individual Tucker ships, 1839-88. Within an alphabetical ship-by-ship arrangement, the records are sorted chronologically. Ports of call for each of the sixteen ships are included on the container list; some also list information on the ships' construction, settlements, accidents and wrecks. For disbursement information on the "Richard III" see the "Othello" cashbook; for copies of construction contracts for "Othello" and "J.S. Parsons" see the construction folders under "Brother Jonathan." The business records should also be consulted.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Alliance" June 1848 - Oct. 14, 1853 Ports: Liverpool, Charleston, Boston, Newport, Wales, Wiscasset, New York, Letlaure, Le Havre, Antwerp

Box 28 Folder 1-22

"Brother Jonathan" June 16,1853 - Feb. 17, 1855 Construction; Ports: Charleston, Le Havre, New York, Liverpool, Wreck

Box 28 Folder 23-30

"Canton" Dec. 1851

Box 28 Folder 31

"Catharine" 1850-1857 Ports: Hamburg, Gonaives, Liverpool

Box 28 Folder 32

"Fannie Tucker" Oct. 2, 1884 - April 4, 1888 Ports: San Francisco, Puget Sound, Melbourne, British Columbia, Port Discovery (W.T.), San Diego, Seattle

Box 29 Folder 1-20

"Franchise" Oct. 1850 - Dec. 22, 1852 Ports: New York, Savannah, Liverpool, Charleston

Box 29 Folder 21-31

"Franchise" [cont.] Feb. 15, 1853 - May 1855 Ports: Charleston, Le Havre, New York, Liverpool, Cork (Queenstown), Pillau, Stockholm, Elsinore, English Channel Capt. W. F. Robinson's Accounts, 1853 - 1854

Box 30 Folder 1-15

"Mary Washington" Nov. 12, 1857 - Dec. 2, 1859 Ports: Portsmouth, Charleston, Liverpool, St. John, Boston

Box 30 Folder 16-27

"Mary Washington" [cont.] Jan. 24, 1859 - Jan. 1861 Ports: Charleston, Liverpool, St. John, Philadelphia, Nassau

Box 31 Folder 1-8

"Moultrie" Jan. 1854 - Sept. 26, 1856 Construction Misc. Invoices and Acounts; Ports: Savannah, Charleston, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bermuda, Boston

Box 31 Folder 9-24

"Moultrie" [cont.] June 21, 1856 - July 22, 1857 Ports: Liverpool, Lapreaux, Charleston, Havre, Cardiff Accounts Current and Examination

Box 32 Folder 1-6

"Othello" (1) Sept. - Dec. 1839 Ports: Wiscasset

Box 32 Folder 7

"Othello" (2) Dec. 1855 - May 1869 Construction; Ports: Charleston, Le Havre, Savannah, Liverpool, Alexandria, New York, Honolulu, Philadelphia

Box 32 Folder 8-22

Cashbook: Feb. 7, 1861 - Aug. 2, 1866; with "Richard III", Dec. 22, 1856 - Nov. 1860

Volume-folio 1

"Pilot", propeller steam towboat, Apr. 1849 - Jun. 1852

Box 32 Folder 23

"Richard III" Apr. 1860 - Nov. 8, 1868 Ports: Liverpool, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Burmah, Bassein

Box 32 Folder 24-29

Crew Accounts: 1864 - 1865

Volume 2

"Richard III" [cont.] July 6, 1869 - Sept. 7, 1878 Ports: Singapore, Liverpool, Wiscasset, Havre, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Straits Settlements (Singapore) Normand Accident

Box 33 Folder 1-8

Crew Accounts: Sept. 1868 - Oct. 1870

Volume 3

"R. H. Tucker" July 1858 - Sept. 1868 Ports: Portsmouth, Charleston, Liverpool, St. John, Boston, Philadelphia Disaster of 1860

Box 33 Folder 9-26

"Samoset" Oct. 1847 - Dec. 1868 Construction Materials at Essex House, Portsmouth, NH [electrostatic copies: no copying]; Ports: Charleston, Le Havre, Liverpool, New York

Box 33 Folder 27-32

"Samoset" [cont.] Nov. 17, 1848 - Nov. 28, 1855 Ports: Charleston, Liverpool, Boston, Matanzas, Falmouth, Bristol, New York, Le Havre, Newport, Havana, Cork (Queenstown), Baltimore, Cardiff, Savannah

Box 34

Freight List: Liverpool to Charleston, June 25, 1850

Ovsz-Box E 4

"Samoset" [cont.] Jan. 8, 1856 - Sept. 23, 1863 Ports: Charleston, Rotterdam, Boston, Le Havre, Savannah, Liverpool, Alexandria, New York, Sombrero Island, Falmouth, St. Thomas, Southampton, Cardiff, St. Vincent, Queenstown

Box 35

"Samoset" [cont.] Sept. 29, 1863 - Dec. 1868 Ports: London, Newport, Aden, Moulmein, Maulmain, Ascension Island, Plymouth, Hartlepool, Sunderland, St. Vincent, Quebec, San Francisco

Box 36 Folder 1-10

Crew Accounts: 1865 - 1866

Volume 4

"South Carolina", propeller steamship, 1850 - 1852

Box 36 Folder 11-12

"Tybee", propeller steam towboat, Jan. 1851 - Jan. 1852 Ports: Savannah

Box 36 Folder 13

Directions, 1838

Box 36 Folder 14

Series Description:

Two private volumes written by members of the Tucker family. The first, the personal diary of Richard Holbrook Tucker, covers his early voyages, 1837 to 1839, with one entry in 1842. The second, written by Richard Hawley Tucker, is an 1838 volume of advice on being a ship's captain, written in the form of a 120 page letter to his son, Richard. The donor referred to them as volumes 5 and 1 respectively.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Directions, 1838

Box 36 Folder 14

Series Description:

Typescripts of letters, documents, receipts, insurance records, and other material relating to operation of the Tucker family's shipping business, in Wiscasset, Maine, 1826-1890.

Mar. 1813-Dec. 1851

Jan. 1852-Dec. 1856

Jan. 1857-Dec. 1860

Jan. 1861-Dec. 1888/Journal and Directions, 1837-1842

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