Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Tucker family
Title
Tucker Shipping papers
ID
M177
Date [inclusive]
1826-1890
Extent
18.5 linear feet
Language
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.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Other Finding Aids Note

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


Collection Inventory

 M177.1 Business records: letters, documents, accounts, etc., 1826-1890   7.0 linear feet

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.

Box
1

Mar. 1813 - May 1847 

2

June 1847 - June 1848 

3

July 1848 - Dec. 1848 

4

Jan. 1849 - July 1849 

Drawer Folder
16 16

Ships' Designs 1849 - 1851 

Box
5

Aug. 1849 - Apr. 1850 

6

May 1850 - Oct. 1850 

7

Nov. 1850 - May 1851 

8

June 1851 - Dec. 1851 

9

Jan. 1852 - Oct. 1852 

10

Nov. 1852 - Dec. 1853 

11

Jan. 1854 - Aug. 1854 

12

Sept. 1854 - Apr. 1855 

13

May 1855 - Dec. 1855 

14

Jan. 1856 - Oct. 1856 

15

Nov. 1856 - June 1857 

16

July 1857 - Dec. 1857 

17

Jan. 1858 - July 1858 

18

Aug. 1858 - Apr. 1859 

19

May 1859 - Dec. 1859 

20

Jan. 1860 - June 1860 

21

July 1860 - June 1861 

22

July 1861 - Aug. 1862 

23

Sept. 1862 - Sept. 1866 

24

Jan. 1867 - Dec. 1871 

25

Jan. 1872 - June 1875 

26

July 1875 - Dec. 1882 

27

Jan. 1883 - Dec. 1890 

Volume-folio
1

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

Volume
2

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

Volume-folio
3

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

4

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

Letterbooks 

Volume
5

Nov. 1852 - Nov. 20, 1855 

6

Nov. 17, 1855 - Jan. 18, 1857 

7

Jan. 22, 1857 - Mar. 20, 1858 

8

Mar. 19, 1858 - Dec. 20, 1858 

9

Feb. 11, 1860 - June 4, 1861 

10

May 25, 1861 - Dec. 12, 1862 

11

Dec. 11, 1862 - Nov. 20, 1865 

12

Nov. 10, 1865 - Apr. 6, 1868 

13

June 9, 1869 - May 23, 1872 

14

Aug. 9, 1873 - Oct. 24, 1877 

15

Oct. 29, 1877 - Feb. 20, 1886 


 M177.2 Ships' records: receipts, documents, certificates, etc., 1839-1888   4.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
28 1-22

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

28 23-30

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

28 31

"Canton" Dec. 1851 

28 32

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

29 1-20

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

29 21-31

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

30 1-15

"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 

30 16-27

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

31 1-8

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

31 9-24

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

32 1-6

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

32 7

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

32 8-22

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

Volume-folio
1

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

Box Folder
32 23

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

32 24-29

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

Volume
2

Crew Accounts: 1864 - 1865 

Box Folder
33 1-8

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

Volume
3

Crew Accounts: Sept. 1868 - Oct. 1870 

Box Folder
33 9-26

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

33 27-32

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

Box
34

"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 

Ovsz-Box
E 4

Freight List: Liverpool to Charleston, June 25, 1850 

Box
35

"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 Folder
36 1-10

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

Volume
4

Crew Accounts: 1865 - 1866 

Box Folder
36 11-12

"South Carolina", propeller steamship, 1850 - 1852 

36 13

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

36 14

Directions, 1838 


 M177.3 Private records: diary and manual, 1838-1842   0.25 linear feet

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.

Volume
1

Diary, R.H. Tucker, Jr., 1838-39, 1842 

Box Folder
36 14

Directions, 1838 


 M177.4 Typescripts of Tucker Shipping Papers 

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 

Box Folder
37 1

Mar. 1813-Mar. 1847 

37 2

Apr. 1847-Mar. 1848 

37 3

Apr. 1848-Oct. 1848 

37 4

Nov. 1848-Dec. 1849 

37 5

Jan. 1850-May 1850 

37 6

Jun. 1850-Dec. 1850 

37 7

Jan. 1851-Jul. 1851 

37 8

Aug. 1851-Dec. 1851 

Jan. 1852-Dec. 1856 

Box Folder
38 1

Jan. 1852-Aug. 1852 

38 2

Sept. 1852-Aug. 1853 

38 3

Sept. 1853-Feb. 1854 

38 4

Mar. 1854-Jun. 1854 

38 5

Jul. 1854-Dec. 1854 

38 6

Jan. 1855-Jun. 1855 

38 7

Jul. 1855-Dec. 1855 

38 8

Jan. 1856-Jun. 1856 

38 9

Jul. 1856-Dec. 1856 

Jan. 1857-Dec. 1860 

Box Folder
39 1

Jan. 1857-Jul. 1857 

39 2

Aug. 1857-Dec. 1857 

39 3

Jan. 1858-May 1858 

39 4

May 1858-Dec. 1858 

39 5

Jan. 1859-May 1859 

39 6

Jun. 1859-Sept. 1859 

39 7

Oct. 1859-Dec. 1859 

39 8

Jan. 1860-May 1860 

39 9

Jun. 1860-Dec. 1860 

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

Box Folder
40 1

Jan. 1861-Jun. 1862 

40 2

Jul. 1862-May 1871 

40 3

Jun. 1871-Jun. 1875 

40 4

Jun. 1875-Mar. 1888 

40 5

Directions from Richard Hawley Tucker to Capt. R.H. Tucker, Jr., 1838 

40 6

Journal of Richard H. Tucker, Jr., 1837-1842, c.1 

40 7

Journal of Richard H. Tucker, Jr., 1837-1842, c.2