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, are 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 

          Mapcase Folder
          C4 4

          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