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Testimony of Captains Involved in the North
Atlantic Commerical Fisheries
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
This collection consists of 22
handwritten depositions of captains involved in North Atlantic commercial fishing, written out
by a clerk and notarized.
SERIES I. Depositions SERIES II. Miscellaneous Financial Documents
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of 22 handwritten depositions of captains involved in North Atlantic
commercial fishing, written out by a clerk and notarized. There are also 36 other depositions of
fishing firms which are printed questionnaires filled out in manuscript, with a manuscript
narrative of about 100 words attached to each. Captains are from the United States' East coast,
Maine to Cape Cod and fish on George's, St. Lawrence Bay, and other locations for herring,
mackerel, cod, etc. There is a large amount of detail about how each fisherman goes about his
business and about the changes in the various fisheries over the past decades. This was probably
gathered as testimony for the Halifax Commission, but covers much more than Canadian-American
relations. There is also a folder of miscellaneous financial documents (1873-1879).
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat.
Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the
catalog using these headings.
Anderson, James L.
Collins, Joseph W.
Goman, John E.
Howard, Oliver F.
Hutchinson, John P.
Jameson, John S.
Parkhurst, Charles E.
Rowe, William T.
Wilkins, Edward N.
Abraham H. Tower
B. Maddocks and Company
B.A. Lewis and Company
C. and H. Trefthen
C. N. Weaver
Central Wharf Company
Charles A. Dyer
Chase and Cushing
E. G. Willard
E. H. Chase
F. M. Freeman
Freeman and Williams
George Trefethen and Company
H. and S. Cook Company
J.W. Sawyer and Company
James G. Tarr & Bro. (East Gloucester, Mass.)
Jordan B. Blake
Leighton and Company
Lewis Whittier and Company
Manter and Blackmer
Mercantile Wharf Company
Moses E. Peirce and Company
Nelson and Harlow
Rowe and Jordan
Smith and Golt
Thomes Chase and Company
W.S. Jordan and Company
William Parsons 2nd and Company
William T. Maddocks
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing
to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Testimony of Captains Involved in the North Atlantic Commerical Fisheries, MSS 375, Phillips
Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was purchased on August 1, 2007 (acc # 2007.012).
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, January 2008.
Testimony of Captains Involved in the North Atlantic Commerical Fisheries
This collection is open for research use.
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum
This collection consists of 22 handwritten depositions of captains involved in North Atlantic commercial fishing, written out by a clerk and notarized.
Seth Webb; B. Maddocks and Company; Leighton and Company; Smith and Golt; Rowe and Jordan; Wonson Brothers; James G. Tarr & Bro. (East Gloucester, Mass.); W.S. Jordan and Company; Jordan B. Blake; C. and H. Trefthen; Charles A. Dyer; William T. Maddocks; Mercantile Wharf Company; E. H. Chase; Freeman Orne; Abraham H. Tower; Thomes Chase and Company; Moses E. Peirce and Company; F. M. Freeman; John Bates; J.W. Sawyer and Company; Chase and Cushing; C. N. Weaver; Nelson and Harlow; Manter and Blackmer; James Fitch; David Conwell; Freeman and Williams; Lewis Whittier and Company; H. and S. Cook Company; Central Wharf Company; B.A. Lewis and Company; George Trefethen and Company; William Parsons 2nd and Company; E. G. Willard; Collins, Joseph W.; McNeil, Daniel; Babson, Horatio; Parkhurst, Charles E.; Glenn, John; Warren, Nicholas; Hardy, Henry; Tarr, Zebulon; Rowe, William T.; Jameson, John S.; Farmer, Samuel; Goman, John E.; Lewis, Jesse; Hannan, Richard; Anderson, James L.; Sinclair, Peter; Hutchinson, John P.; McIssac, James; McDonald, Alexander; Wilkins, Edward N.; Corey, Alonzo; Howard, Oliver F.; Fisheries--Canada; Fisheries--New England; Fishing
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.