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Joshua Humphreys (1751-1838) Papers

Joshua Humphreys (1751-1838) Papers

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JOSHUA HUMPHREYS (1751-1838) PAPERS, undated





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Humphreys, Joshua, 1751-1838
Title:Joshua Humphreys (1751-1838) Papers
Dates:undated
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Joshua Humphreys papers contains a photostat of the pages of Humphreys' notebook titled, "Principal Dimentions and Scantling Etc. of a Ship of Each Class…." with an additional sketch of a method for asserting tonnage.
Collection Number:MH 128

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Scope and Content Note

The Joshua Humphreys papers contains a photostat of the pages of Humphreys' notebook titled, "Principal Dimentions and Scantling Etc. of a Ship of Each Class…." with an additional sketch of a method for asserting tonnage. It is not known when the photostats were made. The original notebook is located at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


Biographical Sketch

Joshua Humphreys was born on June 17, 1751 to Joshua and Sarah (Williams) Humphreys, in what is now Haverford, Pennsylvania. When Joshua was 14, the family moved to Philadelphia. He became an apprentice with shipbuilder James (or Jonathan) Penrose. Before he was 21 years old, Humphreys had entered into business with a cousin, John Wharton, building ships. He then received an appointment to the Continental Shipyard; he was later commissioned by the Committee of Safety of Philadelphia to build the first armed vessel in the American Revolution. Humphreys was also employed by the Marine Committee to outfit a fleet of war vessels, which sailed under Commodore Ezek Hopkins' command in 1776. Humphreys was an early proponent for the creation of a national navy after the Revolution and he would later be made responsible for the designs of the ships, the most famous of which is the frigate Constitution.


Humphreys married Mary David. He died in 1838.


Index Terms

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.

Shipbuilding

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to reproduce or publish material from the collection must be submitted to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (215) 732-6200. No reproductions of this collection can be made at the Phillips Library.

Preferred Citation

Joshua Humphreys (1751-1838) Papers, MH 128, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Lieutenant Commander M. V. Brewington, who obtained copies of the original materials from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in approximately 1947. It is not known when the photostats that make up this collection were created.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, June 2015.


Related Material

Hollis, Ira N. The Frigate Constitution. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1900.


Humphreys, Henry H. Who built the first United States Navy? : Joshua Humphreys, Proven by Documentary Evidence, the Designer of "Old Ironsides" and Her Five Sister Ships; "Constructor of the Navy of the United States," He Planned and Built the Frigates Which Were the Forerunners of our Present Superdreadnaughts. New York: National Historical Society, 1916.


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