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were funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Isaac Cushing Papers
0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Isaac Cushing Papers
document the shipping and lumber merchant activities of Isaac Cushing of Salem,
Scope and Content Note
The Isaac Cushing Papers document the shipping and lumber merchant activities of
Isaac Cushing of Salem, Massachusetts. The ships' papers contain records of only six
of the numerous vessels Cushing used to transport lumber and coal along the eastern
coast of the United States. Of interest among these papers are the brig America's 1855 protest regarding storm damage, and
correspondence and accounts relating to her going aground in 1858 off the coast of
New Jersey. Also included is an 1850 protest of the schooner Invincible, which was run into by another vessel. The 1840-1844 account
book contains shipping and sales accounts of Cushing's lumber business which
transported lumber from Maine to ports as far south as South Carolina. Cushing's
business and personal papers contain correspondence, legal, and financial papers,
such as bills paid for Hannah Becket, land deeds, and a contract for construction of
a sea wall off the 27 Water Street wharf.
Isaac Cushing was born on October 18, 1779 in Hingham,
Massachusetts, the son of Isaac and Mary (Jones) Cushing. He became a shipping and
lumber merchant in Salem, Massachusetts, and owned many ships. He never married. At
one time he owned the Benjamin Pickman house in Salem, which he left to Hannah
Becket. He died on January 14, 1859.
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.
Arthur Pickering (Bark)
Eliza Otis (Schooner)
Lucia Maria (Bark)
Samuel Small (Brig)
St. Helena (Schooner)
William & Louisa (Schooner)
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
The Isaac Cushing Papers document the shipping and lumber merchant activities of Isaac Cushing of Salem, Massachusetts.
America (Brig); Arthur Pickering (Bark); Eliza Otis (Schooner); Invincible (Schooner); Lucia Maria (Bark); Plato (Schooner); St. Helena (Schooner); Samuel Small (Brig); William & Louisa (Schooner); Becket, Hannah; Cushing, Isaac; Account books; Accidents; Coal trade; Deeds; Letter writing; Lumber trade; Marine protests; Merchants--Salem (Mass.); Ships' papers; Shipping; Shipwrecks; Storms; Wharves
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.