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Call No.: Mss:7981852-1854E64
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Equitable Marine Insurance Company entry book
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: One volume containing detailed entries of numerous voyages insured by Equitable Marine Insurance Company from 1852 to 1854. Each entry includes the name of the policyholder, the vessel insured, destination, dates for insurance coverage, amount insured, and premium paid.
During the nineteenth century, vessels based in Provincetown, Massachusetts, engaged in whaling, coastal trading, and fishing with the bulk of local maritime activity consisting of selling great quantities of locally caught fresh cod and later, salted cod from the Grand Banks. Due to the dependency of earning a living from the sea, numerous ships considered Provincetown their home port. Cape Codders chartered Equitable Marine Insurance Company in 1845 to serve primarily local fishermen. This mutual marine insurance company charged low rates and was able to pay good dividends during its existence.Directors of the company included Joshua E. Bowley, Francis Small, Phineas N. Freeman, Artemas Paine, Jesse Small, Charles A. Cook, Eleazer H. Rich, Ebenezer Cook, Jonathan Cook and Enos N. Young. Many of these men were descendants of early Provincetown families, and some eventually incorporated the First National Bank of Provincetown in 1854. In the 1850s, Mr. Bowley also owned a general outfitting store for ships.
One volume containing detailed entries of numerous voyages insured by Equitable Marine Insurance Company from 1852 to 1854. Each entry includes the name of the policyholder, the vessel insured, destination, dates for insurance coverage, amount insured, and premium paid.