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Call No.: Mss:732 1881-1915 C951
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Wilton E. Cross schooner collection
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet (10 cartons, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Captains' letters, bills, accounts, charter parties, insurance papers of schooners in the coastwise trade, 1881-1915.
A volume of a shipfitters accounts, which came with the collection, has been placed in Mss:483 1868-1887 F874. The accounts belonged to Israel French, who did odd jobs about ships. During the latter part of his life, he seems to have mainly set and whetted saws.
Captains' letters, bills, accounts, charter parties, insurance papers of schooners in the coastwise trade, 1881-1915. The cargo was largely coal from Baltimore to Boston, Providence or other northern ports. Apparently various goods were shipped south, such as lumber and ice. The agent until about 1900 was William B. Church of Taunton, Mass.; after that date, Henry H. Church was agent. The material was collected and arranged chronologically (by ships) by Rev. Wilton E. Cross of Taunton.