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SHIP REGISTERS

OF

LIGHTON-FALL RIDER, IftSaACHEEraS



1789



1933



Compiled from original document;
stored in the
Fall River Custom House

and in

The National archives

Washington, D.C.



NATIONAL &RCE3TVSS PROJECT

VORN PROJECTS ADIHNISTRA.TIOIT






SHIP H3GIST3RS

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DIGIiTON-FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS , 1789-1938



Compiled by

The Survey of Federal Archives

Division of Women's and Professional Projects

Work Projects Administration

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PREFACE



The Customs District cf Dighton vms created on July 31, 1789 as one
of twenty such districts and ports of entry in the state of Massachusetts,
provided for by an Act cf the First Congress of the United States "...to
roguloto the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the tonnago of
ships or vessels and on goods, wares and merchandises imported into the
United States." The territorial limits of Customs District XI were fixed
by the Act to "...include all the waters and shores on Taunton Rivor and
in the town, of Rohobcth;" while another clause of the same law provided
that "...To the district of Bight on shall be annexed Swansey and Freetown
as ports of dclivory only; and a collector for the district shall bo
appointed to reside at Dighton. w (The original customs house used in 17iJJ?
is still standing.)

In tirac the commercial importance of the port of Dighton was surpassed
by that of its neighboring town, Fall Rivor, and in 1834 the latter became,
as chief porb of the district, the seat of the collector's residence. For
more than three quarters of a century thereafter, the town of Fall River
continued to serve as port of entry for the district, "...to which port the
vessel must come. ..before she shall proceed to her port of delivery,"
which latter might have been Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Rehobeth, Somerset,
Swansey, or Taunton.

In 1913, as a result of a nation-wide reorganization of the customs
service, District XI was abolished, and Fall Rivor, with its smaller subparts,
passed into the jurisdiction of the Collector of Customs, District IV, at
Boston. All records of the former District XI, however, remained in the
custody of a Deputy Collector at Fall River.

Possibly because some of its early records Were destroyed by fire in 1843,
or otherwise lost during several changes of location of the custom office
between 1834 and 1933, the file of ship registers issued at Dighton -Fall
River and now in the custody of the Deputy Collector, does not begin until
1819. From the latter date to the present, however, the local file of
these documents, consisting of eight volumes, appears to bo complete and
is fairly well preserved. The foreign trade of the district declined
greatly during the last two decades cf the nineteenth century and registers
of vessels were issued only at intervals of one or two or even three years.

Fortunately, duo to the provisions of the Act of December 31, 1792,
requiring that the "...Collector of each district shall progressively
number certificates of registry by hiri granted, beginning anew at commence-
ment of each year: shall preserve exact copies of the same, and once
in three months transmit like copies to register of the treasury...", it
has been possible to fill in partially the gap (1789-1819) in the file at
Fall Rivor by making use of registers now in The national Archives. This
institution has received from the Department of the Treasury two volumes
of registers issued at Dighton, 1789-1306, which vrcre sent to that Depart-
ment for use in connection with the adjudication of the French Spoliation
Claims. From the Department of Commerce it has received registers issued
at Dighton -Fall Rivor since 1313, and those for 1813-1819 have been used



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for this volume. Unfortunately, the documents for this period are in such
•poor condition that it has not been possible in every instance to secure
from them all the information normally to be secured from a register.
Furthermore, it is probable that the file is not complete for these years.
No attempt has been made to check the file in The National Archives for
the period since 1819 with that at Fall River. When information has
been secured from a document in The National Archives, that fact lias been
indicated by placing the symbol NA within parentheses after such information

It was decided in the interests of accuracy and efficiency, that the
data presented herein should include, as far as possible, every item of
information given on each ship register. Across the top of the document
"...in a strong engrossing hand in the margin immediately above the number
... the collector shall write ... Permanent or Temporary ..." Thereupon
follows the name, rig, and hailing port of the vessel; the date, and place
of its building- and of its registry; its tonnage and dimensions; and the
names of its master and owner "...or... if more than one owner ... the
words, 'together with', and the name or names, occupation or occupations,
place or places of abode, and parts or proportions of the ovmer or owners.."
The register also carries a brief description of the vessel, and finally,
any endorsements concerning its previous documentation, changes of masters,
physical alteration or disposition. When, in the case of a newly built
vessel or one whose dimensions or rig were altered, the register bears the
name of a master carpenter or survej r or, this also has been carefully
transcribed and appears in the Index.

Data on the original registration are reproduced in full, but in listing
subsequent documentations of the same vessel, information identical with
that given in the preceding item has been omitted. Thus, re-registration
abstracts in this book show only names, places, dimensions, etc., which
differ from those given on the previous or first documentation. To avoid
repetition, the word "Massachusetts" has also been deleted, it being
understood that unless otherwise specified, all towns and ports mentioned
are located either in that state proper or in the district of Maine.
(It was not until 1820 that Maine was set apart from Massachusetts as a
separate state.)

Incidentally, some confusion was caused by the names of Wellington and
Troy, Massachusetts, and Fall River, Rhode Island, which appeared as ports .
of registration or building, or residences of oxmers. Careful research
disclosed that Wellington was originally a part of Dighton, but set itself
up as a separate town of that name in 1814. Four years later, it returned
to its parent town but "secaded" again for another two year period in
1825-27. Similarly, the town of Troy, Massachusetts, was originally known
bjr the less classical name of Fall River. For almost thirty years, from
1804, the town bore the name of Troy; but on February 12, 1834, it resumed
its original name - Fall River. Fall River, Rhode Island, was that portion
of the town lying across the state line which was not officially ceded to
Massachusetts until a decision of the United States Supreme Court in 1862
so decreed.

Antiquated spellings of family, town, or vessel's names have been
copied exactly as they were written, but it was felt desirable to correct
any other conspicuous misspellings or misleading data on the registers which



were obviously mistakes of customs clerks. The few corrections of this
nature, however, have been made only after thorough verification of
questionable material.

This list of Ship Registers of the Customs District of Fall River has
been compiled by the staff of the National Archives Project in Massachu-
setts, as successor to the nation-wide project, The Survey of Federal
Archives. The project gratefully acknowledges the courtesy and coop-
eration extended by Customs officials in Pall River and Boston, and
especially assistance on the historical and technical aspects given by
Professor Samuel Eliot Horison of Cambridge, and Mr. Howard I. Chapelle
of Ipswich, Massachusetts.



J. W. McElroy
Deputy Archivist
for New England



National Archives Project
403 Federal Building
Boston, Massachusetts
July 31, 1939



CONTENTS



Freface. ii

TABLES

Table showing rigs and years of building... vi

Table showing distribution of hailing; ports

Geographical-Alphabetical list vii

Numerical list viii

Table showing places and years of building ix

Table showing distribution of shipbuilding by States x

Summary with year spaa 1 ] of building ports. xi

COLLECTORS OF DISTRICT

Chronological list xii

SHIP REGISTERS

Alphabetical list of vessels. 1

INDEX OF OiMERS Ala) iikSTERS

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DIGETON-FALL RIVER REGISTERS
Distribution of Hailing Ports
1709 _ 1938



vii



HAILING

FORTS



10. OF
VESSELS



LAILING

PORTS



NO. OF
VESSELS



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CRTS



NO. OF
VESSELS



Apalachiccla, Fla.
Baltimore, lid.
Bangor, Me .
Barnstable
Bath, Me. .
Berkley . .
Bluehill, Me
Boston . .
Bristol, Me.
Bristol, R.I
B r o o kha ve n , N . Y
Brooksville, Me.
Bucksport, Me.
Calais, Me. . .
Gape May, N.J.
Charleston, S.C.
Chatham ....
Cherryfield, Me.
Chilmark
Cohasset
Cutle*r, Me
Dartmouth
Deer Isle,
Dennis «
Dighton .
E. Greenwich, Conn
Eas chain . . .
E. Machias, Me
E. Marion, N.Y
Edgartown . .
Elizabeth City
Elizatethport , IT. J
Ellsworth, Me.
Fairfield, Conn.
Fall River . . .
Falmouth ....
Forked River . .

Sub Total



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2

4

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1
31
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Freetown . .
Forrester, N.Y
Gardner, Me.
Gt. B^g Harbor
Goulds boro, Me
Greenport, N.Y
Harwich . . .
Harpswell, Me.
Hartford, Conn
Haverhill . .
Houston, Texas
Ipswich . . .
Jonosport, Me.
Kingston . .
Machias, Me.
Maiden, N.Y.
Murblehead
Maurice town,
Nantucket • . .
New Bedford . .
Newburyport . .
Newcastle, N.J.
New Haven, Conn.
Not; London, Conn
Newport, R.I. .
New York, N.Y.
Norfolk, Va. .
llorthport, N.Y.
N. Prov. R.I. .
Orleans ....
Orrington, Me .
Oxford, Mc. . .
Pawtuxet , R.I.
Philadelphia, Pa
Plymouth . . •
Port Arthur, Texas
Portland, Conn. .



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Portland, Me.

Portsmouth, N.
Portsmouth, R.
Providence, R.
Pr ovine etown
Quincy . . .
Kay/'ham . . .
Rohoboth . .
Riceborough, Ga
Rockland, Me
Rochester .
Saco, Me. .
St. George, Me
Sag Harbor, N.Y,
Salem ....
Sandwich • .
San Fran. Cal.
Savannah, Ga.
Sippican . .
Somerset • .
Smithtown, N.Y
Somors Pt., N.J.
S out. hpo rt , C onn .
Swanso(y)a
Taunton . . .
T is bury ...
Tiverton, R»I.
Union, N.J. .
TJareham . . .
Warren, E.I.
Wellington .
Wells, N.H. ,
Westport . .
Wilmington, Del
Wiscasset, Me.
Yarmouth . . .
Yonkers, N.Y. .



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Total (Ports 111) ... ................... 663

One Unknown ........................ 1

TOTAL ................ ......... 664



DIGET'ON-FALL RIVER REGISTERS
Distribution of Hailing Ports
1789 - 1938



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Fall River . . . .


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Jones port, Me. .


2


Forrester, N.Y. .


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Freetown


68


Machias, Me. . .


2


Gardner, Mc. . .


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Somerset . . . . .


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Gouldsboro, Mc. «


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Dighton


52


New Haven, Conn. .


2


Harpswoll, Me.


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low York, N.Y. . .


45


New London, Conn, i


2


Hartford, Conn. •


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Berkley


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2


Haverhill ....


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Boston ......


31


Port Arthur, Texas


2


Houston, Texas «


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Taunton

Swansc(y)a . . . .


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Portsmouth, N.H. i


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Newport, R.I. . . .


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Provincotown . .


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Maiden


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Wilmington, Del.


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Providence, R.I.


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Mauricctown, N.J.


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Philadelphia, Pa. «


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Nowburyport • .


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Rchoboth . • • . •


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Bristol, R.I. . . .


5


Tisbury .....


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Norfolk, Va. . .


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Dartmouth


5


Tiverton, R.I. . .


2


Northport, N.Y. .


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Dennis ......


5


Wellington . . . .


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Warren, R.I. . . .


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Orrington, Mc. .


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Bath, Me


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Bluohill, He. . . .


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Rockland, Mb. • .


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Portsmouth, R.I.


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Bangor, Me. . . .


3


Charleston, S.C.


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Raynham ....


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St. George, Me. . .


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Riceborough, Ga.


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Rochester . . .


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Wostport ....
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Doer Isle, Me* .


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Sag Harbor, N.Y.


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E. Greenwich, Conn


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Brooksvillc, Me.


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Sastham


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E* Machias, Me. .


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Sippican ....


. 1


Chatham .....


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S. Marion, N.Y. .


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Elizabeth City, N.(


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Edgartown ....


. 2


Elizabcthport, N.J


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Union, N.J. . .


. . 1


Ellsworth ....


. 2


Fairfield, Conn.


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Wells, N.H. . .


. 1


Grocnport, N.Y. .
Harwich


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Forked River, K.J.


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DIGHTON-FALL RIVER REGISTERS

Distribution of Shipbuilding ^y States

1781-1930



Number of
places building



Number of
vessels built



NEW ENGLAND



Connecticut 21 32

Maine 50 87

Massachusetts . 58 396

New Hampshire ............ 2 ..... 5

Rhode Island 13 3C

Total New England States . 124 550

OTHER STAT ES

California .. 3 ..... 4

Delaware 3 7

Florida 2 2

Georgia ....... 2 ..... 2

Maryland 4 10

Michigan 1 1

New Jersey 10 14

New York 16 29

North Carolina 3 4

Ohio 1 1

Pennsylvania 3 11

South Carolina 1 ..... 1

Virginia ... 4 ..... 5

Washington ........ 2 8

Wisconsin ...... 1 ..... 1

Total Other States 36 100

FOREIGN

England 4 ..... 4

Nova Scotic. 1 1

Total Foreign 5 5

Unknown 9 9



TOTAL



194



664



DIGETON-FALL RIVER REGISTERS
BUILDING RECORDS
1781 - 1930
SUHMAEY



Building; Ports



Year Span
of Building



Number of
Vessels



Building five or more vessels

Frootown 1732-1847

Somerset 1784-1853

Berkley ...... 1731-1847

Fall River 1803-1373

Dighton .... 1734-1374

Taunton 1784-1846

Swansc(y)a 1783-1606

Bath, Me 1827-1901

Warren, R.I 1732-1824

Portland, Wash -1921

Baltimore, Md 1854-1950

Brookhaven, N.Y 1804-1853

Hew York, 3Sf.Y. 1824-1870

Chester, Pa 1864-1921

Falmouth 1799-1817

Philadelphia, Fa 1865-1915

Quincy 1850-1919

Stonington, Conn. . . 1827-1365

Wilmington, Del 1848-1920



103

62

50

47

39

16

13

10

9

7

6

6

6

5

5

5



Nine places building four each

Eleven places building three each

Thirty-six places building two each

Ninety-eight places building one each .

Unknown places .................

TOTAL (194 ports)



36
33
72
98
21

664



DISTRICT OF DIGHTOB-FALL RIVE?,

Collectors of Customs

1789 - 1939



xii



HODIJAH BAYLIES
MTHANLEL WILLIAMS
HERCULES CUSHUAH
SETH WILLIAMS
WILLIAM WOOD
HORATIO PRATT
5HHJEAS W. ESLAHD
CHARLES J. HOLMES
PHIFEAS V?, LELAHD
SAMUEL L. TKAXTER
P.W. LELAND
P.W. LELAND
CHARLES ALMY
JAMES BEADY
JOHN DESMOHD
JAMBS BRADY
EDWARD T. MARVELL



1739-1809
1809-1025
1825-1825
1825-1829
1829-1853
1833-1834
IB 34-1 842
1842-1C45
1645-1849
1849-1053
1353-1850
1850-1061
1861-ie65
1065-1895
1095-1900
1900-1909
1909-1913



Customs Office removed from Dighton to Fall River in 1034.
District consolidated with Boston in July 1913 and the
following resident Deputy Collectors have ssrvad at Fall River.



WALTER A. GOFF
H.S.M. LAYLEH
WARREfl C. KEHRICK



1913-192S

1920-1929
1929-



A. HOUGHTON , "bark, of Fall River. Registered (4) at Fall River June
27, 1853 - permanent. Built at Robbinston, lie. in 1352. 325 91/95
tons; length 116 ft. 10 in., breadth 25 ft. 6 in., depth 12 ft. | in.
Master: John Marble. Owners: Walter C. Durfee 2/62, Daniel Brown
2/62, Hiram Bliss 2/62, Charles H.D. Sisson 2/62, David B. Brightman
2/62, Baylies Chace 3/124, James B. Luther l/62, Philip T. Marble
1/62, Oandace ¥. Marble 1/62, Nathan Reed l/62, Guilford H. Hathaway
1/62, William Marvel l/62, James M. Hawes l/62, William M. Hawes l/62,
James Henry 1/62, Robert P. Reynard l/62, Eben Osborn Jr. 1/124, Ellis
Gifford 1/62, Edwin Shaw 1/62, Foster H. Stafford 1/62, George G. Lyon
1/62, Nathaniel Hinckley l/62, Joseph Crandall l/62, Thomas J.
Pickering 1/52, Henry Dyer 1/62, James Borden l/62, Andrew M. Jennings
1/62, James M. Osborn l/62, William Astlo l/t>2, Nathaniel B. Borden
1/62, George W. Nowell l/62, Mary B. Myrick 1/124, William Blythe
1/124, Perley Brown Jr. 1/124, Michael Livosoy 1/124, Daniel Stillwoll
1/124, Daniel Stillwoll Jr. 1/124, Fall River; Jonathan peckham l/62,
Freetown; Abnor Slade 2/62, William L. Slado 2/62, Jonathan Slade 2d
2/62, Somerset; Benjamin Brayton l/62, Soekonk; Abiel Davis l/62j
Perry Davis l/62, Westport; William Prouduan Jr. 1/124, Manchester,
N.H. , John Marble 2/62, Oliver Chace 2/62, Moses Baker 2/62, Perry
M. Peckham 2d l/62, Charles p. Dring l/62„ Jireh B. Petty l/62, John
Wardrop 1/62, Ezra It-rblo l/62, Joseph Osborn l/62, Christopher
Brownell 1/124, Tiverton, R.I. One deck, throe masts, square stern,
no galleries, a billothead. Previously enrolled at Fall River June
21, 1853.

Bark, of Fall River. Ro-re&ist*»red (1) at Fall River July 6,
1857 - permanent. Master: Olanio C • Robinson. Otvners: Walter C.
Durfee 2/62, Daniel Brown 2/62, William Mason 2d 2/62, Hiram Bliss
2/62, Dafcid B. Brightman 2/62, James B. Luther l/52, Guilford H.
Hathaway l/62, Nathan Reed 1/62, Philip T. Marble l/62, Candace 7.
Marble l/62, William Marvel l/62, James M. Hawos l/62, William M.
Hcwes 1/62, James Henry l/62, Robert P. Reynard l/52, Ellis Gifford
1/62, Nathaniel Hinckley 1/52, Henry Dyer l/62, Thomas J. Pickering
1/62, James Bordon l/62, Andrew M. Jennings l/62, Janes M. Osborn
1/62, Nathaniel B. Borden l/62, William Astlo 1/62, George W. Nowell
1/62, William P. Marble 3/248, Foster H. Stafford 3/124, Jason Davis
.3/248, Brownell W. Woodman 1/124, Iran Smith 1/124, Estate of Daniel
Stillwell 1/124, Daniel Stillwoll Jr. l/l24, Eben Osborn Jr. 1/124,
Charles H.D. Sisson 2/62, Michael Livesey 1/124, Baylies Chaco 1/124,
William Blythe 1/124, Fall River; Abner Slade 2/62, Swansey; Jonathan
Slade 2d 2/62, William L. Slade 2/62, Somerset; Benjamin Brayton
1/62, Seekonk; Abiol Davis l/62, Perry Davis l/62, Westport; Oliver
Chace 2/52, John Marble 2/62, Ezra Marble l/62, Charles P. Dring
1/62, John Wardrop l/62, Fall River; Moses Bakor 2/62, Providence,
R. I., Joseph Osborn 2/62, Jireh B. Petty l/62, Tiverton, R. I., perry
M. peckham 1/62, Lebanon, Conn., William prouduan Jr. l/l24, Manchester,
N.H. , Christopher Brownell 1/124, Little Conpton, R.I.

Bark, of Fall River. Re-registered (4) at Fall River Sept. 6,
1861 - tempo rary. Master: H.A. Brightman. Owners; H.A. Brightman,
Newport, R.I.



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A.¥. n THCTflFSON, schooner, of New York. Registered (s) at Fall River
Oct. 5, 187S - temporary. Built at Q,ueen Ann County, Md. in 1857.
65.84 tons; length 68.9 ft., breadth 24.2 ft., depth 5.3 ft. Master:
Daniel Mahoney. Owners: Hugh McRoberts, Staten Island, N.Y. One
deck, t-.'.fo masts, square stern, a billethead. Previously enrolled at
Hew York June 28, 1872.

ABBOT DEy SRSA.UX , schooner, of Savannah, Ga. Registered (6) at Fall
River Oct. 2, 1855 - temporary. Built at Boston in 1351. 113 71/95
tons; length 76 ft., breadth 21 ft. 8 in., depth 7 ft. 11 in. Master:
George E. Alchorn. Corners: Jsuues A. Brown 3/4, George E. Alchorn
l/4, Savannah, Ga. One deck, two masts, square stern, no galleries,
a billethead. Previously enrolled at Savannah, Ga . June 16, 1855.

ABIGAIL, sloop, of Swansey. Registered (ll) at Dighton Mar. 16, 1790 -
permanent. Built at Swansey in 1790. 41 5/95 tons; length 39 ft.,
breadth 16 ft. in., depth 6 ft. Master: Enos Eddy. Owners: Eddy
Luther, yeoman, Swansey. One deck, square stern, no galleries, no
figurehead. (MA. vol. I, p. 36)

ABIGAIL, sloop, of Dighton. Registered (27) at Dighton May 4, 1790 -
permanent. Built at Dighton in 1784. 30 56/95 tons; length 36 ft.
4 in., breadth 16 ft., depth 5 ft. Master: Stephen Baker Jr. Owners:
Stephen Baker Jr., mariner, Freetown; Henry Tew, gentleman, Benjamin
Tew, mariner, Dighton. Endorsed masters: Henry Tew in 1792; Elisha
Tew at Newport, R.I. Jul" 5, 1793; Henry Tew at Dighton Aug. 19, 1793.
One deck, square stern, no galleries, no head. Enrolled at Dighton
Apr. 2, 1794. (MA vol. I, p. 52)

ABIGAIL, brig, of Dighton. Registered (10) at Dighton Dec. 26, 1794 -
permanent. Built at Dighton in 1794. 159 82/95 tons; length 73 ft.
6 in., breadth 22 ft. 6 in., depth 11 ft. 3 in. Master: John Davis.
Owners: John Davis, mariner, Dighton. Two decks, two masts, square
stern, no galleries, a woman head. Register surrendered at Philadelphia,


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