Papers of Shipments and Accounts Paid of the Ship Ann Parry. Including payment to Captain Kinnard of $200 PLUS MORE
10 documents. Nine docketed. 4to & Folio
by (Ship Ann Parry)
[Portsmouth, N.H.], 1830. 10 documents. Nine docketed. 4to & Folio. Old folds, Very Good. 10 documents. Nine docketed. 4to & Folio. MARITIME. The 328-ton, barque, Ann Parry was built at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1825, by William Badger. She took her maiden voyage on December 5, sailing to Savannah, Georgia and Liverpool England with a cargo of southern cotton. She spent seven years as a merchant vessel until she was purchased in 1832, by the Portsmouth Pier Company, owned by brothers Alexander and Charles Ladd, and converted into a whaler. Her first whaling cruise lasted three years, taking her to ports in Chile and Hawaii. She rounded "the Horn" many more times and sailed from Portsmouth to the far-flung waters of Madascar. Writing from aboard ship in the 1840s, Leander Huntress kept a journal, now in the archive at the Portsmouth Athenaeum. The journal describes and illustrates a long voyage filled with distant ports and constant squabbles between crewmen. In this 1841 section, author Kenneth Martin transcribes Huntress' typically frustrating efforts to capture right whales in the Indian Ocean. After her storied tenure as a whaler, the Ann Parry sailed for San Francisco in 1849, with new owners and passengers heading to the Gold Rush. From her new home on the West Coast, she freighted brick to Bellingham Bay (including the bricks used to build the oldest brick building in the State of Washington, which became the territorial courthouse in 1863) and lumber from the shores of Puget Sound. On the evening of January 3, 1865, while anchored in San Francisco Bay in fog and high winds, she was dragged ashore during a storm and battered beyond repair. THESE PAPERS PRE-DATE HER WHALING DAYS. (Inventory #: 304563)
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