Records of the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation (Coll. 2)


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Overview of the Records

History of Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Indexes

Detailed Description of the Records

                    

Overview of the Records

       Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
       Creator: Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation
       Title: Records of the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation
       Dates: 1860-1926
       Extent: 1 box (241 pieces)
       Abstract: Scattered papers of the company and three of its predecessors: Coast Wrecking Company, Merritt's Wrecking Organization, and Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Company. Includes minutes of meetings of the National Board of Marine Underwriters (New York, N.Y.), primary stockholders of Coast Wrecking Company; auction catalog for sale of materials belonging to Coast Wrecking Company; salvage contracts of Merritt's Wrecking Organization; copy of a U.S. House of Representatives bill relating to warehousing and revenue collection; rate schedules; and materials on an under water cutting torch and conditions of employment.
       Identification: Coll. 2

History of Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation

The Coast Wrecking Company was established 1860 and reorganized as Merritt's Wrecking Organization. In 1897 it merged with Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Company to form Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Company. The company merged again in 1922 with T.A. Scott Company to form Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation. Throughout, the company was involved in marine salvage and wrecking operations and headquartered in New York, N.Y.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

      

Organizations:

Coast Wrecking Company
Merritt's Wrecking Organization
Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Company
National Board of Marine Underwriters
United States. Congress--House

Subjects:

Salvage
Insurance, Marine
Insurance, Marine--New York (State)--New York
Underwater welding and cutting
Warehouses--Management
Wreck

Document Types:

Bills, Legislative--United States
Catalogs
Contracts

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 2, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Indexes

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Index to Personal Names

       NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about John Townsend Best in Box 1, Folder 2 of the collection.
      
      
      
       Best, John Townsend 1/2
       Bierwirth, Leopold 1/1
       Bleecher, T.B. 1/2
       Brown, Vernon 1/2
       Canning, Hazel 1/5
       Casson, ? (Capt.) 1/2
       Clarke, Winthrop A. 1/10
       Comes, W. Irving 1/2
       Davis, Walter Nisbet 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14
       Edwards, Alfred 1/1
       Fuller, Robert 1/2
       Gale, George E. 1/3
       Hand, C.A. 1/2
       Hewitt, Abram S. 1/2
       Jacob, E.H. 1/1
       Jones, J.D. 1/1, 1/2
       Lathrop, F.S. 1/1
       Lyell, ? 1/1
       McGee, William H. 1/3
       McGer, ? 1/3
       McGlyn, WIlliam H. 1/2
       Merritt, Israel J. 1/2
       Merritt, Israel J. (Jr.) 1/3
       Neilson, A.B. 1/1
       Ogden, Alfred 1/1
       Organ, M.W. 1/3
       Outerbridge, P & A.E. 1/2
       Satterthwaithe, T.B. 1/2
       Sharp, F.R. 1/2
       Smith, Daniel Drake 1/1
       Smith, J. Raymond 1/2, 1/3
       Telfair, Jacob R. 1/2
       Thompson, ? 1/1
       Walter, Clawood 1/1
       Whitlock, James A. 1/2
       Whitney, William C. 1/2
       Wright, L.A. 1/2

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Index to Corporate Names

       NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about F. Alexander & Sons in Box 1, Folder 2 of the collection.
      
      
      
       Anchor Insurance Co. 1/1
       Anthony & Chew 1/2
       Atlantic & Gulf Wrecking Co. 1/2
       Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1, 1/2
       Beast & Levons/Levous 1/2
       Board of Marine Underwriters of the City of New York 1/1, 1/2
       Boston Marine Insurance Co. 1/2
       Bowing & Archibald 1/2
       British & Foreign Insurance Co., Ltd. 1/2
       Burdett & Dennis 1/2
       C.H. Mallory & Co. 1/2
       Chapman Wrecking Co. 1/3
       Coast Wrecking Co. 1/1, 1/2
       Commercial Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1
       F. Alexander & Sons 1/2
       Finch & Edger Co. 1/3
       Higgins & Barrett 1/2
       Inman & International Steamship Co., Ltd. 1/2
       Insurance Co. of North America 1/3
       Johnson & Higgins 1/2
       Jones & Whitlock 1/2
       Lloyds 1/2
       Mercantile Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1
       Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Co. 1/3
       Merritt Chapman & Scott 1/5
       Merritt Wrecking Co. 1/2
       Merritt Wrecking Organization 1/2
       National Board of Marine Underwriters 1/2
       Neptune Insurance Co. 1/1
       New York & Texas Steamship Co. 1/2
       New York Evening Sun 1/3
       New York Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1, 1/2
       New York, Havana & Mexican Steamship Co. 1/2
       Olerichs 7 Co. 1/2
       Orient Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1
       Pacific Insurance Co. 1/1
       Providence & Washington Insurance Co. 1/2
       Providence Washington Insurance Co. 1/2, 1/3
       Qubec Steamship Co. 1/2
       Satherwait & Platt 1/2
       Sun Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1
       Union Mutual Insurance Co. 1/1
       William P. Clyde & Co. 1/3

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Index to Vessel Names

       NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about the steamer CHILEAN in Box 1, Folder 2 of the collection.
      
      
      
       CHILEAN (Steamer) 1/2
       CITY OF NEW YORK (Steamer) 1/2
       FRANCISCA (Steamer) 1/3
       GODREVY (Steamer) 1/2
       HAROLD (Steamer) 1/2
       HENRY A. LITCHFIELD (Bark) 1/3
       JONES (Tug) 1/3
       LORNTY (Steamer) 1/2
       M. D. S. (Schooner) 1/3
       MERRITT (Tug) 1/3
       NANKIN (Steamer) 1/2
       POLARIA (Steamship) 1/3
       RESCUE (Steamer) 1/2
       SAN JACINTO (Steamer) 1/2
       TALLAPOOSA (U.S.S.) 1/2

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Detailed Description of the Records

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

                                                                                   
      
Records of the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation; 1860-1926
Box Folder
1 1        Scattered papers pertaining to board meeting minutes of the Marine Underwriters and the Coast Wrecking Co., in addition to an Admiralty Court judgment for the schooner EDWIN POST; 1860,1861, and 1880
       2        Scattered papers including a catalog of auction sales, salvage agreements, and letters; 1881-1889
       3        Scattered papers including schedules of rates, newspaper clippings, notes, salvage agreements, and promotional brochures; 1895-1897, plus 1911 and undated
       4        Record of salvage operations using the electro-gas burning torch for underwater cutting in the steamship ST. PAUL, U.S.S. AMERICA, S.S. Lord Dufferin, U.S. submarine S-48, S.S. ANDREE, and submarine N-4; 1922-1924
       5        Papers including a brochure entitled Conditions of Employment and Schedule of Rates, and verifax copies of company lore; 1926 and undated
       6        Copies of documents including underwriters' meetings, Coast Wrecking Co., minutes of meetings, and salvage agreements; 1860-1882
       7        Copies of documents including agreements, applications, awards, letters, schedules, and articles pertaining to salvage operations; 1880-1886
       8        Copies of documents including auction catalogs of salvage material and rate schedule tables; 1881, 1920, 1926, and undated
       9        Copy of record pertaining to electro-gas burning torch for underwater cutting operations; 1922-1924
       10        Correspondence and invoice relating to items purchased by Winthrop A. Clarke from Merritt-Chapman & Scott; 1929
       11        Vols. 1 and 2: Journal of Walter Nisbet Davis, master of various rescue and salvage vessels for Merritt Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Co. Includes pages of accounts; 1908 Jan 2-Dec 31, 1912 Jan 1-Aug 13
       12        Vol. 3, 4, 5: Journal of Walter Nisbet Davis, master of a rescue and salvage vessel for Merritt Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Co. Includes pages of accounts; 1914 Jan 1-Dec 31, 1916 Jan 2-Dec 31, 1924 Jan 1-July 1

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