Records of the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Company (Coll. 113)



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Overview of the Records

History of Gildersleeve Ship Construction Company (Portland, Conn.)

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Index to Personal, Corporate and Vessel Names

Detailed Description of the Records

        

Overview of the Records

   Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
   Creator: Gildersleeve Ship Construction Company (Portland, Conn.)
   Title: Records of the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Company
   Dates: 1857-1932 (bulk 1903-1928)
   Extent: ca. 1004 items
   Abstract: Includes correspondence, bids, contracts, materials, lists, etc. Papers pertaining to wooden steamships for the U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. (1917-1920) are present, as are specifications for numerous barges and scows built by the Company during the 1920s. Letters, bills, etc.. (ca. 1857-1890), involve orders for lumber and other materials, and the management of company vessels.
   Identification: Coll. 113

History of Gildersleeve Ship Construction Company (Portland, Conn.)

History of Middlesex County, Connecticut: with Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men, New York : J. B. Beers & Co., 1884

"The [Churchill's Yard] was sold to S. Gildersleeve in 1828...Sylvester Gildersleeve began shipbuilding...in 1821; November 20th 1838, he purchased the Lewis yard from Abel, son of George Lewis. The first vessel built here was a sloop, the BOSTON PACKET, of 70 tons, Seth Overton, Jr., of Chatham, captain.

In 1836, he built the schooner WILLIAM BRYAN, the first vessel sailing as a regular packet from New York to Texas. From this arose the New York and Galveston Line. Between 1847 and 1850, five ships belinging to this line were built at the Gildersleeve yard, the largest, 700 tons. They were named after the Texas patriots: STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, B.R. BILAN, WILLIAM B. TRAVIS, J.W. FANNING, WILLIAM H. WHARTON.

In 1854, the ship S. GILDERSLEEVE, was built. She was burnt by the ALABAMA, while on a voyage to China, and paid for out of the 'Alabama fund.' In 1861, Mr. Gildersleeve built the steam gunboat CAYUGA, for the United States Government."

List of vessels built by S. Gildersleeve and Sons:
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Biography of Sylvester Gildersleeve

History of Middlesex County, Connecticut: with Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men, New York : J. B. Beers & Co., 1884

"In 1663, Richard Gildersleeve was a resident of Hempstead, L.I., and an ancestor of Obadiah, the grandfather of Sylvester, who came to Chatham from Sag Harbor, L.I., in 1776, and commenced the business of shipbuilding at that part of Portland now known as Gildersleeve. The first yard was started a short distance south of the present one. Philip, his son, the father of Sylvester, succeeded, and was master carpenter on the government ship CONNECTICUT, built here about 1800. On the 4th of May 1780, Philip married Temperance Gibbs, of Windsor, Conn., by whom he had six children: Jeremiah, born August 24th 1781; Betsey, born April 23rd 1783; Henry, born November 8th 1785; Lothrop, born December 16 1787; Sylvester, born February 25th 1795; Cynthia, born March 28th 1797.

Sylvester, the subject of this sketch, was born February 25th 1785, in the little old two story red frame house situated on Indian Hill, at the northerly end of Chatham (now the portion of Portland called Gildersleeve). He attended the district school until he was eighteen years of age. he then commenced work in his father's shipyard. This was during the war of 1812, at which time, owing to the operations of the British army in Canada, our government was engaged in constructing war vessels on the western lakes. In 1815, when young Gildersleeve was but 20 years of age, he went, in company with some 500 workmen, to Sackett's Harbor, N.Y., to build for the government a one hundred gun ship, which was then one of the largest ever built in this country - the combined fleet of Commodore Macdonough at the battle of Lake Champlain mounting but 86 guns. Two of these monster ships were being constructed at the same time. The weather was cold and the men were provided with a liberal supply of 'grog,' then considered an indispensable part of the rations. The ships were never completed, as the declaration of peace soon after rendered them useless, and the men returned home, some of them making nearly the whole journey on foot.

Soon after his return to Chatham young Gildersleeve started in business for himself. His first vessel, built in 1821, was a one hundred ton vessel, called the BOSTON PACKET. Since that he has constructed upwards of one hundred vessels of from one hundred up to fourteen hundred tons each, one of which, the ship S. GILDERSLEEVE, was burned by the privateer ALABAMA, and paid for by the government, out of the Geneva award. He continued in active business up to within seventeen years past, and has lived to see his sons and his grandson succeed him in the same business, his grandson, Oliver Gildersleeve, now engaged in shipbuilding, being the fifth generation in that business at the same place...

In connection with William and Joseph J. Hendley, and Alexander Keith, of Middletown, he built, in 1836, the schooner WILLIAM BRYAN, the first vessel that ever sailed from New York to Texas as a regular packet. From that vessel the New York and Galveston line of packets was formed, consisting at first of five ships and two barques, all but one built by him. Messrs. John H. Brower & Co. were the New York, and William Hendley & Co. the Galveston agents of the line, which continued up to the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861."

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History of Middlesex County, Connecticut: with Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men, New York : J. B. Beers & Co., 1884

"The eldest son of Sylvester and Rebecca Gildersleeve inherits from his father those rare traits fo character that have distinguished the Gildersleeves, not only as a family of successful shipbuilders and merchants, but as a family who are noted for their public spirit and large hearted benevolence.

Henry was born in Portland, in that part of the town now known as Gildersleeve, on the 7th of April 1817. He enjoyed the limited educational advantages afforded by the district school, but acquired sufficient knowledge of the rudimental branches to fit him for the occupation he had chosen. At the age of 17, he commenced in his father's yard to learn the business of shipbuilding, and soon acquired a thorough knowledge of the details of the business. At the age of 25, he was taken into partnership with his father, under the firm name of S. Gildersleeve & Son. In December 1872, he associated himself with the house of Bentley, Gildersleeve & Co., shipping and commission merchants, on South Street, New York. He retained his connection with the Portland shipbuilding firm and at the end of ten years he retired from the New York firm, resigning in favor of his son, Sylvester, who still continues the business in connection with his brother, Oliver, under the firm name of S. Gildersleeve & Co. Henry Gildersleeve, since retiring from his New York business, has devoted his whole time and attention to the shipbuilding and other interests with which he is connected in his native town."

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History of Middlesex County, Connecticut: with Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men, New York : J. B. Beers & Co., 1884

"Ferdinand Gildersleeve, the fourth child of Sylvester and Emily Shepard Gildersleeve, was born on the 20th day of August 1840, in the part of the town of Portland now called Gildersleeve. The Gildersleeves came originally from Holland, and th Shepards from England, so that the Dutch and English characteristics combine in the subject of this sketch. He attended the district school in his native village till nearly twelve, and was for the three following years at boarding school. He then, in 1855, at the age of fifteen, entered his father's store, and soon after becoming twenty-one he was admitted to membership in the firm of S. Gildersleeve & Sons, shipbuilders and merchants. He is now and has been continuously connected and identified with the business since first entering it.

The establishing of the post office at Gildersleeve, in May 1872, was largely the result of his efforts. He was the first postmaster and continues to hold the office.

In 1879, he succeeded his father as president of The First National Bank of Portland, and held the office for two years; is now a director in the same bank, and in The Middlesex Quarry Company; a trustee and director in The Freestone Savings Bank; a vestryman of Trinity (Episcopal) Church; and for many years has been a notary public. He was a member of the town board of education for several terms; has been on various committees on enterprises and improvement in the town, and trustee for school and other funds.

The well known Portland Lyceum was organized mainly by his brother, Sylvester Shepard Gildersleeve, in 1848. At Sylvester's death, in 1852, the Lyceum was closed. Ferdinand, with a few others, revived it in 1861, when it began its second series of interesting meetings and lectures."

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History of Middlesex County, Connecticut: with Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men, New York : J. B. Beers & Co., 1884

"The eldest son of Henry and Emily F. Gildersleeve is a worthy representative of his honored sire and grandsire a man of robust constitution and great force of character, combined with excellent business qualifications. He was born on the 6th of March 1844. He received his education at the Hartford high school, and at the age of 17 entered his father's shipyard, where he soon acquired the art of practical shipbuilding, and at the age of 21 became a partner; since which time he has largely increased the business, having added a marine railway capable of hauling vessels of 700 tons burden, and built a large ice house, provided with steam machinery and all the necessary appliances for gathering ice from the Connecticut River, for shipment to New York and southern ports.

In 1881, he became a member of the firm of S. Gildersleeve & Co., shipping and commission merchants, 84 South Street, New York, he being the active managing owner of the fleet of vessels controlled by that house, which are owned principally by the Gildersleeve family. As a young man he was very desirous of seeing the world, and at the age of 27 had visited the principal cities of his own country, Europe, and Canada. Possessing an excellent memory, he acquired a fund of information which has been utilized to good advantage in his business. In his works of charity and benevolence he has fully sustained the reputation of the Gildersleeve family. He is a junior warden of Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland, and has variously officiated as lay reader, Sunday school superintendent, and teacher.

He is a trustee of the 'Gildersleeve High School Fund,' and has served three years on the district school committee; also for a number of years was a prominent debater and officer in the 'Portland Lyceum.'"

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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.

  

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Company (Portland, Conn.)
S. Gildersleeve and Son (Portland, Conn.)
United States. Shipping Board. Emergency Fleet Corp.

Subjects:

Barges--Connecticut--Portland
Letting of contracts--Connecticut--Portland
Lumber
Scows--Connecticut--Portland
Shipbuilding--Connecticut--Portland
Shipbuilding--Connecticut--Portland--Materials
Ships--Connecticut--Portland
Steamboats--Connecticut--Portland

Document Types:

Agreements--Connecticut--Portland
Shipbuilding contracts--Connecticut--Portland
Specifications--Connecticut--Portland

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 113, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal, Corporate and Vessel Names

   ALMA 1/4
   ASTER (Lighthouse tender) 1/4
   BATTAHATCHEE (Steamship) 2/1
   Bell, Henry C. 2/8
   Blue Line 1/8
   Boston Development & Sanitary Co. 1/21
   Cummings, Edward 3/5
   Dempsey & Sons 1/22, 1/23
   Edward Balf Co. 1/29, 1/30
   FRANK P. SCULLY (Barge) 1/8
   GILDERSLEEVE (Steamship) 2/1
   Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co. 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8
   Gildersleeve, Louis 1/11
   Goodwin Sand & Gravel Co. 1/11
   Gress Manufacturing Co. 1/18
   Hall, W.A. 2/8
   Hartford & New York Transportation Co. 2/16
   Haviland Lumber Co. 1/18
   HELEN 1/4
   IDA 1/4
   JENNIE (Barge) 1/4
   JEREMIAH SMITH (Schooner) 3/23
   JOHN M. WOODWORTH (Steamship) 1/2
   Johnston Lighterage Co. 1/26
   JULIA (Barge) 1/4
   L.R. Connett & Co. 1/25, 2/10
   Lighthouse Board 1/14, 1/15
   McWilliams, James 1/8
   Nassau Sand & Gravel Co. 1/12
   New England Navigation Co. 1/6
   New York City. Department of Public Works 2/14, 2/15
   New York City. Department of Street Cleaning 1/5
   PALMETTO (Lighthouse tender) 1/15
   Philadelphia Transportation & Lighterage Co. 1/17
   Robert J. Wright & Son 1/9
   S. Gildersleeve & Sons 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10
   S.F. Shortland Bros. 1/3
   S.S. OSSABAW 3/23
   S.S. SATILLA 3/23
   Scully, Thomas J. 1/4, 1/13, 1/24, 2/8
   Seaboard Sand & Gravel Corp. 3/3
   U.S. Marine Hospital Service 1/2
   U.S. Navy 2/10
   U.S. Shipping Board (Emergency Fleet Corp.) 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7

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Detailed Description of the Records

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

                                   
  
Business correspondence and related papers, S. Gildersleeve & Son; 1857-1899
Box Folder
A 1    Letters received by S. Gildersleeve & Son; 1850, 1857
   2    Bills, receipts and letters, S. Gildersleeve & Son; 1862
   3    Bills of lading, Consular Certificate (Schooner SUSAN), insurance policies; 1863-1869
   4    Bills, receipts, and letters, S. Gildersleeve & Son; 1870-1879
   5    Letters, bills, receipts, revenue stamps; 1880-1903
  
Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co. papers; ca. 1880-1930
Box Folder
1 1    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: List of vessels built by them;
   2    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Proposal for a contract and specifications for building the Steam-Propeller JOHN M. WOODWORTH for the United States Marine Hospital Service; 1880 Jan 19
   3    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Specifications and lumber list for a 90' Scow-Lighter for S. F. Shortland & Bros.; 1881 Mar 10
   4    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Agreement for sale of Barges JENNIE and JULIA to Thomas J. Scully; Also a letter from Scully's Towing and Transportation Line referring to insurance policies for ALMA, HELEN, IDA, JULIA, and JENNIE; 1903 Jun 10; 1903 Jun 13
   5    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Specifications and proposal for construction of 10 Scows for the City of New York, Department of Street Cleaning; 1903
   6    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Specifications for 90' Deck Scows for the New England Navigation Co., Newport, R.I.; Oct. 2, 1906
   7    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Specifications and materials list for a 110' Deck Scow; 1907
   8    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Specifications and contract to build a Coal Barge for James McWilliams, Blue Line of New York, N.Y.; 1907
   9    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Agreement, specifications, materials list, and correspondence relative to building a 140' Car Float for Robert J. Wright & Son of New York, N.Y.; Also Agreement, specifications, and material list to build a 110' Deck Scow for Robert J. Wright & Son,; 1907; 1908
   10    S. Gildersleeve & Sons: Agreement and specifications to build 2 130' Coal Barges for Thomas J. Scully; 1908 Jan 8
   11    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Unsigned agreement to build Deck Scows for Goodwin Sand and Gravel Co. of New York, N.Y.; bid by Louis Gildersleeve for construction of Scows; materials list and specifications for 114' Deck Scows; 1908, 1909
   12    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 93' Coal Barge; schedule of materials; 1909
   13    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Unsigned agreement to build a 160' Coal Barge for Thomas J. Scully of South Amboy, N.J. Also specifications and materials list; 1909
   14    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Printed and bound copy of specifications and contract for the twin-screw steel steam Lighthouse Tender ASTER, Dept. of Commerce and Labor, Lighthouse Board; 1910
   15    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Printed and bound copy of specifications and contract for the twin-screw wood gasoline propelled Lighthouse Tender PALMETTO, Dept. of Commerce and Labor, Lighthouse Board; 1910
   16    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Lumber list and schedules 2/93, 2/105, 3/110, and schedules 2/93, 2/105, 1/110; 1910
   17    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 125' Lighter for Philadelphia Transportation and Lighterage Co.; 1911
   18    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Lumber schedules 31, 33, 35; bids by the Haviland Lumber Co. and Gress Manufacturing Co.; 1911
   19    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Lumber schedule #160; 1911
   20    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications with revisions, bids, and lumber lists for Scows of 3 sizes (105', 112', 120'); 1911
   21    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for 100' Garbage Scows and 110' Ash Scows for Boston Development and Sanitary Co. Also correspondence referring to above; 1912
   22    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 175' Bay Barge for Dempsey & Sons of Philadelphia; agreement to build 2 Bay Barges for Dempsey & Sons lumber lists and lumber schedule #175; 1912
   23    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 195' Bay Barge for Dempsey & Sons; ca. 1912
   24    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications and agreement to build a 170' Coal Barge for Thomas J. Scully; 1915
   25    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Agreement between the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co. and L. R. Connett of Port Washington, N.Y. to build 4 110' Deck Scows; 1913
   26    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 115' Derrick Scow for Johnston Lighterage Co. of New York, N.Y.; 1914
   27    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 116' Coal Barge, C.; 1914-1915
   28    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Lumber schedule #105; 1915
   29    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 90' Deck Scow; agreement between the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co. and the Edward Balf Co. of Hartford, Ct. to build a 90' Deck Scow. Also misc. correspondence relative to the above; 1915
   30    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 75' Deck Scow for the Edward Balf Co.; 1917
Box Folder
2 1    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: Misc. correspondence and accounts relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships, BATTAHATCHEE and GILDERSLEEVE, for the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp.; 1917-1919
   2    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: "claims under Contract" to the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships; 1917-1919
   3    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: "Claims under Contract" to the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships; 1918-1919
   4    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: "Claims under Contract" to the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships; 1917-1919
   5    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: "Claims under Contract" to the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships; 1918-1919
   6    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: "Claims under Contract" to the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. and correspondence relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships; 1917-1920
   7    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: "Claims under Contract" to the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp. and correspondence relative to 2 Ferris type wooden Steamships; 1918-1919
   8    Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co.: Copy of Mortgage on Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Navigation, on Barge FRANK P. SCULLY from Thomas J. Scully to Gildersleeve Ship Construction Co. Also copy of Notice of Assignment of Official Number (167108) to the Barge FRANK P. SCULLY; 1917
   9    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Agreement between the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co. and Henry C. Bell and W. A. Hall for their services; 1918
   10    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Contract between Henry Steers, Inc. of New York, N.Y., contracting engineers and the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co. and general conditions to build 2 1200 ton Coal Barges for the U. S. Navy; 1918
   11    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 90' Barge and material list worksheets; undated
   12    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Agreement, with correspondence, between Nassau Sand & Gravel Co. and the Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co. to build 5 116' Deck Scows; 1926
   13    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Lumber schedule #110, with work sheet; 1926
   14    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Proposal and specifications for the construction of 6 steel Dump Scows for the state of New York, Dept. of Public Works, Division of Canals and Waterways; 1927
   15    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Proposal and specifications for construction of 4 steel flat deck Scows for the State of New York, Dept. of Public Works, Division of Canals and Waterways; 1927
Box Folder
3 1    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for the construction of a 155' wooden auxiliary Yacht. Also specifications for the construction of a steel auxiliary Yacht; 1927
   2    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 114' Deck Scow with lumber schedule and work sheets; 1927
   3    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Contract, and related correspondence, to build 4 114' and 1 116' Scows for Seaboard Sand & Gravel Corp. of New York, N.Y.; 1927-1928
   4    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 110' Deck Scow; 1928
   5    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 112' Barge for Edward E. Cummings, New York City; 1928
   6    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 115' Barge; 1928
   7    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 116' Deck Scow; 1928
   8    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications and lumber lists for a 116' Coal Barge; 1928
   9    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 133' Dump Scow; 1928
   10    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Agreement copy and specifications for 4 Deck Scows for L. R. Connett & Co. of New York City. Also lumber lists and work copies; 1928
   11    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 90' Dump Scow with lumber LIST and work sheets; 1928-1929
   12    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Lumber schedules for a 116' Scow, with work sheets; 1928
   13    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 90' Barge; undated
   14    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 189' Barge; undated
   15    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 150' Barge; undated
   16    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 160' Barge for the Hartford and New York Transportation Co.; undated
   17    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 185' Barge for C. W. Chadwick & Co. of New York City; undated
   18    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for the hull of a 110' Sand Dredge; undated
   19    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 112' Deck Scow; undated
   20    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 140' Car Float for C. C. Hendrickson; undated
   21    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Brief specifications for a 118' or 125' Deck Scow; undated
   22    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Specifications for a 100' Scow; undated
   23    Gildersleeve Shipbuilding Co.: Misc. lumber lists, work sheets, inspection reports, bills of lading, and correspondence relative to lumber and materials. The following vessels are mentioned: JEREMIAH SMITH (Sch), S.S. OSSABAW, S.S. SATILLA.; 1907-1931
  
Volumes; 1882-1932
   Volume
   1    Manuscript notebook, kept by Jeremiah Gildersleeve, containing mathematical problems relating to navigation; undated
   2    Shipyard Memorandum Book, contains specifications, lumber and material lists, labor charges, costs, and progress notes relating to vessels built. Back of volume contains a list of vessels built. Book also indicates items aside from vessels which were built, including ice houses.; 1882-1921, 1821-1932
   3    Account Book, Contains labor charges and misc. expenses against various vessels; 1909-1920
   4    Account Book, Expenses; 1917-1920

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