Records of Ratsey & Lapthorn (Coll. 236)


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Overview of the Records

History of Ratsey & Lapthorn

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Records

Overview of the Records

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Ratsey & Lapthorn
Title: Records of Ratsey & Lapthorn
Dates: ca. 1810-1970
Extent: 10,187 items
Abstract: Records (ca. 1902-1977) of the company's American business; together with more historical papers (ca. 1813-1900) regarding the Ratsey family and their sailmaking work in England. Includes ledgers, cashbooks, daybooks, account books, journals, sail and estimate books, roping books, sail data calculations, and drawings. Family members represented include George R., Thomas W., and Ernest Ratsey.
Identification: Coll. 236

History of Ratsey & Lapthorn

Ratsey & Lapthorn were sailmakers in England and the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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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.

Persons:

Ratsey family
Ratsey, Ernest
Ratsey, George R.
Ratsey, Thomas W.

Subjects:

Rope
Sailmakers--United States
Sails

Document Types:

Account books
Cashbooks
Daybooks
Drawings
Journals (accounts)
Ledgers

Occupations:

Sailmakers--Great Britain

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 236, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Records

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

Ratsey Family and Business History; ca. 1813-1936
Box Folder
1 1 Waste Book; 1813
2 Letter Book; 1814
3 Accounts, "Mr. Ratsey w/ Wm. Hornwood"; 1815
4 Account, George Ratsey w/ Messrs. Swell & Hearn; 1829
5 Roping Book; 1833
6 Robert Ratsey Estate - division with sons George, "E", & "N"; ca. 1840
7 Certificate commemorating "Ocean Race from N. Y. to Cowes" given to George Ratsey; ca. 1866
8 Letters written by George R. Ratsey; 1869-1870
9 Letter written by Thomas W. Ratsey; 1878 Mar
10 Sail book, Gosport; ca. 1874-1875
11 Papers re. Patent # 22,970 for "Improved Diagonal Sails"; 1892-1893
12 Letter re. yacht AMERICA's Cup Race, with reprint of original newspaper article; 1851 Aug 22
13 Directions for bending mainsail, small yawl; 1901 May 17
14 Poem, "The Channel-Racers, SAPPHO v. CAMBRIA", or "An International Song" (re. American's Cup Race, 1851); undated
15 Four-Figure Tables; 1914
16 Newspaper clipping re. sinking of yacht BRITANNIA; 1936
17 Letter of Introduction, Thomas Ratsey for his "nephew & partner", George E. Ratsey; 1903
18 Seam Scale; 1901
19 George Ratsey Membership Certificate, Freemasons of England; 1906
Ratsey & Lapthorn Co., business papers; 1903-1970
Box Folder
2 1 Balance Sheets; 1903-1908
2 Balance Sheets; 1909-1911
3 Balance Sheets; 1912-1915
4 Accounts Reports and Balance Sheets; 1916-1926
5 Accounts Reports; 1920-1921, 1924-1927
6 Accounts Reports; 1928-1935
7 Accounts Reports; 1942-1949
Box Folder
3 1 Accounts Reports; 1950-1959
2 Accounts Reports; 1960-1965
3 Letter to Ernest Ratsey from "Stanley"; 1937 Feb 15
4 Letter to Ernest Ratsey from Peter Lapthorn aboard HMS HOOD; 1940 Aug 15
5 Two telegrams re. war damage to Cowes Sail Loft; 1941-1942
6 Report, "Our Part in the War Effort" by Ernest Ratsey; ca. 1942
7 Certificate of Honorable Service presented by U.S.C.G. to the vessel ZAIDA; ca. 1945
8 Ratsey & Lapthorn, Certificate of Incorporation & By-Laws; ca. 1947
9 Feasibility Study & Plans for a proposed building; ca. 1970
10 Samples of sail cloth; ca. 1950
11 Certificate from City Island Chamber of Commerce for efforts to preserve maritime character of the area; 1977
Box Folder
4 1 Miscellaneous receipts, etc.; ca. 1903-1906
2 Receipts, orders, payroll, bills, etc.; 1917-1918
3 Calculations, sketches, prices, inventory, etc.: re. sail cloth, canvas, & related materials; ca. 1917-1918
4 Memo of Duties, Customs House, Gray Bros., and Agents; 1914-1916
5 Capital Stock reports & taxes; ca. 1903-1925
6 Miscellaneous corporation income tax papers; 1911-1924
7 Miscellaneous tax information re. state corporate and franchise taxes; ca. 1916-1925
8 Alien income tax receipts, tax return receipts, and re-entrance into U.S. for George Ratsey; 1925-1926
9 Estate tax dispute, foreign corporation exemption, and related papers; 1919 Oct-1922 Jul
10 U.S. War Department, shipping receipts and notices, transfer slips, etc.; 1917 Apr-1918 Aug
11 U.S. War Department, correspondence, specifications, memos, and instructions to bidders; ca. 1910-1918
12 List of sails stored at Ratsey & Lapthorn; 1920
13 Miscellaneous correspondence and papers re. Ratsey & Lapthorn sails, etc.; ca. 1914-1945
14 Price lists and materials information; ca. 1927-1942
Ledgers; 1902-1977
Volume
1 Ledger; 1902-1918
2 Ledger; 1902-1910
3 Ledger; 1902
4 Ledger; 1909-1914
5 Ledger; 1919-1922
6 Ledger; 1922-1924
7 Ledger; 1923-1937
8 Ledger; ca. 1931
9 Ledger; ca. 1940
10 Ledger; ca. 1943
11 Ledger; ca. 1947
12 Ledger; ca. 1954
13 S.E. Ledger; ca. 1960
14 D.E. Ledger; ca. 1960
15 S. E . Ledger; ca. 1977
Daybooks; 1902-1924
Volume
16 Daybook; 1902-1904
17 Daybook; 1904-1906
18 Daybook; 1906-1909
19 Daybook; 1909-1911
20 Daybook; 1911-1912
21 Daybook; 1912-1914
22 Daybook; 1914-1916
23 Daybook; 1916-1917
24 Daybook; 1920-1921
25 Daybook; 1921-1922
26 Daybook; 1922
27 Daybook; 1923-1924
Cash books; 1902-1959
Volume
28 Cash book; 1902
29 Cash book; 1903
30 Cash book; 1921-1924
31 Cash book; 1923-1928
32 Cash book (Mfgrs. Trust); 1940-1942
33 Cash book; 1940-1942
34 Cash book (J.P. Morgan & Co.); 1935-1959
Cash Received books; 1942-1957
Volume
35 Cash received book; 1942-1949
36 Cash received book; 1949-1953
37 Cash received book; 1953-1957
Cash Paid books; 1942-1959
Volume
38 Cash paid book; 1942-1949
39 Cash paid book; 1948-1954
40 Cash paid book; 1954-1959
Order books; 1901-1928
Volume
41 Order book; 1901-1908
42 Order book; 1908-1913
43 Order book; 1914-1920
44 Order book; 1924-1928
Invoice books; 1901-1920
Volume
45 Invoice book; 1901-1909
46 Invoice book; 1910-1917
47 Invoice book; 1917-1920
Credit books; 1902, 1914
Volume
48 Credit book; 1902
49 Credit book; 1914
Letter books; 1902-1903
Volume
50 Letter book; 1902-1903
51 Letter book; 1902
Account books; 1924-1962
Volume
52 Account book; 1924-1929
53 Account book; 1930-1934
54 Account book; 1935-1938
55 Account book; 1939-1941
56 Account book; 1942-1945
57 Account book; 1944-1947
58 Account book; 1947-1949
59 Account book; 1949-1951
60 Account book; 1951-1953
61 Account book; 1953-1956
62 Account book; 1956-1957
63 Account book; 1957-1959
64 Account book; 1959-1960
65 Account book; 1960-1961
66 Account book; 1961-1962
Journals; 1924-1958
Volume
67 Journal; 1924-1930
68 Journal; 1931-1941
69 Journal; 1941-1943
70 Journal; 1930-1944
71 Journal; 1944-1950
72 Journal; 1950-1958
Salary/Wages books; 1918-1942
Volume
73 Salary wages book; 1918-1926
74 Salary wages book; 1923-1924
75 Salary wages book; 1934-1942
76 Salary wages book; 1942
Minute books; 1927-1965
Volume
77 Minute book; 1927-1930
78 Minute book; 1938-1946
79 Minute book; 1959-1965
Petty Cash books; 1902-1953
Volume
80 Petty cash book; 1902-1906
81 Petty cash book; 1913-1918
82 Petty cash book; 1918-1919
83 Petty cash book; 1931-1944
84 Petty cash book; 1944-1953
Trial Balance books; 1943-1957
Volume
85 Trial balance book; 1943-1945
86 Trial balance book; 1947-1949
87 Trial balance book; 1951-1953
88 Trial balance book; 1956-1957
Sales books; 1902-1944
Volume
89 Sales book; 1902-1903
90 Sales book; 1942-1943
91 Sales book; 1944
Voucher book; 1923-1957
Volume
92 Voucher book; 1923-1928
93 Voucher book; 1937-1941
94 Voucher book; 1942-1944
95 Voucher book; 1945-1951
96 Voucher book; 1952-1957
Foreign Purchase book; 1923-1949
Volume
97 Foreign purchase book; 1923-1949
Stock books; 1902-1928
Volume
98 Stock book; 1902-1914
99 Stock book; 1915-1919
100 Stock book; 1919-1928
Visitor Register; ca. 1967
Volume
101 Visitors register; ca. 1967
Estimate books; 1902-1961
Volume
102 Estimate book; 1902-1907
103 Estimate book; 1902-1906
104 Estimate book; 1902-1906
105 Estimate book; 1906-1908
106 Estimate book; 1908-1909
107 Estimate book; 1910-1912
108 Estimate book; 1913-1916
109 Estimate book; 1916-1919
110 Estimate book; 1920-1921
111 Estimate book; 1922-1923
112 Estimate book; 1923-1924
113 Estimate book; 1925-1926
114 Estimate book; 1927-1928
115 Estimate book; 1928-1929
116 Estimate book; 1930-1931
117 Estimate book; 1931-1933
118 Estimate book; 1933-1935
119 Estimate book; 1935-1937
120 Estimate book; 1938-1945
121 Estimate book; 1945-1954
122 Estimate book; 1954-1961
123 Estimate book; 1961
Sail Data & Measurement books; 1902-1940
Volume
124 Sail data & Measurement book; 1902-1906
125 Sail data & Measurement book; 1907-1910
126 Sail data & Measurement book; 1910-1913
127 Sail data & Measurement book; 1913-1918
128 Sail data & Measurement book; 1918-1922
129 Sail data & Measurement book; 1922-1923
130 Sail data & Measurement book; 1923-1925
131 Sail data & Measurement book; 1929
132 Sail data & Measurement book; 1929-1931
133 Sail data & Measurement book; 1932-1933
134 Sail data & Measurement book; 1935-1936
135 Sail data & Measurement book; 1936-1937
136 Sail data & Measurement book; 1937-1938
137 Sail data & Measurement book; 1938-1939
138 Sail data & Measurement book; 1940
Roping books; 1924-1938
Volume
139 Roping book; 1924-1925
140 Roping book; 1925-1926
141 Roping book; 1927-1928
142 Roping book; 1928-1929
143 Roping book; 1929-1930
144 Roping book; 1930-1931
145 Roping book; 1932-1934
146 Roping book; ca. 1937
147 Roping book; ca. 1938
Sail Data (i.e. red-covered vols.); 1928-1962
Volume
148 Sail data; 1928-1929
149 Sail data; 1930
150 Sail data; 1931
151 Sail data; 1931-1932
152 Sail data; 1932-1933
153 Sail data; 1933-1934
154 Sail data; 1934-1935
155 Sail data, A; 1935-1936
156 Sail data, B; 1936-1937
157 Sail data, D; 1938-1939
158 Sail data, E; 1939-1940
159 Sail data, F; 1940-1941
160 Sail data, G; 1941-1942
161 Sail data, ?; 1945-1946
162 Sail data, A; 1946-1947
163 Sail data, B; 1947-1948
164 Sail data, C; 1948-1949
165 Sail data, F; 1951-1952
166 Sail data, G; 1952-1953
167 Sail data, H; 1953-1954
168 Sail data, J; 1954-1955
169 Sail data, K; 1955-1956
170 Sail data, A; 1956-1957
171 Sail data, (Series 58); 1957-1958
172 Sail data, (Series 60); 1959-1960
173 Sail data, (Series 61); 1960-1961
174 Sail data, (Series 62); 1961-1962
Miscellaneous Volumes; 1902-1948
Volume
175 Roping Bk./Sail Book; undated
176 Canvas; 1913-192?
177 Stock; 1929-193?
178 Covers Only; ca. 1930-1940
179 Covers/Awnings Only; undated
180 Sail Data; ca. 1959
181 Sail Data; undated
182 Bank Book; 1923-1942
183 Sail Data; ca. 1948
184 Sail Data; 1903 Feb
185 Drawer 8, Q Boats; undated
186 Business Records; 1902-1916
187 Sail Data; 1925 Sep 1
188 Sail Data; 1937 Mar 5
189 Business Records; 1913-1915

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