Samuel A. Beebe, Jr., Papers (Coll. 274)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of Samuel A. Beebe, Jr.

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Beebe, Samuel A., Jr. (1843-1897)
Title: Samuel A. Beebe, Jr., Papers
Dates: 1863-1897
Extent: 35 vols.
Abstract: Thirty-five daily journals of Samuel A. Beebe, Jr., of East Lyme, Connecticut. The journals include details of Beebe's life on shore and on fishing and trading voyages, including cargo, daily catch numbers, location of fishing grounds, and various ports of call along the east coast from Key West to Nova Scotia.
Identification: Coll. 274

Biography of Samuel A. Beebe, Jr.

Samuel A. Beebe, Jr., of East Lyme, Connecticut, engaged in the Atlantic coast trade and fished off of the coast of southern New England during the later half of the nineteenth century. He and his brothers Charles W. (c. 1845-?), John A. (c. 1851-?), and George (c. 1855-?) assisted their father, ship owner and captain Samuel A. Beebe, Sr., during their formative years. Beebe, Jr., engaged in the coastal trade and Atlantic fisheries, and later became master of the Schooner CORDELIA (1872-1873). In 1866, he married Almeda Letterfield (1848-1876) of Block Island, R.I., and they had one daughter, Claire Louisa Beebe (b. 1872).

The 35 journals in Beebe's collection detail his daily activities during fishing trips and trading voyages, as well as his life onshore at home and in ports. Beebe recorded the numbers and types of fish caught, the types of cargo carried in trade, his personal feelings about being absent from home, and various sites that he visited in the coastal cities. He also mentioned the presence of black men in the maritime economy and reported about Confederate naval activities during the Civil War.

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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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Related Material

The Claire L. (Beebe) Starr Papers (Coll. 330) were accessioned with the Captain Samuel A. Beebe, Jr., Papers, then separated as a distinct collection. Starr was the daughter of Beebe, and her collection includes Beebe family genealogies.

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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:

Beckwith, Charles
Beckwith, Willard
Beebe, Joseph
Beebe, Samuel A., Jr.
Billings, William W.
Bush, Asa
Gates, Warren, Jr.
Howard, Charles S.
Howard, George W.
Moon, George
Reed, Washington
Rogers, Benjamin T.
Smith, Daniel W.
Weaver, C. Arnold
White, Glover M.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

A. M. C. Smith (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Aaron Ringsland (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Annie Linwood (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Belle of the Bay (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
C. H. Lanmer (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Charles (Sloop)
Charles F. Beebe (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Charles Roberts (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Christiana (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
City of Lawrence (Schooner)
Cordelia (Schooner)
Cordelia (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Cordelius (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Cornfield (Lightship) -- Sightings and encounters
Daniel Comstock (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Dirgo (Steamer) -- Sightings and encounters
E. A. Baker (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
E. L. Cook (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Eastern Queen (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Eben Dale (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Emma (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Empire State (Schooner)
Empire State (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
European Star (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Everfin (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Fanny (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Franklin Edson (Bark) -- Sightings and encounters
G. & W. Schulman (Schooner)
G.D.T. Strickland (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
General Butler (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
George Lanphear (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
George Leuf (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
George Peabody (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
George Temple (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
George W. Rogers (Schooner)
George W. Rogers (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Gilson Carman (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Gold Leaf (Sloop)
H. H. Rowe (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
H. J. Chapman (Schooner)
H. L. Brown (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
H. M. C. Smith (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Handkercheif (Lightship) -- Sightings and encounters
Helen (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Henry C. Rogers and Co.
Isabelle (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
J. H. Mundell(Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
James Lawrence (Smack) -- Sightings and encounters
James Westfield (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Jennie Rogers (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Joseph D. T. (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Kate Church (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
L.B. Miller (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Mary Ann (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Mary E. Hoxie (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Mary Emma (Schooner)
Navigator (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Niantic (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
North Star (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
O. H. Mundale (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Oardelina (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Ocean (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Phenix (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Rival (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Rustic (Sloop)
S. B. Miller (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Sacrament of Picta (Bark) -- Sightings and encounters
Scobie (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Scotia (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
South Shoal (Lightship) -- Sightings and encounters
Susan Eldridge (Schooner)
Thomas L. Holstrom (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Ticklen (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Van Buren (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
W. Boardman (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
W. T. Benjamin (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
W. W. Dickenson (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Warren Gates (Schooner)
Wellfleet (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
White Fawn (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters
Witch Craft (Schooner) -- Sightings and encounters

Places:

Baltimore (Md.)
Black Rock (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Block Island (R.I.)
Boothbay (Me.)
Boston (Mass.)
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Browns Bank (Mass.)
Cape Breton Island (N.S.)
Cape Negro (N.S.)
Cape Sable Island (N.S.)
Charleston (S.C.)
Cold Spring (N.Y.)
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
Cuttyhunk Island (Mass.)
Delaware
East Haven (Conn.)
East Lyme (Conn.)
Edgartown (Mass.)
Elizabeth (N.J.)
Emerald Isle (N.C.)
Falkner Island (Conn.)
Fishers Island (N.Y.)
Fort Monroe (Va.)
Fundy, Bay of
Georges Bank
Greenport (N.Y.)
Groton (Conn.)
Hart Island (N.Y.)
Hilton Head Island (S.C.)
Hoboken (N.J)
Holmes Hole (Mass.)
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
Huntington (N.Y.)
Jersey City (N.J.)
Key West (Fla.)
Kill Van Kull (N.J. and N.Y.)
Marblehead (Mass.)
Mason Island (Conn.)
Mystic (Conn.)
Mystic River (Conn.)
Nantucket (Mass.)
New Haven (Conn.)
New London (Conn.)
New York (N.Y.)
Newark (N.J.)
Newburgh (N.Y.)
Newport (R.I.)
Noank (Conn.)
Norwalk (Conn.)
Orient (N.Y.)
Owls Head (Me.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Point Judith Harbor of Refuge (R.I.)
Pollack Rip (Mass.)
Port Royal (S.C.)
Prince Edward Island
Providence (R.I.)
Pubnico (N.S.)
Rikers Island (N.Y.)
Rocky Point (Suffolk County, N.Y.)
Sag Harbor (N.Y.)
Seal Island (Mass.)
Shelburne (Mass.)
South Amboy (N.J.)
St. Helena Island (S.C.)
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Stonington (Conn.)
Tarpaulin Cove (Mass.)
Vineyard Haven (Mass.)
Vineyard Sound (Mass.)
Waterford (Conn.)
Westerly (R.I.)
White Stone (Va.)
Woods Hole (Mass.)
Yarmouth (Mass.)

Subjects:

Coastwise shipping -- Atlantic coast
Cod fisheries
Fisheries
Halibut fisheries

Document Types:

Journals (Accounts)

Occupations:

Fishers -- Connecticut
Shipmasters -- Connecticut

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 274, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Journals; 1863-1897
Box Volume
1 1 Journal; 1863 (1 volume)
2 Journal; 1864 (1 volume)
3 Journal; 1865 (1 volume)
4 Journal; 1867 (1 volume)
5 Journal; 1868 (1 volume)
6 Journal; 1869 (1 volume)
7 Journal; 1870 (1 volume)
8 Journal; 1871 (1 volume)
9 Journal; 1872 (1 volume)
10 Journal; 1873 (1 volume)
11 Journal; 1874 (1 volume)
12 Journal; 1875 (1 volume)
13 Journal; 1876 (1 volume)
14 Journal; 1877 (1 volume)
15 Journal; 1878 (1 volume)
16 Journal; 1879 (1 volume)
17 Journal; 1880 (1 volume)
18 Journal; 1881 (1 volume)
19 Journal; 1882 (1 volume)
20 Journal; 1883 (1 volume)
21 Journal; 1884 (1 volume)
22 Journal; 1885 (1 volume)
Box Volume
2 23 Journal; 1886 (1 volume)
24 Journal; 1887 (1 volume)
25 Journal; 1888 (1 volume)
26 Journal; 1889 (1 volume)
27 Journal; 1890 (1 volume)
28 Journal; 1891 (1 volume)
29 Journal; 1892 (1 volume)
30 Journal; 1893 (1 volume)
31 Journal; 1894 (1 volume)
32 Journal; 1895 (1 volume)
33 Journal; 1896 (1 volume)
34 Journal; 1897 (1 volume)
35 Journal; n.d. (1 volume)

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