Hillman Shipyard Collection

Manuscripts Collection 9

Overview of the Records

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Hillman Shipyard
Title: Hillman Shipyard Collection
Dates: 1827-1862
Extent: 56 items
Abstract: Correspondence; genealogical notes, including material on early Nantucket whaling; ships’ lines of the ship UNION; spar measurements for ships CHARLES W. MORGAN, ARGO, CALIFORNIA, SEA NYMPH, BONITA, and SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS; dimensions of ship SEA WITCH and barks ELIZABETH HULL and JANE A. FALKENBERG; surveys of ships MARIA THERESA and HIAWATHA, and barks MERMAID and JOHN P. WEST; memo of charges for repairs to ship HUNTRESS; and list of vessels built by the yard.
Identification: Coll. 9

History of The Hillman Shipyard

The Hillman Shipyard was located in New Bedford, Mass., and was owned by Jethro and Zachariah Hillman. Among the many vessels built by this yard was whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN, launched in 1841.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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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.


Hillman, Jethro, 1789-1854
Hillman, Zachariah, b. 1796

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Argo (Ship : 1845-1848)
Bonita (Ship)
California (Ship)
Charles W. Morgan (Ship)
Elizabeth Hull (Bark)
Hiawatha (Ship)
Huntress (Ship)
Jane A. Falkenberg (Bark)
John P. West (Bark)
Maria Theresa (Ship)
Mermaid (Bark)
Sea Witch (Ship)
Sovereign of the Seas (Ship)
Union (Ship)


Nantucket (Mass.) — Genealogy
New Bedford (Mass.) — Genealogy


Naval architecture
Shipbuilding — Massachusetts — New Bedford
Shipbuilding industry — Massachusetts — New Bedford
Shipyards — Massachusetts — New Bedford
Whaling — Massachusetts — Nantucket

Document Types:


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 9, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal and 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 Joseph J. Adams in Box 1, Folder 3 of the collection.
Adams, Joseph J. 1/3
Bell & Brown 1/1
Boarman, Charles (Comm.) 1/3
Damman, S. 1/2
Davis, John 1/3
Dunbar, J. (Capt.) 1/5
E. & R. Swift 1/1
Gardner, Abraham 1/3
Gardner, Edward 1/3
Gifford, George G. 1/2
Grinnell & Fish Co. 1/1
Grinnell, Joseph 1/1
Hall, Samuel 1/3
Hillman, Jethro 1/3
Hillman, Zachaniah 1/3
Howland, George Jr. 1/4
Irish, ? (Mr.) 1/2
Morris, Charles (Comm.) 1/3
Peirce, E. J. 1/2
Pitman, Robert 1/3
Rhodes, Foster 1/2, 1/3
Rhodes, John H. 1/3
Richards, James C. 1/1
Smith & Dimon 1/2
Smith, Stephen 1/2
Stetson, Silas 1/1
Webb, Isaac 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 ship ANNDIA in Box 1, Folder 3 of the collection.
ANNDIA (Ship) 1/3
ARGIS (Ship) 1/2
AURORA (Bark) 1/4
BONITA (Ship) 1/4
BONIVENTO (Ship) 1/4
CALIFORNIA (Ship) 1/2, 1/4, 1/5
CHARLES W. MORGAN (Ship) 1/2, 1/5
CONGRESS (Ship) 1/3
CONSTITUTION (Steamer) 1/4
CORINTHIAN (Sloop) 1/2
CORNELIA (Schooner) 1/5
CORTES (Ship) 1/2
ELISA F. MASON (Ship) 1/3
FAVORITE (Pilot Boat) 1/2
FLORIDA (Ship) 1/2
FRANCIS (Ship) 1/2, 1/4
GASELL (Ship) 1/4
GEORGE HOWLAND (Ship) 1/2, 1/4, 1/5
GEORGE WASHINGTON (Ship) 1/1, 1/2, 1/5
HELEN (Sloop) 1/4, 1/5
HELEN MAR (Bark) 1/4
HIAWATHA (Ship) 1/4
HILLMAN (Ship) 1/3, 1/5
HORATIO (Ship) 1/5
HUNTRESS (Ship) 1/3
ISAAC HOWLAND (Ship) 1/2, 1/5
JAMES ARNOLD (Ship) 1/2, 1/5
JOHN HOWLAND (Ship) 1/2, 1/5
JOHN P.WEST (Bark) 1/3
LANCASTER (Ship) 1/3
MARION (Bark) 1/4
MERCURY (Ship) 1/2
MERMAID (Ship) 1/4
MILTON (Ship) 1/4
N. LIGHT (Ship) 1/4
NEW BEDFORD (Ship) 1/2, 1/4, 1/5
PIRCH SWIFT (Ship) 1/4
PLOUGH BOY (Ship) 1/2
RICHMOND (Sloop) 1/3
RODMAN (Ship) 1/2, 1/5
ROMAN (Ship) 1/2, 1/4, 1/5
ROSCUE (Ship) 1/2
SEA NYMPH (Ship) 1/3
SEA WITCH (Ship) 1/2
TARTAR (Yacht) 1/4
THOMAS DICKASON (Ship) 1/2, 1/5
UNION (Ship) 1/5
WILLIAM HAMILTON (Ship) 1/2, 1/5

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Detailed Description of the Records

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

General Records and Papers; 1827-1862.

Box Folder
1 1 Papers pertaining to shipbuilding, including copies of a building contract, a copy of a letter referring to the Ship GEORGE WASHINGTON, and a memo issued to E. and R. Swift for a ship framing contract. Images
2 Papers pertaining to shipbuilding including dimensions for the Bark ELIZABETH HULL, the Ship ARGO, and the Ship CHARLES W. MORGAN, and the Ship SEA WITCH, in addition to letters pertaining to the formulas used in shipbuilding. Images
3 Papers pertaining to shipbuilding, including letters on tonnage measurements, surveys, and adjustments to a bill for stanchions, in addition to dimensions for the Ships ELIZA R. MASON, HUNTRESS, SEA NYMPH, CONGRESS, and the Bark JAMES A. FALKENBERG. Images
4 Papers including notes and dimensions for the Bark MERMAID, the Bark HELEN MAR, the Steamer CONSTITUTION, the Yacht TARTAR, the Sloop HELEN, and the Ships HIAWATHA, BONIDENTO, FRANCES, MILTON, and JAMES ARNOLD, plus other unidentified vessels. Images
5 Papers including typescript notes of vessels built by Jethro and Zachariah Hillman, genealogical notes of the Hillman family, and a line drawing of the Ship UNION. Images