Collection of Howard E. Cornell

Manuscripts Collection 84

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Cornell, Howard E. (Howard Eldridge), 1870 or 1871-1939
Title: Collection of Howard E. Cornell
Dates: 1851-1938
Extent: 157 items
Abstract: The collection consists in part of specifications for engines, tugs, dredges, and pilot boats. There are also general business papers, of Reaney, Neafie & Co., and then Neafie and Levy Ship & Engine Building Co. Business correspondence, record books, congressional reports, and documents pertaining to the construction of three destroyers are also included.
Identification: Coll. 84

Biography of Howard E. Cornell

Howard E. Cornell was a marine engineer and naval architect who acted as the receiving officer for the Neafie and Levy Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when it went out of business in the early 1900s. In 1902 the company was building three destroyers, the U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY, for the U.S. Navy.

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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.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Bainbridge (Destroyer : DD-1)
Barry (Destroyer : DD-2)
Chauncey (Destroyer : DD-3)
Neafie & Levy Ship & Engine Building Co.
Reaney, Neafie & Co.
United States. Navy


Marine engineering–United States
Marine engines–Specifications
Naval architecture–United States
Pilot boats–

Document Types:



Marine engineers–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia
Naval architects–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 84, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal, Corporate and 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 U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE in Box 2, Folder 7 of the collection.
BAINBRIDGE (U.S.S.) 2/7, 2/8
Baldwin Locomotive Works 2/6
BARRY (U.S.S.) 2/7, 2/8
Bowles, Francis T. 2/8
Chapman, W. C. 2/6
CHAUNCEY (U.S.S.) 2/7, 2/8
Harrity, William F. 2/4
King, James R. 2/7
Kingsley, George E. 2/6
Lemley, Samuel C. 2/7
Levy, John A. 2/3
McMurtrie, R.C. 2/4
Neafie, Jacob G. 2/3
Reaney, Thomas 2/3
Reaney, William B. 2/3
Stone, George R. 2/4

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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


Papers; 1921-1937
Box Folder
1 1 Papers including specifications for the pilot boat DELAWARE and an agreement to build the pilot boat; 1921
2 Papers including data sheets and specifications of oil burning vs.coal burning for ships’ power plants; undated
3 Papers including notes, engineering drawings, estimates, bids, and specifications; 1921-1928
4 Specifications for the construction of a steel hull for a derrick scow for the M. P. Howlett Co., Inc. of Philadelphia, Penn.; undated
5 Papers including a notice of Public Hearing, maps, and a copy of an address, all pertaining to the New Jersey Canal; 1937
Papers; 1851-1920
Box Folder
2 1 Aricles of agreement between Thomas Reaney, Jacob G. Neafie, John P. Levy, for the founding of the firm Reaney, Neafie, & Co., Kensington, Penn.; 1851
2 Deed, executed by Thomas Reaney of Philadelphia, Penn., assigned a patent for an improved propeller design to Jacob G. Neafie and John P. Levy; 1859 Dec 31
3 Letters pertaining to the firm of Reaney, Neafie, & Co.; 1859
4 Papers, including letters, and incorporation papers pertaining to the firm of Neafie & Levy Ship and Engine Building Co., Penn. Works, Philadephia; 1891
5 Papers, including a letter patent and a stock certificate for the Neafie & Levy Ship & Engine Building Co., Penn. Works, Philadephia; 1915
6 Papers, including a letter and postcard from Guantanamo, Cuba, pertaining to a fire engine built by Neafie and Levy 1868, no. 38; 1920
7 Letters pertaining to installment payments by the Navy Department for the Destroyer U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE; 1902
8 Letters pertaining to contracts, vouchers, and payments for the destroyers U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY; 1902
9 Papers including an agreement and specifications relative to changes in the contract for the construction of the destroyers U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY; 19202
10 Papers including complete weekly recap of labor and natual costs for the destroyers U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY; 1903
11 Bonds to accompany the contracts for the destroyers U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY in the amount of $42,450 each; 1898
12 Briefs prepared by the firm of Neafie & Levy petitioning for an increase in contractural price in the case of the Destroyers U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY; 1902
13 Tonnage table for torpedo boat destroyers, setting forth the weight in tons of all component parts; undated
14 Tables of standardization and endurance trials runs for the destroyers for the U.S.S. BARRY and CHAUNCEY; 1902
15 Statement relative to the cost of torpedo boats and torpedo boat destroyers authorized by the act of May 4, 1898 in conection with relief of the contractors therefore; 1902
16 Study analysis of cost details in the construction of the destroyers U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE, BARRY, and CHAUNCEY as taken from the books of original entry of the Neafie & Levy Ship and Engine Building Co.; undated (187 pieces )
17 Reprint from the Journal of the AMERICAN SOCIETY of NAVAL ENGINEERS, an article by James Nelson Alexander entitled “U.S. Torpedo-Boat Destroyers BAIBRIDGE, BARRY and CHAUNCEY”; 1902
18 Imprint entitled “Statement of the Builders of Torpedo Boats and Torpedo Boats Destroyers to Committees on Claims 58th Congress Requesting Relief” under the provisions of Senate Bill 4008 and House Resolution 10346; 1905
19 Imprint by John Isaac Thornycroft and Sidney Walker Barnaby entitled “Torpedo-Boat Destroyers published by The Institute of Civil Engineers, London, England; 1895
Volumes; 1915-1936
1 Monograph, House Doucment No. 93, 74th Congress, 2nd Session, entitled “New York Bay-Delaware River Section of the Intra-Coastal Waterway”; 1936
2 Mongraph, Wilfred H. Schoff, “The Intra-Coastal Waterway” (Philadelphia: Atlantic Deep Waters, Association); 1915
3 Monograph, U.S. Department of Commerce, serial No. 444, “Distance Between United States Ports”; 1930
4 Mongraph, Senate Documents, No,. 279, 65 Congress, 2nd Session, “Atlantic Intra-Coastal Canals”; 1918
5 Hull recordbook, setting forth the mold loft dimensions for hulls, no. 899 to 958 inclusive; undated
6 Hull recordbook, setting forth the mold loft dimensions for hulls, no. 959 to 1,012 inclusive; undated
7 Engineering record book, setting forth the boilers, leg boilers, and propeller sizes, dimensions, and specifications for approximately 900 hulls; undated

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