George W. Bliven Papers

Manuscripts Collection 108

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Bliven, George W.
Title: George W. Bliven Papers
Dates: 1860-1888
Extent: 53 items
Abstract: The papers contain bills, statements for sperm oil, bills of lading, receipts, and journal (1868-1871) of a voyage by the bark ELIZABETH SWIFT, trapped in the Arctic ice pack with 29 other vessels in Sept. 1871. Other vessels represented include barks FANNY and A.J. POPE.
Identification: Coll. 108

Biography of George W. Bliven

George W. Bliven was a whaling master from New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was master of the barks FANNY, NAUTILUS, and the ELIZABETH SWIFT when that vessel was trapped in the Arctic ice pack along with 29 other vessels in September 1871.

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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):

A.J. Pope (Bark)
Elizabeth Swift (Bark)
Fanny (Bark)


Marine accidents–Arctic Ocean
Whale oil
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford

Document Types:

Bills of lading
Journals (accounts)


Whaling masters–Massachusetts–New Bedford

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 108, 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.


Papers; 1861-1880
Box Folder
1 1 Bills, statements for sperm oil, bills of lading, receipts, etc. for whaling Barks FANNY, A .J. POPE, and ELIZABETH SWIFT; 1861-1870
2 George W. Bliven, personal certificates, bills, etc. ca. 1880
Volumes; 1860-1871
Box Volume
1 Account book, Bark FANNY with George Bliven, master; 1860-1863
2 Journal, Whaling Bark ELIZABETH SWIFT, Bliven, master; 1868-1871
3 Typed copy of ELIZABETH SWIFT journal (i.e. vol.2)

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