|Repository:||G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport|
|Title:||Mystic Seaport Sailing Card Collection|
|Extent:||ca. 200 items|
|Abstract:||Sailing cards (used to advertise vessel qualifications and sailing dates) for a number of well-known vessels, including the DAVID CROCKETT, GREAT REPUBLIC, and YOUNG AMERICA, and other vessels, including several for other vessels built in Mystic, Connecticut.|
According to “American Maritime Documents 1776-1860” by Doug Stein, sailing cards are;
Often printed on heavy grade card stock, 4″ x 6 ” being a common size. Many examples feature elaborately engraved scenes, and contain as many as seven different colors. The reverse side is usually blank.
Sailing cards . . . are significant and distinctive maritime documents. Agents or owners commonly advertised the availability and loading of their vessels in the local newspapers, but by the mid-1850’s the colorful sailing cards began to appear in the windows of shipping firms, banks, and public shops along the waterfronts in ports like New York and Boston. These cards might be printed several days prior to the anticipated departure, in order to secure last-minute cargo or passengers. Initially a specific sailing date was not included on the card, although some later examples do state that the ship would sail “on or about” a certain day. Sailing cards then, are difficult to date accurately, but it seems that many of the vessels represented on these eye-catching advertisements flourished between the 1850’s and the 1880’s. Many of the early card announcements were used primarily to advertise sailings to California following the discovery of gold there in 1849. Consequently, [they are] often referred to as “clipper ship sailing cards.” Evidence would indicate, however, that they continued to be used long after the preeminence of the clipper (and gold fever) had passed. Despite this lengthy period of use, sailing cards are relatively scarce.
This collection is organized into three series, the first being whole and original cards, the second series being for reproductions that we have included in the collection, and the third series contains fragments of cards.
Each series is arranged alphabetically by vessel name.
Restrictions on Access
Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.
Restrictions on Use
Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.
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.
Coll. 112, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Sailing cards arranged by vessel name. Sailing card reproductions arranged by vessel name. Sailing cards – fragments and miscellaneous pieces.
|1||1||ANDREW JACKSON. Images|
|5||BLACK HAWK. Images|
|6||BLACK PRINCE. Images|
|7||BLUE JACKET. Images|
|8||BRYN IVOR. Images|
|9||BUNKER HILL. Images|
|10||C. S. PENNELL. Images|
|11||CARRIER DOVE. Images|
|12||CELESTIAL EMPIRE. Images|
|14||COMET; SCA 1.13. Images|
|15||COMET; SCA 1.14 (2). Images|
|18||DAVID CROCKETT; SCA 1.17. Images|
|19||DAVID CROCKETT. Images|
|21||DON QUIXOTE; SCA 1.20. Images|
|22||DON QUIXOTE; SCA 1.21. Images|
|24||E. H. TAYLOR. Images|
|25||E. M. YOUNG. Images|
|26||EAGLE WING. Images|
|27||ELLEN SEARS. Images|
|28||EMERALD ISLE. Images|
|32||FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE. Images|
|33||FLYING SCUD. Images|
|34||FREE TRADE. Images|
|36||GALATEA; SCA 1.34. Images|
|37||GALATEA; SCA 1.35. Images|
|38||GARIBALDI; SCA 1.36. Images|
|39||GARIBALDI; SCA 1.37. Images|
|40||GOLDEN FLEECE. Images|
|41||GOV. MORTON. Images|
|42||GREAT REPUBLIC. Images|
|44||HORNET; SCA 1.43. Images|
|45||HORNET; SCA 1.44. Images|
|46||HORNET; SCA 1.45. Images|
|47||I. F. CHAPMAN. Images|
|49||ISAAC JEANES. Images|
|50||JOHN GILPIN. Images|
|51||KING PHILIP. Images|
|53||LADY WASHINGTON. Images|
|55||LOOKOUT; SCA 1.51. Images|
|56||LOOKOUT; SCA 1.52. Images|
|57||LOOKOUT; SCA 1.53. Images|
|2||MARY ROBINSON. Images|
|6||NE PLUS ULTRA. Images|
|7||OCEAN EXPRESS. Images|
|14||PRIMA DONNA. Images|
|16||QUEEN OF THE EAST. Images|
|20||RICHARD S. ELY. Images|
|21||ROBIN HOOD. Images|
|24||SEA NYMPH. Images|
|25||SEA SERPENT. Images|
|28||STAR OF THE UNION. Images|
|32||SUSAN FEARING. Images|
|34||THATCHER MAGOUN. Images|
|37||TRIADE TARABOCHIA. Images|
|41||WEALTHY PENDLETON. Images|
|43||WHITE SWALLOW. Images|
|44||WM. CHAMBERLAIN. Images|
|45||WIZARD KING. Images|
|46||YOUNG AMERICA. Images|
|47||YOUNG AMERICA. Images|
|48||YOUNG AMERICA; (Postcard). Images|
|51||B. F. HOXIE.|
|51||DANIEL MARRY. Images|
|51||DAVID CROCKETT. Images|