Records of the Ship HECTOR

Manuscripts Collection 119

Overview of the Records

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Hector (Ship)
Title: Records of the Ship HECTOR
Dates: 1848-1864 (bulk 1852-1860)
Extent: ca 152 items
Abstract: The bulk of these papers is comprised of bills and accounts charged against HECTOR, her captain Amos A. Chase, and William and Benjamin Rotch, between the years 1852 and 1860. Of particular interest is a booklet from Taber, Gordon & Co. (Ship Chandlers & Grocers) of New Bedford, that contains a checklist of every item needed for a whaling voyage.
Identification: Coll. 119

History of the Ship Hector

HECTOR was a whaleship built in 1818 at New York, N.Y. She was registered in New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1826 to 1866, and her principal owners included William and Francis Rotch and Charles W. Morgan. HECTOR was captured and later burned by the Confederate raider SHENANDOAH, at Ascension in 1866.

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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.


Chase, Amos A.
Rotch, Benjamin
Rotch, William James, 1819-1893

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Taber, Gordon & Company (New Bedford, Mass.)


Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Whaling ships–Massachusetts–New Bedford

Document Types:



Grocers–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Ship chandlers–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Shipowners–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Whaling masters

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 119, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Records

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


Papers; 1848-1864
Box Folder
1 1 Crew’s advances charged against Ship HECTOR; 1848 Jun (23 pieces)
2 Bills and receipts, Ship HECTOR; 1852 Jan-Oct (12 pieces)
3 Bills, Ship HECTOR; 1852 Nov (10 pieces)
4 Bills and accounts, Ship HECTOR; 1852 Dec (38 pieces)
5 Bills, receipts, drafts, Ship HECTOR and William Rotch; 1853 (11 pieces)
6 Accounts, disbursements, and letter, Benjamin and William J. Rotch, Ship POMONA; 1855-1856 (5 pieces)
7 Bills and receipts, Ship HECTOR and Capt. Chase; 1857 (7 pieces)
8 Bills and promissory note, Ship HECTOR; 1858 (9 pieces)
9 Bills and accounts, Ship HECTOR; 1859 (18 pieces)
10 Bills, accounts, and notes, Ship HECTOR; 1860 (7 pieces)
11 Note and letter, Benjamin and William J. Rotch; 1863-1864 (3 pieces)
12 Accounts, bills, memos, etc.; undated (9 pieces)
Volumes; 1856 and undated
1 Booklet from Taber, Gorton & Co., Ship Chandler and Grocer, New Bedford, Mass., entitled “Outfits for a Whaling Voyage.” Contains a checklist of every item needed for a whaling voyage; 1856
2 Small notebook containing a “List of Articles belonging to Ship HECTOR & where stored.” undated

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