John Bernet Papers

Manuscripts Collection 122

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Bernet, John
Title: John Bernet Papers
Dates: 1897-1932
Extent: 84 items
Abstract: The collection contains Correspondence, vessel accounts, expense books, and bills. Of special interest are the legal papers (1904-1906), including lawyers’ letters, libel papers, and published court transcript, relating to the adjudication of a collision at sea between the schooner WILLIAM BISBEE (commanded by Bernet) and the Anchor Line steamship FURNESSIA. Other vessels represented include schooners JAMES L. MALOY, HELVETIA, WAWENOCK, and J. FRANK SEAVEY, and barge BEAUFORT, all of which were mastered by Bernet.
Identification: Coll. 122

Biography of John Bernet

John Bernet was a ship master from Rockland, Maine. He was involved as master or shareholder with the schooners WAWENOCK, JAMES L. MALOY, J. FRANK SEAVEY, HELVETIA, WILLIAM BISBEE, LIZZIE E. DENNISON, and the barge BEAUFORT.

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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):

Beaufort (Barge)
Furnessia (Steamship)
Helvetia (Schooner)
J. Frank Seavey (Schooner)
James L. Maloy (Schooner)
Wawenock (Schooner)
William Bisbee (Schooner)


Collisions at sea Shipping–Maine–Rockland
Trials (Libel)

Document Types:

Court records



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 122, 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 1897-1932
Box Folder
1 1 Captain John Bernet, Schooner JAMES L. MALOY; 1897 (2 pieces)
2 Captain John Bernet, Schooner WILLIAM BISBEE; 1902 Oct-1907 Sep (23 pieces)
3 Captain John Bernet, Schooner HELVETIA; 1905 Jul-1906 Nov (6 pieces)
4 Captain John Bernet, Schooner WAWENOCK; 1907 Sep-1919 Nov (5 pieces)
5 Captain John Bernet, Schooner J. FRANK SEAVEY; 1912 May-1913 Mar (2 pieces)
6 Captain John Bernet, Barge BEAUFORT; 1916 May-1922 Sep (10 pieces)
7 Captain John Bernet, Misc. bills and documents; 1909 Dec-1932 Jul (15 pieces)
Volumes; 1887-1904
1 Account-expense book for the Schooner JAMES J. MALOY; 1887 Apr-1895 Aug
2 A published court transcript from a New York District Court case involving a collision at sea between the schooner WILLIAM BISBEE and the steamship FURNESSIA in 1904;

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