Charles E. Packer Papers

Manuscripts Collection 150

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Packer, Charles E., 1830-1914
Title: Charles E. Packer Papers
Dates: 1863-1882
Extent: 225 pieces
Abstract: Correspondence, bills, accounts, receipts, and other papers, relating to the barks FALCON (1863-1864) and GALVESTON (1867-1868) and ship ANNIE M. SMULL (1869-1882), which was engaged in the New York-San Francisco-Shanghai-Liverpool trade. Also includes a account book (1869-1882) of ANNIE M. SMULL, covering her period of ownership by C.H. Mallory & Co., New York, and correspondence and vessel accounts from Cape Town (South Africa), Shanghai and other Chinese ports, Rangoon (Burma), Manila (Philippines), and Singapore.
Identification: Coll. 150

Biography of Charles E. Packer

Charles E. Packer of Mystic River, Connecticut, was the son of George Washington Packer and Eliza Lamb, and was born in 1832. He was married to Laura Halsey Lamb (of New York) in 1862, and had three children, Halsey, Charles and Adelaide.

During the years covered by this collection, Packer was master of the bark FALCON (1863-1864), bark GALVESTON (1867-1868), and the ship ANNIE M. SMULL (1869-1882). Both GALVESTON and ANNIE M. SMULL were built and owned by the Mallory Company. The former vessel was designed for the New York/Galveston/Liverpool tramp circuit, and the latter operated in the New York/San Francisco/Shanghi/Liverpool trade. The bark FALCON was built at Newburyport in 1851 and hailed from Point Elizabeth, South Africa in 1864. She was evidently a British registered vessel at that time.

Charles E. Packer last appears on the 1910 census at 78 years of age.

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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):

Annie M. Smull (Ship)
C.H. Mallory & Co.
Falcon (Bark : 1851-1864)
Galveston (Bark)


Cape Town (South Africa)–Description and travel
Manila (Philippines)–Description and travel
Rangoon (Burma)–Description and travel
Shanghai (China)– Commerce
Singapore–Description and travel


International trade
Shipping–California–San Francisco
Shipping–New York (State)–New York
Voyages and travels

Document Types:

Account books



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 150, 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 J. Aiken in Box 1, Folder 9 of the collection.
Aiken, J. 1/9
Allen & Lewis 1/9
Baring Brothers & Co. 1/11
Briggs, Cornelius 1/11
Brown, Vernon N. 1/11
Caleb Grimshaw & Co. 1/9
Charles H. Mallory & Co. 1/9
Deane & Co. 1/9
Dibble, Albert 1/9
Fosdick, George A. 1/9
GALVESTON (Bark) 1/9
George Howes & Co. 1/9
Ingersoll, A.G. 1/9
James N. Knapp & Co. 1/9
Mallory, Charles 1/11
Mallory, Charles H. 1/9
Mallory, Frank 1/9
McCondray & Co. 1/9
Platt & Newton 1/9
Smith, Bell & Co. 1/11
Wheelock & Co. 1/11
William Hendly & Co. 1/9
Williams & Blanchard 1/9

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Papers; 1863-1882
Box Folder
1 1 Shipmaster’s Certificate, from American Shipmaster’s Assoc. to C. E. Packer; 1863 May 19
2 Bills, accounts, etc. relating to Bark FALCON; Packer, master; 1863
3 Bills, accounts, etc. relating to Bark FALCON; Packer, master; 1864
4 Builders certification relating to Ship ANNIE M. SMULL, signed by C. H. Mallory; ca 1868 Oct
5 Classification documents for Ship ANNIE M. SMULL; 1868-1882
6 Bills, receipts, accounts, articles, etc., relating to Ship ANNIE M. SMULL; 1870-1880
7 Bills, receipts, accounts, etc., relating to Ship ANNIE M. SMULL, Shanghi; 1882 Jun-Jul
8 Bills, receipts, accounts, etc., relating to Ship ANNIE M. SMULL, Manila; 1882 Aug-Sep
9 Correspondence, C. H. Mallory to Capt. Packer, Master Bark GALVESTON, Ship ANNIE M. SMULL; 1867-1872
10 Telegrams, C. H. Mallory to Capt. Packer; 1875-1877
11 Correspondence, Capt. Packer, master Ship ANNIE M. SMULL, Shanghi, and Manila; 1882 Jun-Sep
12 Miscellaneous, and material; partially dated
13 Account book; Ship ANNIE M. SMULL, Capt. C. E. Packer; 1869-1882

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