John B. Phillips Papers

Manuscripts Collection 160

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Phillips, John B., 1867-1947
Title: John B. Phillips Papers
Dates: 1898-1920
Extent: 11 items
Abstract: The collection contains approximately 10 pieces (primarily financial statements and investment information relative to the Lizzie V. Hall, Estelle, and Florence B. Philips), and 2 volumes. The volumes reveal the names of investors and various expenditures and income relative to the Lizzie V. Hall, and Florence B. Phillips.
Identification: Coll. 160

Biography of John B. Phillips, 1867-1947

John Phillips (1867-1947) was a ship master from Sag Harbor, New York during the first two decades of the 20th century. Between 1899 and 1920 he was master of the Schooners Lizzie V. Hall, Estelle, Carrie A. Lane, and Florence B. Phillips.

Captain Phillips was also managing owner of these vessels. He kept a controlling interest and sold shares to investors in and around Sag Harbor. A typical arrangement saw Phillips, as captain, agent, and manager, receiving 52% of the gross freights after port charges, out of which the crew’s wages were paid. From the investor’s shares all maintenance, repairs, and insurance would be deducted, and the balance then distributed, usually in 64th shares, to the owners. All four of Phillips’ Schooners returned handsome profits to their investors, and he retired from the sea after selling the Florence B. Phillips in March, 1920.

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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):

Estelle (Schooner : 1899)
Florence B. Phillips (Schooner)
Lizzie B. Hall (Schooner)


Shipping–New York (State)–Sag Harbor

Document Types:

Account books–New York (State)–Sag Harbor


Shipmasters–New York (State)–Sag Harbor

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 160, 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.


Shipping papers; 1899-1920
Box Folder
1 1 Bills and expense for Schooner LIZZIE V. HALL; 1899-1904
2 Statement to Owner of Schooner ESTELLE; 1913
3 Business records of Schooner FLORENCE B. PHILLIPS; 1916-1920
Business record book for Schooner LIZZIE V. HALL 1898-1904
2 Business record book for Schooner FLORENCE B. PHILLIPS; 1916-1920

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