Drummond Family Papers

Manuscripts Collection 190

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Drummond family
Title: Drummond Family Papers
Dates: 1799-1812
Extent: ca. 105 pieces
Abstract: This collection contains approximately 100 pieces of manuscript material having to do with vessels and a sawmill in which the Drummond Family had part interest. Included in the folders are a crew list, charter information, a survey report, shipbuilding account, cargo and outfitting accounts, and estate information and numerous expenses concerning the operation and sale of a sawmill in Winslow, Maine. Vessels represented are the schooners, MARY AND FRANCES, GEORGETOWN, and HIRAM AND GEORGE, and the ship LEANDER.
Identification: Coll. 190

Biography of the Drummond Family

The name, Drummond, appears in the earliest records of the Sagadohoc/Georgetown/Long Reach Settlement on the Kennebec River. Georgetown, which was incorporated in 1716, included the present-day towns of Bath, West Bath, Phippsurg, Winnegance, Woolwich, Georgetown and Arrowic, Maine. In the 1736 list of grantees dealing with the construction of the Georgetown Meeting House appears the names of Patrick and James Drummond, “Names famous in Bath wood shipbuilding a century and a half later.” Patrick Drummond was one of the first selectmen of the town. In 1802 a Patrick Drummond built the schooner, GEORGETOWN in Georgetown, then a part of Greater Bath.

Members of the Drummond Family mentioned in these papers are: Patrick and John, each of whom were masters of the GEORGETOWN (Alexander Drummond & Co. was a half owner of the schooner); Alexander, Jr., who was master of the ship LEANDER of Wiscasset; Rutherford; and Leander. From the papers relating to the sawmill, it can be ascertained that John and Alexander were brothers, but their relationship to the other Drummonds cited is unclear. However, the Drummond Family continued to figure in the building of wooden ships on the Kennebec River until 1867.

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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.


Drummond family

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Georgetown (Schooner)
Hiram & George (Schooner)
Leander (Ship)
Mary & Francis (Schooner)


Decedents’ estates–Maine–Wiscasset

Document Types:

Crew lists
Family papers



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 190, 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 Alexander Drummond Jr. & Co. in Box 1, Folder 2 of the collection.
Alexander Drummond Jr. & Co. 1/2, 1/3
Drummond, Alexander (Capt.) 1/1, 1/4, 1/6
Drummond, John (Capt.) 1/2, 1/3, /14
Drummond, Leander 1/4
Drummond, Patrick (Capt.) 1/2, 1/3, 1/5
Drummond, Rutherford 1/4
GEORGETOWN (Schooner) 1/2, 1/3
HIRAM & GEORGE (Schooner) 1/1
LEANDER (Ship) 1/6
MARY & FRANCES (Schooner) 1/5
Phillips & Prince 1/3
Sprague, Peleg 1/2

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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


Shipping Papers; 1799-1812
Box Folder
1 1 Papers relating to Sch. HIRAM & GEORGE; including pilotage and other sundry expenses for a voyage to the West Indies; 1799
2 Papers relating to building of Sch. GEORGETOWN, of Georgetown, Maine; 1802 Jan-Aug
3 Papers relating to outfitting, first voyage and sale of Sch. GEORGETOWN, John Drummond was master, includes crew list, owners instructions, masters accounts, and other miscellaneous expenses for a voyage to Bermuda; 1802 Aug-Nov
4 Papers relating to John Drummond’s saw mill (Winslow, Me.), includes purchase agreement (1803), John Drummond estate information, and miscellaneous related accounts; 1802-1810
5 Papers relating to Sch. MARY & FRANCIS for a voyage to Antigua, includes owners accounts for cargo and related expenses; 1809-1810
6 Papers relating to Ship LEANDER, Alexander Drummond, Master for a Trans-Atlantic trading voyage, includes statement & expenses for repairing vessel at Waterford, Ireleand; 1810-1812

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