Clarence H. Rayner Papers

Manuscripts Collection 202

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Rayner, Clarence H.
Title: Clarence H. Rayner Papers
Dates: 1877-1914
Extent: 24 pieces
Abstract: Collection contains 23 pieces and one volume. Includes bills of sale, bills of lading, towing receipts, a description of the loss of Schooner E. H. BRAZOS, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous waybills relative to the shipping activities of C. H. Rayner. Volume is freight accounts and port charges for Schooner QUICKSTEP, 1878
Identification: Coll. 202

Biography of Clarence H. Rayner

Clarence H. Rayer lived in Stony Brook, N. Y., and during the period covered by these papers, he commanded several coasting schooners. He was master of the schooner E. H. BRAZAS, which was lost in a storm off the New Jersey coast on October 31, 1877. In 1978 he commanded the Schooner QUICKSTEP, carrying coal from New York to Middletown, CT. Between 1894 and 1903 he purchased controlling interest in three schooners; the BENJAMIN ENGLISH (4/16), the B.H. WARFORD (31/32), and the LILLIE O. WELLS (16/16). The WELLS was lost during a storm on Long Island Sound a few months later. Rayner later commanded the coal schooner HAMLET in 1913-1914

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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):

E.H. Brazos (Schooner)
Quickstep (Schooner)


Freight and freightage
Shipping–New York (State)–Stony Brook
Shipwrecks–New Jersey

Document Types:

Bills of lading
Bills of sale


Shipmasters–New York (State)–Stony Brook
Shipowners–New York (State)–Stony Brook

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 202, 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 and account book; 1877-1914
Box Folder
1 1 Schooner E. H. BRAZOS; description of shipwreck; 1877 Oct 31
2 Schooner QUICKSTEP; bills, etc.; 1878 Apr-May
4 Schooner HAMLET; Bill of Lading for coal cargo; 1913-1914
5 Volume 1, Schooner QUICKSTEP; freight accounts and port charges; 1878

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