Jeff Eldredge Collection

Manuscripts Collection 331

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Eldredge, Jeff
Title: Jeff Eldredge Collection
Dates: 1841-1883; c. 2005
Extent: c. 200 items
Abstract: Photocopies of ship registrations, captain’s journal, and ships’ accounts collected by Jeff Eldredge for research relating to vessels associated with Chatham, Massachusetts.
Identification: Coll. 331

Biography of Jeff Eldredge

Jeff Eldredge conducted research on shipbuilding in and seamen from Chatham, Massachusetts.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Jeff Eldredge Collection included photocopies of ship registrations and ships’ accounts from vessels owned in part in or commanded by masters from Chatham, Massachusetts, as well as a journal written by Captain Elijah Crosby, the shipmaster of the Bark SHAMYL.

Eldredge describes the collection as being, “various vessels that were commanded by Chatham men and owned in part in Chatham. None of the vessels that are listed were built at Chatham. All of the listed vessels hailde from Boston except the Bark VELOCITY, which hailed from Chatham. The barks JUSTICE STORY and YOUNG TURK (I) were owned entirely in Boston, Alpheus Hardy, a prominent Boston merchant, being the managing owner, was also a native of Chatham. The master of the STORY and YOUNG TURK were usually from Chatham. There were two YOUNG TURKs. The first was built in 1853 and sunk in 1856. The second YOUNG TURK was built later in the year in 1856 and was owned in part by her regular master, Capt. Harding, who did live in Chatham.”

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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.


Crosby, Elijah

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Abd el Kader (Bark)
Amy (Bark)
Bay State (Bark)
Chester (Bark)
Clement (Brig)
Daniel Webster (Bark)
Echo (Bark)
Edisto (Bark)
Edward Everett (Bark)
Ella (Bark)
Elm (Bark)
Emma Amelia (Schooner)
Georgiana (Bark)
Hadley (Bark)
Helen Maria (Bark)
Heroine (Bark)
J. H. Duval (Bark)
James W. Paige (Bark)
Justice Story (Bark)
Laconia (Bark)
Lowell (Bark)
Mary Edson (Bark)
Maryland (Bark)
Modena (Bark)
Morgan Dix (Bark)
Nashua (Bark)
Oak (Bark)
Paulina (Brig)
Pioneer (Bark)
Radiant (Bark)
Sachem (Bark)
Schamyl (Bark)
Selah (Bark)
Speedwell (Bark)
Starlight (Bark)
Stillman B. Allen (Bark)
Sun (Brig)
Sylph (Bark)
Union (Bark)
Velma (Bark)
Velocity (Bark)
Vesta (Bark)
Western Sea (Bark)
Wyman (Bark)
Young Turk (Bark)
Zephyr (Bark)
Zion (Bark)


Baltimore (Md.)
Boston (Mass.) — Hailing ports
Charleston (S.C.)
Chatham (Mass.)
Newburyport (Mass.)

Document Types:

Crew lists
Journals (Accounts)
Ships registers



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 331 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.


Jeff Eldredge Collection; 1841-1883, c. 2005
Box Folder
1 1 Elijah Crosby Journal: Misc. Cures and recipe; c. 1862-1864 (5 pieces)
2 Elijah Crosby Journal: Bills, port charges, and expenses; c. 1862-1864 (18 pieces)
3 Elijah Crosby Journal: Earnings, freight, cargo, disbursements to owners; c. 1862-1864 (18 pieces)
4 Elijah Crosby Journal: Summary of voyages; c. 1862-1864 (6 pages)
5 Elijah Crosby Journal: SCHAMYL crew wages and settlements; c. 1862-1864 (20 pieces)
6 Elijah Crosby Journal: SCHAMYL voyages; c. 1862-1864 (54 pieces)
7 Chatham enrollments and registers; 1841- 1847 (27 pieces)
8 Chatham enrollments and registers; 1848 – 1849 (22 pieces)
9 Chatham enrollments and registers; 1850 – 1853 (30 pieces)
10 Chatham enrollments and registers; 1850 – 1865 (30 pieces)
11 Chatham enrollments and registers; 1883, n.d. (6 pieces)
12 CHESTER (Bark): Extracts of letters and newspaper reports, and bibliography; c. 1862-1864 (44 pieces.)
13 Accounts for SUN (Brig), VELMA (Bark), and CHESTER (Bark); n.d. (5 pieces)

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