Henry H. Anderson Papers

Manuscripts Collection 341

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Anderson, Henry H., (1893 Dec 19-1945 Aug 16)
Title: Henry H. Anderson Papers
Dates: 1911-1995
Extent: 424 items.
Abstract: Papers, 1911-1995, of Henry Hill Anderson. Includes a variety of unbound logs, narratives, and journals as well as correspondence concerning Anderson’s voyage as a cabin boy from 1911 Nov-1912 on the bark FOOHNG SUEY, from New York to Hawaii. During this voyage around Cape Horn he records navigational data, what he learns from the many different men on board, and the death of one of the men at the hands of the cook, who later jumped overboard mid-ocean. The different documents all record the same events and voyage but are written at different times and not all are complete. Anderson made this voyage following his graduation from the Adirondack-Florida School and before matriculating at Yale University. The collection also contains an edited log from his son, Henry Hill Anderson, Jr.’s, voyage on the schooner GEORGE B. CLUETT and the steam vessel STRAHCONA from 1939 Jun 24-Sep 3 as part of the Tanner-Forbes geological expedition from Boston to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Identification: Coll. 341
Accesssion number: MC 2007.10

Biography of Henry H. Anderson

Henry Hill Anderson was born in New York City on 1893 Dec 19. He attended the Adirondack-Florida School in Onchiola, New York as a young man. Following his graduation there he took a pleasure cruise on board the bark FOOHNG SUEY from 1911 Nov-1912. She sailed from New York to Hawaii around Cape Horn. Following his trip he attended and graduated with his B.A. from Yale University in 1916. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 and, following cavalry school at Ft. Leavenworth, served along the Mexican border. He was honorably discharged in 1919. Anderson married Helen James on 1920 Aug 21 and they had three sons, Henry Hill, Jr., Walter James, and David Anderson. Anderson graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1922 and was admitted to the New York bar that same year. He joined the law firm Carter, Ledyard & Milburn and worked with them until 1925. At that time he joined his father and uncle’s law practice, Anderson & Anderson. From 1928-1944 he was a partner with his father at Anderson, Gasser, Ferris, & Anderson, subsequently Gasser, Ferris, Hayer &ition aboard the GEORGE B. CLUETT and the STRAHCONA from 1939 Jun 24-Sep 3 on a voyage from Boston to Newfoundland and Labrador. Anderson, Jr. also served in the Field Artillery, the Third Army, and Ninth Army during World War Two and was honorably discharged as a captain in 1946, after which he served as a reservist in the 77th Division.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

This collection was largely organized by Henry H. Anderson’s son, Henry Jr. and the original order was kept. The Henry H. Anderson Papers are arranged by series as described below.

Series 1: Correspondence. 1911-1912, undated

Series 2: Unbound Journals, Logs, and Narratives. 1911-1995, undated

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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.


Anderson, Henry Hill (1893 Dec 19-1945 Aug 16)
Anderson, Henry Hill (b. 1921)
Forbes, Alexander (1882-1965)
Tanner, Vaino (1881-1966)

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Foohng Suey (Bark)
George B. Cluett (Schooner)
Strahcona (Watercraft)


Boston (Mass.)
Honolulu (Hawaii)
New York (N.Y.)
Newfoundland and Labrador


Death at sea Discipline at sea
Murder at sea
Newfoundland and Labrador–Social life and customs–20th century.
Seafaring life

Document Types:



Merchant Mariners

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 341, 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.

Correspondence, 1911-1912, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence; 1911 Nov 7-1912 Apr 4, undated (9 items)
Unbound Journals, Logs, and Narratives, 1911-1995, undated
Box Folder
1 2 Journal kept by Anderson onboard the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark), Part 1; 1911 Nov 20-1912 Mar 25 (97 items)
3 Journal kept by Anderson onboard the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark), Part 2; 1911 Nov 20-1912 Mar 25 (106 items)
4 Abstract log for the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark); 1911 Nov 5-1912 Sep 29 (7 items)
5 Handwritten narrative about part of the voyage on the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark); undated (19 items)
6 Typed narrative about part of the voyage on the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark); undated (35 items)
7 Transcription of journals kept on the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark), not verbatim; undated (76 items)
8 Edited version of journal kept on the FOOHNG SUEY (Bark) with letters, pictures, and obituary; undated (25 items)
9 Typed and edited log for GEORGE B. CLUETT (Schooner) and the STRAHCONA (Watercraft) with references, pictures, maps, magazine articles, and letters; 1939-1995 (50 items)

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