Records of the Schooner Orville Horwitz

Manuscripts Collection 344

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Orville Horwitz (Schooner : 1880)
Title: Records of the Schooner ORVILLE HORWITZ
Dates: 1846-1887
Extent: 11 items/ 2 vols.
Abstract: Records, 1846-1887, of the schooner ORVILLE HORWITZ. This collection includes paid bills, the protection certificate for Captain Chauncey Kelsey, and other papers. There are also two account books. The first contains the vessel’s accounts for each port and details of the cargos for each trip. The second contains the date when each crew member was hired and their wages for each voyage. It is not clear who kept these records.
Identification: Coll. 344
Accesssion number: MC 2008.11.2

History of the schooner ORVILLE HORWITZ

The schooner ORVILLE HORWITZ was built in West Haven in Gessner and Marr’s yard in 1880. The vessel was intended for coastal trade and made many trips up and down the east coast carrying lumber and ice, but primarily coal. She was captained by Chauncey Kelsey. The schooner was abandoned March 11, 1887 when she began to take on water near Baltimore and the captain and crew were rescued by the schooner JAMES B. OGDEN.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection required very little reorganization. The few papers were housed together, with the exception of the protection certificate. The volumes had loose papers removed that had been stuck in between the pages but their contents were very clearly labeled. It is unclear however who was the record keeper for the ship. The records of the ORVILLE HORWITZ are arranged by series as described below.

Series 1: Papers. 1846-1887, undated

Series 2: Volumes. 1880-1887

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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.


Kelsey, Chauncey

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Orville Horwitz (Schooner : 1880)


Baltimore (Md.)
Boston (Mass.)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
New Haven (Conn.)
New York (N.Y.)
Portsmouth (N.H.)
Providence (R.I.)
Washington (D.C.)


Ships–Connecticut–West Haven

Document Types:

Account books
Crew lists
Protection certificates



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 344, 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.

Papers; 1846 Oct 22-1887 Feb 18
Box Folder
1 1 Protection Certificate; 1846 Oct 22 (1 piece)
2 Miscellaneous Papers; 1886 Dec 22-1887 Feb 18, undated (10 pieces)
Volumes; 1880 Nov 30-1887 Mar 11
Box Folder
1 3 ORVILLE HORWITZ account book; 1880 Nov 30-1887 Mar 11 (1 volume)
4 ORVILLE HORWITZ crew list and wages; 1886 Oct 6-1887 Mar 11 (1 volume)

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