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Collection Number: 01065-z

Collection Title: Ships' Papers, 1756-1842

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size About 20 items
Abstract This collection contains manifests, bills of lading, certificates of unlading, letters, accounts, and other items pertaining to shipping between New England, South Atlantic ports, and the West Indies. Sales of slaves are mentioned in an accounting document regarding trips between New Bern, N.C., and Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1792. Also included is a book of accounts of Killey Eldredge (fl. 1793-1798), Massachusetts ship captain, with owners of two ships, kept during a voyage from Massachusetts to Charleston, S.C., 1793-1794, and on a voyage to England, Ireland, and France, 1796-1798.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Ships' Papers, #1065-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Laurens, 1946; purchase 1942; purchase from Paul F. Hoag; 1961, and purchase from James B. Blackford, 1966.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The ships mentioned in these papers are the schooners Betsy, Fair American, Friendship, Jaca, Ann, Two Brothers, and Unity, and the sloops Diana, Republican, and Elizabeth. The ports mentioned are New Bern, N.C., Jamaica, Cape Francois (St. Domingo), Beaufort, N.C., New York, Norfolk-Portsmouth, Baltimore, Md., Savannah, GA., and Hardford, Conn.

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This collection contains manifests, bills and certificates of unlading, letters, accounts, and other items pertaining to shipping between New England, South Atlantic ports, and the West Indies. Sales of slaves are mentioned in an accounting document regarding trips between Newbern, N.C. and Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1792. Also included is a book of accounts of Killey Eldredge (fl. 1793-1798), Massachusetts ship captain, with owners of two ships, kept during a voyage from Massachusetts to Charleston, S.C., 1793-1794, and on a voyage to England, Ireland, and France, 1796-1798.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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