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Record No: mha00000335
Title: Pickford and Black fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1978 (originally created 1880-1905)
Location: Mic.1-1-1-16 MHA
Creator: Pickford & Black (firm)
Extent: 1 microfilm reel
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the creator of the fonds. The details in the administrative history are based on the fonds-level description of the NSARM web site
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The firm of Pickford & Black, a Nova Scotia shipping firm, was established by partners Robert Pickford (1841-1914) and William Anderson Black (1847-1934) in 1876. Pickford & Black were ship chandlers and grocers of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1877, the firm purchased Seeton's Wharf at 51 Water's Street. By 1887, they had expanded into the steamship line, purchasing the Cunard ships Alpha and Beta, and establishing a shipping service between Halifax, Cuba, and Bermuda (1889). Pickford and Kirke also operated steamers in the Atlantic provinces.
     Pickford & Black acted as agents for several leading marine insurance underwriters, including Lloyd's of London, and for several European steamship lines. Robert Pickford retired in 1911 and the company became Pickford & Black Ltd.
     Following the death of W.A. Black (1936), the company was involved in several mergers. In 1946, Pickford & Black Ltd. managed the Maritime Stevedoring Company, and the Pickford & Black Agency, a customs brokerage. In 1975 Pickford and Black Ltd. became a wholly owned subsidiary of McLean Kennedy Limited, and in 2002, a branch of F. K. Warren.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of microfilmed papers of three registers of incoming vessels at Halifax, 1880-1905. The records were kept by Pickford and Black, but include all incoming shipping, regardless of agent. The registers provide the date of arrival, the rig, vessel name, tonnage, port of registry, master, origins, number of days at sea, consignee, cargo, wharf, date of sailing and destination.
Reproduction Note: Filmed from the Pickford and Black papers held at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, MG 7 v. 43 -45.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
Finding Aids: Finding aid is not available
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/maritime.php#Pickford
Subject: Merchants Nova Scotia.
Subject: Shipping Arrivals and departures Nova Scotia Halifax.
Subject: Ship Chandlers.
Subject: Halifax (Nova Scotia).
Subject: Ship registers.
Authors_Personal Name: Pickford, Robert, 1840-1914.
Authors_Personal Name: Black, William A. 1847-1934.


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