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Accession No: mha00000245
Title: Officer and Crew Accounts of Ship America
Dates: 1852-1854
Location: MF-0136 MHA
Provenance: Lawrence, Joseph J. fl. 1854.
Extent: 1 cm.
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The American registered ship America, 1137 tons, 2 decks, was built at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1846, and registered at the port of New York on 9 November 1846. She was built for D. & A. Kingsland & Co's Empire Line of sailing packets between New York and Liverpool (the vessels sailed from Liverpool in the Black Star Line). Her original master was S. Weare, who was succeeded before April 1848 by Edmund or Edward Dunn, who was succeeded by Joseph J. Lawrence in the spring of 1850. The America often sailed a triangular route, from New York to New Orleans, where she took on a cargo of cotton, to Liverpool, returning to New York.

Captain Joseph J. Lawrence was born May 26, 1820 at New London, Connecticut. He became a master at the age of 23 and throughout his career he captained the Columbus, America, Webster, Eagle, and Morro Castle, before retiring in 1868. He died of a heart attack at his home in New York, December 7, 1893.
Scope and Content: Detailed entries of the expenditures and advances of officers and crew of the ship America, kept by Capt. Joseph J. Lawrence.

Other members of the crew include Charles Woodarde, 1st Officer; George Powers Henshaw, 2nd Officer; James Healy, 3rd Officer; William Rotleff, Carpenter; Jeremiah Brooks, Steward; Joseph Maskell, Passenger Steward; Samuel C. Hanson, Cook; Charles Smith, Seaman; George West, Seaman; John Shaw, Seaman; Joseph Burns, Boatswain; Joseph Frost, 2nd Cook; James McCann, Boy; Stephen Statia, Cabin Boy; and many others.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright expired.
Custodial History: Unknown.
Subject: Lawrence, Joseph J., Capt., 1820-1893
Subject: America (Ship)
Subject: Seafaring life
Subject: Merchant seaman
Subject: Accounts


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