Preble and Jewett

Preble and Jewett, of Portland, Maine, partnered with a Salem, Massachusetts shipbuilder to build the Portland, which cost $60,000 to build and was launched in the spring of 1796. The Portland sailed from Boston to Bombay with a captain from Saco. She carried beef, cod, salmon, oak staves, barrel staves, and sugar for sale in various Mediterranean ports, and wine and other goods were acquired there for trade in the Far East.