The Frederick Billings was the largest square-rigged ship built on Penobscot Bay, and the only four-masted ship. Its builder, Carleton, Norwood & Co. , made much of its money from the lime industry, building, owning and operating vessels. The Billings measured 2496 tons, 278 feet long.
The ship Josephus was built in Newcastle, Maine in 1876. Three different Searsport captains served as the ship's master, including William Albert Rogers, Phillip Randall Gilkey, and Joseph Henry Park. Some have suggested this picture was of the Park family, but another note suggested that the people in the photo were unidentified shore friends of the first mate. There is a pump organ in the corner and photos are liberally spread out. These would all be put away at sea, when furniture would also be lashed down in a storm.
Survey of the wreck of the ship Clarissa B. Carver. A survey is performed to determine the value of the vessel and its cargo in its sunk location. The vessel was sunk by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885. This document is part of the final settlement of payments for the ship and its cargo, called the General Average.
Captain's statement of what happened the night of the shipwreck of the ship Clarissa B. Carver, when it was hit by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885. This is part of the final settlement of payments for the ship and its cargo, called the General Average
Letter announcing sale of cargo of the ship Clarissa B. Carver and that consignee is entitled to share of money made at the auction of the cargo. Clarissa B. Carver was sunk by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885.