The Fernald and Petigrew Shipyard Papers

Exploring a Piece of Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Shipbuilding Industry’s History

Fernald and Petigrew business card

Fernald and Petigrew business card, MH 3, box 12, folder 5

By the mid-nineteenth century, shifting needs within the shipping industry—the need to get to port faster not only to deliver fresher cargo, but also to be able to set higher prices (the first one to port received the highest prices for their cargo)—meant that there was a growing demand for larger and faster ships. In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the shipbuilding industry thrived during this time, with a number of firms specializing in the new faster, larger vessels.[1] Read more

David Pingree (1795-1863), Shipping Merchant

 

Ship Thomas Perkins of Salem in Canton River, 1840, Sunqua

Recently I completed processing the David Pingree (1795-1863) Papers.  The collection is central to the study of many important subjects in early American history, notably major developments in American commerce. The Pingree family businesses began early and coincided with the Golden Age of shipping in Salem.

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New Digital Collection Open

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the opening of a third digital collection – The American Neptune Collection.  The quarterly journal of maritime history and arts, founded by a group of maritime enthusiasts, which included Samuel Eliot Morison and Walter Muir Whitehill, is available for your perusal and research. Read more