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