Merchants and Sea
Captains of Old Boston
about merchants and sea captains in early Boston, and the businesses
they built and the ships they commanded from "Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old
Boston" published by State Street Trust
Company, Boston, Mass., 1919.
Appleton & Company
William Appleton was born in North Brookfleld, Mass., in 1786 and died in 1862.
He began his career at the age of fifteen as clerk in the country store of
Artemas Wheeler in Temple, N.H., being made a partner four years later.
John Codman, William D. Codman, John & Richard Codman
Captain John Codman was born in Dorchester in 1814, being the oldest son of the
Rev. John Codman. His daughter was Mrs. F. V. Parker, his two brothers were
William C. and Robert Codman, and his sisters were Mrs. Charles K. Cobb, Mrs.
Otto Pollitz, and Mrs. William A. Peabody.
John Perkins Cushing, called "Ku-Shing" by the Chinese, sailed for
China when only sixteen years old, to take the position of clerk in the
counting-house of his uncle, Colonel Thomas Handasyd Perkins.
The earliest record of Captain James Dalton is found in a manuscript diary kept
by himself and begun in the year 1736. Captain Dalton has written various
entries and memoranda of the arrivals, departures, and discharges of cargo at
Savannah in 1736, Charleston in 1737, and later at East Cowes and other ports.
Captain Philip Dumaresq of Boston was always known by his host of friends as
"The Prince of Sea-Captains," and was so popular while in port that no
other vessel could be loaded or unloaded until his ship had been taken care of.
Oscar G. Eaton
Of the many deep-sea captains of the early days, not more than a score now
remain, and among, them is Captain Oscar G. Eaton of East Boston, who is one of
the three captains in this city still alive.
Nathaniel Goddard had the distinction of being the last man in Boston to wear
knee-breeches, which, of course, were accompanied by the customary black silk
stockings in warm weather and by whitetopped boots in winter.
Exploits of Captain Augustine Heard
Captain Heard was a partner of the firm of Russell & Co., fifteen years
after the firm was founded, later retiring and forming his own house, Augustine
Heard & Co., then third largest American firm in the East.
and Thomas Lamb
Many American fortunes were made in the North West trade, and among those who shared in these successes was the well-known Boston house of James & Thomas Lamb. These two brothers formed a partnership in 1781, immediately after the death of James Lamb, Sr., who had been head of the house of James Lamb & Son for some years previous.
Lee and Cabot
This house was composed of Captain Joseph Lee and Hon. George Cabot, his brother-in-law. Captain Lee, who was born in the year 1744, was an original
John Ellerton Lodge
John Ellerton Lodge was one of the best-known ship-merchants of Boston, engaging in commerce chiefly with
Captain Charles Porter Low
Captain Low, a younger brother of A. A. Low, a partner of Russell & Co., was a
Salem man and commanded some of our fastest clipper ships
R. C. Mackay
and J. S. Coolidge - J. S. Coolidge & Co.
R. C. Mackay and J. S. Coolidge, two well-known Boston merchants, with offices at
16 Union Wharf, were associated in business, conducting a large trade between this port and
Calcutta and the East.
Mrs. Joshau A. Patten, Captain
Captain Joshua A. Patten was taken ill with brain fever and was stricken blind while
sailing the "Neptune's Car" to San Francisco in 1856, whereupon his wife, who had been to
sea with her husband once before and had fortunately made a study of navigation, took
charge of the vessel and brought her around Cape Horn.
Captain William Dane
Captain William Dane Phelps, who was born in 1802, followed the sea for over forty
years. He was a lively youngster and played many mischievous pranks at school
Captain William Sturgis and the
Captain William Sturgis was proclaimed a hero when he saved the
her crew from falling into the hands of the Chinese pirates in the year 1809. The vessel was
lying peacefully at her moorings in the Macao Roads, when Mr. Bumstead, who was a
passenger on board, and who had lost a brother through pirates, called to Captain Sturgis's
attention a fleet of junks in line of battle floating down upon them.
Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston, State Street Trust
Company, Boston, Mass., 1919