Nathan Lord papers, 1788-1811 (inclusive)

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Content Notes

The Nathan Lord records document voyages of the ship Friendship, schooner Nancy, and brigs Betsey, and Hitty, dating from 1788 to 1811, which mostly originated in Portsmouth. The bulk of the collection consists of ships' papers and records, including manifests, bills of lading, shipping articles, portage bills, and crew lists, and customs documents and permits, in addition to invoices, accounts, bills, and correspondence. Most of the records concern voyages Nathan Lord commanded to islands like Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Grenada, in the West Indies, and Demerara, where he traded goods like lumber and fish for cotton, rum, and sugar on the account of his brother John Lord and merchant Jonathan Hamilton. There are memoranda of rum obtained from West Indies plantations and a calculation of crops in Tobago in 1798. In addition, the collection contains captain's orders and other letters from John Lord to Nathan Lord, a waste book for the Friendship, which the brothers co-owned, and a cargo book for the brig Hitty, owned by John Lord.

Biographical Notes

Nathan Lord was a maritime merchant and shipmaster in Kennebunk, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He traded goods including rum, lumber, and fish, in the United States, England, South America, and the West Indies. He often captained ships and traded commodities on behalf of his brother, John Lord, and merchant and store-owner Jonathan Hamilton, both of Berwick, Maine.