John Hand account book for the schooner Tryal, 1792-1800 (inclusive)

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Content Notes

Account book maintained by John Hand, master of the schooner Tryal, recording disbursements for voyages from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Charleston, South Carolina, and Alexandria, Virginia, from 1792 to 1800. Expenses included wages for crew members, food, wharfage fees, and supplies like oil and turpentine. The volume, which is written in several different hands, records the names of individuals and companies associated with outbound freight the ship carried, including George Washington, whose name is listed under a March 1796 voyage. There are also records of the freight the Tryal carried back to Philadelphia, including hops, flour, herring, and iron ore.

Biographical Notes

The schooner Tryal made frequent voyages between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Alexandria, Virginia, carrying cargo on behalf of individuals and companies including George Washington, from 1792 to 1800. The Tryal was commanded by John Hand.