Maine Maritime Museum

Portage Bill

Date: Nov. 13, 1875
Voyage: Adelaide (d. Oct. 1, 1875 - a. Pensacola Nov. 13, 1875)
Citation: MS-88 b5f6


Arrival and departure dates assumed due to payment dates.

Financial records

Mariner Rank Entry Date Entry Port Discharge Date Discharge Port Served P WPM WPR A S CA AA H SF F&F BD Notes
Lyons, John Seaman Oct. 3, 1875 Baltimore, MD - USA Nov. 12, 1875 Pensacola, FL - USA 40 (days) 26.60 22.50 4.10 fees listed- "expense of one man at key west working coal", arresting fee and hospital fee
McDonald, Mike Seaman Oct. 3, 1875 Baltimore, MD - USA Nov. 12, 1875 Pensacola, FL - USA 40 (days) 26.60 20.00 10.00 0.50 6.00 10.10 fees also included " expense of man working coal at Key West" & arresting fee

Abbreviations: P – Payment, the total amount due the mariner for the voyage; WPM – Wages per month, the usual way seamen were paid; WPR – Wages per run: occasionally, mariners took a set amount for a run between two places; A – Advance, the amount the mariner received in advance of the voyage, for signing on; S – Slops, amount for goods purchased from the vessel’s store; CA – Creditor allotment, amount paid to creditors if so listed; AA – Advanced abroad, cash advances the mariner received while in foreign ports; H – Hospital money, a small monthly amount deducted to support the marine hospital service; SF – Shipping fees, paid to shipping agents for their services; F&F – Fines and forfeitures, if so listed, including prison fees; BD – Balance due, after all of the above

The information given in this database is entered here as it is on the document or documents in the Maine Maritime Museum collections. The spelling of the mariner’s name may be wrong, the arithmetic may be wrong, and some descriptions may be thoughtless or not politically correct, but they are shown as found. We have attempted to standardize the names and descriptions of vessels and the spelling of place names. We have tried to include in notes fields important information that does not fit in the standard fields.