Maine Maritime Museum

Account Book Entry

Date: Nov. 1, 1855
Voyage: Assyria (d. New Orleans July 20, 1855 - a. Liverpool Nov. 1, 1855)
Citation: MS-216 b1f1



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
Parker, Robert W. Mate June 13, 1855 Nov. 1, 1855 Liverpool, England 410.00 188.00 Final voyage with Assyria. Around March 18, 1856, Parker joined the Ship Martha Whitman of Richmond. On July 17, 1856 he took command of it. (from notes on last page of account book)

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.