Maine Maritime Museum

Account Book Entry

Date: May 20, 1808
Voyage: Union (d. Wiscasset - a. May 20, 1808)
Citation: MS-243 b1

Notes

Several voyages recorded in same document, this one in the form of a portage account

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
Andrews, Elisha Seaman Dec. 23, 1807 April 22, 1808 119 (days) 103.10 26.00
Barker, Benjamin Cook Sept. 1, 1807 Nov. 27, 1807 86 (days) 28.58 10.00 16.51
Benten, Thomas Seaman Dec. 26, 1807 April 22, 1808 116 (days) 100.52 26.00
Call, John Mate Aug. 9, 1807 Wiscasset, ME - USA May 18, 1808 Wiscasset, ME - USA 278 (days) 259.14 28.00 76.51 served 9 months and 8 days
Call, Ephraim Hand Aug. 25, 1807 Wiscasset, ME - USA Dec. 7, 1807 Charleston, SC - USA 100 (days) 66.67 20.00 19.60 time on board recorded as 3 months 10 days
Cremmer, Henry Seaman Dec. 21, 1807 Feb. 7, 1808 47 (days) 40.62 26.00
Herbert, Henry Seaman Dec. 21, 1808 Dec. 22, 1808 0 (days) 26.00 26.00
Jones, Richard Apprentice Sept. 3, 1807 Dec. 3, 1807 90 (days) 36.00 12.00
Loranson, George Seaman March 5, 1808 April 22, 1808 46 (days) 21.46 14.00
Nickerson, Alexander Seaman March 12, 1808 April 23, 1808 41 (days) 18.22 13.33
Nye, Elisha Second Mate Dec. 26, 1807 April 23, 1808 117 (days) 101.42 26.00
Rea, Robert Hand Sept. 5, 1807 Dec. 7, 1807 92 (days) 55.20 18.00
Rittal, Francis Master Sept. 1, 1807 Dec. 15, 1807 105 (days) 315.00 90.00
Rittal, Francis Master Dec. 16, 1807 May 20, 1808 Wiscasset, ME - USA 154 (days) 102.67 20.00 $70 per month less than he was getting on the same ship the previous 3 months
Smith, Jeffre Cook Dec. 12, 1807 March 4, 1808 82 (days) 54.67 20.00
Turtees, Thomas Hand Sept. 1, 1807 May 18, 1808 Wiscasset, ME - USA 107 (days) 171.34 20.00 time on board 3 mo. 17 days
Wols, Daniel Hand Aug. 17, 1807 Wiscasset, ME - USA Dec. 7, 1807 Charleston, SC - USA 100 (days) 70.00 20.00 26.05 time on board 3 months 10 days (sic)

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.