Maine Maritime Museum

Account Book Entry

Date: None
Voyage: New Empire (d. New York June 9, 1859 - a. Falmouth Aug. 21, 1859)
Citation: MS-38 b6



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
Henry, Joseph Sept. 7, 1859 New York, NY - USA Sept. 6, 1859 Bristol, England 87 (days) 43.50 15.25 1.00 0.60 25.65
Jordan, A. L. June 9, 1859 New York, NY - USA July 21, 1859 42 (days) 47.30 33.00 Died of yellow fever Matanzas to Falmouth (7/21/1859)
Ryder, Thomas June 9, 1859 New York, NY - USA July 21, 1859 41 (days) 20.50 15.00 15.25 0.30 2.95 Died of yellow fever enroute from Matanzas to Falmouth

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.