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Capt. Shubael Merriman Papers



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Capt. Shubael Merriman Papers, 1846-1899 | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

By Anastasia S. Weigle (assisted by Peter Dublin)

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Title: Capt. Shubael Merriman Papers, 1846-1899Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1864-1871

Primary Creator: Merriman, Shubael, Captain (1806-1898)

Other Creators: Merriman, Angier H., Capt. (1839-1915)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Papers are sorted into three series: Series I: Vessel papers, Series II: Family papers and Series III: Photographs

Date Acquired: 07/08/2004

Subjects: Angier H. Curtis (Brig), Cardenas (CUB), Diplomatic and consular service, Harpswell (ME), Harriet (Schooner), Havana (CUB), Mantanzas (CUB), Merchant seamen, Merriman, Angier H., Captain, Merriman, Augustus, Merriman, Isaac, Captain, Merriman, Shubael, Captain, Merriman Cove (ME), Photographs, Shipyards, Shipyards—Harpswell (ME), Skolfield, Lydia D.

Languages: English


Shipmaster and ship owner of Harpswell, Maine. Vessel papers for the schooner Harriet and brig Angier H. Curtis including Articles of Agreement, construction and general accounts, custom house documents, consul papers, freight and cargo, hospital dues and a list of stores. Personal papers consist of one letter written by Capt. Angier H. Merriman, a visiting card and envelope sent by Lydia D. Skolfield to Mr. & Mrs. Shubael Merriman, invoices, and a pamphlet written by Henry Ward Beecher dated 1854.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of seven photographs, one Articles of Agreement for the schooner Harriett, five Articles of Agreement for the brig Angier H. Curtis, a copy of Henry Ward Beecher’s pamphlet entitled How to Become a Christian published in 1858, a visiting card from Lydia D. Skolfield with accompanying envelopes, a letter from Capt. Angier H. Merriman to one of his sisters dated April 19, 1899, and a binder with numerous vessel papers for the brig Angier H. Curtis.

Articles of Agreement list crewmen names and ports of destination including Cuba and the West Indies.

Vessel papers in the binder consists of construction and general accounts for voyages to New York, Philadelphia, Havana, Mantanzas and Cardenas. Also are freight and cargo records, a list of stores, hospital dues and one document for medical assistance given to seaman Seymour Richardson.

Biographical Note

Captain Shubael Merriman was born on March 14, 1806 in Harpswell, Maine. He was the son of Walter Merriman (1766-1855) and Isabel Alexander (1774-1829). His brother Capt. Thomas Merriman (1813-1856) was shipmaster for the bark Ben Adams who was lost at sea on January 2, 1856 aboard the bark, 15 hours out of Boston, bound for New Orleans. Other siblings were sisters Salome (1808-1889), Betsey Barnes (1817-1895) and Anna (1810-1851) and brothers David (1796-1862), Walter (1798-1835), Robert (1803-1869), Eli (1808-1851) and Capt. Isaac Merriman (1801-1880).

Captain Shubael Merriman married Mary Jane Curtis (1809-1894) on January 19, 1834, daughter of Nehemiah Curtis and Jane Alexander. The couple had ten children: Walter (1835-1890), Shubael Jr. (1837-1865), Angier H. (1839-1915), Adeline O. (1842-?), Elizabeth (1842-6mos.), Harriet Jane (1844-?), Hiram S. (1847-?), Joseph C. (1849-1850), John B. (1850-1870), and Augustus (1854-?).

Capt. Shubael Merriman was involved in the shipbuilding business and invested in the construction of the bark Andes, built at the Curtis and Estes shipyard, for his son Capt. William Merriman in 1855 and the brig Angier H. Curtis, built in Harpswell, for his son Capt. Angier H. Merriman.

Capt. Shubael Merriman resided in Harpswell Center, Maine his entire life. He died on June 14, 1898.

Subject/Index Terms

Angier H. Curtis (Brig)
Cardenas (CUB)
Diplomatic and consular service
Harpswell (ME)
Harriet (Schooner)
Havana (CUB)
Mantanzas (CUB)
Merchant seamen
Merriman, Angier H., Captain
Merriman, Augustus
Merriman, Isaac, Captain
Merriman, Shubael, Captain
Merriman Cove (ME)
Shipyards—Harpswell (ME)
Skolfield, Lydia D.

Administrative Information

Repository: Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of these materials for study or research

Use Restrictions: The material described herein is the physical property of the Maine Maritime Museum Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or the various items, or to their legal representatives, or to Maine Maritime Museum.  For further information, consult the library staff.

Physical Access Note:

The vessel papers are in very good condition with a few tears and surface dirt. These documents were housed in a notebook of Mylar sleeves. They have been removed and organized in standard sequence as established for vessel papers.

There are seven photographs—6 silver gelatin and sepia-toned prints and one albumen print. This is an albumen print mounted on board. The bottom left of the board has broken away. There are six Articles of Agreement in good to fair condition with creases, tears and surface dirt. They have been lightly flattened with a tacking iron.

Acquisition Source: Purchased from John Bussey acc. no. 2004.40.01—03

Acquisition Method:

The majority of the collection was purchased from John Bussey on July 8, 2004, accession nos. 2004.40.01, 2004.40.02, and 2004.40.03.  Articles of Agreements dated 1846, 1867, and 1871 donated by Charles E. Burden on October 19, 2004, accession no. 2004.66.366.

Mr. Bussey was said to have purchased the collection from a man whom appeared to be a collector/dealer. However, is it unknown where the “Collector/Dealer” acquired them.  The three Articles of Agreement donated by Charles E. Burden was part of a larger collection. At present, the provenance for these collections is unknown.

Related Materials: Related material museum artifact, G93.90.11

Preferred Citation: Capt. Shubael Merriman Papers, MS-382, Research Library, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine

Processing Information:

All vessel documents were removed from their Mylar sleeves and rehoused in acid free folders organized in the standard sequence as been established for vessel papers. All photographs were placed in paper photo sleeves. A Mylar dust jacket was created for the small religious pamphlet.

The collection is group into three series: Series I: Vessel Papers, Series II: Family Papers and Series III: Photographs. Two appendices were created for this collection: Appendix A. List of Photographs and Appendix B. List of Crewman

Other Note: An index of photographs (Appendix A) and an index of crewman names found in the articles of agrement (Appendix B) are listed withi the finding aids. Ask librarian for assistance.

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Series III: Photographs, no datesAdd to your cart.
Seven photographs, Harpswell, Maine, 19th and 20th century. One portrait of Captain Merriman, landscape photos of Merriman’s Point, unidentified shipyard, a photo of Lookhouse Point House and a group photo outside of Lookout Point House.

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