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Martin, Clement, Captain (1789-1869) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Martin, Clement, Captain (1789-1869)

Historical Note:

Captain Clement Martin was born in Harpswell, Maine on November 10, 1789 to Matthew Martin and Rebecca Skolfield. He married Abigail Durgan (b. 1790-d.1849) on June 23, 1811. They had children Mahalia (b. 1813-d. 1852), Thomas (b. 1815-d. 1840), Matthew (b. 1816-d. 1847), Henry Cox (b. 1819) and Clement (b. 1822-d. 1849).4

Captain Martin was shipmaster and vessel owner. He commanded vessels for the Pennell Brothers of Brunswick, Maine. This included the Amazon (Brig), Clement (Bark), Jacob Pennell (Ship) and Trio (Brig). He was also part owner of the Amazon (Brig,) Clement (Bark) and Trio (Brig) as well.2 Moreover, he commanded other vessels such as the Visitor (Brig), Huron (Brig), Nautilus (Bark) and Transit (Brig). He jointly owned the Emeline (Brig), Union (Bark), Ann Washburn (Ship), Genesse (Bark), Visitor (Brig), Huron (Brig), Oxford (Ship), J. D. Lincoln (Brig), Mary Louise (Schooner), Pennsylvania (Ship) and Humphrey Purrington (Ship).

He corresponded as ship captain to Jacob Pennell manager of the Pennell Shipyard concerning the Amazon (Brig), Clement (Bark) and Jacob Pennell (Ship) from 1827-1841. Correspondence involved bills, accounts, shipments, weather, repairs, freight, costs, vessel damage, repairs, weather and shipping rates for the Pennell Brothers. He wrote from Liverpool, Charleston, New York, New Orleans, Charleston, Savannah, Havana, Mobile and New York.

Captain Clement Martin died on January 2, 1869 and is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, Maine.


1. http://ancestry.com. 27 March 2012 and 13 April 2012.

2. Captain’s Index: Robert T. Given. Maine Maritime Museum.

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