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Name: Snow, Israel D. (Israel Dade), Capt. (1863-1928)

Historical Note:

Captain Israel D. (Dade) Snow, son of Captain Israel Larken Snow (1829-1899) and Luella Austin Keating (1838-1920), was born on March 4, 1863 in Rockland, Maine.  Capt. I. D. Snow came from a long line of seafaring men. His great-great grandfather, Capt. Elisha Snow (b. 1739) of Wessaweskeag in South Thomaston, Maine, launched some of the first ships in that area. His great grandfather, Capt. Robert Snow, commanded the schooner Barbados. Sadly, Capt. Robert Snow died of yellow fever while aboard the schooner Barbados in 1803. His grandfather, Capt. Israel Snow I, began the Snow shipyard business back in 1862. For clarity of lineage, below is list of the Snow men:

Capt. Elisha Snow, (1745-1826) great-great grandfather Capt. Robert Snow, (?-1803) great grandfather, commanded schooner Barbados Capt. Israel Snow I,  (1801-1875), grandfather, began Snow shipyard in 1862 Capt. Israel Larken Snow, (1829-1899), father Capt. Israel Larken “Dade” Snow, (1863-1928), son

Capt. Snow started his seafaring life at a very early age.  When he was 15 years old, he was aboard the 13-ton schooner "Willie" owned by his family. He was often in the company of Albert F. Pillsbury who would later purchase Capt. Snow's interest in the schooner Jennie Greenbank in June of 1882.

Capt. Snow was shipmaster for the schooner Victory in 1880. The coastal schooner was built in 1825 in Hampton, New Hampshire. She was a 34 gross ton two-mast schooner measuring 52.3 feet in length, 16.5 feet in breadth and a depth of 5.8 feet. She was considered the oldest vessel on both the east and west coast after WWI. During 1880, Capt. Snow took numerous trips aboard the Victory from Rockland to Boston carrying lime. He also voyaged to coastal communities such as Rockland, Isle au Haut, Pemaquid, Calais, Gardiner and Waldoboro with cargo such as timber and oats.

Capt. Snow left the schooner Victory sometime June/July of 1881 to command the schooner Jennie Greenback. Initially, Capt. Snow was aboard the Jenny Greenback during a trading expedition with his father, Capt. Israel L. Snow, who was command of the schooner. When they arrived to the Florida Keys, his father placed his son in command of the schooner making this Capt. Israel Dade Snow's first deep-sea voyage.

Capt. Snow then took command of the schooner Luella A. Snow making trips to the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico. The captain's log tells us that in August of 1883 the schooner Luella S. Snow with cargo of timber traveled from Milbridge to Roseau Dominica in the Caribbean arriving there on September 6. The Luella A. Snow then voyaged to Orchilla September 21 bringing aboard 19 loads of guano. It left for Portsmouth, New Hampshire on the 25th and arrived there October 19. After unloading the guano, she made her way up to Maine on October 30 passing Cape Elizabeth and arriving at Rockland that evening. Records show that the schooner Luella A. Snow also headed toward Boston from Maracaibo, Venezuela on December 19, 1884.

The captain's last active command was the schooner Robert A. Snow taking several voyages to Dominica Island. It is unknown when he was captain of this schooner, but after 1889 the masters listed were Marston and Pillsbury.

In 1885, Capt. Israel D. Snow, with his father, Capt. Israel Larken Snow and brother Richard K. Snow bought out Henry Pearson's interest in Snow, Pearsons & Company renaming business to I. L. Snow and Company. With the shipyard now belonging to the Snow Family, brothers Willis and John I. Snow took command of the vessels in the Snow Fleet.

In 1899, Capt. Israel D. Snow's father, Israel Larkin Snow, died making the Captain and his brother Rickard K. Snow principal owners and officers of the family shipyard in Rockland. Capt. Israel Dade Snow became president and his brother was secretary/treasurer. Although he was very much involved in the seafaring business, he did have time to become mayor of Rockland in 1903 by a large majority. Highly respected he could have easily done a second term but he declined due to the demand of his business.

In October of 1907, Capt. Israel D. Snow was elected director of the Rockland National Bank and Vice President nine years later in 1916. In 1924, after the death of Rockland National Bank president, Arthur S. Littlefield, Capt. Snow was elected President for the unexpired term, which ran until 1925. He also was director of the Rockland Loan & Building Association in 1913 and became president and chairman of the finance committee  for the same organization in March of 1922.

Capt. Israel D. Snow married Mary E. Monroe (1863-1922) in 1889.  Together they had four children, one son Israel (1892-d?) and three daughters, Eveline F. (1894-?), Francis M. (1896-?) and Kathleen (1899-?). Capt. Snow, having been a widow for five years after the death of his first wife in 1922, remarried on October 8, 1927 to Evelyn S. Young. Sadly he died four months later on February 13, 1928.


1. Snow, Bertram G. The Main Beam: an informal history of documented vessels built at Rockland Maine, from 1795 to 2005. Rockland, Maine: Rockland Historical Society, 2005.

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