Portsmouth, [NH]: 1829-1830.
Ten documents (nine with docketing on verso) 13 pp. 4to & Folio. THE EARLY YEARS OF THE ANN PARRY. Old folds, Very Good Item #304563
This is an early, significant record of a storied New England vessel. The 328-ton, barque, Ann Parry was built at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1825. She took her maiden voyage on December 5, sailing to Savannah, Georgia and Liverpool England with a cargo of southern cotton. She spent seven years as a merchant vessel until she was purchased in 1832, by the Portsmouth Pier Company and converted into a whaler. Her first whaling cruise lasted three years, taking her to ports in Chile and Hawaii. She rounded “the Horn” many more times and sailed from Portsmouth to the far-flung waters of Madascar.
After her tenure as a whaler, the Ann Parry sailed for San Francisco in 1849, with new owners and passengers heading to the Gold Rush. From her new home on the West Coast, she freighted brick to Bellingham Bay (including the bricks used to build the oldest brick building in the State of Washington, which became the territorial courthouse in 1863) and lumber from the shores of Puget Sound. On the evening of January 3, 1865, while anchored in San Francisco Bay in fog and high winds, she was dragged ashore during a storm and battered beyond repair.
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