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"Registry of the Crew, Belonging to the American Ship Phoebe Ann of Philadelphia...Commanded by Edward C. Gardner Now Bound From the Port of Charleston...For Cowes and A Market..."

Philadelphia May 26, 1803 Oblong 19 x 23", printed document, filled in by hand, embossed paper seal of "George Reid Notary Public Charleston". Toning, fold creases, some creases have tears/small holes, some edge tears, archival repairs, small wax seal lacking top portion else good. This document lists the entire crew of twelve men (including the captain, Edward C. Gardner), their rank, city/country of birth, current residence, citizenship, age, height and description. Notarized by George Reid with his written notation that this registry was certified "in the 27th Year of the American Independence". The Phoebe Ann left the port of Charleston, May 1803 bound for Cowes, the Isle of Wight. Sometime in July 1803 the vessel was attacked by a French privateer. In a letter from Robert R. Livingston, U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary to France to Secretary of State James Madison dated July 30, 1803 he enclosed a copy of a note that he sent to the French minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Charles de Talleyrand. The note to Talleyrand complained of the "abuses and violences committed on the ship Phoebe Ann" and that there was a violation of the Franco-American Convention of 1800. Later, in September of the same year, a warning was issued to U.S. consuls at Amsterdam and Rotterdam about John D. Gate, chief mate of the Phoebe Ann. Gate went to the Netherlands to obtain U.S. papers for a French ship but was denied. He was given a passport to return home but most likely remained in the Netherlands. The last information known on the Phoebe Ann was that on her way to New York she was wrecked near Belize on/about April 1, 1822. From the Calvin Otto Collection.

Book Id: 99-3838

Price: $350.00

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