Equitable Marine Insurance Company
Entry Book, 1852-1854

Mss: 798

Historical Note:

During the nineteenth century, vessels based in Provincetown, Massachusetts engaged in whaling, coastal trading, and fishing with the bulk of local maritime activity consisting of selling great quantities of locally caught fresh cod and later, salted cod from the Grand Banks. Due to the dependency of earning a living from the sea, numerous ships considered Provincetown their home port. Thrifty Cape Codders who disliked paying out money to "them Boston Insurance Fellers", chartered Equitable Marine Insurance Company in 1845 to serve primarily local fishermen. This mutual marine insurance company charged low rates and was able to pay good dividends during its existence.

Directors of the company included Joshua E. Bowley, Francis Small, Phineas N. Freeman, Artemas Paine, Jesse Small, Charles A. Cook, Eleazer H. Rich, Ebenezer Cook, Jonathan Cook and Enos N. Young. Many of these men were descendants of early Provincetown families, and some eventually incorporated the First National Bank of Provincetown in 1854. In the 1850s, Mr. Bowley also owned a general outfitting store for ships.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of one volume containing detailed entries of numerous voyages insured by Equitable Marine from 1852-1854. Entry includes name of policy holder, vessel, destination, dates for insurance coverage, amount insured and premium paid. Vessels named include schooners James Henry, Eben Atkins, Almira, Robert D. Rhodes, Indiana, C. M. Walton, Golden Eagle, Lalla Rook, Adeline, Richard, Senator, Meridian, Mary Eliza, Josuha Bates, Sarah Ann, Antartic, Matamora, Delphi, Betsy & Eliza, Exchange, Bride, Franklin, Concordia, Oregon, Paragon, A. Paine, William Tell, S. C. Smith, Fredonia, Favorite, Avenue, Caroline, Commerce, Brendan, Marcellus, John Major, Palestine, R. E. Cook, John Westley, Roebuck, R. R. Hopkins, Richmond, John Tyler, Joshua H. Davis, George W. Lewis, Joseph Brown and brigs Phoenix, R. Russell, Germ as well as many others.

Provenance : Purchase, 1996.

Amount: 1 volume.