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Whaling owner's flags displayed on the "Charles W. Morgan" - Part 3 (U.S.)

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Flags on "Charles W. Morgan"

The restored "Charles W. Morgan" was enshrined on 21 July 1926. For the ongoing season, a different flag was hoisted every day at the mainmast of the ship, as described by press reports published in "The New Bedford Standard".
Ivan Sache, 31 January 2019

21 July - Dedication
21 July - Henry S. Hutchinson
24 July - Henry H. Crapo
25 July - Edward R. Hathaway
26 July - Clark W. Holcomb
27 July - J. and W. R. Wing
28 July - John Duff
29 July - Andrew G. Pierce
30 July - James Henry Howland
31 July - William A. Robinson Jr.
1 August - Rotch
2 August - Swift and Allen
3 August - James Henry Howland
4 August - Captain George Fred Tilton
5 August - John Avery Parker
6 August - George Howland
7 August - Jonathan Bourne Jr.
8 August - Abraham H. Howland
9 August - Harry Neyland
10 August - Jireh Perry
11 August - J. B. Wood
12 August - David R. Greene
13 August - Henry Taber
14 August - Lemuel Kollock
15 August - Abraham Barker
16 August - Rodney French
17 August - J. Dunbar / Henry F. Thomas
18 August - William Gifford
19 August - Benjamin Cummmings
20 August - T. and A. R. Nye
21 August - Edmund Wood
22 August - Isaac Howland, Jr.
23 August - J.D. Thompson
26 August - Charles H. Tucker & Co.
27 August - B. B. Howard
28 August - Edward W. Howland
29 August - Gideon Allen
30 August - Pope and Morgan
31 August - Nathan Church
1 September - Captain John A. Cook
2 September - I. H. Bartlett
3 September - Thomas Wilcox
4-5? September - Charles S. Ashley
6 September - William Watkins
7 September - West and Paine
8 September - Isaac B. Richmond
9 September - Gibbs and Jenney
10 September - Atkins Adams
11 September - Ezekiel Sawin
12 September - Philips and Ashley
13 September - William O. Brownell
14 September - Frederick Parker
15 September - Richmond and Wood
16 September - William R. Rodman
17 September - Andrew Robeson
18 September - Ship "Globe"
19 September - Philip Anthony
20 September - Asa Swift
21 September - O. and G. O. Crocker
22 September - Lemuel C. Tripp
23 September - T. and A. R. Nye
24 September - Alexander Gibbs
25 September - Captain James F. Avery
26 September - Sheffield Reeve
27 September - Lemuel Tripp
28 September - Warren Delano
29 September - Jabez Delano Jr.
30 September - Fish and Huttlestone
1 October - Zenas L. Adams
2 October - W.G. Blackler
3 October - Dexter Jenney
4 October - Furman Read Whitwell
5 October - Andrew Hicks
6 October - Reuben Fish
7 October - Zeno Kelley
8 October - Seth A. Mitchell
9 October - Lorenzo Peirce
10 October - Charles Hitch and Son
11 October - Kelley and Swift
12 October - William Wilcox
13 October - James H. Slocum
14 October - O. & E. W. Seabury
15 October - Oliver Ricketson
16 October - Azel Howard
17 October - Chapman and Bonney
18 October - F. and G. R. Taber
19 October - Wood and Nye
20 October - Tucker and Cummings
21 October - Cook and Snow
22 October - Lawrence Grinnell
23 October - Charles Almy
24 October - Allen Lucas
25 October - Abraham Ashley 2d
26 October - Weston Howland
27 October - Russell Maxfield
28 October - William Potter 2d
29 October - David B Kempton
30 October - Cornell and Penniman
31 October - John Arnold Macomber
Joseph Little

1 September - Captain John A. Cook

[Captain John A. Cook] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Weeks ago, when he left for Florida to look after business interests there, Captain John A. Cook made his plans to be back today so that he might be on hand for "Cook Day" at Round Hills. Captain Cook is one of the donors [...]. His house flag, a red rectangle with a white "C", is to fly from the ship every September 1 beginning with today.
Captain Cook was born in Provincetown, and sailed on whaling ships for 47 years."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

2 September - I. H. Bartlett

[I. H. Bartlett] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"White field, red borders, and a big blue "B" are the details of the old I. H. Bartlett house flag [...] In 1845, I. H. Bartlett was agent for the barks "Canton", "Packet", and "Cora"."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

3 September - Thomas Wilcox

[Thomas Wilcox] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Decorative and distinctive from a distance as well, was the house flag of Thomas Wilcox, agent of the ship "Liverpool" 2nd [...] The white "W" stands out against a ground of blue, the right half of the flag is striped red, white, and red."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

4-5? September - Charles S. Ashley

[Charles S. Ashley] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"The scheme of the pennant is a white ground, red triangle and black "A"."

Charles S. Ashley (1858-1941) had business ambitions and was involved in many business ventures including Covell & Ashley, dealing in produce and general goods and Ashley & Pierce Clothing & Furnishing Goods.
Seemingly always looking for greater challenges, Charles carried his ambitions into the political arena, starting at the age of 26 in 1884 as a member of the Common Council. He would serve on the New Bedford Water Board, Board of Public Works, and the School Board, and served as Alderman, which in essence was a city council position, for two years. This prepared Charles for Mayorship which he would serve as more than a whopping 25 times and for thirty-two years between 1890 and 1936. In 1903 and 1910, he received nearly 50% of the registered vote, an astounding number. In between acting as mayor, he would serve as CEO and postmaster.
New Bedford City Guide, 14 June 2012
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

6 September - William Watkins

[William Watkins] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"One of the New Bedford ship agents of 1845 was William Watkins. His vessel, the bark "Hope" was distinguished by [...] a swallowtailed pennant half white half blue, with a red disc on the white half."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

7 September - West and Paine

[West and Paine] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"The ingeniosity of old New Bedford house flag designers is exemplified in the flag of West and Paine [...]. These agents distinguished their vessels by a white flag, bordered top and bottom in red, with a blue triangle left and a red triangle right on the white ground. In 1846, the ship "Moctezuma" and the bark "Franklin" were on their list."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

8 September - Isaac B. Richmond

[Isaac B. Richmond] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Isaac B. Richmond, shipping agent of old New Bedford [...] Mr. Richmond's flag was white, cut swallow-tailed, with a red border top and bottom and blue "R" in the middle. In 1845, it was flown by the ships "Addison" and "Jeannette"."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

9 September - Gibbs and Jenney

[Gibbs and Jenney] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Fairhaven contributed a number of the ships, whalers and merchantmen, which sailed on the Acushnet river 80 and more years ago. One of its shipping agents was Gibbs and Jenney [...]. The old signal-books show a white rectangle with an inverted red triangle at the right side."

Ansel Gibbs was born in 1773 in Wareham, Massachusetts, and prior to 1800 moved to Fairhaven, where he was actively involved in the whaling industry as a shipmaster, agent, and merchant. He also served as a Bristol County justice of the peace between 1817-1831 and was closely associated with a local bank. In 1800, Gibbs married Lucy Le Baron, daughter of William Le Baron (1751-1816) of Fairhaven. They had five children, including William Le Baron Gibbs (1801-1882) and Eliza Le Baron Gibbs (1804-1880). Ansel Gibbs died in 1835.
William Le Baron Gibbs was the senior member of the merchant firm of Gibbs & Jenney, originally of New York City, and later active at Fairhaven.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

10 September - Atkins Adams

[Atkins Adams] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Atkins Adams, Fairhaven, is a shipping agent [...]. There was a different flag for each Adams vessel. Bark "Lagrange" carried the dark blue banner with a white "L". Ship "Eliza Adams" was designated by a similar flag initialed "EA", and ship "Martha" 2nd had a blue flag with a white "M". The "Java" flew a plain dark blue flag [...].

William Greenleaf Blackler was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1803. He began his career in 1823 as a captain in the merchant service on trading voyages from Boston to the West Indies and Cuba. By the 1830s, Blackler owned shares in several Fairhaven whalers. He eventually moved to Fairhaven in the 1840s and then to New Bedford in 1852. Blackler was involved in business ventures with his brother-in-law, Atkins Adams (1782-1849), a shipmaster and whaling agent, and eventually took over Adams' business after his death in 1849. He served as a whaling agent for numerous whalers, including the ships "Swallow" and "Japan", until 1865. New Bedford city directories indicate that Blackler then acted as a "ship agent and contractor" until his death in 1880.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

11 September - Ezekiel Sawin

[Ezekiel Sawin] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"The house flag of Ezekiel Sawin, Fairhaven, was varied for each ship in his list. The flag [...], white ground with blue stripes and lettering was Sawin's insignia for the ship "Maine". The same design, with different initials, was used for the "Albion", the "Arab", "Clifford Wayne", "Sarah Frances" and "South Boston". The bark "Isabella" carried the same design, in reverse coloring, white stripes and initial "I" on a blue ground."

Ezekiel Sawin (1792-1870) was the owner/agent of whaleships and was elected the first president of the Fairhaven Bank and of the Fairhaven Institution for Savings. He was also president of the Fairhaven Branch Railroad. In 1840 he built the Greek-revival mansion at the southwest corner of William and Washington streets, but later had to sell it after losing his fortune in the financial "panic" of 1857.
Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, MA - Map & Guide
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

12 September - Philips and Ashley

[Philips and Ashley] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"[...] The design is the same as that of Charles Ashley [...] except that a white letter "P" adorns the red triangle, instead of the "A" used on Mr. Ashley's flag. The flag was used in 1845 by the firm of William Philips and Ashley, shipping agents. The Ashley of the partnership was Abraham Ashley 2d, ancestral relative of New Bedford's former mayor. The Philips and Ashley ships in 1845 were the "Olympia", the "China", and the "Harrison". The two last carried the Ashley "A" instead of the Philips "P".
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

13 September - William O. Brownell

[William O. Brownell] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Three broad vertical stripes red, white and red catch the eye [...] Then one distinguishes a blue "B" in the white stripe. This was the house flag of William O. Brownell, New Bedford shipping agent. His ships were the "Ontario" and the "South America" and the bark "Martha" 2d."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

14 September - Frederick Parker

[Frederick Parker] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Two interlocking rings of blue on a white ground with a red border above and below was the insignia of Frederick Parker, New Bedford ship agent, who flew it in 1845 on the ship "John"." 
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

15 September - Richmond and Wood

[Richmond and Wood] image by Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

"Bark "Alto", of Richmond and Wood, New Bedford shipping agents in 1845. A red spot in a white circle occupies the center of the dark blue ground."
Ivan Sache, 9 December 2019

Continued in Part 4