Sea Captains Hammond, William to Homan, Phillip

Hammond, William
Bpt. Nov. 15, 1771.

1801 Schooner “Robin,” 71T.
1802 Schooner “Joanna,” 98T.
1803 Schooner “Aurora,” 109T.
1807 Brigantine “Ruthy.”
1823 Schooner “Alpha.”
Image Capt. William Hammond
Hammond, William
Born Mar. 7, 1797.
____ Ship “Morea.”
____ Ship “Austerlitz.”
____ Ship “Oceana.”
1841 Ship “Marengo.”
1848-5’2 Selectman.

William Hammond was born in Marblehead, March 7th, 1897, the son of William and Abigail Barns Hammond. At the age of nine he went to sea as cabin boy with Capt. John Conway. He was taken prisoner in the war of 1812, and was imprisoned in Halifax. When he was twenty-one he took command of his first ship, and from then until 1841 when he retired, was in command of various ships in the freight and passenger trade between New Orleans and Havre and also between New Orleans and Liverpool. He died Nov. 17, 1887.

Ship “Oceana” of and for New Orleans from Havre with a valuable cargo, was run ashore 6th ult at Base Bush Key, off Old Harbor, about 12 miles from Kingston, Jam. Upward of 200 souls were on board, including passengers and crew. Fortunately no lives were lost, but the unhappy immigrants were plundered by the inhabitants of Long Bay and the shore in the neighborhood. The “Oceana” was commanded by Capt. Bray late of the “Marengo,” and both vessels sailed from Havre Oct. 20. The “Oceana” was a fine ship of 625 tons, built in Medford about a year since, was partly owned in Havre and New Orleans. Capt. Hammond of Marblehead who is in command of the “Marengo,” owned one eighth of her, which is insured in Boston for $5,000. The rest is probably owned in Havre and New Orleans.” Salem Register, 1841.

Ship “Austerlitz” Capt. Wm. Hammond, entering Port of Havre, 1834
Originally owned by Mrs. Geo. E. Ladd, granddaughter, Mesilla Park; New Mexico

Ship “Oceana
Original painted by Frederic Roux, Hydrographic et Peuitude Marine, petit grai de Notre Dame B Au Havre, April 1841, owned by Mr. F. P. Hammond, his son

Hammond, John
Born Oct. 30, 1770, or Mar. 10, 1776, or July 27, 1777.

1801 Schooner “Enterprise,” 93T.
1803 Brigantine “Enterprise,” 133T.
1807 Schooner “Ann.”

Harris, John H.

1810 Schooner “Industry,” 62T.
1811 Schooner “Nancy,” 117T.
1815 Brigantine “Frederick,” 153T.
1815 Brigantine “Laurence,” 181T.
1821 Schooner “Sarah,” 74T.

Harris, John Bassett

1800 Schooner “Joanna,” 76T.

Harris, Joseph

1809 Schooner “Caesar,” 91T.

Harris, Robert
Bpt. Oct. 7, 1776

1803 Schooner “John.”

Haskell, Benj. T.

1806 Schooner “Eleanor,” 87T.

Haskell, Francis

1826 Schooner “Cherub,” 79T.

Haskell, Thos.
Born July, 1767.

1797 Schooner “Ranger,” 56T.

Hathaway, Joseph

Ship “Hortensia.”
Ship “Aracan.”

Hawkes, Benjamin

1778 Seaman on Ship “Terrible,” Capt. John Conway.
1790 Schooner “Susan,” 80T.
1796 Schooner “Success,” 73T.
____ Schooner “Susan,” 80T.
1803 Brigantine “Reward.”

Hawkins, Jacob

1744 Brigantine “Endeavor.” (R. Hooper Letter Book.)

High, John

Schooner “Betsy.” (Condemned in 1812, G. C.)

Hiter, Francis

1816 Schooner “Snow Bird,” 38T.
1817 Schooner “Sally,” 58T.

Hiter, Samuel

1804 Schooner “Samuel,” 82T.

Hilbert, Nathan

1806 Schooner “Tom,” 101T.
1808 Schooner “Lydia.” (Condemned in 1812, G. C.)
1809 Schooner “Little Cherub,” 65T.

Homan, George W.
Born Mar. 12, 1833.

Capt. George W. Homan was Lieutenant in the Sutton Light Infantry under Capt. Benjamin Pitman and Capt. Philp T. Woodfin, and Captain of Company H, Ninth New York Regiment.

1847 Boy 14 years old in Ship “Atlas” with his father Capt. Wm. Homan on voyage to Vera Cruz, New Orleans and Liverpool.
1850 Third Officer, Ship “Jamestown,” to California and China.
1852 Third Officer, Ship “Winged Racer,” to California, Manilla and Batavia.
1853 Second Officer, Ship “Red Gauntlett,” to Liverpool.
1854 Second Officer, Ship “Carnatic,” to New Orleans.
1855 Second Officer, Brig “Curlew,” to China, Singapore and Batavia.
1857 First Officer, Ship “Edith Rose,” to Shanghai.
Nov. 1858 to Feb. 1863 Captain of Ship “Edith Rose.”
May 1863 to Oct. 1864 Captain of Ship “Fearless,” to China and Manilla.
Feb. 1865 to Nov. 1865 Captain of Ship “St. John,” to Australia and California.
1865 to 1868 Captain of Barque “Anglo Saxon,” to Australia and Mexico.
May 1869to 1871 Captain of Ship “Lincoln,” to Peru and Puget Sound.
July 1873 to April 1883 Superintendent of Floating property of the Erie Railroad.
July 1883 to May 1886 Agent for Chespeake and Ohio Railroad at Newport News.
July 1886 to Aug. 1909 Superintendent of Lighters, Engines, Derricks, etc., for J. B. and J. M. Cornell.

From 1909 to date Historian and Assistant Secretary of the Old Guard of New York. (Letter from Capt. Homan dated January 15, 1915).

William M Homan
Born Nor. 10, 1803.

1830-1833 Ship “Mary and Susan,” to China.
1833-1835 Ship “Trenton,” to the Mediterranean
1835-1837 Ship “Bazaar,” to the Mediterranean and England.
1837-1839 Brigantine “Lucy,” to Maricaibo.
1839-1843 Ship “Sweden, “‘to England.
1843-1845 Ship “Thos. Perkins,” to England.
1845-1846 Barque “Strabo,” to Manilla.
1846-1850 Ship “Atlas.”
1850-1851 Ship “Jamestown,” to China and California.
1851-1853 Ship “Winged Racer,” to California and Manilla.

Capt. Homan died three days after arriving home from Manilla in the “Winged Racer.” From letter of Capt. Geo. W. Homan (son).

Ship ”Thos. Perkins,” Capt. William Homan
Cut Loaned by Essex Institute. From a painting owned by Stephen W. Phillips

Homan, Philip C.
Born Oct. 28, 1787.

1822 Ship William.

Extract From Log of Ship “William” In Possession of Marblehead Historical Society
March 10, 1822.

At midnight in thirteen fathoms of water, tacked ship to the southwest, at 2 A.M., tacked to the northeast, at 3 A.M., furled the topgallant sails, at 5 A.M., in six fathoms of water, not able to tack the ship and wearing the ship round, the ship struck and stopped. We made every exertion to get her off but found it impossible. She got between the rocks and on a large bank of sharp coral rocks which in a short time disabled the ship so far as to leak and fill. Using every exertion to get the ship off and finding it impossible we made all dispatch to get the boats ready. At noon the ship had 5 feet of water in the hold. This day ends with strong gales and clear.

Monday, March 11, 1822.
The day commenced with strong gales and clear. The ship laboured and strikes very much. At 3 P.M., housed the boats out and got our clothes and provisions. At5P.M.,found it necessary to cut away the masts for the preservation of our lives with the advice of the crew. At 6. P. M., eleven feet of water in the hold and the ship racked. We then left the ship and landed on one of the Keys to stop till the gale was over. The day ends with brisk gales and cloudy.

Tuesday, March 12, 1822. This 24 hours moderate and cloudy. Wind northwest. At 6 A.M., made sail to proceed to Campeachy in the two boats.

Wednesday, March 13, 1822. This 24 hours moderate and variable. At noon arrived at Campeachy with boats and crew.

Privateers “Bond,” Capt. Asa Hooper
Original owned by Marblehead Historical Society


Source: Old Marblehead Sea Captains and the Ships in Which They Sailed, Compiled and Published for the Benefit of the Marblehead Historical Society, By Benjamin J. Lindsey, Treasurer, 1915


Lindsey, Benjamin J. Old Marblehead Sea Captains and the Ships in Which They Sailed Published for the Benefit of the Marblehead Historical Society, By Benjamin J. Lindsey, Treasurer, 1915.

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