THE year 1768 was a turning point in Bowen’s fortunes. He had already become the principal rigger in Marblehead, and although he still had no loft he could call his own (nor would he before 1772), Jeremiah Lee in particular favored him with the bulk of his rigging requirements. He was not growing rich, but his existence was less tenuous than before.
Much of the improvement must have resulted from lower costs to shipowners for cordage, due primarily to the construction of a much-needed ropewalk in Marblehead itself. Built probably by Robert Hooper on land hired on a thirty-year lease, it stood along what is now Barnard Street, well south of the center of town in an area that was then rock-strewn farmland. His son, Joseph Hooper, commenced operations during the late winter or early spring of 1768, paying £9.6.8 ground rent per annum and apparently sole proprietor until about 1773 or 1774 when Valentine Tedder acquired an interest. Joseph Hooper was one of the Marbleheaders whose intractable stance at the beginning of the Revolution obliged him to flee to England where he later claimed that at the time of his exile the ropewalk had belonged to him, not to his father. Notwithstanding his assertions, it was included in the inventory of Robert Hooper’s estate when he died in 1790.
To date no physical description of the walk at that period has been found, although it may be supposed to have been a building of some 120 to 160 fathoms in length and, perhaps, two in breadth. From Hooper’s inventory, its contents in 1790 are known and included all the essential equipment for the manufacture of good-sized cordage, as follows:
- 2 hemp hatchels (wooden planks with iron teeth to comb the hemp into yarn)
- 24 hooks of different sizes (to hang the yarn on, while spinning)
- 2 spinning wheels (for spinning the yarn)
- 15 winches (referring to capstans and to reels on which the yarn was wound as it was spun)
- 5 winch bolts (the spindles upon which the reels revolved)
- 1 pair of warping blocks (used to warp, i.e., to run the yarn off the winches into hauls, before tarring)
- 2 large warping hooks (to hang the slightly twisted yarn on when the hauls are warped for tarring)
- 1 large copper tarring kettle of 12 barrel capacity (set in brickwork for heating the tar)
- 2 large tackle boards (connected to the tackle used for stretching the yarn)
- 2 sleds (or, sledges; sliding wooden frames onto which the yarns are attached, fastened to the drag)
- 1 drag (similar to the sleds and attached to them as well as to the stretching tackle, weights being placed on it to keep the strands properly taut)
- 1 truck top and staff (for laying rope of three inches diameter or more, the top being a cone of wood with grooves against which the rope lays as it twists and closes; the staff being a rod with a wheel at the bottom)
- 1 small top staff (as above)
- 1 small wheel with apparatus (or, crank wheel, for spinning lines)
- 1 large table wheel with apparatus (to lay ropes, and fixed in place)
- 1 large after wheel with apparatus (or, back frame wheel, to lay cordage, on a movable truck with wheels)
The cordage manufactured by this machinery was made to order for the customer and was delivered to the loft on his account. The shipowner at the same time provided the dimensions of the vessel to be rigged. An expert like Bowen need never have seen the vessel. He could make the rigging; someone else could do the actual setting-up work aboard.
1768 By the goodness of God I have received a great many favors from Colonel Jeremiah Lee, Esq., who gives me all the benefit of all his transients’ rigging as well as his own and making of all his colors [and] stranger. So I think I am much favor[ed] by him, and as we have so good a ropewalk now in Marblehead I hope to have a loft to myself, as I could wish to have some benefit.
1 This day smart cold. The harbor froze over as low as New Wharf.
3 Somewhat warmer. Came in B. Pritchard from a fall fare and Joss Clothey in John Andros [Andrews?] schooner. This evening Mrs. Wight was delivered of a daughter.
Monday, 4 Warm, thawing. At work on Mr. Orne’s rig. Came in Mr. Prince’s sloop, Hooper, master.
5 This day at work on Mr. Orne’s blocks. Ditto received from the New Meeting House 5 blocks which I had lent them. Ditto delivered an ensign to Mr. Hooper for brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Thomas] Power. Thawing or rain.
6 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, George Roundey. To five pounds of spun yarn for Roundey.
7 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, Girdler Candage.
8 Smart cold.
9 Smart cold.
10 Sailed Captain [Thomas] Power in brig Pitt Packet [for Cadiz].
Monday, 11 Smart cold.
12 Smart cold. Received ½ barrel flour from Colonel Lee.
13 Smart cold.
14 Smart cold.
15 Somewhat warmer. Came in Will Vickery from fishing. Fixed a forestaysail for brig Phoenix.
16 Smart cold.
Monday, 18 Smart cold. Fixed spritsail for brig Phoenix.
19 Fixed a topmast-staysail for brig Phoenix. Ditto received a pattern for two pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee for schooner Absalom.
20 Somewhat warmer.
21 p.m. I assisted Mr. Porter in getting the wheel on the bell at the Church.
22 Deliver an new ensign to Colonel Lee for brig Phoenix. Ditto received old ensign and pendent to mend. Ditto received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s schooner Absalom and 2 pounds of tallow.
23 Fine and pleasant, wind SW. Came in the ship Guardoqui, Captain N[icholas] Gordon, [from Cadiz], Delivered a burgee to Colonel Lee, brig Phoenix.
24 Came in snow St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe, [from Bilbao]. Came round Smith and Roger.
26 A smart snow storm. The bottom of the old sloop that was sunk at the bottom of the harbor came up from the bottom.
27 Served a stretch of a shroud.
28 Almost finished a pair of shrouds for [ ]. This day I began on a foresail to fix for Colonel Orne. Received a pattern of an ensign for M[ajor] Lee.
29 Finish said foresail. Deliver a long pendent and a Jack made out of old ensign for brig Phoenix.
30 Smart cold. Sail the old [snow] St. Thomas, Captain [Joseph] Doble, for West Indies [Dominica].
31 Soft weather. This morning sailed brig Phoenix, Captain [Samuel] Hooper, [for West Indies].
Monday, 1 Warm. Serving shrouds for schooner Absalom, N. Coombs.
2 Finish schooner Absalom shroud.
3 Smart cold.
4 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Foster’s n[ew?] schooner.
5 Fixed a jib for Captain Foster n[ew?] schooner. Ditto received half cord of wood from Captain Carman. Ditto delivered an ensign to Colonel Lee for Major Lee.
6 Much snow. Wind northerly.
7 Fine and pleasant. Thaw weather.
Monday, 8 Much snow. I fixed a foresail and jib for Captain Bartol, John Blackler.
9 Fixed two foresails for Colonel Lee, one for J. Proctor and one for P[hilip] Thrash.
10 Fixed a clew of a mainsail for Captain Foster.
11 Fixed a jib for Colonel Lee, schooner Gerrish. Ditto fixed a clew of a mainsail for Captain Bartol. J[ohn] Blackler. Ditto fixed a jib for Captain Hinds.
12 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Orne, J. Brimblecome.
13 Began to fix a large mainsail for Mr. Selman sloop.
Monday, 15 Finished Selman’s mainsail.
16 No rigging in hand. Delivered two pair of shrouds to schooner Absalom.
17 Fixed a jib for Colonel Lee, schooner Carr. Ditto fixed a foresail for Captain Gerry. Most of the schooners came round from the Mills and Salem.155
18 Fixed a clew of a mainsail for Colonel Lee schooner Joseph. Ditto spliced a boom pendent for schooner Absalom.
19 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Hinds.
20 Fixed a jib for Mr. Sam Selman. Ditto delivered a boom pendent to schooner Absalom.
Monday, 22 Fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper, schooner Frances.
23 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Gerrish. Delivered schooner Gerrish colors mended, 2–8 shillings.
24 Fixed a jibstay for Mr. Hooper, schooner Frances. This day sailed many of our schooners for the Island Sables; Jacob Appleton the first Colonel Fowle’s Jos[eph] Clothey, J. Andrews, Sam Smith; R. Pedrick, Abraham Quinier, Jo Roundey, W. Medley; Jos Orne Esq., Will Davis; Colonel Lee, Wittrong, Robert Hooper, Jr., Captain Florence, Russell. This night arrived Captain Wormstead.
25 Delivered Mr. Josh Orne’s rigging to the crew, all of it. Sailed Baker, Colonel Lee Esq., Gerry’s and Courtis and Spinney &c.
26 Sailed Sam Russell, W. Collrs [Collyer?].
27 Sailed a number of schooner and most of them returned again. Wind SSE. Our Brother Porter lodge[d]. Fixed a small foresail for a schooner, 2.8 the whole.
28 Some rain.
Monday, 29 Fixed a foresail for Captain Reed in a sloop. Sailed some of our fishermen and some returned again. Wind southerly. Received a pattern of an ensign for Mr. Orne.
1 Nothing remarkable.
4 Sailed the greater part of our fishermen for the Banks. Ditto overhauled a clew of a large sloop mainsail.
Monday, 7 Smart cold. Delivered an ensign to Mr. Orne.
8 Smart cold. No rigging in hand at present.
9 Some more moderate. Note: Ashley went to the Town School.156
10 Nothing in hand. Soft air.
11 Somewhat warmer.
12 Quite warm. At noon fixed part of a small mainsail for a jigger.
Monday, 14 Received some cordage from Colonel Lee’s for Captain Reed’s straps. Ditto bowsprit horses. Ditto one coil of 2-yarn spun yarn for Reed.
15 Served bowsprit horses &c.
16 Smart cold.
17 Smart cold.
18 Smart cold. Sailed Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua for Barbados] and returned.
19 Received from Captain Picket one coil shrouding, two ditto stays, one coil for bowsprit shrouds and ties, and one coil of 3-thread worming and one coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from the warehouse.
Monday, 21 Fixed the two stays for Captain Reed. Sailed Captain Ben Boden [in the schooner Betsey for Europe] and Captain John Griste.
22 At work on Captain Reed’s blocks. Sailed Captain [John] Grush [in the brig Sally for the West Indies].
23 At work on Reed’s blocks. Received twenty 8 yards of parceling from Guardoqui mainsail for Captain Reed. This night came in Captain John Reed [in the brig Sally from Madeira],
24 At work on Reed’s rigging.
25 At work on sails.
26 Finished the sails, which was one mainsail wholly fixed. Ditto a foresail 3/4 at 6 shillings, a forestaysail, all for Guardoqui.
29 At work on Captain Reed’s straps.
30 Fixed a main-topsail for brig Hooper and a topmast-steering-sail for ditto.
31 This day sailed [ship] Guardoqui, Captain N[icholas] Gordon, [for Bilbao].
1 Smart cold. A sermon at Church, it being cold GOOD Friday. This night much wind and cold.
2 Severe cold &c.
Monday, 4 Smart cold. Came in John Tittle [in the schooner Tryal, from Maryland], &c.
5 Some snow. Received a barrel of tar from Mr. Trevett for Colonel Lee. I took two buckets out. Arrived Richard Dolliber [in the schooner Molly] from Europe [Alicante] &c.
6 Finished a pair of shrouds for Captain Reed. This night sailed Captain Wormstead in brig Hooper.
7 Arrived Captain [Stephen] Blaney [in the schooner Charming Molly] from Cadiz [Lisbon],
8 Smart cold. Sailed Captain [Ambrose] James in schooner John [for Bilbao], Prince.
9 Cold weather. Came in George Sinecross, the first of fare[men].
Monday, 11 Came in a schooner belong to Darling and Cloutman, John Patten late skipper, who was drownded, and a man more. This afternoon I fleeted157 Captain Higgins’s shrouds. Came in Captain Thomas Nichols [on] in schooner Dove from Cadiz [Lisbon].
12 At work on Captain D. Reed rigging.
13 This day came in a small schooner, Skipper Devereux, who brought home his brother dead on board. This afternoon I tarred parceling for the new school house on Cautound[?] Hill.
14 Fast. Nothing remarkable. This evening came in Amos Granday [in the schooner Sally] from Lisbon.
15 Came in John Marston’s schooner and brig Wolfe, Captain [John] Pearce, from Cadiz [Lisbon]. This forenoon I layed on parceling on the school house. After noon I went to [the] farm and payed the pump and cart wheels with turpentine.
16 Smart cold for the season.
17 Our new organ played at St. Michael Church. Come in Sam Snow.
Monday, 18 This forenoon at work on blocks of Captain Reed’s. This afternoon I went to my father’s farm, and we took out the old pump and put in a new one and returned again.
19 Came Captain Reed from Salem to see about sails and rigging. At work on Reed’s rigging.
20 At work on Reed’s blocks &c.
21 Came from Boston ship Vulture, Captain Joseph Skillings. JOYFUL NEWS of the repeal of the family bonds.
22 At work on Captain Reed’s rigging &c.
23 Came in a brig from St. Eustatius [Pitt Packet], Captain [Israel] Obear. Came in Andrew Stacey, Will Crout.
Monday, 25 This day delivered Captain David Reed’s rigging to himself. Received a pattern of a flag for Reed. This afternoon I fixed a new mainsheet strap for Reed’s old sloop. Morning came from Boston brig Amherst, Captain [Thomas] Dixey, a Londoner.
26 Delivered a flag to Captain Reed. Afternoon I went to gardening. My father came from Cambridge. Came in J[ohn] Collyer [in the brig Resolution].
27 Came in Daniel Glover [in the schooner Three Brothers] in less than 100 day from Cadiz. Fixed a foresail and bonnet of a square sail for schooner Dove, Captain [Thomas] Nichols[on].
28 Came in brig Dolphin, Captain [Joseph] Hibbert, [from Barbados] and schooner Swallow, [William] Pousland, from Virginia. Fixed a foresail for Major Lee, schooner Carr.
29 Fixed a flying jib and main jib and an old mainsail, all for schooner Dove, Nichols[on].
30 Fixed a new mainsail for schooner Dove. Came in the old St. Thomas, Captain [Joseph] Doble, from West Indies and [schooner] Dreadnought, Captain [John] Bubier, from West Indies.
1 Came in many of our fishermen.
Monday, 2 Received a pattern of a small ensign from Mr. Hooper’s for Peter Dolliber. At 4 p.m. delivered said ensign. I spent the greater part of the day in the garden.
4 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, George Roundey. Received a pattern of a pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee’s schooner Joseph and schooner Dove’s colors to mend. Fix a mainsail for George Roundey.
5 Fixed a pair of shrouds for Colonel Lee, schooner Joseph. Received a half bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s and a pattern of a p[endent?] for George Roundey.
6 Overhauled a mainsail of schooner Swallow’s for 3 shilling, Captain Pousland. Delivered a burgee to Colonel Lee for schooner Swan. Fixed a topsail for schooner Dove, Captain Nichols [on] 1/4.
7 Delivered schooner Dove’s colors mended. Fixed a clew of a mainsail for John Pedrick, Jo. Salter, 4 shillings.
Monday, 9 Fixed a small mainsail for Colonel Orne, Captain Brown, which come to as much as a large schooner foresail. This afternoon I went to my garden.
10 Fixed a foresail for schooner Joseph, Colonel Lee, and foresail for Captain John Pedrick, schooner Ranger, and fixed a foresail for Colonel Orne, Captain Brown, 2 shillings.
11 Fixed a jib for Captain John Pedrick, schooner Ranger, 8d and mainsail for Major Lee, schooner Patty, 3 shillings and mainsail for Ranger.
12 Fixed a flying jib for Colonel Lee, Will Hickman, and a foresail for schooner Two Brothers, Captain Foster, and foresail Colonel Orne, J. Brimblecome, and jib for Colonel Orne’s, 1 shilling the fixing, and a flying jib Captain Pedrick, Jo. Salter. Borrowed 3 spun yarn.
13 Fixed a large mainsail for schooner Molly, Richard Dolliber. Borrowed [ ].
14 Fixed a foresail for Captain Gerry, Peter Severy, and mainsail for Captain Jonathan Glover, J[ohn] Gale.
Monday, 16 Received from Colonel Lee some cordage for to make shrouds for Captain Bartlett’s schooner Patty.
17 Finished a pair of Colonel Lee’s shroud. This evening received schooner old shrouds Dreadnought. A sort of a Training. I trained.
18 This day a grand Training. This forenoon I overhaul a clew of a mainsail for Thomas Gerry, Captain Ross, 4 shillings &c.
19 Received a coil of spun yarn from Captain Mugford for schooner Dreadnought and one from Colonel Lee for schooner Patty. Fixed a clew of a mainsail for Colonel Lee schooner Dolly, 4 shillings. Overhauled two pair of shrouds for schooner Dreadnought, a shilling a pair.
20 Fixed a pair of shrouds for Colonel Lee, schooner Patty. Received a pattern of a pair of shroud from Colonel Lee for schooner Patty and fixed parts of them. Came in Ben Calley from Europe in schooner Molly.
21 Overhauled a pair of shrouds for schooner Dreadnought. Finished the 3 pair for schooner Patty, Colonel Lee. Arrived brig Woodbridge, Captain Samuel Pote. Sister [Elizabeth] Martin deliv[ered] of a son.
22 Arrived Captain Thomas Collyer in brig [Elizabeth]. Martin child was christened at Church. His name is Knott.
Monday, 23 Delivered two pair of shrouds to Colonel Lee, schooner Patty. Finished schooner Dreadnought’s old shrouds. Received a pattern of two single shrouds and a small coil of three-yarn spun yarn from Captain Mugford for schooner Dreadnought. Last night Martin’s child died.
24 Fixed two single shrouds for schooner Dreadnought. Came in brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Thomas] Power, and Captain Jere[miah?] Pote from Lisbon.
25 Delivered schooner Dreadnought main shroud. GENERAL ELECTION. Some rain; smart cold for the season. Arrived Captain Choate of Newbury from Cadiz.
26 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Richard Dolliber at 8 shillings and clew of a foresail from Colonel Lee, schooner [ ], Joss Brown. Received 35 bags from Colonel Lee for Mr. Bacon for parceling.
27 This forenoon much rain. Came in brig St. Paul, Captain John Lee, from Cadiz. Received six coils of cordage from Mr. Hooper [rope]walk for William Baker, viz. one coil of shrouding, containing 4.1.8, jibstay, a small coil for ties, bowsprit shrouds and straps and 3 coils of 3-yarn spun yarn N1 N2 N3 0.2.4. Afternoon came in brig Salisbury, Captain [Michael] Coombs.
28 Lame. Could do little at the loft but cut parceling. Sailed Captain Richard Dolliber [in the schooner Molly] for the Mediterranean Seas. Fixed parts of a square sail and bonnet for schooner Patty, Captain [Jeremiah] Ballister.
29 This evening came in Captain Sam Hooper in brig Phoenix.
31 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Patty. Received a bucket of tar for Mr. Bacon. Fixed a pair of shrouds for schooner [of] Bacon’s.
1 Fixed two pair of shrouds for schooner, Bacon.
2 Fixed a mainsail for Captain [Jeremiah] Ballister, schooner Patty. Sailed snow new St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe.
3 Finished Bacon’s shrouds and hanged them up. Received a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn from Colonel Lee for Mr. Bacon.
4 Fixed a jibstay, boom pendent, and main- and foresheets, straps, &c. Delivered an ensign to Mr. Lewis for schooner [ ].
Monday, 6 Employed in the garden.
7 Fixed a mainsail for schooner, Bacon. This afternoon employed in attending the carpenter a-cutting the posts down in the rigging loft. Note: Ashley went to Mr. Ashton’s school.
8 Served the greater part of the straps for Mr. Bacon and cleared away the loft, &c.
9 Finished all Bacon straps.
10 Returned some shrouding to Colonel Lee’s from Mr. Bacon’s, viz. St 0.1.17. Ditto received some small cordage for straps for masthead and bowsprit horses.
11 Received two large block for main- and foresheets. Sailed John Bubier [in the schooner Dreadnought?] and Daniel Glover [in the schooner Three Brothers].
12 Came in Captain Will Pedrick [in the brig Lydia].
Monday, 13 Fixed part of a foresail for ship Vulture. Delivered Mr. Bacon’s rigging to himself, ties, jeer block, boom and tack tackles excepted.
14 This morning much rain. The forenoon I finished the Vulture’s foresail.
15 No rigging in hand.
16 Nothing to do.
17 No rigging in hand.
18 Captain Griste’s rigging is to be done by his own people. At ½ past one o’clock William, the son of John Webber, died.
19 Mr. Bass preached at St. Michael’s.
Monday, 20 No rigging in hand. This afternoon Will Webber was buried.
22 This day I tarried at Ipswich till 5 o’clock, then set out for home. Returned by nine. Note: Colonel Lee’s case is left to men, viz. Mr. Hooper of Marblehead, Mr. Paine of Boston, and Mr. Dow of Salem.
23 No rigging in hand. This afternoon was buried Mr. Edward Stacey, the last son to Mr. Ebenezer Stacey. Sail Stephen Blaney in [the schooner] Dreadnought.
24 Received some spun yarn from Mr. Hooper for to fix Amherst fore-topsail.
25 Finished brig Amherst foresail. Came in Captain William Blackler [in the schooner Charming Polly] from West Indies, himself and all hands sick on board.
Monday, 27 Agreed with Colonel [William] Bourn to fix a sloop’s rigging, of 90 tons. Received some cordage for mainsheets, straps, and two tackles. Received twenty-two yards of parceling from Colonel Lee for Captain Ballister. Ditto a bucket of tar from Lee for Ballister. Received from John Homan 6 blocks for sloop, Man, a 4 hooks and thimble from Mr. Foster for Man.
28 This morning I finished two mainsheet block and two sets of tackles and delivered to Andrew[?] Gray for Mr. Man. Ditto cut and tarred the remainder of Ballister parceling. Borrowed 10 coils of 3-yarn and 3½ of two from Colonel Lee for brig Wood[bridge].
29 Fixed a foresail and forestaysail for brig Woodbridge.
30 Fixed a new topsail and mainstay sail for brig Woodbridge and a foresail for a sloop.
1 This day partly fixed a mainsail for Captain Hines. Afternoon I went to my garden, and arrived Sam Green in schooner [Samuel?] that Andrew Tucker died out of.
2 I went to the ropewalk [and] served the clews of Hines’s mainsail. Much rain, thunder and lightning.
Monday, 4 Received 18¼ pounds of spun yarn from Captain Fowle’s for brig Woodbridge, which I had lent her of Lee. Fixed a mainsail for St. Paul and part of a topsail. Finished Captain Hines’s mainsail.
5 This day I finished a topsail and main-topmast-staysail and jib for St. Paul. Received from Colonel Orne 11¼ of spun yarn, which I had lent him of Colonel Lee’s and 7¾ of spun yarn for Captain Griste’s mainsail and jib. I took of Colonel Lee’s spun yarn 6 pounds for Major Lee. This afternoon I went into the garden. At 4 sailed brig Union, Captain [Edward] Hales, for Europe.
6 Fixed a small mainsail for Mr. Hooper and Johnson, 4 shillings the whole. Arrived snow Champion, Peter Green, from West Indies. This afternoon some rain. This day employed Stephen Bow.
7 Finished a mainsail for Major Lee, schooner Dreadnought, and jib for Captain Hines, Ben Brown. Receive from Henry Lane 40 yards of old canvas for sloop, Man.
8 Sailed brig Woodbridge, Samuel Pote, for West Indies. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Captain Griste, schooner Joshua.
9 Cleared away the loft for rigging. This afternoon received a suit of rigging [from] Mr. Tedder for Mr. Man’s sloop, viz. two stays, a coil of shrouding, two coils of 3-yarn spun yarn, and a small coil of two-thread worming. Sailed brig St. Paul, John Lee.
10 Mr. Weeks out of town. I at New Meeting.
Monday, 11 Received a bucket of tar from Colonel Bourn’s. Employed James Eves and Stephen Bow.
12 Finished all Man’s shrouds and stays and pendents and received a suit of rigging from Mr. Hooper’s ropewalk for Paul Reed and two coils from Tedder’s for sloop, Man.
13 Receive 4 coils of spun yarn from Mr. Hooper’s and some straps from Tedder’s. Began on Reed’s stays. Measured 27 yards of parceling for Paul Reed.
14 At work on Reed’s shrouds. Received a pattern of a pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee for schooner Tryal, John Tittle, p.m. received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee for Paul Reed’s.
15 At work on Man’s rigging. Received some block from John Homan for sloop, Man.
16 Finished Mr. Man’s rigging. Discharged James Eves. Received a pattern of an ensign for Captain Griste, schooner Joshua.
Monday, 18 This morning I delivered Mr. Man’s rigging to Captain Michael by Colonel Bourn’s orders. Received from Colonel Lee a pattern of a pair of single [shrouds] for schooner Tryal, John Tittle. Ditto delivered shrouds.
19 At served Reed’s bowsprit shrouds. Sailed Will Pedrick [in the brig Lydia?]. On Monday my sow brought 9 pigs.
20 Received the bowsprit horses and the smaller size straps. This afternoon I went to [the] Neck.
22 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Gerry schooner, Peter Severy. Received a parcel of blocks from John Homan for Paul Reed. Came in John Bartlett [in the schooner Nancy from Falmouth].
23 Finished what blocks I had of Reed. This afternoon I engaged a suit of rigging for a schooner of 85 tons, Captain William Rogers. Employed Thomas Johnson, Jr. a day. Delivered an ensign to Captain Griste. This day sailed Captain [John] Griste in schooner Joshua.
Monday, 25 Received from the ropewalk a jibstay and fixed him for Colonel Lee schooner, W. Hickman. This afternoon received a pattern of a pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Joseph and 1 coil of 3-yarn spun yarn. Employed Tom Johnson a day. To half a bucket of tar for schooner Tryal and half a bucket for schooner Joshua.
26 Finished Joseph shrouds and received a coil of shrouding and jibstay and a coil of 4-inch, two coil of 3-yarn spun yarn, and one of two, and a coil of worming from Mr. Hooper’s [rope]walk for Will Rogers’s schooner. Received some blocks from [John] Homan for Paul Reed. Received 28 yards of parceling and a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee for Will Rogers. Employed Tom Johnson a day.
27 Delivered a pair of shrouds to schooner Joseph, Will Davis, and a mainsheet strap. Seized in the jibsheets block in Reed’s jib. Received ½ quintal fish from Colonel Lee.
28 Received the deadeyes and hearts from Homan’s for Reed and seized them in. Finished a pair of schooner Rogers shrouds. Employed Tom Johnson a day.
29 Received from Colonel Lee’s a pattern of a boom pennant and fixed him and took off Reed’s runners 11½ for a short pennant for Hickman, schooner Polly. Ditto delivered boom pennant to Will Davis, schooner Joseph. To Tom Johnson a day.
30 Deliver a burgee to Wilson Hickman, schooner Polly. Received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s for Paul Reed. Fixed the 3d pair of Rogers’s shrouds. Received 12 yards of parceling, which makes Rogers 40 yards from Colonel Lee’s. Employed Tom Johnson a day.
2 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Gerry, John Harris. Fixed a single shroud for Rogers’s schooner. My wife not well. Shifted a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from Paul Reed to Will Rogers. To Tom Johnson a day.
3 Wife somewhat better. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper, schooner Frances. Old Swallow exchanged at Salem. To Tom Johnson a day.
4 This day at work on Rogers’s shrouds. This afternoon I fixed a foresail for Captain [Benjamin] Calley, schooner Molly. To Tom Johnson a day. Wife quite poorly.
5 Fixed a jib for Captain Calley, schooner Molly. Agreed with Mr. Elbridge Gerry to fix a schooner rigging. Fixed clew of a mainsail [for] Colonel Orne, Captain Collyer. To Tom Johnson a day. Wife poorly.
6 At work on Rogers’s schooner rigging. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Captain Bartol, John Blackler. Sailed Captain John Reed in brig Sally for Newfoundland. Came to help my wife Mary Quinier. Tom Johnson [a day]. Wife poorly.
Monday, 8 At work on Rogers’s rigging. This evening I attended a funeral of Captain Courtis’s son Francis. Find wife quite ill. Note: Mrs. Wills and Bigsbury both sat up with her. Tom Johnson half a day.
9 Fixed a large mainsail for a schooner of Mr. Hooper and Jer[emiah?] Hacker. Tom Johnson lame. Sailed brig Wolfe, Captain John Pearce, for Bilbao.
10 Delivered a suit of rigging to Captain David Reed for Captain Paul Reed and sorted the running ditto for Captain David Reed, Dr. to fixing a strap for jibstay and seizing deadeyes is 1.4. To tarring of two tarpaulin for Colonel Lee’s gateposts. Tom Johnson a day.
11 Much rain. Finished and seized all schooner Rogers shrouds and put them up. Tom Johnson a day. My wife somewhat better.
12 Finished Rogers’s jibstay and fixed a mainsail for Roger schooner.
13 Fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper, schooner Frances, and fixed a foresail and jib with bonnet for Will Rogers and a main-topsail for Captain Calley, schooner Molly. Ditto received all the small straps from Colonel Lee’s for W. Rogers. Tom Johnson a day. To 8 yards of parceling which makes 148.
Monday, 15 Employed in serving of straps for Will Rogers. Received a pattern of an ensign from Mr. Elbridge Gerry and 35 yards of parceling from Gerry. Received 7½ of small cordage from the ropewalk for Roger. Came in the snow St. Peter, [William St. Barbe, from Falmouth] and brig Africa, [William Coles,] from Boston. Received a pattern of an ensign.
16 Received from Mr. Elbridge Gerry a suit of rigging from a schooner of 60 tons. Snow St. Peter went to Boston. Ditto sailed Captain [Benjamin] Calley [in the schooner Molly for Bilbao].
17 Finished Will Rogers’s block and fixed one pair of Gerry’s. Received a jar of oil from Gerry. This day our daughter Hannah went to Mr. Ashton’s school.
18 Fixed a foresail for Major Lee, schooner Derby. Received a bucket of tar from Elbridge Gerry.
19 Fixed a mainsail and fore for Major Gallison and mainsail for Major Lee, schooner Car[r].
20 Finished all E. Gerry served shroud. Received all the hooks and thimbles from Gerry. Came in Captain B[enjamin] Boden [in the schooner Betsey from Falmouth]. Sailed John Burnham [in the schooner Hitty for Barbados]. Makes two weeks for Molly Quinier.
Monday, 22 Finished all Gerry shrouds. Delivered a pair of shrouds of Colonel Lee’s to schooner Dolly which was fixed for schooner Tryal.
23 Received from Elbridge Gerry the bowsprit horses and all the small straps and served all the larger straps. Ditto fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Hawk.
24 Received a coil of shrouding from Mr. Hooper’s for schooner Samuel. Ditto fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Dolly, and foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Hawk. Completed all the shrouds that was in the loft.
25 Received from Mr. Hooper’s 35 yards of parceling for schooner Samuel and one coil of 3-yarn spun yarn, one of two. Received the Vulture’s colors to mend.
26 Received the greater part of Mr. Gerry’s block and received a coil of three-strand worming for Mr. Hooper’s schooner Samuel.
27 Finished one pair of schooner Samuel’s shroud. Seized some of Gerry’s blocks in. Ditto fixed a clew of a mainsail for Mr. Hooper, schooner Hannah.
Marblehead House Flags, 1768, by Ashley Bowen.
Marblehead Historical Society
30 Received two pair of shrouds from Mr. Hooper and all the straps and bowsprit shrouds and hawser for schooner Samuel. To fixing a pair of jibsheets blocks for Sam Jamerson and marline in 7 clew 2 shillings. To fixing a flying [jib, schooner] Hannah.
31 This day I fixed a foresail for Captain Hines, Bowden. At noon I had Captain Courtis’s horse and chaise and attended at my father farm with my wife, it being the yearly meeting [of the family] and dined with my honored father and all my brothers and sisters and had a good time.
1 This makes two year in this book. This morning I fixed a mainsail for Captain John Pedrick, P[hilip Le]Craw, and sorted Captain Rogers’s running rigging at Colonel Lee’s warehouse and delivered all Rogers’s standing rigging with block &c. to Captain Samuel Jamerson by Colonel Lee’s orders and 6 yard of parceling, which makes him 54 yards in the whole. Received all schooner Samuel blocks except four from Mr. Clark. Lent Captain Pedrick 3 yards of parceling and delivered all Mr. Elbridge Gerry blocks and some spun yarn and the remainder of his shrouding &c.
2 Finished all Mr. Hooper’s shrouds and this afternoon employed John Rimshire. Received the hooks and thimbles from Mr. Prince’s and a half a bucket of tar from on board the Amherst for schooner Samuel.
3 Received some cordage from Mr. Hooper’s from schooner Samuel, straps for tackles, and finished all the schooner’s rigging sufficient to bring her round from Newbury and delivered to Captain Goodwin and an ensign for schooner Samuel. Ditto delivered a blue ensign for ship Vulture. Employed John Rimshire a day, and it makes six weeks for Tom [Johnson] wanting half a day. Arrived schooner Dove, Captain [Thomas] Nichols[on], from Lisbon.
Monday, 5 Served some straps for Mr. Hooper’s schooner Samuel. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Colonel Orne, Thomas Brimblecome. Received 45 yards of red bunting and 6½ of white tamme and 6 of blue tamme and 4 skeins of thread and 1½ yards of osnabrigs.
6 Finished what blocks I had of Mr. Hooper’s and some of Mr. Bacon’s, and our son Nathan not well.
8 This day little to do as I have no rigging in hand. This morning I settled with Mrs. Johnson and gave her an order on Colonel Lee for eight shillings in full. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, Phil Thrash.
9 This morning some rain. Mrs. Johnson had 2 quarts of vinegar in f[ull?]. The brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Thomas] Power, got under way but was ordered to bring to again as there was a rumor of a French war in town. This afternoon I began to fix a fore-topsail for brig Phoenix.
10 This morning I finished said topsail and finished the schooner Samuel blocks and received 25 yards of parceling for schooner Robert. Delivered Elbridge Gerry standing rigging and delivered an ensign to ship Vulture. Sailed schooner Hannah, Captain [William] Pousland, for West Indies [Barbados]. This night came round schooner Samuel from Newbury.
11 Much rain. Sailed brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Thomas] Power, for Europe [Bilbao]. Shut up old sow to fat.
Monday, 12 This morning I received a coil of shrouding from Mr. Hooper for schooner Robert and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and two buckets of tar for schooner Robert and one coil of 3-thread worming and one coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and 2 pounds of tallow. Employ Tom Johnson a day.
13 Received 2 of slush or tallow for schooner Robert. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for E[lbridge] Gerry schooner. Sailed brig Amherst, Captain [Thomas] Dixey, for Europe. Employed Tom Johnson. Arrived Captain [Richard] Dolliber [in the schooner Molly] from Falmouth.
14 Fixed a jib for Mr. Elbridge Gerry and a mainsail for the old Gentleman[?], Peter Severy. Finished the 3d pair of schooner Robert shrouds and seized and hung them up. Sailed brig Phoenix, Captain [Samuel] Hooper, for West Indies and Captain Dolliber went to Boston with his schooner.
15 This morning fixed a mainsail for Captain John Glover, James Dennis, and received the ship Vulture two topsails from the other loft to fix. Finished the 4th pair of shrouds for schooner Robert and hung them up and received from Mr. Hooper a jibstay and a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn and received all the blocks for schooner Robert except six from Mr. John Clark’s. Received half barrel of flour from Captain Courtis.
16 Finished a jibstay and boom pendent for schooner Robert and began to fix ship Vulture’s topsails and a jib for Captain Gerry. Delivered an ensign to E[lbridge] Gerry and Spanish flag to ship Vulture.
17 Finished Captain Gerry’s jib, Peter Severy, and two topsails for ship Vulture. Came in brig Hooper, Captain W[ormstead, from Cadiz].
Monday, 19 This morning I fixed a foresail for Captain John Glover, J[ames] Dennis, and received bowsprit shrouds and horses and small cordage for straps from Mr. Hooper for schooner Robert. Engaged to fix a suit of rigging for a sloop of 84 tons—mainmast 67 feet, 8½ hold, and 7 head, bowsprit 42 feet. Received from Mr. Hooper’s warehouse a coil of 4-inch for sloop’s bowsprit shrouds and ties &c.
20 Delivered all the blocks belonging to schooner Samuel and ties to Skipper Doak and return a piece of shrouding to the warehouse of P. Severy[?]. Fixed a mizzen-topsail for ship Vulture. Came in snow St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe, from Bilbao in 8 week.
21 Received a coil of shrouding and forestay and jibstay and a small coil of worming from Mr. Hooper [rope]walk for sloop and a small coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and measured 18 yard of parceling. Came in [Nicholas] Gordon [in the ship Guardoqui from Cadiz] and [John] Grush [in the brig Sally from Guadaloupe]. Employed John Rimshire a day.
22 Received a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from Mr. Hooper’s for sloop and 3 pounds of grease. Received two buckets of tar for sloop and 20 yards of parceling from Colonel Lee for Thomas Lewis. Done sloop’s stays and one pair of shrouds. Employed John Rimshire.
23 Finished the 2d pair of sloop’s served shrouds and tarred some parceling for Mr. Lewis, and this afternoon part fixed a mainsail for Mr. Collyer, Sam Russell. Received some parceling from Mr. Hooper’s. Came in Captain James [in the schooner John from Cadiz]. Employ John Rimshire.
24 Finished Mr. Collyer’s mainsail and finished all the sloop’s shrouds. Measured 20 yards of parceling of Mr. Hooper for sloop. Employed John Rimshire a day.
Monday, 26 This day finished all the standing rigging for sloop of Waldo Emerson’s &c and received a pattern of two pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Joseph and two coils of 3-yarn spun yarn for schooner Joseph. Ditto received 10 yards of parceling from Mr. Hooper for Mr. Lewis’s store, which makes tarred 30 yards of parceling for Mr. Lewis. Received a bucket of tar from Mr. Hooper for myself and delivered 10 yards of Mr. Hooper’s parceling and Mr. Peter Dolliber. Received a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn from Emerson. Employ John Rimshire.
27 Fixed a mizzen and main-topmast-staysail for ship Vulture and fixed a foresail and jib for Mr. Collyer, Sam Russell, and fixed a pair of shrouds for schooner Joseph and strapped a parcel of blocks for schooner Robert. Received from Colonel Lee’s a bucket of tar for schooner Joseph. Note: the parceling for schooner Joseph shroud is of Captain Picket’s mainsail. This day employed John Rimshire a day. A half a Training day.
28 Delivered two pair of shrouds to schooner Joseph, W. Davis, of Colonel Lee’s. Completed all the schooner Robert rigging to send round to Newbury. Ditto fixed a mainsail and jib for schooner Robert. Employed John Rimshire a day.
29 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Absalom, and mainsail and foresail for schooner Joseph of Colonel Lee’s and fixed a foresail for brig Africa. Received Africa pendent to mend and received 9 yards of red tamme and 2 of white and 1 of blue to mend said pendent and thread &c. Employ John Rimshire a day. This evening sailed ship Vulture, [Joseph Skillings, for Bilbao].
30 This day fixed a topsail for brig Africa and a foresail for Captain Gerry, Amos Hubbard, and delivered schooner Robert rigging to Captain Stickney and sloop, Emerson’s, standing rigging to Captain [ ]. Sorted all schooner Robert running rigging at Joshua Orne’s Esq. Arrived John Collyer in brig Resolution [from Jamaica].
1 This morning I fixed the clew of Captain Drinkwater foresail and seized the blocks in again, and I discharged John Rimshire. No rigging in hand. This afternoon I began to fix Mr. Twisden’s sail.
2 Mr. Samuel White was published to Mrs. Hannah Hooper.
Monday, 3 This day all the shipping spread their colors in respect to Mr. White. This morning I had John Rimshire about 4 hours and finished Mr. Twisden’s sails and I cut and tarred parceling for Mr. Joseph Pedrick’s dwelling house. Used a bucket of tar. This afternoon I began to fix a foresail and jib for Colonel Lee, Will Hickman. Delivered a pendent to brig Africa.
4 This morning I finished the foresail and jib for Hickman and this afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Hickman and tarred some parceling for Mr. Joseph Pedrick.
5 Fixed a flying jib for brig Africa and cut some parceling of our own house. Received a bucket of tar from Mr. Hooper for myself. Fixed a foresail for schooner, Sam Selman.
6 This day cut and tarred some parceling for Mr. Pedrick and cut and tarred some parceling for our house. Sailed brig Africa, Captain [William] Coles, for Europe [Bilbao].
7 I went to Salem with Mr. John Clark for some lignumvitae. Afternoon I cut and tarred some parceling for Mr. Pedrick. Received the 3d bucket of tar from Mr. Pedrick.
8 Cut and tarred some parceling for Mr. Pedrick and fixed a small foresail for Peter Green [. . .] and tarred some more parceling for Mr. Pedrick.
Monday, 10 Fixed a suit of sails for T[homas] Gerry, Junior, A. Ross, and cut and tarred some parceling for Mr. Pedrick, which makes him 3 buckets of tar. Borrow 9½ of spun yarn.
11 Fixed a mainsail and foresail for Captain Foster, Ben Boden.
12 I went in the garden and got all my roots out and received a coil of shrouding and a coil of two-yarn spun yarn and a coil of ratline and eighteen yards of parceling from Captain Newmarch, all for schooner, Toothaker.
13 Finished a pair of said shrouds. Sailed Benjamin Boden [in the schooner Betsey] for West Indies and John Proctor [in the schooner Eagle] for Philadelphia. Fixed part of a foresail.
14 Finished a foresail for brig Dolphin, Captain [Joseph] Hibbert. Note: I borrowed 7 pounds of spun yarn for Glover.
15 Finish the 3 pair of Toothaker’s shroud. Received 2 pounds of slush for Toothaker. Settled with Mr. Elbridge Gerry. Receive the balance in cash—two coppers.
16 Mr. Wheeler preached his second Sunday with us. William Blackler [in the schooner Charming Polly] returned with Mr. Gale sick.
Monday, 17 Finished all the shrouds of schooner, Toothaker, and main and foresheets, straps, &c.
18 The last night departed this life Mrs. Bradstreet, the Reverend Mr. Simon Bradstreet’s wife. Finished all the shrouds of Toothaker. Sailed Will Blackler [in the schooner Charming Polly for the West Indies]. Sailed Captain [Joseph] Hibbert [in the brig Dolphin] for Halifax.
19 Received the bowsprit shrouds and horses and straps for blocks for schooner, Toothaker, and served them.
20 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Orne, Captain Brown, brig Salisbury. Overhauling sails in the rigging loft. My father set out for Holliston. Lent Colonel Orne 2 pounds of spun yarn.
21 Killed old sow. This evening Mrs. Bradstreet was buried at the New Meeting House yard.
22 This morning I salted my pork &c. This day I fixed a large sloop’s mainsail for Captain Michael. Came in John Burnham [in the schooner Hitty from Barbados] and John Bartlett [in the schooner Nancy] from Barbados, 27 [days?].
23 Mr. Holt of Danvers preached at the New Meeting House in this town.
Monday, 24 I fixed a mainsail for Mr. Joshua Orne, Junior, John Dolliber. I lent him 4¾ of spun yarn of Colonel Lee’s. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for schooner, Toothaker.
25 This morning received schooner Dove colors to mend and receive 2 yards and half of cotton check from Mr. Swett for Mr. Ashton, the children schooling. Received 6 yard of red and 4 of white and 2 of blue bunting to mend Dove’s colors. This forenoon I puddened an anchor for Captain Roads, and arrived Captains [Stephen] Blaney [in the schooner Molly] and [Daniel] Glover [in the schooner Three Brothers], both from Cadiz. This afternoon I received a coil of shrouding and jibstay from Mr. Hooper’s for Joshua Orne Esq.
26 This day I finished all the straps for Toothaker. Received a half cord of bark from Captain Higgins.
27 This day Mr. Samuel White was married to Mrs. Hannah Hooper. This day I puddened two anchor for Captain Higgins.
28 This day rejoicing for Mr. White. Delivered Captain Nichols colors mended, and I delivered Mr. Toothaker’s rigging, viz. four pair of shrouds, one jibstay, two pendents for masthead, 1 boom pendent, 4 straps for mainsheets, o foresheets, 2 for runners, 2 tackle, 2 burton, 1 jibsheet, 2 bobstays[?], to 2 jib halliards, 4 tack tackles, 1 large straps for main topping lift, 2 for gaffs, 2 topping lift falls, 1 fore topping fall, 1 jib downhaul, 1 mainstay, which makes 27 served straps in all, and some old can[vas], a part of a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn, and pattern of a runner which was left of his shrouding, and a coil of large ratline with 2 anchors and mainsail, foresail, and jib. Came in George Lepell [Rapell?] from Europe. Sailed brig Salisbury, Richard Stacey, for West Indies [Dominica].
Monday, 31 Received 3 coils of 3-yarn spun yarn and one of two and a small coil of worming from and 35 yards of parceling from Mr. Hooper’s for Josh Orne Esq. and received 10 yards for Mr. Hooper, which make 45 yards from Captain Newmarch.
1 This day employed in fixing of Captain Roads’s sloop Freemason, viz. a pennant for masthead and serving a tie and tie straps and strapping the block. Spliced a hook on the runner and after dinner I went on board and examined his masthead and was detained till dark. Put up new tie block and tie.
2 Finished three large blocks for Captain Roads.
3 Sailed Captain Richard Dolliber [in the schooner Molly] for West Indies.
4 Cut and tarred 10 yards of parceling of and for Mr. Hooper’s house. Sailed Captain Thomas Collyer in brig [Elizabeth for Bilbao].
5 Began to fix a mainsail for Colonel Lee, Guardoqui. This morning the body of Mr. Benjamin Pritchard was found in a well, supposed to having fell in the evening before, and this day died a child of John and Eleanor Vickery who was kicked by an horse the evening before.158
Monday, 7 This day came to town Captain John Bubier who had foundered in the schooner Dreadnought belonging to Captain James Mugford and Mr. John Prince of this town.159 This day I fixed a mainsail for sloop Freemason.
8 This morning I finished a mainsail for Guardoqui, Captain [Nicholas] Gordon. Ditto fixed a jib for Captain Roads’s sloop Freemason and a forestaysail for ship Guardoqui.
9 This morning I fixed a mizzen for Guardoqui and a flying jib for schooner Dove, Captain [Thomas] Nichols [on] and fore-topsail for Nichols [on]. Received ship Guardoqui colors to mend. This night came in Captain John Reed in brig Sally [from Newfoundland].
10 This day much rain or snow. I drew a plan of a small brig for Colonel Lee called the Patty.
11 Quite cold. This afternoon I received a single shroud from Mr. Swett’s for Captain Homan’s and a pendent for masthead and a hook and thimble and one thimble from Mr. Prince’s for Captain Homan. Delivered ship Guardoqui color mended.
12 Finished said shroud and pendent and this morning departed this life Ezra Stiles, husband to our sister Sarah Stiles. She being in Marblehead, there came a man on horseback for her and carried her home.
Monday, 14 This day received some straps and hooks and thimbles for Captain Homan. Great firing at Boston.160
15 Received 14 pounds of sugar in full of Mr. Joseph Pedrick. Received 5 blocks of Sam Brimblecome for Captain Homan. Some rain. Strapped five block for runner and tackle and fore tackle and a pendent for fore-head and strap for m[ain] masthead and a pair of slings for him.
16 This morning I finished all for Captain Homan and delivered all.
19 This morning some rain. At 11 I set out for Boxford. Some rain. Arrived at 7 evening.
20 I went to Boxford Meeting House and a New Light gave us two of his sort of sermon. Much storm. Some snow. Tarried at Mr. Porter’s all night.
Monday, 21 This day I went to Brother Barker’s and lodged. Some snow, but warm. Find all well.
22 Sat out for Bradford. Fine pleasant weather. Find all well here.
23 Left Bradford and returned to Boxford. Fine and pleasant weather.
24 Close weather. At nine I sat out for home. Called at Sarah’s [Sarah Stiles] and returned at 8 in evening. Find all well. Note: the snow Champion, [Peter Green, for West Indies] sailed in my absence.
25 This morning I find a cord of wood in the street sent to me from Mr. Samuel White last Monday. This forenoon I stowed my wood away.
26 This day a-serving of shrouds for Mr. Orne schooner. Borrowed 13 pounds of spun yarn from Mr. Orne for Captain Lemmon. Some snow.
Monday, 28 Finished the 1 pair of shrouds and begun to fix a topsail for brig Hooper. Borrowed 21 of spun [yarn] from Mr. Orne for brig Hooper. Sailed ship Guardoqui, [Nicholas Gordon, for Spain].
29 Partly fixed a topsail for brig Hooper. Quite cold weather.
30 This day I finish main-topsail for brig Hooper and settled with Colonel Lee. The balance was in his favor. Began to fix the Hooper fore-topsail. Came in John Proctor [in the schooner Eagle] from Philadelphia and Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua] came in the last night from Lisbon.
1 A general Thanksgiving.
2 This day smart cold. Employed in fixing sails &c.
3 Smart cold. Employed in fixing of sails.
6 This day I finished a fore-topsail for brig Hooper. We hear that two brig were cast away on Sunday night last.161
7 Fixed a mainsail for Major Lee.
8 This morning I fixed a jib for Mr. Hooper schooner and cleared the loft out. Sailed George Lepell [Rapell?].
9 At work on Mr. Orne’s shrouds.
10 At work on Mr. Orne’s shrouds.
Monday, 12 This day fine and pleasant. Employed on board of sloop Prince William, Captain [John] Bubier from breakfast till night.
13 At work in the loft on Mr. Orne’s shrouds.
14 Smart cold. Do but little at the loft.
15 Smart cold. Received all the blocks from Aaron Lovis for Deacon Orne’s schooner. Came in Captain [Edward] Hales in brig Union [from Lisbon].
16 This day smart cold. Sailed snow St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe, for Bilbao at 12 o’clock noon.
17 Somewhat warmer. Received from Deacon Orne’s the small cordage for bowsprit shroud and horses and straps &c. for his schooner at Lynn. Sailed brig Hooper, [Michael Wormstead,] for Europe.
Monday, 19 The last evening was buried the wife of Doctor D[aniel] Cahill. Came from sea Captain B[enjamin] Boden [in the schooner Betsey from Barbados].
20 Smart cold. Captain Courtis and Captain Felton trained their company.
21 So cold I could not work in loft. Received Captain J[oseph] Skillings’s rigging to repair and refit.
22 Smart cold. Some snow. Do nothing at loft.
23 So cold could do nothing to signify.
25 Wife not well. Could not go to Church.
Monday, 26 Fixed a foresail for Joshua Orne Esq., the new schooner at Lynn. Somewhat warmer.
27 This day I fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper and Felton schooner Lydia.
28 Served the ties for Mr. Elbridge Gerry for schooner Wilks, John Hooper, master.
29 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Gerry, Amos Hubbard.
30 Finished all the shrouds for Mr. Orne.
31 At work on straps for Mr. Orne. Came in William Pedrick [in the brig Lydia from St. Ubes].