Port of Savannah records
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Port of Savannah records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Port of Savannah (Ga.)
Title: Port of Savannah records
Dates: 1765-1858
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0704

Biographical/Historical Note

The Port of Savannah, founded in 1733, acted as one of the largest eastern ports of North America, and exported the first bale of cotton from the colonies to England in 1764.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains six records pertaining to Savannah's port. Included are a list of ships and vessels, their captain, where they were built, and their cargo, for January 5, 1765 to July 5, 1767. Also in the collection are records of Georgia's exports for 1786, manifests for the sloop Friendship, 1791, and the ship Shepherdess, 1799, and a record of the value of foreign and coastwise exports and the value of imports from Europe. One volume of arrivals and clearances in the port of Savannah, January 9, 1855-August 21, 1858, is missing, as noted November 4, 1971. These miscellaneous records were brought together as a collection by the Georgia Historical Society.


Index Terms

Friendship (Sloop)
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
International trade.
Port of Savannah (Ga.)
Shepherdess (Bark)
Shipping records.
Shipping.
Ships' manifests.

Location of Originals

Originals of ship manifests in the Charles F. Jenkins collection, Georgia Department of Archives and History.


Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Due to its fragility, the volume of ships and vessels entered inwards and cleared outwards at the port of Savannah, Jan. 5, 1765-July 5, 1767, is restricted from use.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Item 1 from the Papers of James Vallence Bevan.

Preferred Citation

[item identification],Port of Savannah records, MS 704, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Department of Archives and History, 1972 (Items 3, 4); Miss Caroline Woodbridge, Unknown (Item 5).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Publication Note

List of ships and vessels entered inwards and cleared outwards, 1765-1767, partially published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Letters of Joseph Clay, Merchant of Savannah, 1776-1793, and a List of Ships and Vessels Entered at the Port of Savannah..., v.8 (c1913).


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 
Item 1: List of ships and vessels entered inwards and cleared outwards at the port of Savannah, 1765 January 5-1767 July 5 ( 1.0 volume. )
Lists vessel, registry, captain, where built, cargo.
 
Item 2: Exports of Georgia for 1786
Lists vessels, masters, clearances; cargoes not listed.
 
Item 3: Manifest of the sloop Friendship, bound for New York, 1791 March 19 ( 1.0 p. )
Cargo: molasses, tobacco pimento, tallow, skins, sugar, coffee, hats and saddles. Signed by John Habersham, Collector, and Lachlan McIntosh, Naval officer. Negative photocopy of original in Georgia Department of Archives and History.
 
Item 4: Manifest of the ship Shepherdess, bound for New York, 1799 August 31 ( 1.0 p. )
Signed as above. Cargo: tobacco and cotton. Negative photocopy of original in Georgia Department of Archives and History.
 
Item 5: "A Statement of the trade fro one year of the port of Savannah...", 1803 January 1-1804 September 30 ( 1.0 p. )
Lists the value of foreign and coastwise exports to each place or state, and the value of imports from Europe with amount of duties, and showing the balance of trade from Europe.