Boston Marine Society Member Photo Collage And Constitution

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On June 1, 1742, The Fellowship Club was formed by a group of Boston sea captains.  The club receive a charter 12 years later from the Royal Governor with the directive to make navigation safer and to relieve members and their families of distress when adverse accidents occurred.  In 1809, the club changed its name to The Boston Marine Society.


Photo collage, 18 ½ x 21 ¾, featuring the 1886 group of members along with a copy of the organization’s Constitution and Laws containing a brief history of the society for one hundred years and a list of members (1861).  This particular copy apparently belonged to Capt. Erastus B. Chase.  The collage contains photos of 190 members, each numbered and identified at the bottom. Some wonderful names included, such as Nickerson, Crocker, Eldgridge and Robert Forbes with many hardworking clipper ship captains, such as Cape Cod’s Laban Howes.


The collage has some staining at the bottom, in the margins and on the verso with foxing at the top edge. Pamphlet is lightly chipped and some expected soiling.  Both pieces in good condition and a wonderful piece of maritime Americana.


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