HENRY KNOX was appointed President George Washington’s Secretary of War in 1789. Once Congress had authorized the construction of the six frigates outlined in the Act to Provide a Naval Armament of 1794, Washington assigned the task of overseeing completion of the project to Knox, who had his own business interests. In Knox’s papers, there is evidence of three major ships he had built in Thomaston, Maine, including the sloop Quick Lime, named so because of Knox’s lime-burning interests. It was built in 1805. Quick Lime’s master was Edward Kellerman. By May 15, Knox had pressed the Quick Lime into service by shipping lime to Wales & Beale in Boston. [Research included]
2 pp, ADS, 8 ¼ x 12, May 15, 1805, being a bill of sale for the Quick Lime “...for consideration of the sum of nine hundred dollars...I do hereby acknowledge and am therewith fully satisfied...do bargain, grant & sell unto the said Edward Thillerman one fourth of all the Hull or body of the good sloop called the Quick Lime...Enrolment in Conformity...of the Congress of the United States of America entitled an act for enrolling and licensing ships or vessels to be employment in the courting trade & fisheries...Joseph Reed surveyor having certified that the said ship...that her length is sixty eight feet, 7 inches and her breadth is twenty one feet 7 inches and her depth is seven feet four inches and that she measures ninety two tons...”
Excellent condition. Folds, light toning. Wafer seal intact.
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