Alexandria Library, Special Collections Document of the Month

This month's document is the registration form for the schooner Maria, which was built in Alexandria in 1796. The ship was registered to Henry Bowcock of Alexandria and Christopher Edrington of Westmoreland County, Virginia on May 24, 1796. None of our indexes to Alexandria vital records had any further information about Henry Bowcock, but he did place an advertisement in the Columbian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette on May 24, 1796 offering the Maria "for Freight or Charter to Philadelphia or New York". Alexandria's port played a major role in the city's early history, and the newspaper is filled with similar advertisements, as well as information about which ships had arrived and sailed on any given day.

The registration for the Maria is located in the Manuscript Collection, Box 240 VF Ships and Shipping.

Previous Document of the Month exhibits:
September 2001 August 2001 July 2001
June 2001 May 2001 April 2001  

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