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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:557 1822-1868 B789

Boyd and Hanson records


Records of a firm of ship riggers in Portland, Maine, 1822-1868


  • 1822-1868 (inclusive)

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1 linear feet (14 volumes)

This collection contains fourteen volumes of financial records including day books, memorandum books, cash books and ledgers. Volumes dating from 1822 to1838 contain information on James Wylie’s rigging loft; the remainder contain financial accounts for Boyd and Hanson.

Historical Note:

In 1838, David Boyd and Gardner Hanson opened a rigging loft in Portland, Maine. Employed as riggers for James Wylie, the two men joined together to provide the same services to Wylie’s customers as well as seek new business. After the formation of the partnership, Hanson and Boyd continued to engage in the exacting and dangerous physical work required of a rigger, with Boyd adding accounting to his duties.

Maine, a center for shipbuilding during the nineteenth century, supported a variety of yards, builders and craftsmen throughout the state. Boyd and Hanson worked with the principal owners or on contract to install rigging after a vessel was framed and built, and the masts were completed. In addition to rigging, Boyd and Hanson employed men to load and unload ships as well as aid in commercial construction in Portland and surrounding towns.

Physical Location



Gift of Charles H. Taylor

Processing Information

Processed: 1997

Boyd and Hanson. Boyd and Hanson Records, 1822-1868 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

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