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PC047.02.0040.00002 (RS144228)


"The Haroldine, of Providence, R.I., was a notable early four-master, launched at North Weymouth in 1884. Symbolic of the shift from deep-water sail to coasting, she had originally been intended for a square-rigger --- note the indicatively high bulwarks. She is rigged with one yard, from which a square sail was set, bent to hoops. A triangular raffee was set above. This rig was especially common in the seventies, and was often found on schooners employed in offshore trades. The foot of the square sail, brailed in and stopped, shows in the photograph. These sails must have been useful, but were apparently not considered worth the bother, and were rarely seen in the eighties and nineties. [Haroldine made an] unusual maiden voyage to Melbourne and Hong Kong. Subsequently she was primarily employed in the coastwise coal trade and made three voyages to the River Plate as well as a second voyage to China. Although square-rig was better suited to conditions offshore, the big schooners successfully engaged in considerable deep-water voyaging." (Source: Bunting, W. H. Portrait of a Port. Boston 1852-94. Boston, 1971, p. 258.)

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Collection Name
Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection
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Physical Description
1 photograph
9.25x 7.25 (HxW) (inches)
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Description Level
Additional Identification Number
Stebbins negative: 2
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Historical/Biographical Note

The Haroldine was built by Nathaniel Porter Keen at his shipyard on the Weymouth Fore River. (Source: Jodi Purdy-Quinlan, web comment, August 9, 2015.)

Quotation: Bunting, W. H. Portrait of a Port. Boston 1852-94. Boston, 1971, p. 258. Additional historical information: Jodi Purdy-Quinlan, web comment, August 9, 2015.

Record details

Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), 1847-1922 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
Eastern Yacht Club Regatta, 1884
coasters (watercraft)
merchant vessels
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Haroldine #

AvatarPosted by Jodi Purdy-Quinlan on August 9, 2015
The Haroldine was built by my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Nathaniel Porter Keen at his shipyard located on the Weymouth Fore River on what is now Fore River Avenue, North Weymouth, MA 02191.

Please contact me if you would like more information about the N.P. Keen Shipyard.

RE: Haroldine #

AvatarPosted by Abigail Cramer on August 18, 2015
Hello Jodi,

Thank you for your comment about the Haroldine and your great great great grandfather. I have updated the record to reflect the information you've shared.

Abigail Cramer
Historic New England