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1030. (Pay Roll Forms No. 7) U.S. Lightship No. 13 Bartlett’s Reef c.1876.

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1030. (Pay Roll Forms No. 7) U.S. Lightship No. 13 Bartlett’s Reef c.1876.

1030. (Pay Roll Forms No. 7) U.S. Lightship No. 13 Bartlett’s Reef c.1876. Original pay vouchers are signed in hand by each member of the crew in receipt for wages paid for the period April 1, 1876 to June 30, 1876. Includes the Principal Keeper (Master) David G. Miner ($162.50), Mate William F. Chappell ($105), and all other members of the crew including Cook and “Team” (4). Pay and Receipt Roll is also signed in hand by the Lighthouse Inspector, 3rd. District. Lightship #13 had a long career. She was schooner built in 1854 by J. Hood of Somerset, Mass. and was one of four light vessels built by him. Her career lasted 79 years from 1854 – 1933. No. 13 first took various stations on Nantucket Sound from 1854-55; Succonnessett, Mass. 1855-62; Relief 1862-1867; Bartlett’s Reef 1867-1933. This rare lot consists of two sheets: The first is a large folded sheet listing the crew of the vessel by name, their rank, term of service, amount of pay and their personal signature with signature of witness. It is also signed by the Master, David C. Miner and the Light-House Inspector. This one measures about 14 x 17. Clean, crisp, with 16 small holes throughout from early binding. Second voucher for Keeper’s Salary form measures 6 ½” x 8 ¼” and is signed by the Master, David C. Miner. Superb early pieces on this interesting Light House Establishment vessel would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG). $225.