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Merchants and Miners Transportation Company records

Identifier: MS 2166


This collection contains the records of the Baltimore-based shipping company, Merchants and Miners Transportation Company. Materials include correspondence, financial records, journals, ship inventories, legal records, minute books, and war shipment records.


  • 1852-1952


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This collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

The Merchants and Miners Transportation Company was incorporated on April 24, 1852. Among the first directors were Thomas C. Jenkins, George J. Appold, Benjamin Deford, Johnathan W. Pottle and Solomon Spaulding. The company served ports in Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Jacksonville, Florida, Rhode Island and Pennsylvannia. In 1861, some of its vessels were commandeered for federal transport. Then again in 1898, three Merchant and Miners Transportation Company ships were charted for use in the Spanish-American War. In 1900, the company inaugurated a Philadelphia-Savannah run. Then in 1907, the company bought the Windsor Line which operated between Philadelphia and Boston. A line was established to Jacksonville in 1908. Merchants and Miners was directly involved with World War II. When the war broke out the company technically suspended their services for the duration of the war. Then on April 11, 1942, the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company was appointed General Agent by the War Shipping Administration, in charge of the management of a number of vessels in the off shore trade. The company began the process of dissolution and liquidation on March 17, 1948.


20 Linear Feet (34 boxes; 129 ledgers)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Baltimore Photo and Blue Print Company Inc. through Donald W. Carroll, Jr. of the R. C. Herd Company in January 1976.

Related Materials

MS 1841, Merchants and Miners Transportation Co. papers, 1924-1952

Guide to the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company records
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  • 2020-01-13: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock .

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States