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Bering Sea File
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Donald Urquhart documents

File consists of letters and documents relating to Captain Donald Urquhart. The files includes letters to Captain Owen Thomas of schooner "Venture" from an unknown party regarding restrictions on entering the Bering Sea and referencing Captain Urquhart. The files also contains Spring's notes regarding and drafts of letters to Urquhart's family, as well as documents from Customs and Excise, Canada regarding Urquhart's ownership of vessels "Venture," "W.P. Sayward," and "Penelope."

Cereno J. Kelley correspondence

File consists primarily of correspondence between Spring and Captain Cereno Jones Kelley that references exchanges of statements, information, and figures relating to claims for vessels "Kate" and "Favourite." The file also includes a copy of Kelley's letter to F.B. Marvin & Co. upon the seizure of the steamer "Coquitlam," and a document regarding the "Modus Vivendi" on C.J. Kelley & Co. stationery in an unknown hand.

Petition to Canadian House of Commons

The file contains three copies of a 1914 petition prepared by Spring and brought forth by owners and masters of sealing vessels during the 1892 season. The petition requests an enlargement of the scope of the Pelagic Sealing Commission to include their claims for compensation. One of the copies is signed and two are unsigned. The petition is addressed to the House of Commons of Canada.

Re: memorial respecting the seizure of S.S. "Coquitlam"…

File contains declarations of eight individuals or organizations regarding compensation owed following the seizure of the steamer "Coquitlam" by the U.S. revenue cutter "Corwin" in 1892. Declarations request compensation for losses of seal skins, good shipped, legal fees, etc. Claimants include Cereno J. Kelley.

Memorial of the owners of sealing schooners…

File contains a memorial regarding regulations restricting the sealing industry brought forth by 25 owners of a number of vessels, including the "Venture," "Penelope," and ships formerly owned by Spring, "Favourite" (or "Favorite") and "Kate." The memorial is addressed to the Governor-General of Canada in Council.

Memorial of Canadian sealers respecting their interests…

File contains a memorial regarding reimbursement for financial losses brought forth by 19 owners of a number of sealing vessels, including the "Venture," "Penelope," "Favourite" (or "Favorite)," and "Kate." The memorial is addressed to the Governor-General of Canada.

1888-1898 journal

File contains a journal of expenses and payments related Spring's business with entries from March 12, 1888 to October 20, 1898 (page 217). Entries include expenditures for good and services for vessels, wages, and other expenses. Some entries are out of chronological order. No entries exist between September 1892 and October 1898. Many of the pages in the journal are loose.

Sealing commission oaths

File contains handwritten copies of the oath sworn by those giving evidence to Pelagic Sealing Commission in English, Nootka, and Chinook Jargon, as well as a note regarding the meaning of the word "Nootka."

Schooner "Henrietta" documents

File contains documents relating to the schooner "Henrietta." Documents include accounts and expense sheets, including an accounting of expenses to outfit the vessel, lists of improvements and repairs, and payments to crew; promissory notes / receipts for advances to the crew.

"Kate" official log for 1892

Log book contains a list of crew and report of character, as well as entries regarding the warning received from H.M.S. "Daphne" against entering the Bering Sea and the transfer of a crew member to another vessel.

Schooner "Kate" log for 1892

Log by commander A. J. Taylor contains entries on conditions, location, and activities of the crew on "Kate" from March 5, 1892 to August 4, 1892. The June 21 entry notes the arrival of H.M.S. "Daphne." The log also contains a list of crew and provisions taken on board.

Schooner "Kate" log for 1890-1-2

File contains a log of the number of seal skins taken, crew names, positions, conditions, provisions used, etc. on board "Kate" on sealing trips between March 1890 and July 1892. The log also includes financial transactions against the ship's accounts.

Papers and vouchers belonging to the schooner "Kate"…

File contains documents relating to the schooner "Kate." Documents include exhibits to support claim of losses; account and expense sheets, including vessel inventories and lists of repairs and improvements; vouchers for expenses incurred by "Kate;" statements and declarations by Spring regarding "Kate;" insurance policy; related correspondence, a copy of the warning letter from H.M.S. "Daphne" against entering Bering Sea; claim to Pelagic Sealing Commission.

"Favourite" 1892 official log book

Log book contains a list of crew and report of character, draught of water on leaving Victoria harbour, and entries regarding the taking on of a new crew member. Log also notes the warning received from H.M.S. "Daphne" against entering the Bering Sea.

Papers and vouchers belonging to the schooner "Favourite"…

File contains documents relating to the schooner "Favourite," also called "Favorite." Documents include statements and declarations by Spring regarding "Favourite;" insurance policy; vouchers for expenses incurred by "Favourite;" account and expense sheets, including list of improvements and repairs, provisions purchased, and wages earned; claim to Pelagic Sealing Commission; statement from captain Amos Ellis; and other documents.

Schooner "Winifred" ledger

File contains ledger, with index, of accounts related to "Winifred" from 1891 to 1892. Includes payments to persons and businesses from "Winifred" account.

Schooner "Winifred" journal

File contains journal of "Winifred" account transactions from February 1891 through March 1892. Journal also contains multiplication exercises in pencil.

Schooner "Winifred" documents

File contains documents relating to the schooner "Winifred," also called "Winnifred." Documents include typed copies of the title, statements of the captain and a crew member, and notice of vessel detainment; draft declaration by Charles Spring regarding "Winnifred;" documents related to the Bering Sea Claims Commission claims; bill of sale for shares of "Winifred" to Spring; repair and improvement receipts; transcript of the record and proceedings of the United States court case against "Winifred;" and other documents.

Charles Spring declaration

File contains typed and handwritten draft copies of the declaration of Charles Spring, with index. Supporting exhibits provide an accounting of monetary losses during the 1892-1893 sealing season.