Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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Captain

A. B. Cross Photo, Salem MA

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First Mate

Alva Pearsall Photographer, Brooklyn, NY

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Bos’n

Turner, Boston MA

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Quartermaster

L. W. Cook, Boston, MA

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Deck hand

Glines, The Fotografer, Boston MA

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Cabin boy

G. A. Underwood, Worcester, MA

These are a selection of unidentified photographs in my collection. They do look like the faces of a ship’s crew to some degree. The two fellows at the top I really struggled with. The older gentleman looks more like a tall ship captain, while the younger man looks like a steamer captain. They could be interchangeable, I suppose.

I have listed the various photographers’ names under each photo. You will see that with the exception of the oldest man here, all were from Massachusetts, mainly Boston.

For more photos of crew, ships, people, harbors, bicycles, and more, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Heave ho!

 

24 thoughts on “Ships crew

  1. Brett Payne says:

    What is it with the Napoleonic pose? It just looks so ridiculous … at least now it does.

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      It seems so very pretentious. Perhaps that was the intention?

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  2. What a wonderful collection of photos. Particularly the cabin boy. Such fine features.

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      I would love to see what he looked like as an adult!

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  3. Jackie says:

    Hello
    This is my first time at sepia Saturday!
    They are such lovely photos, it’s sad that the family they belonged to, at some point in time let them go and now no one knows who they are!
    Jackie

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Welcome to the fun, Jackie! It is sad to think of these photos languishing in a drawer, so I suppose it is to our benefit that they were at least offered for sale and now we all can enjoy them. :-)

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  4. Karen S. says:

    Heave ho! So awesome! Great photos of ship’s crew!

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  5. smkelly8 says:

    Great portraits. I see the cabin boy’s from my employer’s town, Worcester.

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      I was wondering if it is pronounced “Wooster” or “War chester”? My mother says Wooster, my cousin says Warchester.

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      1. Brett Payne says:

        I think you’ll find it’s definitely Wooster.

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      2. Brett Payne says:

        … in England, although in Massachusetts it may be different.

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      3. IntenseGuy says:

        The second dude looks more like the “owner of Das Boot” to me. :)

        And it’s Woo-ster (rhymes with Rooster). But then, they also say things like “Pack the cah in the packing lot and get some bananers for us to eat.”

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  6. Bob Scotney says:

    I was expecting to see a cook as well!

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      I know, why didn’t I think of that one? Terrible, my brain doesn’t work sometimes.

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  7. ScotSue says:

    Such striking photos and the first one is reminiscent of my husband’s great great grandfather in my post this week. He was a mariner and also adopted that Napoleonic pose in his photograph. .

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      I will be sure to stop by and examine your post!

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  8. This is a great idea to link all those miscellaneous portraits into a new cast of characters! But couldn’t you find a cook?

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      This is me operating on a timeline, I was thinking “galley, galley, what do I need there…” and then I googled and came upon bos’n…my brain got lost in wikipedia, lol and all was lost. :-)

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  9. Boobook says:

    What a fun post. Good work.

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  10. Little Nell says:

    Very inventive! The Bos’n looks traumatised; I wonder what he was thinking about.

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  11. Sharon says:

    I think your “First Mate” looks more like a captain. I cannot take the Napoleon pose seriously.

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    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      It looks so silly, doesn’t it?

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  12. diane says:

    Since joining Sepia Saturday, I’ve discovered that people enjoy collecting old photos of anyone anywhere more because of the photo rather than who is in it. I find this a fascinating hobby. I love old photos but have never thought of collecting other people’s. You have used your anonymous characters well.
    So what is the reason, interest, charm, organisation, goal in collecting photos of unknowns?

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  13. Deb Gould says:

    My grandfather told me that Napoleonic pose is because they all had fleas, and wanted a hand already inside the coat for scratching….

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