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The Ledger of The Polar Star

Extracts from the famous ship's accounts ledger from her build and launch in Peterhead in 1857 to her sale to Dundee in 1882

Ledger of the Polar Star

    

The Cost of Building a Whaling Ship in 1856.

Ledger Page 1

Dt. Barque "Polar Star" and Stores Complete

1856

June
30 to owners of "Clara" 6.0.0
Sept
22 Richards and Co.: Canvass 25.18.0
26 Allowance to carpenter 0.9.0
Oct
8 A. Roberstson: Tanks 101.0.0
11 ex. "Margaret and Jane": Canvass 0.3.10
13 Stephen and Forbes: Building 200.0.0
Nov
11 William Garland: Canvass 63.2.11
11 Richards and Co.: do. 27.0.3
28 Stephen and Forbes: Building 400.0.0
Dec
1 Arctic Fishing Co.: Whale lines etc. 18.8.1
9 A. Robertson: Chains etc. 172.1.9
13 ex. "Margaret and Jane": Canvass 0.3.10
20. do. ex. "Ino" do. 0.4.2
30 do. ex. "Liberal" Chains 6.12.8

1857
Jan
5 John Walker: Rigging ship 10.0.0
14 Allowance to carpenter Ball (Bell?) 5.0.0
17 Insurance chains 1.15.0
24 James Reid: Carggt. tank 1.11.0
24 Stropping blocks 1.16.10
31 Stephen and Forbes: Building 400.0.0
Feb
6 Alex Sangster: Fishing gear 30.0.0
7 Stephen and Forbes: Building 350.0.0
9 John Walker -balance- Rigging ship 10.16.8
10 Smith and Ramage: Barometer and compasses 8.15.0
12 John Milne 2.18.6
20 Owners of "M A Henderson": Tanks, boats etc. 619.14.5
25 W and J Simpson 0.13.5

2464.5.5

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To amount continued: 2464.5.5

Feb
26 To David Mitchell and Co. 23.16.0
26 Owners of "Unicorn" 0.19.2
27 Alexander Sangster -in full- Fishing gear 88.0.0
28 John Milne cooper 8.6.9
28 Alexander Herd cooper 0.12.3
March
3 Alex Milne blockmaker 55.18.0
3 James Hutchison ropes and lines $06.1.0
3 William Fowler blacksmith 33.5.0
3 James Simpson and Co. 0.14.6
3 Alexander White 10.1.0
4 J and A Leask and Co. 0.11.9
5 William Murrison sailmaker 47.18.0
5 Peterhead Whale and Seal Fishing Co. 0.7.3
7 Owners of "Gem" 2.4.0
7 Thomson Hall and Co tank 26.5.0
7 Mrs. Ewan 0.2.9
10 William Mitchell 45.0.0
10 William Sullivan 2.10.1
14 Alex Fraser 0.19.11
14 Thomas Daniel 0.0.6
21 Stephen and Forbed -balance of ship- 1604.11.7
24 Thomas Forrest 0.14.0
April
2 P.Williamson Jnr (Lerwick) 2.6.7
June
6 James Stewart tanner 1.0.6
Aug
28 Capt. Ewan 5.0.0
Dec
31 James Abernethy and Co. tank 152.2.9

1858
January
2 Stephen and Forbes 0.13.1

4984.6.10

Jan
7 By price Pr. Star and stores 520.0.0
By Balance 4464.6.10

By amount to balance 4984.6.10

 

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