William Branford Shubrick Papers, 1820-1868

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Size: (1 folder) (0.01 cu.ft.)

About William Branford Shubrick

Rear Admiral William Branford Shubrick (1790-1874) was in the U.S. Navy from 1806-1861 when he retired. He seems to have been stationed at the Charlestown MA Naval Shipyard for most of the period of this collection. Other individuals mentioned in the collection include Capt. Charles Morris, Charles G. Ridgely Esq., George Washington Storer Esq., John Leighton Esq., and John Thomas Newton (commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1858).

About the Shubrick papers

This collection consists of ca. 45 letters and two annual reports related to supplies, ship construction, sailors' health, and disciplinary actions. Many letters were written by Shubrick, and the rest appear to (possibly) have been collected by him.

Shubrick was the commander of the US navy sloop Vincennes in 1832, when several members of its crew fell sick from yellow fever and had to be transfered to the hospital at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Other letters document a request by John D. Henley for a cooking stove in his quarters (ca. 1830), and complaints about noise caused by sailers disturbing the peace of the family of Major Gamble (1826). The two annual reports from the 1850s give itemized listings of the expenditures and activities of the shipyard for the years directly prior to the Civil War. Other letters ask for inventories of powder stores, boiler inspections, and orders of canons and iron spikes.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], William Branford Shubrick Papers, 1820-1868, MS 290, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Mary Limbocker, 2018.

See also the following collections at this repository:

  • VC 72 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Papers
  • MC 200 Fort Constitution Papers

Collection Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological.



Letters & Postcards
Military Papers