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The "Senator Ross" One of the First Armed Ships to Patrol the Mississippi, Outfitting Orders
1799. Naval History Manuscript document signed, "Isaac Craig / DQmg" [Deputy Quartermaster general], 1p, laid paper, 8" x 12.75", Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30, 1799. An order to Assistant Quartermaster James G. Heron at Fort Fayette to "issue for the use for the Galley Senator Ross the following articles." The order specifies, "Fifty six pounds of Oakam / Fifty Gallons of Tar / Six Gallon of Fish Oil / Forty five pounds of Rosin / Twenty eight pounds of White lead / Twenty eight pounds Red Lead / Fourteen pounds Black paint or Oil of of Lampblack / One quart of Spirits Turpentine / One pound of Litharge / Two pounds Chalk / Two lbs Boat nails / Two lbs 10d. nails / Eleven lbs Spikes / Seventy eight lbs 21/4 inch rope / Eighty nine lb, 1 inch rope / One Camp kettle / One Scrubbing brush / two sweeping brooms". Also specified are the "American colours" which included, "One Ensign / One Jack / One Pendant." Docketed on the verso, "Sundrys for Galley / March 30th 1799 / Rec[eive]d the within / Clinton Butler." Folds lightly toned on the verso, else fine condition. Professionally encapsulated for preservation, with a brief description of the galley taped to the plastic, not on the original document. Somewhere on the banks of the Allegheny, at Pittsburgh, likely on or near Fort Fayette, two armed galleys, the President Adams and the Senator Ross, were built under the supervision of Major Isaac Craig in 1798. They were to be used on the lower Mississippi River in the event of war with France and Spain. According the Naval Histor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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