Boston Marine Museum

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Boston Marine Museum, ca.1910s

The Boston Marine Museum (1909-1947) in Boston, Massachusetts, specialized in maritime history. Its collections were displayed in the Old State House in rooms borrowed from the Bostonian Society.[1][2] Among the objects in the museum were figureheads; model ships; "whaling implements, ... prints and pictures;"[3] manuscripts;[nb 1]publications;[nb 2] and "curios and relics of the seafaring life of New England."[7] Leaders of the museum included John Templeman Coolidge,[8] Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow Jr.,[7] and Robert B. Smith.[9] In 1947 the museum merged into the Bostonian Society.[10]

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  1. ^ The museum owned manuscript materials such as the journal of sea captain John Suter;[4] and the diary of Leavitt Sprague[5]
  2. ^ The museum owned published material such as the Boston Shipping List and Price Current, 1843-1882[6]


  1. ^ Proceedings of the Bostonian Society, Annual Meeting, 1911, hdl:2027/njp.32101076884707
  2. ^ Edwin M. Bacon (1916), Book of Boston, OL 2591948M
  3. ^ "Marine Museum and Harvard get Fearing Collections", Boston Globe, July 20, 1918
  4. ^ Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, vol. 54, 1920, hdl:2027/uc1.b3499695
  5. ^ List of Sailings from New England to San Francisco 1849-1856, Boston, 1913{{citation}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  6. ^ Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, vol. 54, 1921, hdl:2027/uc1.b3499695
  7. ^ a b Harvard Graduates' Magazine, vol. 18, 1910
  8. ^ Edward W. Forbes (June 1946), "John Templeman Coolidge: 1856-1945", Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, vol. 44, no. 256
  9. ^ David A. Wasson (January 27, 1915), "The Silent Pilots", The Outlook
  10. ^ "Marine Museum records, 1909-1948". Catalog. Bostonian Society. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13.

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