American Ship Phineas Pendleton
The owner and captain till 1873 of the sailing ship was Phineas
Pendleton, Jr. and Company. His company had named the ship in honor
of Phineas Pendleton, Sr.
Capt. Phineas Sr. is my 4th Great Grandfather and was born in Stonington, New London, CT in 1780 on September 26th. He died February 26th in 1873 in Searsport, ME. Searsport is the town famous for its China Trade sea captains and the home of many of my sea captain ancestors. I descend from Phineas Sr. through his daughter Esther Houston Pendleton.
His son, Capt. Phineas Jr. is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle and was born in on August 29 in 1806 and died on the 19th of July in 1895, the same year as my husband's grandfather Charlie Cator was born.
Jr's pic is right, Sr's is left.
The ship's dimensions were 185 feet long on deck, 37 feet breath of beam,
23 feet depth of hold and 1332 tons registered, with fastenings of
copper and iron.
In 1885 she was scheduled for sale from Hong Kong to New York
under Captain Blanchard of Searsport. On August 7th, the
Ship Phineas Pendleton was scuttled to extinguish a fire that began
while she was lying in port in Manila. When a ship is scuttled due
to fire, it is deliberately sunk. Water is introduced into the
ship’s interior by means such as valves being opened, hatches being
flooded, and even by setting explosives.
The Phineas Pendleton was a total loss.
In 1869 the ship was immortalized in an oil painting by Irish-born
artist Charles Waldron of Liverpool, England. His studio was
located in Seacombe from which he was able to observe the many
vessels entering and leaving Liverpool Harbor.