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Port of San Francisco clearance document for the JIREH SWIFT

Date: 5 December 1864
Dimensions:
Overall: 262 x 206 mm, 2 mm, 0.01 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Clearance document
Object No: 00028292
Place Manufactured:San Francisco

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    Description
    This Port of San Francisco general clearance document for the barque JIREH SWIFT was signed in 1864. It states that the SWIFT, bound for a whaling voyage, is cleared by Customs. The JIREH SWIFT was a Union whaler who sailed during the American Civil War.
    SignificanceThe JIREH SWIFT was one of the last American vessels captured and burned by the CSS SHENANDOAH. Research suggests that the last shots fired by SHENANDOAH were directed at the SWIFT.
    HistoryAfrican American shipwright and former slave John Mashow built the whaler Jireh Swift in 1853 at Dartmouth, Mass. near New Bedford. The vessel measured 122 feet in length and 454 tons. Its first voyage was to the northern Pacific and lasted nearly four years. The ship collected 45 barrels of sperm oil, 2,719 barrels of whale oil and 14,900 lbs of whalebone. Swift’s second voyage, to the same grounds, lasted more than four years and netted much more oil and bone for her owners. Nearly three years into her third voyage, on 22 June 1865 she was captured in the Arctic by the Confederate raider Shenandoah and burned, for a loss of more than $40,000

    The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History hold a builder's half model of the Jireh Swift in its collection under ID Number TR*076323.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Port of San Francisco clearance document for the JIREH SWIFT

    Primary title: PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL CLEARANCE DOCUMENT FOR THE BARQUE "JIREH SWIFT"

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