This collection contains 45 items related to John M. Cavarly (1832-1895), a ship's
captain, who worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, from 1864 to 1890.
Documents include some correspondence, scrapbooks, and ship's log. As well, the collection also includes the manuscript of
the 1961 novel
about Cavarly and his wife written by their granddaughter Kathryn Hulme.
John M. Cavarly (1832-1895) was born in 1832, presumably in New London, Connecticut. His father had been
crippled by a fall at sea, but that did not deter Cavarly from going to sea at the
age of 14 on a packet ship bound for London in 1848. He made captain by 1859 and
sailed clipper ships for private interests. On one such voyage in 1859 to Hawaii
from New York, he met and married Annie Bolles (1839-1890), daughter of a well-to-do Hawaiian
businessman. In 1863, he lost his ship, the Anglo
Saxon, to the Confederate steamer CSS
Florida off the coast of Ireland.
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