Collection MS-4-177.2013-053 - Shipping registers and research cards of Trevor Bebb

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Shipping registers and research cards of Trevor Bebb

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  • Textual record

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  • [19--]-[ca. 2013] (Creation)

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0.5 m of textual records

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Biographical history

James Trevor Bebb was from Lockeport, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. He has written 2 books on Lockeport and Shelburne County. “Ships and Seamen of the Western Ocean: A South Shore Odyssey”, c.1997 and “Quest for the Phantom Fleet, c.1992. He went around the Shelburne area and salvaged many original documents from local businesses that were going out of business. During many years of doing research, he produced many research notes and accumulated substantial photocopied material. It was decided to keep the material together and call it The Lockeport Historical Collection instead of dividing the material into different fonds, because some of the original documents have been interfiled among the photocopies and research notes.

Custodial history

the materials were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 2013. Prior to that, they were in the custody of Trevor Bebb. Bebb created the index cards and associated research material. The shipping ledgers were acquired by Bebb from an unknown source sometime during the course of his research into the shipping history of the Lockeport area.

Scope and content

The accession contains index cards originally stored in 10 small plastic boxes and 1 long cardboard box. The cards were created by Trevor Bebb and contain entries from various shipping registers. The cards describe vessels, captains, and sailors. The accession also contains two oversized ledgers from the nineteenth century and several manuscript sheets of poetry. One plastic box was empty when it entered the archives.

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The covers of the ledgers are dog-eared and worn and the leather bindings suffer from red rot.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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This accession forms part of the larger Lockeport Historical Collection (MS-4-177), which comprises a variety of business and shipping records from Lockeport, Nova Scotia, personal archives of various residents of Lockeport, and Trevor Bebb's research material.

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