Ships crew



A. B. Cross Photo, Salem MA


First Mate

Alva Pearsall Photographer, Brooklyn, NY



Turner, Boston MA



L. W. Cook, Boston, MA


Deck hand

Glines, The Fotografer, Boston MA


Cabin boy

G. A. Underwood, Worcester, MA

These are a selection of unidentified photographs in my collection. They do look like the faces of a ship’s crew to some degree. The two fellows at the top I really struggled with. The older gentleman looks more like a tall ship captain, while the younger man looks like a steamer captain. They could be interchangeable, I suppose.

I have listed the various photographers’ names under each photo. You will see that with the exception of the oldest man here, all were from Massachusetts, mainly Boston.

For more photos of crew, ships, people, harbors, bicycles, and more, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Heave ho!



24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brett Payne
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 16:02:26

    What is it with the Napoleonic pose? It just looks so ridiculous … at least now it does.


  2. alex daw (@luvviealex)
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 21:19:06

    What a wonderful collection of photos. Particularly the cabin boy. Such fine features.


  3. Jackie
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 00:27:12

    This is my first time at sepia Saturday!
    They are such lovely photos, it’s sad that the family they belonged to, at some point in time let them go and now no one knows who they are!


    • Mrs Marvel
      Aug 03, 2013 @ 19:48:44

      Welcome to the fun, Jackie! It is sad to think of these photos languishing in a drawer, so I suppose it is to our benefit that they were at least offered for sale and now we all can enjoy them. :-)


  4. Karen S.
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 09:23:35

    Heave ho! So awesome! Great photos of ship’s crew!


  5. smkelly8
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 10:01:54

    Great portraits. I see the cabin boy’s from my employer’s town, Worcester.


    • Mrs Marvel
      Aug 03, 2013 @ 19:49:44

      I was wondering if it is pronounced “Wooster” or “War chester”? My mother says Wooster, my cousin says Warchester.


  6. Bob Scotney
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 10:42:29

    I was expecting to see a cook as well!


  7. ScotSue
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 11:11:56

    Such striking photos and the first one is reminiscent of my husband’s great great grandfather in my post this week. He was a mariner and also adopted that Napoleonic pose in his photograph. .


  8. Mike Brubaker
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 19:33:19

    This is a great idea to link all those miscellaneous portraits into a new cast of characters! But couldn’t you find a cook?


    • Mrs Marvel
      Aug 03, 2013 @ 19:51:36

      This is me operating on a timeline, I was thinking “galley, galley, what do I need there…” and then I googled and came upon bos’n…my brain got lost in wikipedia, lol and all was lost. :-)


  9. Boobook
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 21:50:31

    What a fun post. Good work.


  10. Little Nell
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 05:16:14

    Very inventive! The Bos’n looks traumatised; I wonder what he was thinking about.


  11. Sharon
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 05:07:12

    I think your “First Mate” looks more like a captain. I cannot take the Napoleon pose seriously.


  12. diane
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 02:21:05

    Since joining Sepia Saturday, I’ve discovered that people enjoy collecting old photos of anyone anywhere more because of the photo rather than who is in it. I find this a fascinating hobby. I love old photos but have never thought of collecting other people’s. You have used your anonymous characters well.
    So what is the reason, interest, charm, organisation, goal in collecting photos of unknowns?


  13. Deb Gould
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 10:44:37

    My grandfather told me that Napoleonic pose is because they all had fleas, and wanted a hand already inside the coat for scratching….


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