“… in every way a most useful and desirable property”: The 1827 Inventory of the Barque Huskisson


  • Harry T. Holman




Nineteenth century shipping, material history, Prince Edward Island shipbuilding, sale handbills


This commentary notes the value and background of a rare document containing an unusually thorough 1827 inventory of the contents of a Prince Edward Island-built vessel.

L’article souligne également la valeur et le contexte d’un document rare qui contient un inventaire exceptionnellement complet de 1827 du contenu d’un navire construit à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard.

Author Biography

Harry T. Holman

Harry Holman is the former Archivist of Prince Edward Island. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Queen’s University with a degree in law, he worked in historic resources administration at both the national and provincial levels. He has contributed to academic and popular journals including recent articles and reviews in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord and Argonauta. Harry currently maintains a website dedicated primarily to the nautical history of Prince Edward Island and Gulf of St. Lawrence found at www.sailstrait.wordpress.com.


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Sale handbill for Prince Edward Island-built barque Huskisson




How to Cite

Holman, H. T. (2024). “… in every way a most useful and desirable property”: The 1827 Inventory of the Barque Huskisson. The Northern Mariner Le Marin Du Nord, 33(3-4), 435–444. https://doi.org/10.25071/2561-5467.1169