Captain Catharine

This from:
Warwick's Keystone Commonwealth: A Review of the History of the Great State of Pennsylvania

“Although a resident of Philadelphia since childhood, Joeseph W. Catharine was born on the Atlantic Ocean, while his parents were on a voyage in the clipper ship “Carrier Dove,” of which his father was captain. The elder Catharine, who was one of the old line of Maine seafaring men, afterwards commanded steamers plying between Philadelphia and Southern ports, and also Union transport steamers during the War of the Rebellion.“

Captain Montell was in command when the Carrier Dove transported 300 plus Australians from Liverpool to Melbourne in 1857.  His motto from what I can make out from the diaries of Benjaman Tongue and Charles Bregazzi was  this:


"Cheer Boys, better times in store, hope our anchor, heaven our guide"
Apparently he repeated this saying several times in his speeches to passengers and crew throughout the Voyage.

Captain Fish

Still researching Captain Fish...


Captain ANDREWS

Captain Andrews was master when Carrier Dove famously hauled the largest shipment of coal from England to Boston, apparently running aground after entering the harbor and having to have her cargo offloaded by a barge while waiting to be pulled off a bar.

Captain Theodore Corner 

Was the first captain and the one who took the Carrier Dove through the hurricane on her maiden voyage, refused to return to New York and made for Rio De Janero instead under jury rig.   Apparently he was co captaining with Carrier Dove's second captain; Frances Montell on the epic voyage to Australia. Benjaman Tongue referred to a "second Captain" in his diary and Captain Theodore Corner was on the passenger and crew list.



Captain Francis W. Montell


There is more to come about this fateful voyage. I just haven't had time to prepare the postings yet. Keep checking in.




I also have to be careful not to confuse other men who captained ships around that time with the name; Carrier Dove and were not our clipper. There was a schooner, a bark that sailed regularly in and out of Savannah and two fishing schooners, one in New England and another off the California Coast. Although most came later. It appears there was a very popular poem and song called Carrier Dove in the mid nineteenth century that caused a flurry of naming things "Carrier Dove" And also a spiritual publication and a school publication.

Captain Trask

There is a good deal of information about Captain Trask.

It appears he became the"Governor" of Snug Harbor in Statten Island which was the famous rest home for retired seamen.  (I am very excited about this discovery and I have contacted Snug Harbor and am going to make a trip to New York to visit them.)  Click the button below to read his bio:

As you can see "Merryman is listed as the master.  And he was traveling with his wife.  Many times captain's wives accompanied them on these long voyages and I assume she was with him rounding Cape Horn just a few months earlier.   It must have been a tragic loss for them, seeing their home and means of income be sold at auction on the courthouse steps.  Ten days later the Merrymans sailed for New York aboard the steamship San Salvador.  Probably taking the proceeds from this gloomy salvage back to their co-owners and partners. 




Captain R.L. Merryman

I have now confirmed that Captain R.L. Merryman was the master of the Carrier Dove when she went ashore on Stone Horse Shoals.  Thanks to the fantastic new Digital Library of Georgia's new online resource;  The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archives, I was able to find these postings in several of the day's paper's: