Captain John E. Murphy fonds

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Captain John E. Murphy fonds

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  • 1866-1880 (Creation)
    Murphy, John E., Captain 1846-1925

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  • 5 cm of textual records
  • 9 photographs

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Captain John E. Murphy was born in Pubnico, N.S., 21 January 1846, the son of Jeremiah and Sarah J. (nee Hines) Murphy. John taught school until he was 20 years of age, when he commenced a seafaring career. He obtained his master's certificate and was employed by Thomas Killam and Co. of Yarmouth. During this time, he commanded several vessels including the Martha, the Speculator, and the Bolivia. He later resigned and entered the employ of Messrs. Troop & Sons in St. John, N.B and took charge of the ship Minister of Marine. It was while on this ship that Captain Murphy was charged with assault at sea. These charges were later dropped. In 1883, Captain Murphy built the tug "Marina" and established a tow-boat business in Yarmouth. Shortly after passing his business over to Hugh Cann & Son, he became an instructor and took charge of the Yarmouth Marine School. Captain John E. Murphy married Martha Kinney, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kinney. She accompanied him on his travels to many parts of the world. Captain Murphy died 25 January 1925 in Yarmouth.

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Records were donated by the Murphy family via Vivian Murphy. Captain John E. Murphy was the uncle of Raymond Murphy, Vivian's husband.

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Fonds consists of three notebooks kept by Captain John E. Murphy. These include a log book and diary; a notebook of clippings and poetry regarding the Minister of Marine case; and a book of poetry written at sea. In addition, there are 9 photos of items that were brought back by Captain Murphy from his travels that still remain in the Murphy family.

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Intellectual property rights have been transferred to the Yarmouth County Museum Archives. Photocopies of photos are available for use by researchers.

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See Murphy 2 supplementary file for genealogical information on this family.

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