Trove of 19th-century records from Bath’s days as a shipping power are up for auction

LISBON FALLS — A piece of Midcoast Maine’s deep shipping tradition is up for grabs – hundreds of pages of historical records left behind by Bath’s Crooker shipping family.
The collection of letters and records document the company’s shipping interests all over the globe, from San Francisco to Europe.

“It took me about six to seven hours just to sort it all out, unfold them, bring them out,” said Daniel Buck Soules, leafing through piles of records splayed over a table at his Lisbon Falls auction house.

Decades worth of ship manifests, bills of sale, business letters and other records reflecting one of Maine’s traditional industries. Soules touts the documents as the largest collection of Bath shipping-related items to ever come on the market.

“This all tells this huge story,” Soules said. “I think it’s a great piece of history.”

Soules, president of Daniel Buck Auctions, Inc., is working to find a new home for the collection of documents left behind by the Crooker shipping empire . . .

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