James Patrick Lindsay was born in Ireland and came to the United States at the age of 14. He worked in various capacities on merchant vessels out of Boston. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed Acting Master in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to USS Pawnee. He served as master and navigating officer until April of 1864, when he resigned and was honorably discharged from naval service. He returned to the merchant marine, and entered the employ of Dallett, Bolton & Co. In 1865 he was named captain of US Steamer Transport Welles. In 1883, he was appointed Harbor Master of the Port of Philadelphia. His service in that role expired with the term of the Governor who appointed him. He was then appointed to the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, where he worked for six years until his retirement. He was also a manager of the Society of Distressed Masters of Ships.
This is a collection of orders, certificates, correspondence, and ship papers of James P. Lindsay covering the period 1861 to 1908. This material documents his service as a ship’s captain during the Civil War and his appointment as Harbor Master of the Port of Philadelphia. Correspondence discusses the seizure of the barque Fanny Laurie in 1862. Other materials include: orders to Lindsay as captain of the Welles, 1865; a certificate of appointment as Acting Master in the Navy, papers related to Lindsay’s Navy pension; a report of vessels arriving at the Port of Philadelphia for the year 1885; a printed statement from the Society for the Relief of Poor and Distressed Masters of Ships; and a photograph of Lindsay. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and other records of James P. Lindsay (grandson of Captain James P. Lindsay) related to the family’s membership in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (1940-1943); and a notice of classification from the Selective Service for James P. Lindsay (grandson), 1945.
- Harbors–Delaware River
- Philadelphia (Pa.)–Harbor
- Civil War, 1861-1865–Naval operations
- United States. Navy –Officers
- Military records
- Port of Philadelphia