Isaac Matthews Bray (1840-1896) was the captain of the Mary L. Cushing which was built at Newburyport by John E. Currier. The 220 foot long barque, was named after the wife of John Cushing, who had commissioned the vessel. The Mary L. Cushing was employed in general freighting from the U.S. to Japan and India. It was sold in 1895 and was lost in the Pacific Ocean in 1905.
Collection consists of three logbooks and one autograph letter signed to Bray’s sister Hannah, dated March 1, 1874. Volume 1 is an abstract of log of the barque H.G. Johnson on voyages from New York to Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Boston, 1877-1880. Volume 2 is the log of the ship Mary L. Cushing, with observations of winds, weather, courses and latitude on a voyage from New York to Yokohama, 1888-1889. Volume 3 is a log of the steamship City of Washington on a voyage from New York to Cuba, 1893 and also includes a log of the steamship Niagara on a voyage from New York to Cuba and the Bahamas.
- Bray, Isaac Matthews
- Mary L. Cushing (Ship)
- City of Washington (Steamship)
- Niagara (Steamship)
- H.G. Johnson (Barque)
- Ships’ logs