Built at Cohasset

Thanks to Jay Doggett (a cousin) who shared the important information that the Brig Charles Doggett was made by Cohasset and shared this paragraph and link to the original in the Mariner Room of the Peabody Museum in Salem:


For a century after the American Revolution vessels were built on the “South Shore,” particularly at Cohasset, for Salem owners or came into their possession thru purchase as will be seen by reference to these lists or to Mr. Collier’s Deep Sea Captains of Cohasset. In addition to those of which the museum has paintings or models is the brig Charles Doggett, 1826, 100 tons, famous as the vessel on which Captain William Driver, after many adventures, conveyed the colony of Pitcairn islanders back to their home from Tahiti, and as the vessel also on which Captain Driver christened the American flag as “Old Glory.” The brig Eliza Burgess, 1838, 167 tons and the bark Lewis, 1848, 217 tons, both of Salem, were also built at Cohasset. [See Os- good and Batchelder, Historical Sketch of Salem, p. 171.] or see my 3-page copy from the book in menu at right.

Above copied from this archives:


About Indigenous People, Also from Jay:

He also shared the links in the Menu about Palau and Pitcairn + Cannibalism in Rewa – Interesting and similar to the stories in the book Yankee Ships in Pirate Waters.


Who was Owner of the Brig Charles Doggett and the First Mate?

Though not indicated in this paragraph about it being built in Cohasset, the book Yankee Ships in Pirate Waters states that the owner of the ship was Nathaniel L. Rogers. Since the book is stories based on fact and not pure history, this bit of information may or may not be true. The book also says that Captain Driver’s first mate was Daniel Ames at least on this particular trip to the South Pacific. I have not been able to verify either of these names with other sources.

From Other Sources:

In a Google Search for Nathaniel Rogers I found him listed as part owner of another ship, the Black Warrior. It was involved in an 1854 customs dispute with Spain during a stop in Havana, Cuba and is considered an important historical event in our foreign relations.
Another page listed at right declares the owner to be Jim Cole. He could possibly be related to Charles Cole the builder who could also have been a part owner. See my “Named After . . .” article and resource page.
If you or anyone you know has more information about the Brig Charles Doggett, please Contact me