Rockport Granite Company’s vessel captains

The attachment is a very clear 1922 photo of 15 Captains of Rockport Granite Company vessels.
At that time the company operated quite a fleet 17 of stone sloops and schooners as well as steam tugs, lighters and barges.  Their schooners and big sloops delivered granite products up and down the atlantic coast between Cape Ann and Virginia.

Only one of the captains has been identified.  He is Capt. William Poland of Gloucester who was captain of the Stone Sloop, “Albert Baldwin” and he is standing far left in the  picture with a spy glass under his arm.  I know that Capt. Ben Paschal was captain of the sch. Ervin J. Luce” and Capt. Gene Weber of Gloucester captained the schooner “George R. Bradford” but they and the other 12 men are not yet identified.  I would be grateful if any GMG readers can identify other men in this amazing picture. I  hope to share the names of the other men with the Cape Ann Museum and with Les Bartlett who is writing the history of the Rockport Granite Company.

Bill Hubbard

Rockport Granite Co. Ship Captains-1

Les Bartlett Photo


  • GREAT picture. Just look at those faces.


  • Based on the way the Captains are dressed and their facial hair, I would guess that the photo was taken in the late 1800’s, not 1922.


  • The 1922 date is correct and the clothing the type worn by working sea captains in that era.


  • Correction – the date should be noted as 1902, not 1922. Sorry for the misstatement.


  • For your research: I know there were 6 Paschals, all captains, but the only one I knew involved in ‘hauling’ granite was my grandfather, Capt. John Henry Paschal and the “Luce” strikes a familiar chord in my memory. The Luce sailed out of Hodgkins Cove in Bay View and Capt. Paschal could look out the window of his house on South Kilby Street and keep an ‘eye’ on his vessel. I would be interested in receiving any further info and will forward any info I receive.
    Jim Groves


    • Jim. Capt John Henry Paschal was my Great GrandUncle (Hello, cousin). He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Gloucester and if you wish to view his memorial that I have posted, please go to Find A Grave and. From 1937 until his death in 1947, he was a resident of the Snug Harbor Sailor’s Home in NY. I have records of his residency and death. I also have pictures of his gravesite that you are welcome to.. I would be happy to share anything that I have. Please contact me. My home phone is 207-324-5352


  • Classic Photo here – thanks for sharing!:-)


  • Agree with Bruce– all these guys are wearing 1880s-style clothes, shoes and beards.


  • My great grandfather was Ned Webster who was the Captain of the stone sloop Hard Chance out of Lanesville. He may be the fourth man from the left, but I’m not sure because I’ve never seen pictures of him with facial hair. I agree, that picture is from the late 1800’s.


  • Couple of them look the smith brother’s off the cough drops:-)


  • Mr Hubbard. Capt’s Ben Franklin Paschal & John Henry Paschal were both my Great granduncles. I have no info on Ben being the Master of the Sloop “Ervin J Luce” but I do of John Henry from 1898-1913. John Henry is Buried in Gloucester and Ben died in Milton, NH and is buried in Stonington, Maine. From 1937 to his death in 1947, John Henry was a resident of the Snug Harbor Sailor’s Home in NY. I have records for this information and it would be fantastic if you could identify the Paschal in this photo. If you wish to view their gravesites, go to Find a Grave. Thanks, Bill Paschal,. Springvale, Maine


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