Early Ship Lists (circa1938)

Contributed by Else Martin
The New Orleans Ship Lists of very early years were transcribed by WPA in 1938. This was the record of vessels that entered the Port of New Orleans. There is only one set of these transcriptions and they are in the New Orleans Research Library. The original records are at LSU. I spent a few days going through the seven volumes and copied hundreds of records of vessels built on the Pascagoula River, in Jackson County, in Pascagoula, in Moss Point, and Biloxi Back Bay and other Gulf Coast locations. I have recorded these into a time line. Oh how I wish we had photos or sketches of all these vessels. Here is one example.

Mississippi Maritime Museum's photo.