Pascagoula Port & Boat History

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-Contributed by Else Martin-

Pascagoula Pilot Association:
Democrat Star, May 17, 1901, Local News
“The Pascagoula Pilot Association has contracted withdesigned and builder, Mr. Joe Pol, to build a twin-screw motive power pilot boat. The dimensions will be 65 feet long, 14 feet beam and 6 feet depth of hold. This is being done by the pilot’s anticipation of a greater influx of sea vessels at this point, a proof of its increasing commercial importance.”


Democrat Star, June 17, 1904
“Capt. Fred Clinton, of the SCHOONER”OTIS” has entered into a contract with the Havana Electric Lighting to furnish its plant with creosoted lumber from the West Pascagoula Creosoting Works. The material will be used for conduits. An order for about one hundred thousand feet of boards will be placed at once.”

1899 – New features in our commercial traffic with Cuba are springing up as the connection increases, two of which the shipment of STATIONERY by the Democrat-Star and of SEED PECANS by the DeJean & Mitchell Co., to Havana.

Recently a shipment of STOCK SHEEP was made to the Island, and as the demand becomes better known for the products of this section, the trade will increase, and in time, doubtless develop into the magnitude which the location of the Port of Pascagoula commands and deserves. To acquire a proper proportion of the trade with Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Central and South American countries every effort should be made by our merchants and citizens generally. DStar, Nov. 24, 1899.


Shipping STAVES
Pascagoula Star, July 13, 1877.
American SCHOONER INEZ HUSTON, Capt. Jorgensen, for Corpus Christi, with cargo of 5000 STAVES.

Pascagoula Star, Aug. 3, 1877
A Wonderful Invention; A revolution in the manufacture of casks, barrels, etc. Alexander C. Blount, Esq., of Mississippi, has recently patented an invention for the manufacture of BARRELS, KEGS, etc., which promises to revolutionize the COOPERING business, and cheapen the cost of BARRELS at least fifty per cent. It does away with shaving and fitting by hand entirely, and will be as great a labor saver to the BARREL MAKER as the planing mill is to the house builder. There are two machines, similar, however, in principle – one which prepares the STAVES and heads for all casks above the size of a barrel; and another which makes STAVES of every size from a barrel down to the smallest keg. The capacity of the machine ranges from three hundred to five hundred barrels or kegs PER DAY of ten hours, and the work is perfect in every particular.

Pascagoula Star, Aug. 10, 1877
American SHIP JAS A WRIGHT, Capt. Morrison, for Liverpool, 68,413 cub ft TIMBER, 7800 STAVES, 984 BALES COTTON weighing 445,545 pounds, by Bercier & DeSmet.

Mississippi Maritime Museum's photo.