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Cape Cod Truro’s Captain Stevens

Captain Levi Stevens was a shining example of the kind of young men reared on Cape Cod a century or two ago and his life illustrates the opportunities that were then at hand for such men, ready and able to grasp them.

Levi was born in Truro on May 16, 1812. Born to the sea, he was in command of a vessel while still quite young, and sailed for years out of Boston. He took a ship, the Southern Cross, medium clipper ship built by E. & H.O. Briggs, East Boston, MA. to San Francisco, then to China, and back to Boston in 1851. There he established a shipping firm, and later built up one of the most important shipping concerns on the Pacific Coast. In later years he headed a bank.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/03/06
Categories: HistoryTruro
Keywords: truro, history, maritime


I have inherited a Ship’s Log from the Southern Cross from this particular voyage… I’m interested in finding out more information about this voyage.  The log includes names such as: Captain Stevens, B.P. Howes, Jennie, Lucy, Priscilla etc.  Thank you!

Posted by Jennifer Tolbert from California on 08/02/11 at 10:29 PM | #

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