Welcome back to my Blog-
As Promised I am posting the newspaper article announcing Arabia has sank and the consignee's listed on the steamboat's manifest that had lost freight.
But.....before I do that, check out the man on the wagon with 6 huge crates. He is Mr. Kahn's and oddly enough his store in New Castle, Indiana is called "Kahn's New York Store." He is advertising that he orders his goods from New York to attract customers who want NYC merchandise. (so fair warning if you see something labeled NYC or whatever- it might not be.)
Mr. Kahn's probably did not ride his wagon to NYC to buy his goods, he had them shipped either by Steamboat, canal barge or train to a Forwarding & Receiving Commission Merchant. Per my 1856 Webster's Dictionary-
A Commission Merchant- A merchant who transacts business as an agent of other men, in buying and selling, and receives a rate per cent, as his commission or reward.
So a Forwarding & Receiving Commission Merchant would oversee the transportation of goods for a rate, often having contacts or other branches of their firm in other cities such as Adams Express then is like Federal Express now. They would log each package, crate, barrel, bundle, hogs head or box in a log called a manifest and then provide storage. (Many of Arabia's Consignees were Forwarding & Receiving Commission Merchants while operating a dry goods store).
As seen below, the organized merchant would fill in his ledger with the date, articles received, Mark on the freight of the store keeper, Whose Account, Boat the goods were dropped from, Remarks if any, amount of the storage to the commission merchant.
(The only Commission Merchant Manifest I found and own was one for an unknown firm in1852 on the Ohio- Mississippi River.....Steamboat Arabia's manifest mentioned in the article below has not been located and unfortunately may have been thrown away, lost in an archives, or in a pat rat's attic.) CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE
One St Joseph newspaper initially reported that the goods could be saved and then mentioned the goods were lost.
It took time for the Arabia to have sank, so that gave scavengers, like Indians or locals from Parkville, to take windows, doors and walls for the desperate need for building supplies. In fact, I have read a newspaper announcement that goods left on the shore were taken during the night (I will locate that citation).
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