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Morrell, Benjamin

Haskell Springer

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Morrell, Benjamin (05 July 1795–1839), sealing captain and explorer, was born in Rye, New York, the son of Benjamin Morrell, a shipbuilder. His mother’s name is unknown. When he was less than a year old, the family moved to Stonington, Connecticut, on the shore of Long Island Sound, where his father began his shipbuilding career. Benjamin was a sickly child until he was ten years old, at which time, as his health improved, his interests focused on the sea. In March 1812 he ran away to sea, sailing from New York on the ship ...

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Subjects: World History ; Maps and Map-making

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