Biography of Capt. Henry H. Cousins
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





CAPT. HENRY HAMILTON COUSINS. - Coming from the maritime county of Hancock in Maine, where a large proportion of the population from the earliest American occupancy up to the present generation have followed the sea for a livelihood, it is but natural that Capt. Henry Hamilton Cousins as well as his father, Capt. Jacob Cousins, should have devoted themselves to seafaring pursuits. The latter began to follow the sea when sixteen years of age; the former was only seven years old when he came to California from Maine in the brig Josephine around Cape Horn with his father, and in that long, tedious voyage upon the high seas began his lifelong affection for the deep, his intelligent interest in the mastery of an ocean vessel. The expiration of the voyage brought him to Eureka and this city he since has considered his home, although the duties of his occupation frequently have taken him to other parts of the west and to other seaports of the Pacific ocean. As early as 1848 his father came to San Francisco as master of a vessel. Returning to the east in 1853, he made his next trip around the Horn in 1862, in which year he anchored the brig Josephine in the harbor of San Francisco. During the following year he came to Eureka in command of the brig Glencoe, owned by the Dolbeer & Carson Company. For many years he sailed from Eureka as master of ships and to this harbor in 1870 he brought the Washington Libby, one thousand tons, which had the distinction of being the first ship of that size to cross the bar. He had the further honor of sailing the first boat up the Eel river. With his passing in 1885 there came to an end a long and prominent connection with the maritime development of Humboldt county.

For many years Capt. Henry Hamilton Cousins sailed with his father. The experience and calm judgment of the elder captain proved valuable to the younger man when later he came into the command of ships for himself. By training as well as native endowments he is well qualified for the life he has chosen. During 1905 he organized the Humboldt Stevedore Company, of which he was the first and only superintendent. Since 1906 he has been at the head of the Cousins Launch and Lighter Company, an organization whose inception he not only fostered, but which he owns, and whose upbuilding he promoted. In addition to other important duties he served for eight years as a member of the harbor commission, an important work for which his experience admirably qualified him. He has been twice married. All of his children were born of his first marriage. One, Ellen H., is deceased, and four are living, namely: Henry G., Mrs. Edna J. Phillips, Gilbert W. and Willard W. Notwithstanding his remarkably active life, with its occasional dangers and its frequent vicissitudes, he retains the enterprise of his earlier years, a forceful personality and vigorous temperament enabling him to maintain business relations of importance and even to enlarge the measure of his interests. Progressive in citizenship, he favors movements for the benefit of his home city and county, and is a warm advocate of every beneficial project.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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