Biography of Capt. William H. Poole
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Poole, Capt. William H., son of Abiathar and Emily Ann (Reed) Poole, was born in the town of Dartmouth, Bristol county, Mass., April 1, 1845. At the age of nineteen he shipped aboard the whaling bark, Morning Star, first before the mast and afterward as boat steerer. In June, 1868, he shipped aboard the Minnesota in New Zealand waters and was promoted to the office of first mate, which position he held until the end of the voyage, June 12, 1872. From September 1, 1873, to June 24, 1875, he was first mate aboard the bark Platina on the coast of Chili, South America, and in July, 1883, he was promoted to the position of captain of the bark Bartholomew Gosnold, cruising in New Holland waters. After this voyage he remained at home for a time and then shipped as master of the John and Winthrop. In December, 1888. he returned home and engaged in blacksmithing until September, 1890. In February, 1891, he again went whaling in the Arctic Ocean as chief mate of the bark Wanderer and the following year as boatheader ot the bark Reindeer. In May, 1895, he made another voyage of eighteen months to Hudson Bay with the ship Canton, and since that time has lived in semi retirement. Mr. Poole has been twice married, first to Annie D. Miller, October 3, 1876, and second to Effie M., daughter of Everet and Louisa Wyman of Maine. Mr. Poole is a member of Acushnet Lodge No. 41, and Annawan Encampment No. 8, I. O. O. F.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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