Biography of James F. Murphey
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James F. Murphey was born in Bath, March 31, 1850. His father was James K. Murphey, who was a ship carpenter in Houghton Brothers' employ, dying in 1879. Captain Murphey married Miss Maria Higgins, of Bath, and they have a daughter and a son. He commenced going to sea in 1863, became captain in 1871, and has commanded the ships David Brown, Alexander, North Hampton, Yorktown, W. F. Babcock, and is now in the ship Shenandoah, which is one of the largest wood ships that has ever floated on the ocean, and under Captain Murphey's handling has proved superior to the most speedy deep sea going ship of the day. He has sailed in the Sewalls' employ twelve years; has had an interest in all the ships of which he has had the command, and owns largely in the Shenandoah. In all the years of his service as captain he has never had occasion to call upon underwriters for a dollar.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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