This collection contains 5 letters that George N. Ives, a fish and oyster packer in New Bern and Beaufort, North Carolina, wrote to Captain Samuel Truman Preston of Greenport, New York, in 1883 and 1884. Ives primarily discussed his boats, including one he had recently purchased.
Ives wrote each of his letters (9 pages total) on stationery decorated with his business logo, the background of which was an image of a blue or pink fish. In his first letter, he described the recent travels of his sloop Nellie May and physical specifications of his schooner Nellie B. Neff (April 11, 1883). On November 15, 1883, he requested additional information from Captain Preston regarding the Annie , to help him determine whether or not to buy it. In his final 3 letters, Ives discussed the Favorica , a boat he purchased around 1884. Among other topics, he mentioned the Favorica 's incomplete outfitting and his intention to send a flag and compass to New York to meet the ship upon its arrival. Ives occasionally thanked Preston for shipments of clams.