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Alfred Skolfield

  • Birth 15 Dec 1815 Harpswell Center, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
  • Death 1 Jun 1895 Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
  • Memorial ID 38960268

Alfred Skolfield master mariner. In 1839 he was a carpenter on the ship Dublin, commanded by Clement Skolfield. He was the master of Dublin from 1845 to 1850. During a vogage from Mobile to Liverpool in 1948, he rescued Capt. I. J. Preble and two seamen from the wrecked bark J.M. Hoxie of Richmond,Maine. He was the endorsed master of the ship Scioto and master of the ship Roger Stewart from 1852 to 1853 and 1855 to 1857. He served as a director of the Pejepscot Bank when it commenced operations in October 1857. By this time he was part owner of the ships Scioto,Brandywine,Roger Stewart,John L. Dimmock and Rising Sun. He acquired 1/8 of the ship Osteonthe of Bath. He married Martha Isabel Harward. He and his bride sailed to Mobile on on board the Dimmock, which he now commaned. Martha gave birth to a baby girl Eugenie on board the Dimmock on Febuary 3,1860, as the vessel lay in the harbor of Savannah. His last voyage was May 25,1861. He resigned his command and authorized the endorsement of his brother in law, William T. Harvard, as the master of the Dimmock. The Skolfields came home to Bruinswick where they spent the next years of the American Cival War. Alfred took his family to Liverpool in Sept. 1867, where he and Capt. James Ross established a ship brokerage and commision buisness. In the late 1880's, his family returned permantly to there home over looking the mall in Bruinswick.
(Courtesy of the Maritime Museum Bath,Maine)The article was taken from a book "The Skolfields And Their Ships. by (Erminie S. Reynolds and Kenneth R. Martin)