Brown & Bell, New York NY

Most recent update: January 23, 2013.


Brown & Bell was formed in 1820, by David Brown and Jacob Bell, in the shipyard previously occupied by the famous firm of Adam and Noah Brown, on the East River, at the foot of Houston Street.  Brown died in 1848 and the firm continued as Jacob Bell.  Bell died in 1852 and his son carried on for a few years, but it closed in 1855.  The table below is clearly incomplete: if anyone has any data to add to it, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Original Name Original Owner Ship Type W or I GT Built Disposition
Built by Brown & Bell
William Tell   Clipper Ship W 367 1821  
Orbit   Clipper Ship W 384 1821  
New York   Clipper Ship W 516 1822  
Baltic   Clipper Ship W 409 1822  
Henry   Clipper Ship W 287 1823  
Canada   Clipper Ship W 545 1823  
Pacific   Clipper Ship W 586 1824  
Washington   Clipper Ship W 741 1825  
Augusta     W 206 1824  
Benjamin Franklin     W 410 1828  
President     W 518 1829  
John Stoney     W 163 1830  
Boston     W 380 1831  
Water Witch     W 207 1831  
Garrick Dramatic Line   W   1834  
Roscius Dramatic Line   W   1834  
Sheridan Dramatic Line   W   1834  
Siddons Dramatic Line   W   1834  
Bangor     W 385 1834  
Massachusetts     W 676 1836  
Rhode Island     W 588 1836  
Lion Spanish Government Steamer W   1840 To Spanish Navy
Eagle Spanish Government Steamer W   1840 To Spanish Navy
Angola     W   1841  
Jacob Bell   Tug W 229 1842  
Mutual Safety Samuel L. Fox Tug W 420 1842  
Liverpool Woodhull & Miniums Steamer W   1843  
Houqua A. A. Low & Brother Clipper Ship W 581 1844  
Vixen US Navy Gunboat W 240 1845 Sold 1855
Palmetto Charles Morgan   W 533 1846  
Southerner Spofford, Tileston & Co   W 785 1846 First merchant ship with U.S.-built side-lever engine
Rimac Peruvian Navy   W 683 1847  
Northerner Spofford, Tileston & Co   W 1,012 1847  
Samuel Russell A. A. Low & Brother Clipper Ship W 957 1847 Wrecked 1870
Senator J. Cunningham   W 754 1848  
Built by Jacob Bell
Oriental A. A. Low & Bros. Clipper Ship W 1,003 1849  
Seneca Navy Yard Ferry Co. Ferry W 232 1849 Burnt 1870
Pacific Collins Line Steamer W   1849  
Baltic Collins Line Steamer W   1850  
St. Louis   Steamer W 1,050 1850  
White Squall William Platt & Son Clipper Ship W 1,119 1850  
Trade Wind Booth & Edgar Clipper Ship W 2,030 1851  
Jacob Bell A. A. Low & Bros. Clipper Ship W 1,381 1852  
Messenger Slate & Co. Clipper Ship W 1,351 1852  
North Wind Grinell, Minturn & Co. Clipper Ship W 1,041 1853  
San Francisco Wardell & Co. Clipper Ship W 1,307 1853  
America   Steamer W 923 1853 Burned at Crescent City CA 1855
Adelaide Wardell & Co. Clipper Ship W 1,831 1854