Green Pendleton
Clarence Pendleton

Bangor Daily Whig And Courier 1895-07-22


In the death of Capt. Phineas Pendleton, of Searsport, which occurred Friday night, Maine loses one of its old time sea captains of much business capacity and a prominent and highly respected citizen.  His age was 89 years.  He was a man of striking appearance and many qualities united in making him a profitable friend and acquaintance.  He had many friends in Bangor who will be pained to learn of his death.

Capt. Pendleton was born in Searsport in 1806, and has always made that place his home.  He came to Bangor 72 years ago as cook of the schooner Sally, being 16 years of age at the time.  In after years he became interested with Gibbs & Phillips who carried on a shipyard in this city, whom he assisted in their business by taking parts of the vessels which they built.

His brother, Nathan Pendleton, as a member of the firm of Pendleton & Ross of the city.


Among the vessels in which he was interested, was the Phineas Pendleton of 14000 which was burned.  The Wealthy Pendleton of 100 tons was bui8lt and loaded in Europe with deals, but was purchased by a Boston man, the check for $85,000 which came from Boston in payment was the largest check that had ever been seen here.  Another of Capt. Pendleton's vessels, the Delphine was commanded by Capt. Nichols, his son-in-law, and was burned by the Alabama.  Capt Pendleton's daughter was on board at the time.  She was seized.  He also built the Alma and the David Brown.  Capt. Pendleton and the other owners of the vessel that was burned received damages from the English government after many years.

Capt. Pendleton's father was Phineas Pendleton, who was born in Stonington, Conn.  His mother was Nancy Gilmore, of Belfast.  There were twelve children, and there are now several still living with a radius of two miles excepting one who resides in New York.  All have reached a ripe old age and a family reunion a year ago was a most interesting occasion.


Captain Pendleton had ten children, six of whom are still living, and he has numerous grandchildren, one of whom is Mr. William Field of this city, bookkeeper for Emerson & Adams.

His hearty and genial manners, storytelling capacity and extended experiences in all parts of the world made him a most entertaining companion.

He was a frequent visitor to Bangor and enjoyed the social calls which he made upon his old time friends, who in turn fully appreciated his visits.  Of all the Intimates with whom he used to associate Charles D. Bryant, Esq. is the only one now surviving.

Capt. Pendleton's funeral will occur from his late residence in Searsport this afternoon.




To the Editor of The Whig and Courier

In the death of the late Captain Phineas Pendleton... as well as his native town, the community at large have sustained the loss of a grand old man.  As a citizen Searsport must feel it deeply.   My acquaintance with him began nearly forty years ago.  I at that time being so situated that I saw him often.  His occupation was seafaring from his early youth till within a few years.  He was master and builder of some of the finest ships that sailed the ocean in former years and was engaged in the cotton trade between New Orleans and Europe. Let the times be good or bad, he never lacked a freight for his vessels and always made them pay.  So popular and reliable was he that his friends at every port were he was bound would hold a freight for him before his arrival.  He was interested with ... of the Bangor Steam Navigation Company which guilt and ran the Eastern State commanded by the late Captain flowers between here and Boston in 1857 and 1858.  He was attacked with softening of the brain and lived but a short time.


He was interested with the late Francis Gibbs in building and sailing the David Brown built here.  He was possessed of a remarkable ...position... kind, obliging and generous and in every respect a gentlemen.  The family of which...he was the eldest was a very remarkable one.  The sons were all ship masters.  In the late issue of the Commercial it was in error in referring to him as a partner of the firm of Pendleton & Rose.  It was a brother Captain Nathan Pendleton his being connected with Mr. Ross and the firm some eight years, ...  He was a building of the house near the Central church on French Street now occupied by W. ...., Esq.  He was interested in and .... the ship Premier built by Coopers, also the Bells Rock (?), and quite a number of others.  As a ship master and in other capacities he was a very popular man and at one time he was the President of the Bangor Steam Navigation Company which guilt and ran the Eastern State commanded by the late Captain flowers between here and Boston in 1857 and 1858.  He was attacked with softening of the brain and lived but a short time.

Respectfully, Gilman Cram