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Boston Wharf Company


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Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Boston Wharf Company dating back to the 1950's. This document, which is signed by company President and Treasurer, measures approximately 10 1/2" (w) by 7 1/2" (h).


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    In 1807, the South Boston Association executed a "Deed of the Flatts" to convey rights to a General John Winslow. According to the deed, Winslow had completed construction of a wharf from "the North seawall of South Boston to the Channel." Upon completion of this wharf, Winslow was deeded rights to the flats not already occupied by the wharfs of a "Dix, Brimly and Hall." This deed conveyed to Winslow the rights to flats "until it comes to the main or principal Channel between said South Boston and the old part of said Boston." These rights were later conveyed to the Boston Wharf Company, which was incorporated in 1836 to build wharves for docking and warehousing. Like in other sections of 19th century Boston, the first step was to turn soggy marshes into usable land.


    The company filled in the land along the South Boston shoreline, laid out the streets and alleys, and constructed the buildings. As nearly all of the buildings were designed by their staff architects, the district has a remarkable degree of uniformity.

    By 1880, the company had built seventeen sheds for storing sugar and molasses. By the early 1900's, the Boston Wharf Company had built many of the large brick buildings that are still standing. They were occupied by wool merchants and the area was known as the 'Wool District.'