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Helen May Peterson Bailey

Voyages: 1880-1887

Ship: Nehemiah Gibson and others

Helen May Peterson Bailey (1854-1945) was the daughter of Capt. William and Louisa (Sampson) Peterson of Duxbury. At age 3, she went to sea and traveled on her father’s ships throughout her childhood.

In 1873, she married Capt. Fred C. Bailey of Kingston, and took multiple voyages with him, often taking her children with her.


Click to view: Memoirs of Helen May Peterson Bailey

Helen May Peterson Bailey (1845-1945). Collection of the Drew Archival Library, DRHS.
Bark Nehemiah Gibson in Hong Kong Harbor, c. 1875. Original painting in the collection of DRHS, 1968.001.145. Gift of Gershom and Edward Bradford.