The First Class Iron Steam-
ship Pioneer, J. W. Shackford mas- ter, will sail Saturday, the 9th instant, and can accommodate a few Cabin Passengers.
Fare L16 sterling
For Freight or Passage, apply to
W. B. SMITH & CO
JOHN WILLIAM SHACKFORD
John William Shackford was born 20 January 1839 in Eastport, Washington, Maine, the first child of William Shackford (1783-1870) and Mary Cutter Lincoln (1814-1867). By the time that John was born, his father who had retired from a very active sailing career to work in the mercantile trade. William probably shared many exciting stories about his travels as a sea captain with his children as three of his four boys pursued careers as sea captains (John William, Edward Wallace, and Charles Joseph) and the fourth (Eben Lincoln) became a merchant.
John followed his father's example and started a career on the sea at the age of 16 by serving as a cabin boy on the Cyclone as it traveled from Boston to Calcutta. As seen in this and other advertisements, by the time he was 28, he was transiting the Atlantic as captain of the steamship Pioneer. More about John William in a future blog.
 Maine State of Maine, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900," index," database, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 8 April 2013), MM9.1.1/F4CY-R6X : John William Shackford, 30 Jan 1839. Name: John William Shackford
 Kilby, William Henry, Eastport and Passamaquoddy, 1982, Eastport, Moose Island, Maine, p. 449
 Sons of the Revolution Pennslyvania Society, Annual Proceedings (The Society, 1906), 38-9; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 9 April 2013.
 "For Liverpool," The Charleston Daily News (Charleston, South Carolina), 5 February 1867; digital images, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 3 December 2013).