Flour, 8s. 9d. to 9s. per C.
White Bread, 15s. per C.
Middling, ditto 13s.
Brown, ditto 10s. to 11s.
Tobacco, 9s. to 10s.
Moscovado Sugar, 25 to 35s.
Turpentine, 9s.to 10s.
Rice, 14s. to 15s.
Ginger, 18s. to 20s.
Rum, 2s.4d to 2s.6d.p.Gal.
Melasses, 1s.3d. to 1s.4d.
Salt, fine, 14d. to 18d.per Bush.
Ditto, Course, 1s.
Wheat, 3s.2d. to 3s.6d.
Rye, 2s.3d. to 2s.6d.
Indian Corn, 20d. to 21d.
Barley, 1s.8d. to 2s.
Pale Malt, 2s.9d.
Ditto, High-colour'd, 2s.6d.
Pork, 25s. per Barrel.
Beef, 30s.
Pitch, 13s. to 14s.
Tar, 10s.
Bohea-Tea, 25 to 30s.p.Pound
Whalebone, 3s.6d. to 3s.9d.
Pipe-Staves, 3 l. per Thous.
Hogshead, ditto, 45s.
Barrel, ditto, 22s.6d.
Pine Boards, 3 l.
Mad. Wine, 19 to 22l.p.Pipe
TABLE 5A and 5 B Port of Bath Vessel Exit/Entry PORTS OF LADING DESTINATIONS
(Below extracts are from W. Angley’s 1981 Report)
Report Summary: “Despite the extreme importance of naval stores production and export to the Bath area, the
quantities exported through Port Bath were modest in the overall scheme of things, ranging from 5-18% percent of North
Carolina’s total between 1768 and 1772. Similarly 10-16 % of sawn lumber exports and 5-11% of shingles, 4-12% of NC
exported staves.
The regrettable loss of records makes it impossible to determine the extent of trade through Port Bath during the early
years of its existence: but it must have been in these early years that Bath reached its height as a commercial center.
During the proprietary period, Port Bath embraced both the Neuse and Pamlico rivers, but after about 1730 the Neuse
River was considered to be within Port Beaufort. This change considerably increased the importance of Port Beaufort,
while diminished that of Port Bath. In the years 1739 and 1740, 24 and 28 vessels respectively entered Port Bath
according to an isolated document located in the British Museum. By comparison, 30 and 40 vessels entered Port
Beaufort during the same years; 41 and 36 entered Port Roanoke and 38 and 56 entered Port Brunswick. Port Currituck,
the least significant of NC’s colonial ports, saw no vessels enter in 1739 and only 3 during the following year.
During the eight year period from Christmas 1746 to Christmas 1754, an average of 28 vessels entered Port Bath, as
compared with an average of 8 at Port Currituck, 79 at Port Beaufort, 98 at Port Brunswick, and 100 at Port Roanoke.
In 1763 Governor Arthur Dobbs estimated that the average number of ships entering Port Bath over a period “of many
years” was 30. The registered tonnage each year was estimated at 1,163 tons, which was thought to be 1/3 less than the
actual tonnage. Finally during the first quarters of the years 1770 and 1771, 8 vessels and 7 vessels respectively, were
recorded as having paid duties at Port Bath.
Scattered references to shipbuilding activity indicate that the industry was more highly developed than has been generally
realized….Surviving records reveal that Bath was almost totally eclipsed by Washington within a few short years after the
Revolution. The Collector of Port Bath, Nathan Keais/Keats, kept both his residence and office in Washington after the
mid-1780s. (Ed. Another sources until 1776). The town of Bath would continue to participate in the Pamlico trade until
the early years of the twentieth century, but its days of commercial and maritime prominence had long since passed.
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