On Wednesday the former whaling schooner Hattie Smith was granted new documents at the Custom House here and her port of hail changed to New York. She is the last of Edgartown’s once extensive fleet of whaling vessels, and the present is the first time since the days of the Ship Apollo in 1818 that Edgartown has not had a vessel of the above character hailing from the port.

We think that we are correct in stating that the first vessel from Edgartown to sail on a whaling voyage was the Ship Apollo, which was registered from this port on May 1, 1818. Thos. Cooke, Jr., was then collector. She was built at Guiltord, Conn. in 1816, and measured 245 1/3 tons.

The next register granted to the Apollo was on Aug. 8, 1820, with Daniel McKenzie, master. Her owners at that time were Jethro Daggett, William Mayhew, Thomas Jernegan, Thomas Jernegan, Jr., Thomas Stuart, of Edgartown; Peter West, Belcher Atherner, of Tisbury; Tristram Allen, Samuel Nickerson, Of Chilmark; James Norton,of Nantucket.

On Oct. 13, 1823, a new register was granted to the Apollo, when Jethro Dagget was sole owner and William Daggett, Jr., master, The Apollo was broken up under Tower Hill in 1828.

Another early vessel in the whaling business from Edgartown was the Ship Loan, the first register dating Dec. 17, 1818, Allen Tilton, master.