Dow, John Melmoth, 1827-1892.

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John Melmoth Dow was a shipmaster, shipping agent and naturalist. Born in New York City in 1827, he joined the Panama Railroad Company. He made his first voyage to the Central American coast in 1851, and remained involved with Central and South American coastal trade as a ship captain until 1876. He was appointed commander of the steamer Constitution in 1853, and opened the Central American service of the Panama Railroad Company as commander of the steamer Colombus. He later became a shipping agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. During his years as a shipping agent, Dow was captured and held hostage by revolutionist Pedro Prest án in 1885. He was arbitrator in the dispute between the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique and the American Contracting and Dredging Company in their attempt to build the French Canal in Panama. Dow died in New York City in 1892.

From the description of John Melmoth Dow papers, 1798-1918. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63939177

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referencedIn John Melmoth Dow papers, 1798-1918. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Dow, John Melmoth, 1827-1892. John Melmoth Dow papers, 1798-1918. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Allen, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith American Contract and Dredging Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Aspinwall, William Henry. person
associatedWith Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887. person
associatedWith Barrios, Gerardo, General. person
associatedWith Cassin, John. person
associatedWith Center, Alexander. person
associatedWith Clyde, William Pancoast. person
associatedWith Colombus (ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique de Panama. corporateBody
associatedWith Constitution (ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Dow, Elizabeth Allen. person
associatedWith Dow family. family
associatedWith Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890. person
associatedWith Goldblatt, Charles. person
associatedWith Henry, Joseph I., 1797-1878. person
associatedWith Hoadley, David. person
associatedWith Houston, J. B. person
associatedWith Jacquier, J. person
associatedWith John Melmoth, Dow 1827-1892. person
associatedWith Joy, Joseph F. person
associatedWith Lane, W. H. person
associatedWith Newbold, George. person
associatedWith Orton, James. person
associatedWith Pacific Mail Steamship Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Palacio, Enrico. person
associatedWith Panama Railroad Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Prestán, Pedro. person
associatedWith Salvin, Osbert, 1835-1898. person
associatedWith Sanford, Henry Shelton, 1823-1891. person
associatedWith Sclater, Philip Lutley, 1829-1913. person
associatedWith Skinner, George Ure. person
associatedWith Slaven, Henry Bartholomew. person
associatedWith Smithsonian Institution. corporateBody
associatedWith Wyman, Jeffries, b.1864. person
associatedWith Zalvídar, Rafael, 1834-1896. person
associatedWith Zoological Society of London. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
South America
Panama Canal (Panama)
Central America
United States
Canals, Interoceanic
Cargo handling
Caricatures and cartoons
Coastal plants
Coastwise shipping
Coffee industry
Freight and freightage
Marine animals
Marine plants
Natural history
Ship captains


Birth 1827

Death 1892

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