On the 31st October 1786 James Stein became the registered owner of the Neptune of Kincardine. This ship was built in Kincardine by John Marshall in 1784.

She was a Square Sterned Carval Brigantine and she had two decks and two masts, she was 76ft 3in long and 24ft 3in wide. The depth of her hold was 4ft 4in and the depth of hold from lower decks was 10ft 8in. She was 177 ½ tons.

Registered De Novo in 1788

Alloa Customs Records, Collectors Quarterly Accounts
Kincardine Shipping Details, Entries relating to the Neptune of Kincardine:

Entries outwards in the Lady Day Quarter 1787

No. 8, 24 Mar. In the Neptune of Kincardine, John Stein Master, For the Greenland Fishery, James Stein Agent,

60 Lines of 120 Fathoms each,
60 Harpoon Irons,
70 Lances, with 6 Boats for pursuing the Fishery
160 Empty Casks, all British,     Free

No. 9, 24 Mar. In Ditto Ship. James Stein, Agent, Victualing Bill.
22 Casks Pork, 18 Casks Beef, and 10 Small Casks containing 5 Hundred Weight Butter packed and cured with 10 Bushels Salt small, Salt, the Duties whereof amount to    1-13-3
5 Casks containing 14 Bolls Pease, 4 Casks containing 13 Bolls Oatmeal, 4 Casks containing 15 Hundred weight Milled barley, 10 Casks containing 3 Tons of Biscuit, 55 Hogsheads of Strong and Small Beer, 3 casks of Flour, 5 Hundred weight Cheese, 6 Bags Potatoes, 6 Stone of Candles,  6 Hundred weight fresh Beef, 1 Hundred weight Fresh Mutton. ½ Ton Dryed Fish, brought here Coastwise from Lerwick in the Margaret & Catherine, William Sorley, Master, the Duty on the Salt used in the Curing which Fish has been here paid; and 219 Gallons British Spirits per Permit annexed to the entry, and Sundry other small necessary’s for the Voyage.         Free
 

ENTRIES INWARDS IN LADY DAY QUARTER 1787
No. 12, 12 Mar, In the Neptune of Kincardine, John Stein, Master from Memel, Jamieson, Steins & Philp, Agents.

Post from No 19, Michaelmas Quarter 1786,
15 Loads & 26 & ¾ feet Fir Timber.    3-4-0

ENTRIES INWARDS IN THE MICHAELMAS QUARTER 1787

No. 2, 16 Jul. In the Neptune of Kincardine, John Stein, Master
From the Greenland Seas, The Master for James Stein, Agent.
29 Whale Lines of 120 Fathoms each, 44 Harpoon Irons, 35 Lances and 3 Boats with 139 Empty Casks, and the remainder of the Provisions & other Fishing Materials carried out,    Free
18 Casks clean Blubber, 3 Casks Cring Blubber and a Parcel of Whale Fins, the produce of 1 Whale caught and taken in the Greenland Seas by the crew of that Ship only. As per Affidavit on the Report by the said Master and William Gillespie, Mate, Therefore by the Act 26, George 3rd, Chapter 41st, Section 14th      Free

No. 34, In the Neptune of Kincardine, John Stein Master, from Memel The Master for James Stein, Agent.

213 pieces, some whereof Cutt for Stowage, contg. 80 Loads square Fir Timber,
115 Deals above 8 and below 20 feet long, above 7 inches wide and below ¾ inches Thick,
10 Deals above 7 inches wide exceeding 20 feet in length and not exceeding 4 inches thick,
450 Staves above 60 and not exceeding 72 inches in length not above 3 inches thick and not exceeding 7 inches broad  33-10-4½

No. 35, 3 Oct. In Ditto Ship, The Master for James Stein, Agent.

1 Bale contg, 75 Yards Russian Linen exceeding 36” and not exceeding 45 inches broad.       2-3-9

ENTRIES INWARDS IN THE CHRISTMAS QUARTER ENDED 5th 
JANUARY 1788
No. 58, 5 Jan. In the Neptune of Kincardine, John Stein, Master from Memel, James Stein, Agent.
Post from No 34, 28 September 1787,
7 Loads and 14 feet Fir Timber,     2-8-3

Registered De Novo in 1788

 

 

Transcription of Shipping Register

 

No. Forty five E.

 

In pursuance of an Act, passed in the Twenty-sixth Year of the Reign of King

GEORGE the Third, Intitled, An Act for the further Increase and Encouragement of

Shipping and Navigation, James Stein of Kilbagie, district Of Alloa,

Parish and County of Clackmannan 

having taken and subscribed the Oath required by the Act, and having sworn that

 

He Himself is

 

sole Owner of the Ship or Vessel called The Neptune of

 Kincardine whereof John Stein

is at present Master, and that the said Ship or Vessel was built at Kincardine

by John Marshall, In the Year One Thousand seven hundred &

eighty four and  Mr John Watson Landwaiter

having certified to Us, that the said Ship or Vessel is Br. Built has Two Decks

and Two Masts: that her Length, from the Fore-part of the Main Stem to the

After-part of the Stern Post aloft, is Seventy six feet three Inches

Her Breadth at the broadest Part, whether above or below the Main Wales,Twenty

four feet Seven Inches her Height between Decks Four feet & four Inches

and measures One hundred & Seventy Seven & One half Tons; that she is     

a Square Sterned Carval Brigantine has No Gallery, and No

Head; and the said subscribing Owners having consented and agreed to the above

Description and Measurement, and having caused sufficient Security to be given, as

is required by the said Act, the said Brigantine Neptune has been

duly registered at the Port of Alloa.

 

Given under Our Hands and Seals of Office, at the Custom-house in the said port

of Alloa this Thirty first Day of October

in the Year One thousand seven hundred and eighty six.

 

                         West McIntyre for the Collector.

                         James Ure for theController.

 

                 Certificate of British Plantation Registry

 

See Original Shipping Register

 

 

 

Experts Comments

"It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Kennetpans Distillery, founded in the 1720s byJohn Stein  - 'the Father of Commercial Whisky Distilling'. The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.”

Charles MacLean, W.S., M.A., LL.B., F.S.A.(Scot)
Master of the Quaich
Whisky Writer