This clock was likely commissioned for Captain Joseph Barss (1750-1826) of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Barss was born in Chatham, Massachusetts and frequented Boston on his sailing ventures. His son, Joseph Barss, Jr. (1776–1824), was also a sea captain. He captained the schooner Liverpool Packet which was a captured slave ship originally named the Severn. Barss, Jr. became one of the most successful privateers on the North American Atlantic coast during the War of 1812. Additional information on Joseph Barss see C. H. J. Snider, Under the Red Jack; Privateers of the Maritime Provinces of Canada in the War of 1812, (London, M. Hopkinson & Company, Ltd., 1928), pp. 17–52.