Hagoth

Nephite shipbuilder

❮ Back

Hagoth

The widespread defensive military campaigns conducted by Moroni and his commanders—Helaman, Teancum, Lehi, Antipus, and others—restored to the land an era of peace around 56 BC. The Church was reestablished and the people again began to prosper. A group of some 4,400 men, women, and children left Zarahemla in 55 BC to settle in the land northward. An industry based on shipbuilding also blossomed in that same year: “And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward”. Many Nephites set sail northward on this ship, carrying abundant provisions. The following year, Hagoth built other ships. The original ship also returned and carried many more people northward but was not heard from again. A second ship also set sail toward destinations unknown. Other than the fact that Hagoth was as “exceedingly curious man” (well-founded in artisanship and technical abilities), little is known of him. It is not clear whether he was among the passengers of the ships he built.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

❮ Back