Liverpool Mercury, Friday, July 23, 1841

Shipping disaster

The Edward Johnston of Liverpool, LAWSON, master sailed from the Chinca Islands on the 20th February, bound to Cork with a cargo of guano. On the 7th March, lat 29 N, lon 9 W, the ship sprung a leak, and after keeping the pumps in operation for 12 days and night it was found necessary to abandon her, there being over 4ft of water in the hold, which was dione on the 18th, all hands getting safely on board the American whaleship Adeline, of New Bedford, Captain TABER. Two hours after leaving the ship she sank, in lat 27 N, lon 83 W. They suceeded in saving two boats, 18 barrels of provisions, one new maintopsail, foretopmast staysail, and some other rifles. On the 21st fell in with the ship State of Maine of Portland, bound to cork, when the captain, 1st and 2nd officers, carpenter, sailmaker, and an apprentice went on board. On the 30th April in a quarrel between Peter LANEHAN, one of the rescued crew and James BELL, seaman belonging to the whaler, the latter stabbed the former severely in the arm. Mortification ensuing, he died on the 3rd of March at sea. The Adeline arrived at Lahaine on the 4th May.


Liverpool Mercury, Friday, September 3, 1847

The Ship Fever in Canada

A letter from Kingston dated August 10th, "The state of the fever at Quebec and Montreal remains the same, but three ships have arrived at Grosse Isle in a condition which far surpasses any previous horrors. The Sir Henry Pottinger sailed from Cork with 399 passengers, she reached the St Lawrence with 112 sick and 98 dead, and the Virginius and John Munn, which left Liverpool with 496 and 425 passengers, respectively, have arrived, the one with 158, and the other with 59 dead, while almost every soul of the survivors was hopelessly ill. Of the crew of the Virginius but 3 are left, the captain and officers having died with the rest, and it is seriously contemplated to scuttle the ship and sink her for a while, as the only means of purifying her from the infection she has absorbed, it is said that every one has abandoned her at Grosse Isle"

Liverpool Mercury, Tuesday, October 26, 1847

Liverpool, Monday Oct 25th

A large timber laden ship, waterlogged, with close-reefed main-topsail set, and ensign union down, apparently recently abandoned, and with Virginius on her stern, was passed 11th Oct, in lat 46, lon 42, by the Duke of Wellington, arrived here. The ship Virginius cleared at Quebec 11th Sept from this port.

Caledonian Mercury Monday, November 1, 1847

Arrived at Greenock on Monday the barque Cuba, BLANCHARD, from Richmond [Virginia] sailed 28th Sept with a cargo of tobacco for Clyde. On the 14th inst in lat 46. 12, long 40. 50. saw vessel with her foretopsail set, closed-reefed, on nearing her found her to be waterlogged, the sea making a passage over her decks, her cutwater torn off, and her head twisted to one side, boarded her, found boats all gone, some provisions and water in tops, where the crew had put them, cabin full of water. On the top of the poop found rough clothes and the ship's cannister in which were the register, proving ship to be the Virginius of Belfast [820tons], John LESLIE, master, consignees letters, manifest, ship's papers and a package addressed to John HARRISON, all of which the master of the Cuba will deliver to his consignees at Glasgow. The master of the Cuba thinks the Virginius had been in contact with an iceberg or ship, and the crew had taken to their boats



0n Wednesday Capt Robert SMITH of the PARAGON belonging to Mr HORSFALL and engaged in the Africa trade preferred a charge of insubordination against his mate and three others of his crew. The names of the defendants were Thomas GIBSON, 1ST Mate, Charles WILLIAMS, William OWENS and Henry SEEDING Seamen.Statement by Capt SMITH his vessel had recently arrived on a voyage from Africa on passage home 22nd Dec whilst off the Stack Lighthouse, there was a cry,"Land ahead", which induced him to go on deck.. His mate accused him of being drunk and took command of the ship. SMITH then stated he was then twice lashed in his cabin and on getting free was put into irons.

The mate then seized all the wines and spirits and threw them overboard.

Several witnesses opposed the Capt was so drunk that had it not been for the actions of the mate the ship would have been lost by running on a Lee shore and next into a passing vessel. When the Captain was told of these dangers he replied," The ship can go to hell;-there is no land-its only a passing cloud".

Edward ISMALLY found on board an American Brig with 6lbs of manufactured tobacco fined 40shillings or 21 days prison

Shipping snippets

Liverpool Journal, 27th Jan 1849

On Tues Peter PROTO, Mate of the American ship JAVA was fined 40s and costs or 21 days prison for assaulting two seamen of the same ship.

On Tues Mr CHADWICK Master of the flat LION and Capt HUSSEY of the flat LILNE, were fined 40s and costs for having run the flats into the Clarence Dock basin, against the orders of the dock master.

An inquest was held at Brighton yesterday week on David BOWMAN, aged 77, late naval Captain of the East India Co, who shot himself on Thursday week. He had recently taken to drinking brandy and always kept 4 loaded pistols in a case under his bed. This was the only reasons assigned.

Shipping intelligence

On Wednesday a court martial was held at Plymouth on Mr SPRIGG, late Commander of H.M.S FERRET. He is charged with having off the coast of Africa, ill treated, 11 men of a Brazilian Slaver by turning them adrift in an open boat with no oars and or sufficient water, telling them to steer for land, the nearest being some 11 miles.

Liverpool Journal, 27th Jan 1849

Arrived, ADA MARY from Laguna, JULIUS CESAR, Flemimg, and Herbert, Hallet, New Orleans, LOUISA, Naples, PATRICK HENRY, Delano and Saxon, Knowles, New York, ELORIA, Thorpe, Demerara, C. BROWNELL, Splatt, Valparasio, Thames, Rutherford, Buenos Ayres, Amazon, Delano, New Orleans.

W. FISHER, Twist, from Bahia at this port, sailed Dec 19, on Jan 6, in lat 6 N, lon 32 W, picked up the crew and passengers of 20 of the HINDOO, from Swan River for London, which foundered, Dec 30th, in lat 7 N, lon 28 W.

The SUFFOLK, Snow, for Boston has put back leaky

LAHORE, Harris, and JESSIE MILLER, Crowder, from Calcutta, and E. BOUSTEAD, Arnold, from Singapore all at St Helena.

GANGES, Smith, sailed from Penang for Malacca, Dec 2nd.

P. DEAN, Dean, from Buenos Ayres, and EUPHRATES, Parker, from Philadelphia both at Cove.

ELIZA CORNISH, Jones, from Patras at Falmouth

BEETHOVEN, Purs, from Madras at Jamaica

BORDERER, hence at Philadelphia

The WASHINGTON, Burleigh, from New Orleans for Dublin has been towed into Kingstown by, H. M. S DRAGON, from Brayhead with damage.

The LAUREL, Burnley, hence from Tampico, put into Lisbon on the 16 inst, having been totally dismasted on 31st ult, in lat 44, lon 56, and being leaky her cargo is discharging.

PEARL, Sanders, MARIA HELENA, Xariri, FERMADES, Contence, and ELIZA, Blaney, hence at Lisbon

MARAIRLHE, Corte, sailed from Lisbon for this port, Jan 16th

GALLODO, Mons, hence at Cadiz with damage to upper works

LILY, Crispin, sailed from ditto from this port Jan 7th, and AGNES, Merse, for ditto Jan 14th.

HUMA, Jarvis, hence and cleared for Malaga, ORDOVIA, Jarvis, and NAOMI, Pitcairn, hence at Gibraltar.

N. COMMERCIAL, Shaw, sailed from Palmero for this port, Jan 5th.

CASSANDRA, Popplewell, sailed from Smyrna for this port Jan 4th.

PINK, Young, and PARKER, Risien, hence at Demerara

STANDARD, Rezey, sailed from ditto for this port Dec 14th.

DAGGER, Morris, hence at Jamaica

IDARE, Adair, sailed from Coringa for Mautitius Nov 21st.

DEVON, Langley, from Bombay for Calcutta at Mangalore.

Liverpool Journal 3rd Feb 1849


On Thursday at the police court Richard WILLIAMS appeared to answer a summons at the instance of CHAPMAN BOWMAN and Co, receivers of Droits of the Admiralty for an infringement of the Wreck and Salvage Act, WILLIAMS, picked up an anchor and chain on the river on the 23rd ult, belonging to the schooner DOUGLAS. The Master found his anchor and chain in the possession of WILLIAMS and made inquires wether the items had been reported. Mr D. ALLAN proved no report had been made. The defendant said he was ordered by Mr GARNISS one of the harbour masters to hold the property till the owners paid for it.

Mr RUSHTON stated it was important to Merchants and Ship owners that boatmen were convinced that they were not at liberty to do what they liked with property found by them, they were bound to report the find to the receivers of Droits of the Admiralty forthwith. Failure of not less than 100 pounds fined 5 pounds allowed no salvage.

Mr James LOWDEN, the late carpenter of the ship CAMILLUS, wishes to thank publicly, through us, his grateful thanks to his shipmates, not only for their late benefaction, but for their kindness during the whole homeward voyage.

Two seamen, James MOORE and John PORTER, belonging to the Schooner CORSAIR of Plymouth were on Weds sentenced to 30 days prison for refusing to proceed to sea.

Liverpool Journal

24th Feb 1849

War steamers for Germany

The steam-ships, ARCADIA and BRITANNIA, so celebrated in the British and North American Co mail service between Liverpool and the U.S, have recently been purchased by the German Govt. They are now in the Coburg Dock being converted into efficient war steamers. The passengers saloon on the main deck cleared off, so they will be flush fore and aft. Their armament will be of the heaviest description.

The two new steamships building for the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Co, are to be named the ASIA and the AFRICA.


Southport Visiter, April 13th, 1850.

On Thursday night a suspicious looking cutter-rigged ship was observed by the Coast Guard from Tynemouth, dodging off from Souter Point.

At 11.30pm, James TURNER, Comptroller of Customs with Mr WEBB, Tide surveyor and part of the Coast Guard, and other officers, proceeded in a Steam-tug in quest of her.

2 miles off the bar she was hailed and asked if she was of Sheilds, the affirmative was the reply. The crew seemed alarmed and attempted to avoid the steamer, the Officers boarded her.

On the hatches being removed, she was found to be full of tobacco.

The sloop proved to be the ROB ROY of London, and was admirably adapted for contraband purposes.

She was towed to South Sheilds harbour and 4 men were lodged in prison, they went before magistrates on Monday and received 9mths prison each.

Tobacco seized consisted of 137 bales and 6 boxes of cigars.



22nd May 1851

We have a most beautiful little stand with a spiral pillar and claw feet at the shop of Mr MOODY Cabinet Maker this town. Made from a portion of the OCEAN MONARCH which was destroyed by fire on the 24th Aug 1848. The wood is American white oak beautifully grained. A suitable inscription is engraved in boxwood and inlaid at the top. Mr MOODY has sufficient to make half a dozen more.


Southport Visiter March 26th 1852

The Royal mail steam ship AMERICA reached the Mersey on Monday night, she left Boston on the 17th and Halifax on the 19th and brought 20 passengers. The AMERICA spoke the AFRICA on Sunday last.

The steam ship DANIEL WEBSTER arrived at New York on the 15th ult, with 14 days later intelligence from San Francisco, and was followed in the afternoon of the same day by the EL DORADO, with news four days still later.


Upwards of 300 emigrants quitted Waterford on Thursday for America

The BALMORAL cleared out of Limerick on Friday for New York with 109 passengers

The NORTH ATLANTIC sailed from Cork last week for Boston with a full compliment of passengers, 350 were steerage alone.


Liverpool Mercury, Tuesday, January 24, 1854

Loss of the American ship Commerce, of New York, Captain WHITTLESEY, from New York for London, Dec 21st, sprung a leak, Dec 26th, ship Andrew Foster from Liverpool to New York, Captain HALBERTON, fell in with her and took off passengers and crew and brought them to New York. The Commerce a fine ship, 10mths old, 1100 tons burden, owned by Messers Joseph PARSONS and J. ATKINS, had on board a cargo of flour and grain.


Northern Daily Times

Friday April 6th 1855

The DEER SLAYER, this fine vessel so long on her side on the bank was got off yesterday and towed into the Prince's Basin for repairs.

The GREAT BRITAIN arrived on Wednesday at Portsmouth with invalids from the Crimea she made the passage from Malta in 11 days.

Yesterday a troop of the 11th Hussars arrived at Edge Hill station and afterwards embarked on the ARABIA. They are a fine set of men, their soldier, like appearance, much admired by the large concourse of persons who saw them marching through the town to the docks.

Yesterday the fine new iron ship ALMA, lately built in Birkenhead, and chartered to the Government to convey troops to the Crimea, sailed from the Mersey. She had 200 men, her first destination Portsmouth where she will embark more troops, then sail; direct to the Crimea.

Mr MURDOCH chairman of the Commission of Emigration paid a visit to the port on Wednesday, with reference to the new Emigration act, and visited in company of Capt SCHOMBERG, Mr BAINES, Capt MC KAY, and Mr FLYNN, a number of ship where now in port amongst them, DONALD MCKAY, OLIVER LANG, BRITISH TRIDENT, WHITE STAR and SALDANHA.

Northern Daily Times

Friday April 6th 1855

Death at Sea

Letter dated Swansea 25th March, from correspondent of Mr EWART of Belfast, master of the ship JOHN ALEXANDER, of this port, gives an account of the drowning of the master of the vessel who leaves a widow and three orphans :-

I am sorry to have to record the death of Capt William FINLAYSON, of your vessel JOHN ALEXANDER, it appears the vessel sailed by last nights tide from this port, when about 5 miles before the Mumbles, they where tacking the vessel, the two met in the fore part of the vessel and the Captain aft, when they heard a shout by the Captain, who they think was knocked overboard by the main boom. They threw a rope where he had fallen and immediately got the boat out but could not find him. They fell in with a schooner from which they got a man to assist them back to this port


Southport Visiter Thursday, Jan 28th, 1858

The American Clipper ADRIATIC which sailed for Marseilles while under embargo, has been captured in the Gulf of Spezzia by a French war steamer. The Capt was put in irons and he and his ship taken back to Marseilles.

S. V, February 11th 1858

The MARCO POLO, one of the, Black Ball, fleet of Australian vessels, arrived at Liverpool on Saturday, She had on board £295.000 of gold, her news has been long anticipated as she sailed on the 27th Oct last.

The DONALD MACKAY, the largest and finest of the, Black Ball liners left Melbourne for Liverpool on the 1st December last. She has 23211 ounces of gold on board.

During the past year 2,582,793 ounces of Australian gold has been shipped.

S. V. 1st April 1858

Malta, March 28th, The TAMAR arrived with Australian mails and gold worth £126.874.

Sidney, Feb 10th, Melbourne, Feb 15th, The OTTOWA with Bombay mails reached Suez this morning.

Shipments of gold from Melbourne for England.

Jan 19th, The ALHIVA for Liverpool, 8828 ounces.

Jan 30th, The COLEROON for London 19921 ounces.

Feb 6th, The ROXBURGH CASTLE for London 50,267 ounces.

Feb 8th, The MORNING STAR for Bristol 4783 ounces.

Feb 8th, The SYDENHAM for London 26,669 ounces.

S. V, April 8th 1858

The following single accident to a fireman is mentioned in a letter from the Capt of a British screw steamer BEIROUT of London, which formerly traded between this port and Syria, lately conveying passengers from Odessa to Sebastopol.

At Sebastopol I had a sad accident, Thomas WOOD, the adopted son of Mr HOPPER, Engineer got killed. He was in the BEIROUT since her first starting from Liverpool, Mr hopper gave him leave to go ashore to have a look at the trenches. While passing through them he took up a shell, lying there since the war, and on throwing it down again , it burst, taking part of his head off, and fracturing one leg.

The deceased was a fine young fellow of 20yrs and belonged to the East coast.

Southport Visiter, Oct 14th, 1858

Many will remember the arrival at Liverpool in July 1857, of a small craft named, CHARTER OAK, only 23tons burden from New York, her owner and builder having performed the perilous passage across the Atlantic in this frail bark with a single companion.

The adventurous navigator whose name is Charles R. WEBB, has now accomplished a second enterprise of the kind, having arrived at Southampton in a small cutter named, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, this time accompanied by two boys aged 18, neither of them previously acquainted with nautical, pursuits.

The cutter sailed from New York on the 19th of August, and has occupied 45 days in the voyage. She is only 45 tons burden, 53ft long overall, 45ft keel, 16ft wide and the mast 50ft 6ins long. She has no raised bulwarks, the deck being mainly protected by a stout rope sustained by iron stanchions. Her greatest draught of water is 6ft.

A more frail looking bark in which to cross the Atlantic it is scarcely possible to conceive.

The CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS was built at Stamford, Connecticut, in 7mths, every part of the work being executed by WEBB himself, except the stepping of the mast and rigging, even to the cutting down and shaping of the timber with which she is constructed.

WEBB is a native of Stamford, 29yrs of age, and a shipwright by trade, his nautical knowledge, as he tells us, having been acquired by working as a carpenter on a Liverpool Packet Ship.

This is the 17th voyage he has made across the Atlantic, nine out and eight home.

The two boys by whom he was accompanied in his daring adventure are named, George COLLES / COLIES and Samuel SCHOFIELD.

The voyage has been conducted throughout on strict temperance principles, and the store of provisions were of very modest and in epicurean character, comprising only of biscuits, mackerel, hams and salt beef. The vessel is built of oak, and sloop rigged.


Liverpool Mercury, February 25th 1867,

The loss of the British ship Duke, bound to Kingston from Cardiff with a cargo of coals for the R.M.C, steamers, had been reported she was wrecked off Bermuda. Her crew were saved and they are on board the R.M.C, steamer Conway, who had arrived at Port Royal.

Morning Post March 2nd 1867


The crew of the British ship Duke wrecked off Bermuda have been landed at this island. The Duke was from Cardiff laden with coals.


Liverpool Mercury, Aug 14th, 1873

Loss of a brig and 11 lives

Intelligence by telegraph of the loss of the fine brig GRATITUDE of Whitby at Petten, near the port of Nieuwe Disp. The master Mr Stephen HODGSON, his wife, one daughter aged 14yrs, two sons aged 11 and 3yrs respectively, together with 6 crew were drowned, only one, named John MAGRATH being saved.


Liverpool Mercury, March 13th 1874

A mail steamer aground

A telegram from Singapore, dated Thursday, reports that the Eastern and Australian Mail Steamship Co's steamer SIMFOE has gone ashore on the Gap Rocks, about 80 miles from Hong Kong. Crew and passengers are saved, a tug left Hong Kong to render assistance to the vessel.

Supposed loss of a ship and five lives.

From wreckage cast ashore at Southend, Kintyre, it is believed that the ship PET of Padstow, bound from Campbeltown, which has been overdue for a week past, has been lost with her crew of five men.


The Julia A. Merritt from St John's for Glasgow with a cargo of deals and fish, put into Waterford harbour last night with loss of bulwarks. During the gale of Sunday the master reports having seen a barque in the channel a wreck, and evidently deserted.



6th, Jan 1877.


H.M Troopship EUPHRATES, 4,500 Tons, built by Messers LAIRD at Birkenhead, after completing 9 yrs service in carrying troops for the Indian reliefs, has been in the last months overhauled and supplied with new compound engines, of 4,200 h. p, by the same firm LAIRDS at Birkenhead. She left the Mersey on Tuesday, under the command of Capt W. H. CUMING. R.N, and reached Portsmouth on Thursday in 49 hrs.

At Liverpool Police buildings, Dale St, before Mr RAFFLES, an inquiry by the Board of Trade into the abandonment of the barque MEDUSA, off Prince Edward Island, on the 4th of December last. Mr A. S.CAMPBELL, Master considered that the cargo had been properly stored. He had no Masters certificate, but had a 1st Class Officers certificate. No charges made, Capt had done all in his power to save the vessel.

On Thursday Messers LAIRD launched a Sloop-of-War the FALCON, from their works at Birkenhead. A prayer was read by Rev John Watson WATSON, Ceremony of christening was performed by Miss PRICHARD, Anglesey. Those present, Capt GOUGH. R.N, Col MOORE, Major FIELDEN, Messers LAIRD and Mr NEWNHAM.

The FALCON is framed in iron and planked with two thicknesses of teak, her length 157 ft, beam 29 ft 6 ins, tonnage 774.

She is fully rigged with steaming properties and is to be fitted with horizontal, direct setting, compound engines of 750 h.p, driving a BEVIS patent feathering, screw propeller. She carries 3 guns, one 43.1/2 ton, 100 pounder, muzzle loading rifled gun, amidships, 26.1/2 pound muzzle loaded rifled guns, one on the bow, the other at the stern, as chase guns. She is a sister vessel to the GRIFFON, launched on the 17th Dec last which is now being fitted out in Messers LAIRDS Dock.

Liverpool Journal, Jan 20th 1877

The Board of Trade have received, through the Foreign Office, a note from the U.S, Minister, forwarding a gold watch and chain, awarded by the President of the U.S, to Capt JOHNSON of England for his services to the American schooner MIDDLESEX on a dark night and at considerable risk, and afterwards saved the SAINT GERMAN, many of her passengers being citizens of the U.S.

The CASTALIA had a trial from Dover to Folkestone and back on Tuesday, the full distance of 12 miles being covered in 25 mins. The vessel has been fitted with new paddle-wheels, the invention of Mr ASTON. Q.C. The blades are only 7 ins wide against 54 ins, the width of the old boats.

Mr Clarke ASPINALL held an inquest on Saturday on the body of Robert FRANCIS, aged 45, mate of the schooner SURPRISE of Preston, lying in the Sandon Dock. On Thurs evening the Master and deceased went on shore to get the drink for the men working. The Master asked the deceased to take the drink on board and on returning later was told the deceased was missing. The dock was grappled and the deceased body was found alongside the starboard bow. An open verdict was recorded.

On Thursday a carpenter named John GARNETT in the employ of Messers CLOVER and CLAYTON, Shipbuilders, Woodside, was seriously injured by the breaking of a hawser on board the steamer GATERSTON, as the latter was leaving No1 Graving Dock, Birkenhead. The hawser broke one of his legs so seriously it was later amputated at the Borough Hospital.

Liverpool Journal, 20th Jan, 1877

Deaths and Inquests

On Monday

On the body of George BLACK, a seafarer, aged 31, who died on Friday. He came back from sea on the 3rd inst and went to live with his sister in Haigh St. He complained of feeling ill, and had crushed his hand between the ship and the boat. He attended the Royal Infirmary as an outpatient till the 9th, when the doctor told him he had lockjaw. He was admitted and died from tetanus on Friday verdict accidental death

Liverpool Journal, 20th Jan, 1877

Crimes James MC DONALD, middle aged, charged with stowing away on the JOSEPH PEASE, on a voyage from New Orleans to Liverpool, he said starvation was staring him in the face in New Orleans and he was glad to be back in England, fined £5 and costs or 2mths hard labour

Two German sailors, Henrich BEHNING and John WILSON charged with assaulting Frederick NEHLS, also German, on board the German schooner EMILIA KAHR. When she was 8miles off the Greatormes Head in the Irish Channel on her way to Liverpool on Saturday last, the prisoners beat NEHLS who was a cook with an iron bar or poker and kicked him with their heavy sea-boots. On arrival the injured man was taken to the Northern Hospital. Mr DAVIES, prosecutor stated the German Consul Mr Otto BURCHARDT had sanctioned the proceedings. He was not desirous the case would be persued as the man had recovered and the case was under German jurisdiction, discharged.

Liverpool Journal, Sat, Jan 27th 1877

Smallpox on board ship

Considerable consternation was caused at Portsmouth on Sunday, by the SERAPIS, Indian Troopship steaming into the harbour with a yellow flag flying [sign of pestilence on board]. After leaving Malta, smallpox broke out on board the vessel, surprise was expressed at the vessel not being put into quarantine. Cases were taken to the hospital, but it was not until late afternoon that disembarkation was allowed. The last time the SERAPIS entered Portsmouth she was bringing home the Prince of Wales from his Indian tour.

Richard Bernard CARTER, Chief Officer of the American ship H. L. RICHARDSON, at present lying in the West Waterloo dock, was on Saturday at the Police Court before Mr RAFFLES on a charge of attempted murder. He shot Thomas CORRIGAN, a dock labourer with a revolver, three times in the neck and chest and he is critical in the Northern Hospital. CORRIGAN went on board the ship to purchase some articles, accused told him to get off the ship, then, three shots were heard. Accused admitted shooting CORRIGAN as he had a grudge with him over a mutiny on board the vessel 12mths ago, remanded for 1 week.

John MURPHY a seaman was charged with seriously assaulting Nathaniel ADAMS, Ships steward, on the 17th inst, both men belonging to the barque KATE, lying in the Stanley dock. A dispute arose between the prosecutor and the carpenter the accused intervened and hit the prosecutor several time over the head with an iron bar, for trial to sessions.

John ROSE, a marine belonging to HMS. CROMER charged with being drunk and disorderly at the Woodside Ferry and assaulting Ferry officer MOULT, fined 5s and cost for assault and 2s-6d damages to uniform or 7 days prison.

A Frenchman Eugene LANDEUR charged with stowing away on the Allan steamer PERUVIAN on her recent voyage from Portland, fined £5 and cost or 2mths hard labour

An inquest was held yesterday by Mr ASPINALL on the body of John WEST, Sailor, aged 40 of 13 Slade St, employed by Messers LAMPORT and HOLT, on the 19th inst he was working on scaffold on the steamship GALILEO. A supporting batten gave way and he was thrown in the hold. He fractured his spine and died in the Northern Hospital on Wednesday.

An inquest was held on Tuesday on the body of George HIND, aged 28, mate of the WILLIAM, of Northwich, deceased came to Liverpool on Wednesday last, on Monday his body was found in the Kings dock, open verdict

Inquest held on Saturday on the body of Daniel KIVETT, Shipscraper, of Beaufort St who was employed on Tuesday with some other men at the Herculaneum Dock scraping a ship, deceased was knocked off the stage into the dock when a rope broke, open verdict.

Peter ANNEAR a native of Falmouth employed as a watchman on the barque ANNE, under repairs in Falmouth harbour, has been drowned in suspicious circumstances, 3 other persons were on the vessel when on Saturday a disturbance was heard in the neighbourhood the vessel lay. It was later reported he was washed overboard.

At Birkenhead police court Michael SHEILDS, labourer was remanded for maliciously wounding, John CASEY, John CURTIS and Michael GEE, belonging to the ship ANNIE RIDLEY of Barrow-in-Furness. The men were at a house in St Annes St, kept by a woman named MC CRAKE, a quarrel arose and the accused drew a knife stabbing all three men, 6mths with hard labour.

Able seaman, Henry CRANE was sentenced to 6wks prison after neglecting to join his ship, after having signed articles.


Stabbing and suicide by a lunatic sailor

On Tuesday night a Spanish sailor named, Manuel Dionso ALVES, who, after rushing through the streets like a maniac with a knife in his hand, stabbing everyone he came in contact with, committed suicide by plunging the knife into himself.

At 7pm P.C, URQUHART and P.C, MASSEY were proceeding up Duke St when ALVES sprang out and stabbed PC, URQUHART in the shoulder and ran away. The constables gave chase he was in a wild and excitable state, with the knife open in his hand, with difficulty and with the help of Samuel P. GORE, 49 Duke St, arrested the sailor and took him to Argyle St, Bridewell. Bridewell keeper DAVIES took the wounded officer to the Southern dispensary.

On attempting to get the address of the prisoner the Bridewell keeper DAVIES found him dying on looking at his body he found 13 stab wounds to his chest and a cut on the back of his head. Dr LOWNDES was sent for and the man was pronounced dead and was removed to the dead-house at the Princes dock.

The man GORE who assisted the police in his capture said no more force than was necessary was used to arrest him, P.C, 807 admitted hitting him on the arm with his baton to knock the knife out of his hand.

Jane LABONE, Domestic servant, 21 Duke St, stated the prisoner had lodged with her for the past 2mths, at 6pm on Tuesday he came into the kitchen and asked to see the landlady, Mrs NICHOLAS, LABONE informed him she was out. He then drew a knife and made a deliberate attempt to stab Mrs Margaret ROSS, the sister of the landlady, he missed and stabbed LABONE on the hand. The two women managed to escape him and ran into the street, LABONE bleeding profusely from the wound.

Thomas HART, 30 Kent St, was passing along Duke St, when the deceased ran out and stabbed him in the right shoulder.

James BURNS, 14 Henry St, was stabbed by him in York St.

P.C 807 found a sailor, Constantine ANTONIO who boarded at 43 Duke St, sitting on some steps bleeding from a wound to the chest, he was removed to the Southern Hospital and examined by Dr CADDY, and is in a serious condition.

Frank NICHOLAS, boarding house keeper of 27 Duke St, said the deceased lodged with him in November last and complained of being ill, he was a sober man.

Constantine ANTONIO, died in the Southern Hospital on Wednesday from his injuries, he was Greek and 24yrs old.

Liverpool Journal, Feb 3rd 1877

Launch of H. M. Tug SAMPSON

A fine iron paddle-wheel tug steamer for H. M. Service was launched on Wednesday from Messers LAIRD Bros works at Birkenhead. After the appointed service had been read by Rev F. W. C. RIGBY the ceremony of christening the vessel was performed by Miss Jessie LAIRD in the presence of a small party of ladies and gentlemen including, Mr MC IVER. M.P, Mr ROPER, Mr Henry H. LAIRD, Mr R. R. BEVIS Mr LOGAN the resident overseer etc. The SAMPSON is 128ft long, 25ft beam and 14ft deep in the hold, and will be filled with two distinct oscillating engines indicating collectively 860 horses and driving feathering paddle-wheels. The engines and boilers made by Mr LAIRD are ready to go on board. She is the 3rd tug steamer built by the firm in the last 3-4yrs to the order of the Admiralty being an exact duplicate of the MALTA built in 1875, the success of which has led to the repetition of the order.

The North Wales training ship

The arrangements for the establishment of this benevolent institution are now nearly complete. Pending the time when the St George will be ready for the work and the committees fund sufficient to fit her out, it was decided to accept the offer of the Admiralty and take the CLIO as a temporary ship. The committee have arranged that the Admiralty shall be asked to do the necessary work on the vessel at the societys expense and then she is to be towed to the Menai Straits at the convenience of the Admiralty, the committee undertaking the arrangements for mooring her, it being understood that the Admiralty will provide moorings. Mr H. T. BROWN Solicitor for Chester has accepted the post as Hon secretary to the committee, Capt MOGER assuming the post of Capt Superintendent.


LIVERPOOL JOURNAL 1st January 1881


At the police court at Birkenhead on Wednesday a butcher named Thomas PARRY, charged with stealing, 2 sauce bottles, 5 lbs of bacon and 2lbs of beef, the property of Messers ISMAY IMRIE and Co. P.C. MC DONALD, found the prisoner at 5.30pm on Sunday carrying a bundle in Shore Rd near the Morpeth Dock, on questioning he said it was dirty aprons, but on examinations was the stolen goods.

Mr Edward CORLETT Shore steward of the White Star steamers, said the prisoner had been employed as a butcher on the vessel for the past 12mths, - guilty gaol for 6wks hard labour.

John Barlow and William RILEY two sailors charged with attempted robbery and assaulting Henry WILLIAMS a seaman on board the JANET COWAN in the Wallasey Dock, also with stealing clothing and assaulting John HENDRICKSON another of the crew. BARLOW, Fined £5 and costs or 2mths prison, RILEY 60s and costs or 2mths prison.

Liverpool Journal 8th Jan 1881


The death is announced of Capt James Medust CAWKITT, aged 63 yrs,one of the best known members of the Mercantile Marine in Liverpool, who for some years past has occupied the important position of surveyor to the Liverpool Salvage Association of which he was latterly the Manager. He joined the Salvage Assocation in about 1862 as a member of the staff and surveyors. He was sent to various parts of the world to superintend the raising of wrecks, and to watch over the interests of those whose property was imperilled. 5 yrs ago upon the retirement of Mr W. W. RUNDELL, Capt CAWKITT was elected as his successor, Mr N. RUNDELL being appointed as secretary.

Capt CAWKITT was then mainly employed at home and was regarded as an authority on ship construction and loading. He was at his office on Monday in usual health but was seized with an attack of apoplexy, he remained conscious but died in his home at 5pm.


London Gazette

Jan 2nd 1882:-

The Queen has been graciously pleased to confer the Albert Medal, 2nd class upon Mr Francis PITTS, Chief Steward of the steamship PLEIADES of Liverpool.

About 7am on the 30th May last, the PLEIADES was running before a heavy south-westerly gale, when an AB was washed overboard, 3 lifebuoys were thrown to him and engines slowed.

The look-out reported him on the star-board beam. Owing to the tremendous seas the master deemed it impossible to lower a boat or turn the vessel in the direction to him.

The master knowing PITTS a first class swimmer, called on him to rescue him by swimming out with a line, this PITTS did without hesitation. After going 300 yards he was obliged to turn back to the ship and was carried past the ship with the force of the waves, when finally taken out of the sea he was in a state of much exhaustion.

Liverpool Journal, 7th January 1882


A court martial was held at Devonport on Monday on board the flagship for the trial of Mr Henry Wellington BATCHELOR, late paymaster of H.M.S DIAMOND, for being guilty of conduct of the prejudice of good order and naval discipline, in drinking intoxicating liquor to the extent to cause delirium tremens.

The prisoner pleaded guilty. He regretted being placed at a disadvantage through the absence of Capt DALE and other officers who would have borne testimony to his general sobriety. He produced certificates for over a quarter of a century to prove he was temperate.

In coming from Plymouth to Sheerness he suffered sea-sickness, being unable to eat, his weak state he claimed contributed to his position. He had served 10 yrs in tropical climates, he was severely reprimanded and dismissed.

At the Dale St, Police courts yesterday before Mr RAFFLES,



Charles GRANT





Part of the crew of the ship PARKFIELD, summoned for refusing to obey the law of command of the Captain.

Captain William ANDERSON of the PARKFIELD said the defendants signed as part of the crew on the 29th Dec last.

The ship sailed from Liverpool on the 1st inst and got about 3 miles below the North-West Lightship when she was obliged to turn back to the river through bad weather.

On the morning of the 3rd, the mate asked defendants to do some work on the ship, they refused, without reason. They have since done no work, and each have had a bonus note for £2-15s.

In answer to one of the defendants the Capt said he was unaware the mate had kept them without food since their refusal to work.

Charles HEWITT, mate of the PARKFIELD, said he ordered them to get a jibboom out and clear the decks, they refused. The rest of the crew obeyed his orders. Witness put the defendants on short rations.

Defendants complained the ship was unprepared to sail.

Capt stated, the ship was 1,387 tons and had a crew of 24 hands, he had been on her for 9 yrs. She was ready to go to sea, defendants committed for 7 days.

Liverpool Journal 14th Jan 1882

Deaths and inquests

Inquest held at Flintshire on Weds at the Mostyn Hotel on David JENKINS, a native of Borth, Chief officer of the screw steamer NANT FRANCON of Liverpool, which arrived in the Wild Roads on Tues with a load of iron ore from Bilbao. Deceased was reversing the engine of the steam winch in the fore part of the vessel, when he got entangled in the machinery, the upper part of his body jammed between the winch ends and his head was smashed, accidental death.

Inquests at Liverpool by Mr Clarke ASPINALL

On Tues, on Anthony TYRER, aged 28, son of John TYRER Farmer of Formby, the deceased a carter lodged at Dryden St and worked on the Barque DAPHNE, lying in number 2 Herculaneum Graving Dock, he had been working with two other men ONEILL and KEMPTON, they had been drinking on and off all day, a fight broke out between the deceased and KEMPTON, deceased left and was attempting to go ashore along the gangway when he fell headlong into the dock. He was dead when he was got out, death from fall whilst drunk

On James WILDE, aged 43, sail-maker, of 102 Field St, Everton, on Christmas eve his ankle was crushed between a hand-cart and kerb stone on Stafford St, he managed to get to the residence of his brother and died the following Weds, from apoplexy brought on by excessive drinking. He had withdraw £20 from his savings bank prior to his injury and had spent it all on drink.

Liverpool Journal 21st January 1882

Shipping snippets

Edward HANLEN the champion sculler has arrived on Tuesday on the Inman steamer CITY OF CHESTER and will remain in this country, staying at Newcastle, till his race with BOYD on the Tyne, on the 3rd April. He was accompanied with his trainer. On the voyage he suffered considerably with sea-sickness, nearly all the passengers prostrated by a severe storm on Friday last. He brings with him a pair of sculls and has arranged for a boat to be sent to him from the builder George WARREN of Toronto. This will be constructed of white cedar and will weigh just over 24lbs. Upon his arrival at Liverpool the champion was met by Mr Frank BIGLAND of the Mersey Rowing Club.

Ferry- Constable BOLTON, stationed on the Woodside Landing stage on Tuesday last, heard moans coming from the gangways and saw a man in the river. He threw a lifebuoy and James WILSON, Stageman threw a rope-ladder down, the man was hauled up and taken to the receiving room. Insp WHEREATS instructed his clothes to be removed and restoratives to be applied. In a short time he was able to give his name as that of Patrick RAFFERTY of 11 Warwick St, Birkenhead, he had been in Liverpool since Saturday drinking. He had also been heard by one of the crew of the VIGILANT , and it being floodtide had drifted to the gangway.

A thick fog prevailed on the river on Wednesday, at 4am P.C. WOOLLEY heard cries coming from the dock. He found a man struggling in the water, holding on to a mooring rope. The man was exhausted and cried out he would have to leave go of the mooring rope, P.C WOOLLEY went down to him an managed to pull him out by his belt. He turned out to be Capt CEDERGREN of the ship ULRIKA, lying in the Princes dock, he had accidentally missed his footing in the fog and walked into the dock. He soon recovered.

On Sunday night William CHRISTY a steerage steward on the American steamer OHIO, lying in the Alexandra dock, was accidentally drowned. He was seen by the quartermaster walking along the quay apparently drunk, a splash was heard, he had fallen into the water between the vessel and the dock wall. A lifebuoy was thrown but CHRISTY did not take hold. Francis WALLEN and James KEARNEY, Seamen descended ropes and hauled him out, but life was found to be extinct. The deceased was 56yrs old a native of the United States.

Richard WINTER cook on board the steam ship DISCOVERY, was charged with stealing 3lb of meat belonging to Messers T and J. HARRISON, owners of the vessel. P.C. LEESON saw the prisoner on the Woodside landing stage with the meat under his coat. William John GILL overlooker in the employment of the prosecutors said the prisoner had joined the DISCOVERY only two days before and the beef was part of the stores shipped on board on Tuesday. Prisoner admitted taking the meat in order to prevent the cat getting it [laughter]. He had wife and young baby and an unblemished character, owing to this he was exempted from going to prison, fined 40s and costs


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 21st 1892

The new Formby lifeboat crew

The following is a complete list of the men selected to comprise the Formby lifeboat crew :-

John AINDOW, master, Robert AINDOW, mate, aged 57, Robert AINDOW, aged 24, Henry RICE, aged 57, Henry AINDOW, aged 24, John AINDOW, aged 24, Joseph AINDOW, aged 21, Robert AINDOW, aged 23, Robert ECCLES, aged 23, John ECCLES, aged 26, John BROOKS, aged 46, Henry BROOKS, aged 21, Henry AINDOW, aged 30. Only four of the new crew were formally connected with the boat, which will in future be launched by horses supplied by Edward SUTTON, instead of Josh BILLINGE, who formerly had the contract. According to the present arrangements the men will be called together when their services are required by rockets that make a loud explosion. If the men are summoned at night, a lantern will also be hoisted at the top of every high pole, while if their services are required in the day time a flag will be exhibited as well as the sending up of rockets


Liverpool Mercury Sept 18th 1897

A Captain's Error

At the Liverpool Police Court yesterday, Richard TOMLINSON, captain of the British ship Luke Bruce was summoned for having failed to enter in the ship's log information of the fact that for 3mths he had a man on board sick. The vessel was on a voyage from the West Coast of Africa to Liverpool, and a steward named Wilhelm RANK came on board ill at Calabar. He was ill for 3mths and then died, the only entry in the log being that the man came on board ill and afterwards died. Mr MORTON who appeared for the prosecution, said that the offence was a technical one - A fine of 10s, with £2-12s-3d costs was imposed.


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 7th 1899

Chief Engineers certificate suspended

Under the chairmanship of Mr J. H. WORTHINGTON a meeting of the local Marine Board was held on Thursday at the offices, Customs-arcade for the purposes of investigating charges of misconduct against, Alexander AIRD, late Chief engineer of the steamship LOMBARD. The meeting was attended b, Messers W. J. STEWART, L. SPEAR, T. CONNORTY and Col J. GOFFEY. V.D. Mr PAXTON who prosecuted submitted the log of the LOMBARD, which contained several entries on the conduct of the defendant. Neither the Captain, or the 1st officer could be present, as the vessel had not yet arrived home.

The evidence of John BALFOUR, 3rd engineer, the donkeyman and messroom-steward, was that, on various dates over the last 2yrs while the vessel was in Chinese ports, was that, the defendant had been under the influence of drink. After leaving Yokohama, defendant climbed over the side of the ship, presumably to commit suicide, but was prevented from doing so by 2 crew members.

The defendant said the entries in the log had been made since he left the vessel, there was ill feeling since he had refused to rejoin the vessel at a lower rate of pay, charges proved, certificate suspended for 6mths.

Rewards for bravery at sea

Lloyds committee award

Silver medal to Richard GREEN, one, of the crew of the steamship OLIVE, for contributing to saving life on the loss of the British steamer FITZJAMES, off Beachy Head, Nov 21st last.

Silver medal, to Jan de VOOGD, 1st mate of the Dutch steamship MESACRIA

Bronze medal, to J. J. OEPKES, Jan MULDER, Willem AKKERMAN of the same steamship for saving life on the loss of the British schooner, BLUE JACKET, on Nov 23rd last.

Silver medal, to Chief officer J. DORAN, 2nd officer E. N. HOBS and Bronze medal to J. COLLINS, Robert MOORE, Alfred GARNER, William MOUAT, John CASSIDY, Wilfred MASON and P. MC LAUGHLIN, all of the steamship VEDAMORE

Silver medal to Diedrich LENG, 2nd officer

Bronze medal to Paul MEINKE, August MEYER, Erich MUSS, Franz BEBBER, Guslow WENNING and Cornelius FAST of the steamship MARIA RICKMERS for contributing to saving life on the loss of the British steamship LONDONIAN in Nov last, who formed the crews of the boats from VEDAMORE to reach the LONDONIAN.


Liverpool Mercury, September 14, 1899

Police Courts Wed Sept 13th

A fireman sent to jail, a fireman James MASTERSON was summoned for continued wilful disobedience to lawful orders whilst on board the R.M.S Bonny, of the British and African Line, and for assault upon the chief engineer of that vessel. Mr CLAYTON, [Messers Batesons, Warr and Wimshurst] prosecuted. After hearing the evidence the bench sentenced MASTERSON to two months imprisonment.


Liverpool Mercury, January 5th, 1907

Shipping snippets

A sudden death occurred in Ramsey Harbour, I.O.M.

The schooner HAPPY HARRY of Duddon left Greenock on Saturday bound for Duddon but put into Ramsey Harbour owing to head winds. Capt John WILLIAMS was in charge and after a short time on shore went on board at 4pm. At 5.30pm the mate went below and found the Capt on his knees on his bunk in a fit. Dr BARBOUR pronounced him dead from heart failure. The deceased was 72 and belonged to Amlwch Anglesey.

Messers HARTLAND and WOLFE, Belfast, are building four new steamers for Messers ELDER DEMPSTER and Co of Liverpool, namely the, ABURI, the FULANI, the SIERRA LEONE and the PRASU. Messers WORKMAN, CLARK and Co, Belfast are building two for the same firm, namely, the GANDO and SALAGA.

Liverpool Mercury Jan 12th 1907


Marine Board examinations, week ending 4th inst



2M steam, T. S. HINDE




Nautical jottings

The most important item of news this week and in some respects the most disappointing from the Liverpool outlook, is that the White Star Line are about to move their four fast passenger and mail boats to Southampton

The Cunard steamer CARMANIA resumed her place in the Atlantic service, on Saturday last when she left the Mersey for New York with a large compliment of passengers. She was in the command of Capt WATT whose position on the bridge of the LUCANIA has been given to Capt J. C. BARR, late of the CARONIA.

It is only a question of time before Trinity House follow the example of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board in the matter of the submarine signals on lightships. The Dock Board have so fitted the North-West Lightship and surely Trinity House will see the London Lightships are fitted without delay. The Powell Line of Liverpool and London have had their receiving apparatus installed on their commodore vessel, the MASTERFUL, and that firm have a ship in the Thames almost every day.

Liverpool Mercury 19th Jan 1907

The Royal Humane Society awarded a bronze medal to Seward SYDENHAM Chief Officer of the steamship ALLEGHANY of Liverpool for his heroic action on, Nov 16th, 1906 in jumping overboard in Mid-Atlantic to the help of his brother, ships carpenter, who was washed from the decks by a huge wave. The lifeboat was got out and oil used to smooth the heavy seas, both men were picked up half a mile astern after being half an hour in the water.

The LAKE MANTITOBA, of the C.P.R, arrived in the Mersey on Tuesday morning from St Johns N.B. To Capt G. C. EVANS, Commander, belongs the honour of having accomplished the smartest homeward voyage under the C.P.R flag. From port to port in 9days 8hrs.

Odessa Wednesday

This afternoon a second attempt was made by the terrorists to blow up, by means of a bomb, the Russian steamship Co's New York liner GRIGORI MERK. The miscreants placed 5 bombs in position, fortunately only one exploded. This caused considerable damage to the forepart of the steamer and injured three persons, 450 of the 500 booked emigrants demanded the return of their passage money.




Leyland liner CAMBRIAN broke her shaft in mid Atlantic was towed to Cookhaven by the steamer WILLIAM CLIFF of the same owners. Fleet arrived at Liverpool on Saturday in tow by the tugs STORM COCK and BLACK COCK for repairs

Mayor of Sunderland on Wednesday handed Capt John WISHART of the Steamer CORDOVA a silver cup presented by the Norwegian Govt in rescuing the crew of the barque IDA of 14 hands in a furious storm in the Bay of Boscay feb 15th last.

Messers Ismay Imrie and Co have inaugurated a superannuation fund for clerical staff in the Liverpool offices of the White Star Line

Once again the propriety of cutting a canal for ocean going ships between Forth-Clyde put forward.

Beginning of the year the Mercantile Shipping Act provides that foreign seamen in order to be employed on British Vessels must posess sufficient knowledge of the English language

Mediterranian is the centre of interest Big White Star and Cunard Liners to be seen there as well as the HELIOPOLIS new turbine boat of the Egyptian Mail Steamship Co. The Cunard Company are employing both the CARONIA and the CARMANIA in yachting cruises from New York to the Med and the Adriatic

The ASTURIAS the latest and longest boat of the Royal Mail Steam Pkt Co sailed from Belfast for Tilbury to take up position in the Australian mail service

At the Holyhead Urban Council a reported was submitted on the American mails the deputation waited on Mr Ellis GRIFFITHS M.P, Capt ROBERTS submitted charts showing time taken from the Fasnet to Queenstown and Holyhead, the time favoured of a call at Holyhead could be utilised as the handmaiden of Liverpool inasmuch that large liners could only enter Crosby Channel at a quarter flood with a delay of 3 hrs

At the Pilot Office Canning Pierhead Capt E. C. WHEELER Superintendant of Pilotage was presented with a silver fruit service by the pilots as a token of esteem on the occasion of his marriage Presented by William DAVIES Chairman

Richard HENDERSON of the Anchor Line elected member of the Shipowners Lighthouse Advisory Committee and Board of Trade in place of the late Mr W. F. G. ANDERSON

Death is announced of Commander Harry HOSLEY who successfully piloted the gigantic dry dock Dewey from America to the Philippines. His death was due to heart failure after a severe attack of Influenza



The Wallasey lifeboat JOHN HERON and the Birkenhead Ferry BIDSTON collided at the Liverpool landing stage on Wednesday both have slight damage no one was hurt.

Admiralty division Thursday, Justice Bargrave DEANE sitting with the Trinity Masters, Action made by Owners, Masters and Crew of the Liverpool Steamer WILLIAM CLIFF of the Leyland Line for services rendered in the Atlantic to the West Hartlepool Steamship CAMBRIAN of the Wilson Furness-Leyland Line For services standing by the CAMBRIAN and towing her 1031 miles to Crookhaven Harbour Dec 16-Dec 28th last. Lordship stated services rendered efficiently in bad weather to a vessel that was helpless and which absolutely necessary should be assisted.

Awarded to WILLIAM CLIFF, Owners £3750, Capt £500, Crew £950.

A serious explosion took place on Tuesday at Falmouth on the large Glasgow Steamer STRATHLYON outward bound from Antwerp to New York. Explosion occurred in forward hold followed by fire, soon almost whole ship ablaze, damage was extensive.

High court grant for a brave act of seamanship and salvage a grant of £8000 for services rendered by the Master and Crew of the Steamship ABERGELDIE of Glasgow to the Steamer NIKOBAR of Copenhagan after a fire in the Indian Ocean in Dec 1906, Owners £5,500, Master £500, Chief Officer who boarded the burning vessel with crew £450, Boatswain £100, and £1,400 between the crew.

Telegram from Victoria British Columbia

A steamer arrived here from Japan bringing information of widespread diaster caused by terrible storms and tidal waves. The storms have resulted in the wreck of 10 steamers and 40 large sailing vessels off the coast of Hakkaido, a report from Sapporo, 600 fishing vessels wrecked or carried away. Great tidal waves have flooded thousands of buildings and a great many inhabitants drowned.

The ANCHOR LINE, CASTALIA arrived at Port Said on Monday en route from Bombay to Liverpool, via Marseilles with the Chief Officer in command. He reports after passing Perim while steaming up the Red Sea, Capt Frederick Seymour BLIGHT died suddenly with an internal complaint and was buried at sea. The deceased was Commodore Captain of the Anchor Line in the India Trade and had served over 30yrs. He was a native of the South of England and when ashore resided with his family at Northcote, Howbeck Rd, Oxton, Birkenhead.

The British Bargue OSBERGA has arrived at Savannah with the crew of the British Schooner ARDNA lost at sea.

The tank steamer MIRA lying of Gravesend broke her moorings and smashed into a number of tugs, The VICTOR and the CHAMPION were seriously damaged.

Owing to a shortage of coal the British Steamer MERAGGIO from Liverpool was picked up 200 miles from Brest and towed to that port by the German Steamer FREDRICH CAREW.

William CRAIG Master of the North Shields Trawler St LOUIS was presented with a silver cup by the Norwegian Govt for rescuing the crew of the Brig ANNA in the North Sea last year.

Liverpool Mercury Through January 1908

Mercantile Marine Exams


E.C. Extra Master, O.C. Master Ordinary, 1.M. 1ST Mate, O. M. Only Mate. 1.C.E. 1ST Class Engineer, 2. C. E. 2ND Class Engineer, H.T.C Home Trade Master, H.T.M Home Trade Mate, M.S. Master in Steam, M.Y. Master in Yacht.

Jan 11th 1908



2.M., B. F. O. SELLAR



Jan 18th 1908





Jan 25th 1908

E. C. - K. G. HOWE


1.M., E. E. SHARP




Liverpool Journal, 1st Feb, 1908

Sale of relics

British Trophies by Auction

The BALACLAVA, BUGLE, on which sounded the, Charge of the Light Brigade, at Balaclava, on the 25th Oct, 1854 was included in a sale of relics in London this week. Its original owner had paid, 750 guineas for it, and only, an informality prevented it going to his regiment. In this renowned charge, which a French Marshal described as, magnificent but not war, only 198 British Horsemen returned out of 670.

The BALACLAVA, BUGLE, fetched, £300

The flag of the CHESAPEAKE, the American frigate which fought the historic duel with the British frigate SHANNON fetched £850. Both relics it is said, go to America. The fight took place in Boston Bay, the CHESAPEAKE was boarded and captured by the SHANNON in 15 mins.

The Mersey Dock board at their meeting on Thurs, Mr William CROSFIELD presiding, accepted, on the recommendation of the Marine Committee, a tender for the supply of semaphones for their lightships and steam tenders to enable each to communicate with passing vessels.

Liverpool Mercury Feb 8th 1908

The Royal Humane Society have received a report of a plucky rescue of a drowning man by Lieut F. E. STOREY, 3rd officer of the MAURETANIA and have sent to the Merchant Service Guild their testimonial in vellum to be presented to Mr STOREY. On the 6th Dec last he attempted to save Michael DORAN who was in imminent danger of drowning in the dock at Liverpool.

Sat Feb 29th 1908,



A south westerly gale of great violence swept over Britian last week and did emmense damage both to property and shipping and loss of life.

In the Mersey on saturday afternoon not far from where the MAURETANIA was at anchor, the RICHARD FISHER which was riding at anchor was swept away, before any craft could start to her aid. 4 hands were lost, nothing was seen of the schooner but the top of her masts. She left Runcorn on friday in ballast bound for the Point-of-Ayr where she was to load a cargo of coal for Plymouth. Capt William TYRELL decided to come to an anchor to wait for the weather to moderate. He was part owner of the three masted vessel built at Carrickfergus in 1876, a wooden schooner, 190 tons, 158 tons net register.

The Steamer MAGNUS MAIL of Sunderland was leaving Garston Docks on Monday for Cardiff she went aground outside the south dock.

The Liverpool Ramsey Steamer ELLEN VANNIN, reached Ramsey on Sunday 18hrs late.

The Steamer RUNCO put into Belfast in a disabled condition 100 miles off Tory Island she lost three propeller blades and was rendered helpless and in danger of drifting on Innishtrahull Island.

Holyhead saw a splendid example of heroism of the lifeboatmen of the Duke of Northumberland, Steam Lifeboat, Coxswain William OWEN. she was out for seven hours. She assisted the large steamer BEN CROY which had broken down and drifted on the outside of the breakwater and had to be towed in, also rescued 9 men in waves of 30ft from the Liverpool Steamer HAROLD bound from Tynmouth to Runcorn with clay.

The inward home Cunarder LUCANIA from New York disembarked its passengers at the Princes landing stage and battled for over 2 hrs before she could free herself from her berthage alongside the stage.

The Ketch LILLY GORTON of Shaul, S. W. Ireland in ballast was proceeding to Carnarvon for slates was disabled and beached almost opposite Deganwy Promenade.

On the Clyde the schooner yacht FREE LANCE lying in Gourock Bay was driven ashore and badly damaged.

The tide at Fleetwood which should only be 25ft 5ins rose to 29ft and the ferry service was suspended.

The Middle Lightship moored on the Humber off Grimsby Piers foundered , crew rescued.

10,000 people waited at Belfast to see the launch of the big liner ROTTERDAM, such was the storm the event was cancelled. A telegram from Gang Belgium states a violent collision occured between the British Steamers, WYOMING and ANCIENT BRITON on the Terneuzen Canal, 2nd Officer Mr Edward QUILLY of the WYOMING was thrown overboard and drowned. Both vessels seriously damaged.



Jan 4th 1913

New York Herald for the first time in naval history of the British Navy a man who entered in the lower decks has been appointed to the command of a Battleship.

Commander Thomas J. S. LYNE takes command of the Battleship GOLIATH of the third fleet at Nore, he transfered from command of the Gunboat RINGDOVE

Cadiz Province Capt SUMMERS of the steamer CLAN MACKENZIE stranded at La Lojo Reef refused to declare the nature of his cargo, which is believed to be contraband.

CLAN MACKENZIE, 5,000 tons owned by Messers CAZER, IRVINE and Co, Glasgow registered.


Jan 11th, 1913

Shipping snippets

Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society awards made for saving life, presented by Mr Dashper E. GLYNN.

Silver medal and certificate to Capt Alexander FORTRAY of the steamer GEORGIAN,

silver medal and binoculars to Chief Officer David Owen DAVIES, Lifeboat Commander and £1 to each of his crew for rescuing the crew of the Benjamin F. PHILLIPS of St Johns, New Brunswick in mid Atlantic on the 21st Ult.

Silver medal to Capt Edmund S. PEARSE of the steamer IKBAL, for rescuing 31 crew of the steamer RIVER MEANDER in the North Atlantic on the 29th Nov last.

Nayzeer KHAN a seaman from Malay of the steamer CLAN MACAULAY, charged before Messers J. HEAP and A. M. ROBINSON at Birkenhead with disobeying the Captains orders and wounding, Shiek ISHMAEL.

He was spoken to by Capt WATERHOUSE after complaints were made by other crew members that he would not work, he was seen by ISHMAEL running down the gangway with a knife in his hand. There was a struggle as ISHMAEL tried to disarm him and he sustained a wound to his hand. The Captain complained the log book was full of complaints, prison 14 days.


18th January 1913


Birkenhead Ferry employee committed.

John Henry BEBBINGTON a seaman employed by the ferries was charged before Messers P. MC MAHON and George PROUDMAN at the police court on Tues charged with receiving 13 boxes of cigarettes worth over £3, £19 of cigarettes and 6lbs of tobacco worth, over £12, property of the Great Western Railway Co, he pleaded guilty. On Jan 11th goods were packet at Messers HIGNETT Liverpool and handed to G.W.R, Co for consignment to Wrexham, Goods checked on the ferry steamer at Claughton but missed when the Woodside stage was reached, Det Officer ROBERTS traced the goods to the prisoner, Mr F. S. LEGGE, Ferries Manager stated that no previous complaints had been made of, BEBBINGTON, Prison 2 mths


Jan 18th 1913

Capt Arthur HUBERT, Captain of the First Destroyer Flotilla which recently arrived at Harwich from Queensferry to give Christmas leave, was drowned at Harwich Harbour from his ship the unarmoured CRUISED BLONDE. On Sunday morning he was found missing, a search was made and no trace found. Further searches were suspended due to the bad weather.

Liverpool Mercury, February 1st, 1913

Determined tussle with the sea.

Heroic work by the crew of the tiny tug who succeeded in bringing a vessel of 1,800 tons, 300 miles through rough weather to port, was described on Monday when the steamer GLENMORVEN of Leith was towed to Falmouth.

She had been towed broken down into Vigo, and the Newcastle tug, GEORGE V and the Dutch tug PORDZEE were sent to bring her to England.

They left Vigo 2 wks before and experienced bad weather in the Bay 0f Biscay. The tow rope of the GEORGE V broke 5 times and finally when the GLENMORVEN'S provisions ran out the Capt decided to abandon ship. The crew were taken off by the PORDZEE and the GLENMORVEN was left to her fate.

The men of the GEORGE V never gave up hope, and 4 of her crew volunteered to go aboard the GLENMORVEN to re-establish communications, which they succeeded in doing 100 miles off Ferrol, the tug then towed the steamer towards Falmouth. 2 days later provisions ran out, after being without food for 48 hrs, they met up with an Austrian steamer and secured supplies.

The gallant little tug stuck to her task, and on Monday reached Falmouth.

Liverpool Mercury Mar 9th, 1913

Liverpool seaman drowned

American exchange announce the loss of Victor Stephen FOOTE of Liverpool, Able seaman belonging to the White Star Liner MEGANTIC, in the harbour of La Guayra, where he fell overboard. It is supposed he was devoured by sharks, as several of the crew dived after him but could not find any trace of his body. The passengers raised £180 for his widowed mother and sisters who are solely dependent on him.

Brave Liverpool Officers

In a recent issue of, 11 Giornale d Italia, its Constantinople correspondent gives a graphic description of the great fire which lately occured there, and paid tribute to brave Europeans; specially mentioned for their heroic conduct were, Lieuts G. H. LANG and Andrew T. MOTT of the British cruiser WEYMOUTH.

Mr LANG received his training as a cadet on the school ship CONWAY, Liverpool, from which he passed direct into the navy in 1897.

Mr MOTT is a native of Birkenhead and in civil life was a popular officer in the Cunard line, but just now is undergoing training as a Lieut, R. N. R.

Dead at the helm

While the sloop JOHN was sailing into Grimsby Royal Dock, she suddenly fell from her course and almost rammed a steamship. Hurrying aft to ascertain the cause of the careless steering the mate found the skipper, Abner Waller CAWKWELL, lying dead at the helm. He had steered the ship safely from New Holland. A verdict of natural causes was returned at the inquest.

Liverpool Mercury Mar 22nd, 1913

Widows claim for loss of husbands

At the Liverpool Court of Passage, before Judge W. F. R. TAYLOR and a special jury on Thursday.

Margaret Alice CRONE and Ellen DONOVAN brought an action against the Liverpool Screw Towing and Lighterage Co for damages for the loss of their husbands.

Mr Lindon RILEY and Mr Bates THOMPSON [instructed by Mr J. A. BEHN] appeared for the plaintiffs and Mr Hyslop MAXWELL and Mr PERRIN [ instructed by Messers HILL, DICKINSON and Co] were for the defendants.

Plaintiffs case, it appeared on Nov 8th last there was an accident in Toxteth Dock by which, Arthur CRONE, Foreman scaler, aged 33 and John James DONOVAN, Scaler, aged 37, lost their lives.

The men were in a scow, scaling the side of the Elder Dempster SAPELE when the CUSTODIAN was towed by the SOUTH COCK, stern first into the dock. In order to avoid the disturbance of the water the men in the scow endeavoured to get behind the stern of the SEPELE, but before they got clear the engines of the SOUTH COCK were restarted, with the result the scow was driven under the SEPELES stern. Here it became wedged, and then capsized, the two men being drowned.

Mrs CRONE was left with five children and Mrs DONOVAN with eight children, one born 3 mths after the tragedy.

For the defence, it was contended the Captain of the tug acted in a reasonable manner, the men in the scow were warned of the approach of the tug, there was no negligence on the part of the defendants servants. A verdict for the defendants was returned, judgement was entered accordingly.

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