Maritime History

Agnes, Lady Acland, Agnes & Constance: Biographies of Sailing Merchant Vessels

Agnes, Lady Acland, Agnes & Constance: Biographies of Sailing Merchant Vessels

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

In 1900 the waters around Britain and Ireland were full of sailing merchant vessels carrying coal, timber, grain, iron, china clay and all kinds of other bulk cargoes between the great and small ports. These vessels were of varied size and shape with different rigging such as ketch, barquentine and schooner. They were built in purpose designed ship yards around Britain and Ireland and some were built in North America and a few parts of Europe. Yet some of these vessels were built on the seashore or river banks between high and low tide in yards that have vanished just like their creations.

Yet by 1960 only a handful of these vast numbers of vessels continued to ply their trade commercially. A few of these vessels remain today as museum items or stuck in limbo waiting for a source of money to keep them afloat. Some professional schoonermen, such as Hugh Shaw, Richard England and William Slade, wrote about their lives aboard these sailing vessels and give us a feel of what it was like. Yet the vast majority of masters and sailors left little written accounts of those days. Many of these sailors have now (2018) passed on, their once proud vessels broken up or buried beneath the waves and commercial maritime trade is now done by motor vessels, great and small. Biographies of some of the vast number of sailing merchant vessels that once existed are given below to give some idea of the characters of these vessels and their sailors.

A model of a ketch

Agnes

The Agnes was a wooden ketch built in 1904 by Henry Stapleton of Bude. Her dimensions were 70.6 feet long by 18.5 feet wide at the beam by 8 feet. She had 67 tons gross and 54 tons net. The official number of the Agnes was 105246 and her signal hoist was MLGV.

In 1904 the Agnes was created as an enlargement of the smack called the Lady Acland built in 1835. The Agnes was a collection of other vessels. Her mizzen mast came from the wrecked Italian barque, the Capricorno and her mainmast came from the wrecked ketch, the Wild Pigeon. Having completed her career as a sailing merchant vessel the Agnes was purchased for use as a yacht in 1957. Unfortunately her new life didn’t last long and she was wrecked in the West Indies in 1958 at the good age of 123 years old![1]

In 1906 the Agnes was owned and mastered by Nicholas H. Tregaskes of Bude in Cornwall while the vessel was registered to the port of Bideford in Devon.[2] The stern of the Agnes had written “Agnes, Port of Bideford”.[3] Yet she was not the only vessel of that name registered to Bideford. In 1907 another Agnes of Bideford (official number 62955) was a schooner built in 1869 and owned/managed by John Kelly of Appledore.[4] By 1913 there was only one Agnes registered at Bideford, that of 105246.[5]

In 1914/5 the Agnes acquired a new owner/manager in the form of John P. Tregaskes of Bramble Hill in Bude.[6] In 1915 the crew of the Agnes consisted of John James Hallett, master, born 1859 at Bude; Archie Hallett, mate, born 1888 at St. Mawes; and Fred Jeffrey, able seaman, born 1895/6.[7] In 1918/9 the Agnes was sold to the Cookson Barytes Company of Milburn House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne with Frank Reid as her new master.[8] She was not registered in 1920 or in later years.[9] In 1923 the Agnes reappears in the registers with a new owner/manager, Frederick R.E. Wright of Braunton in Devon and having a reduced net tonnage of 45 tons.[10] The reduction was due to the installation of an auxiliary engine. In 1924 her signal hoist was KNJR.[11] In 1934 her signal hoist changed to MLGV.[12]

The 1935 owner of the Agnes was F. Wright of Braunton. That same year a photograph was taken of the Agnes off Bude.[13] In 1957 the Agnes was sold by Peter Herbert of Bude to Alastair Barr of Oban for a voyage to the West Indies. After a successful crossing to Barbados the vessel was wrecked in 1958.[14]

Lady Acland

The Lady Acland was built at Bude in 1835 with an official number of 13418. The early history of the vessel is obscure. She does not appear on Lloyd’s List in the 1840s or 1850s. In 1851 she was registered to the port of Bideford in Devon. In 1863 Oliver Davey of Bude, Cornwall was the owner of the Lady Acland and John Elliott of Bude was her master. She then measured 47 net tons. Her crew consisted of Elliott (aged 51, born Kilhampton) with John Marshall, aged 32 as mate (born Bude) and Richard Heard, aged 20, as boy (born Poughill). All three had previously served on the Lady Acland.[15] In 1865 the Lady Acland was owned by Oliver Davey.[16] In 1878/9 the tonnage of the Lady Acland was reduced from 47 tons to 44 net tons.[17] In 1882/3 Oliver Davey changed the rigging of the Lady Acland from that of a schooner to a ketch without any change in her tonnage.[18] In 1890 the Lady Acland was still owned by Oliver Davey and was registered to Bideford in Devon. She measured 44 net tons and had a ketch rigging.[19] In 1893/4 the tonnage of the Lady Acland was reduced to 32 net tons.[20] In 1898 Oliver Davey was described as the owner/manager of the Lady Acland.[21] In 1898/9 the Lady Acland was sold to Edward Rudland of Holsworthy in Devon as owner/manager.[22] In 1901 the register was closed on the Lady Acland until she was reborn in 1904 as the Agnes of Bideford.[23]

Agnes & Constance

The Agnes & Constance was a wooden ketch that was built in 1889 by Curel of Frindsbury, Kent. She measured 63 tons net, with an official number of 97711 and having a signal hoist showing MJCP.[24] The first owner of the Agnes & Constance was James Little of Strood in Kent. He was both her owner and master and registered the vessel at Rochester. She then measured 66 net tons.[25] In 1892/3 the vessel received modifications that reduced her net tonnage to 63 tons.[26] James Little was the owner of a number of vessels which were generally known as Thames Barges.[27] In 1915 the crew of the Agnes & Constance was E.R. Jackson, master, born 1880 in Kent; Hanley Payne, mate, born 1892 in Kent; and John Stankey, mate, born 1888 in Kent.[28]

In 1916/7 the Agnes & Constance was sold to John T. Rayfield of 16 Milton Place in Gravesend who became the owner and manager.[29] In 1919 she had the signal hoist of JTHG.[30] In 1924 the Agnes & Constance was owned by John Rayfield junior of Dock Row in Newfleet.[31] In 1924/5 the Agnes & Constance was sold to William A. Ellis of Runnymeade Road, Stanford-le-Hope in Essex.[32] In 1925/6 she was sold again with Joshua Francis of New Town Road in Colchester as her new owner.[33] In 1934 her signal hoist was changed to MJCP.[34] In 1935 the Agnes & Constance was owned by Francis & Gilders of Hythe Quay in Colchester with Joshua Francis as her master.[35] Between 1940 and 1947 the Agnes & Constance disappears from the register.[36]

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[1] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), page 171

[2] Mercantile Navy List, 1906, p. 494

[3] Basil Greenhill, The Merchant Schooners (2 vols. Percival Marshall, London, 1951), Vol. 1, page 71

[4] Mercantile Navy List, 1907, p. 514

[5] Mercantile Navy List, 1913, p. 617

[6] Mercantile Navy List, 1915, p. 659

[7] Royal Museums Greenwich, RSS/CL/1915/3517

[8] Mercantile Navy List, 1919, p. 642

[9] Mercantile Navy List, 1920, p. 671

[10] Mercantile Navy List, 1923, p. 731

[11] Mercantile Navy List, 1924, p. 743

[12] Mercantile Navy List, 1934, p. 817

[13] Richard J. Scott, Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The Last Years of the Western Seas Traders (Black Dwarf Publications, Lydney, 2012), page 101

[14] Richard J. Scott, Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The Last Years of the Western Seas Traders (Black Dwarf Publications, Lydney, 2012), page 115

[15] Devon Archives and Local Studies, 1976/Lady Acland/13418

[16] Mercantile Navy List, 1865, p. 207

[17] Mercantile Navy List, 1879, p. 359

[18] Mercantile Navy List, 1883, p. 383

[19] Mercantile Navy List, 1890, p. 468

[20] Mercantile Navy List, 1894, p. 526

[21] Mercantile Navy List, 1898, p. 568

[22] Mercantile Navy List, 1899, p. 584

[23] Mercantile Navy List, 1902, p. 607; National Archives, UK, Kew, BT 110/160/38

[24] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), page 171

[25] Mercantile Navy List, 1890, p. 276

[26] Mercantile Navy List, 1890, p. 326

[27] http://www.thamesbarge.org.uk/barges/Willmott/owners/FWJames%20Little.html [accessed on 22nd May 2018]

[28] Royal Museums Greenwich, RSS/CL/1915/3447

[29] Mercantile Navy List, 1917, p. 665

[30] Mercantile Navy List, 1919, p. 643

[31] Mercantile Navy List, 1924, p. 744

[32] Mercantile Navy List, 1925, p. 758

[33] Mercantile Navy List, 1926, p. 770

[34] Mercantile Navy List, 1934, p. 817

[35] Mercantile Navy List, 1935, p. 839

[36] Mercantile Navy List, 1947, p. 987

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Maritime History

Adelaide, Advance and Aeolus: Biographies of Sailing Merchant Vessels

Adelaide, Advance and Aeolus:

Biographies of Sailing Merchant Vessels

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

In 1900 the waters around Britain and Ireland were full of sailing merchant vessels carrying coal, timber, grain, iron, china clay and all kinds of other bulk cargoes between the great and small ports. These vessels were of varied size and shape with different rigging such as ketch, barquentine and schooner. They were built in purpose designed ship yards around Britain and Ireland and some were built in North America and a few parts of Europe. Yet some of these vessels were built on the seashore or river banks between high and low tide in yards that have vanished just like their creations.

Yet by 1960 only a handful of these vast numbers of vessels continued to ply their trade commercially. A few of these vessels remain today as museum items or stuck in limbo waiting for a source of money to keep them afloat. Some professional schoonermen, such as Hugh Shaw, Richard England and William Slade, wrote about their lives aboard these sailing vessels and give us a feel of what it was like. Yet the vast majority of masters and sailors left little written accounts of those days. Many of these sailors have now (2021) passed on, their once proud vessels broken up or buried beneath the waves and commercial maritime trade is now done by motor vessels, great and small. Biographies of some of the vast number of sailing merchant vessels that once existed are given below to give some idea of the characters of these vessels and their sailors.

The Le Yaudet in the absense of any photo of the named vessels

Adelaide

The Adelaide was a wooden two-masted schooner in the 1930s that began life as a brigantine in 1869 in the shipyard of Tredwen in Padstow.[1] In the mid-nineteenth century Padstow, with its great but shallow Camel River, its creeks, stretching into the broad floor valley, and its Doom Bar, was the site of five shipyards, those of Cowl, Stribley, Rawle, Willmett and Tredwen. Of these Tredwen alone built at least twenty-nine vessels between the Fawn of 1858 and the Flower of the Fal of 1870.[2] The Adelaide measured 106 feet long by 24.3 feet wide and 12.7 feet in height. She was 180 tons gross and 138 tons net. Her official number was 58295 and her signal hoist in 1935 was MDLX.[3] In 1870 the Adelaide was registered at Fowey, Cornwall with William Warren Dingle of Fowey as her owner. The Adelaide had a signal hoist of HSGQ and her registered tonnage was then 165 tons.[4] In the 1870s and 1880s she was rigged as a brigantine.[5]

By 1878 the Adelaide had acquired a new owner in the person of Richard P. Toms of Fowey.[6] In 1884 John Merrifield of Gascoyne Place in Plymouth was the new owner of the Adelaide while the vessel was still registered at Fowey.[7] In 1890/1 Charles Morris of Gascoyne House, Plymouth became the owner and master of the Adelaide.[8] In 1895/6 the registered tonnage of the Adelaide was reduced from 165 tons to 136 tons while still retaining her brigantine rigging.[9] In 1896/7 Inkerman Tregaskes of Par in Cornwall became the new owner/master with Fowey as her port of registration.[10] In 1915 the crew of the Adelaide were: William Trembeth, master, aged 68 from Par; John Stephens, mate, aged 50, from Devoran; H. Williams, able seaman, aged 37 from Southampton and A. Murphy. Later in 1915 Thomas Twyford replaced H. Williams as able seaman. Twyford was aged 48 and was born in Cork, Ireland.[11]

In 1916/7 Albert E. Benney of 12 Frobisher Terrace in Falmouth became in the new owner/master of the Adelaide.[12] In 1918 Albert Benney changed her rigging to that of a schooner while retaining her registered tonnage of 136 tons.[13] The National Archives at Kew have ship logs books relating to the Adelaide covering the years 1914 to 1917.[14] In 1924 the Adelaide’s port of registration was changed from Fowey to Falmouth.[15] In 1927 Albert Benney appears to have moved next door to number 13 Frobisher Terrace.[16] In 1934 the Adelaide acquired the new signal hoist of MDLX.[17] But the changed appears to have signalled the end of the Adelaide rather than a new beginning as her registration was closed in 1934/5.

Advance

The Advance was a steel hulled vessel that was built in 1898 by T. Turnbull & Son of Whitby. The firm of Thomas Turnball was originally founded in Whitby in 1817 and built and owned a large fleet of sailing ships. Their first steamship was built in 1871 and traded with coal to the Black Sea, returning with grain. Trade later expanded to cover coal from the Tyne, Wear and Tees to Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and the Black Sea and homewards with timber, cork, wine and grain. By 1902 the River Plate had been added to the routes, but by 1914 the fleet consisted of only six ships, of which three were lost to enemy action. The rest of the fleet had been sold by 1918 and the company liquidated in 1920.[18]

The dimensions of the Advance were 125 feet long by 25 feet wide and 9.7 feet in height. She measured 278 tons gross and 232 tons net. Her official number was 108364.[19] In 1899 the Advance was registered at London with a lugger rigging and 232 net tons. Harry Keep of 90 Lower Thames Street in the City of London was her owner/master.[20] In 1906 the Advance was owned by Alfred H. Keep of 40 Trinity Square, London while Harry Keep remained as her master with the same Trinity Square address.[21] In 1909 the new master of the Advance was George H. From of 40 Trinity Square, with Alfred Keep as owner.[22] In 1912/3 the Advance was sold to R. & W. Paul of Ipswich with Peter Reed of 47 Key Street in Ipswich as her new master. She still retained her London registration for a number of years afterward.[23]

In 1917/8 the Advance was sold to the Advance Lighterage Company of 3 Nelson Street in Hull. William Miller of 3 Nelson Street and Robert Williams of The Willows, Holderness acted at various times as her master.[24] In 1925 the Advance was laid up and not on the register.[25] In 1926 her new owner and master was Robert Gray of 2 Frithside Street in Fraserburgh.[26] In 1930/1 the Advance was sold to Duncan MacIver of the Fish Market in Stornaway, Ross-shire with Norman MacIver as her new master. Duncan changed her port of registration from London to Stornaway.[27] The Advance was on the Lloyd’s Register of shipping in 1935 and in 1945 registered at Stornaway. Douglas Bennett described the Advance in the 1930s as having a schooner rig but the official records always give her a lugger rigging.[28] In 1953 the life of the Advance ended and her registration was closed.[29]

Aeolus

The Aeolus was a wooden two-masted schooner that was built in 1896 at Brixham. The chief ship builders at Brixham were Mr. Furneaux, S. Dewdney and Sons and J.W.A. Upham.[30] She measured 66 tons gross. Her official number was 108001.[31] Dartmouth and Brixham were essentially ports of the earlier days of the merchant schooners involved with fruit schooners and the early general deep water traders. By the 1870s the ports of deep sea schooners had moved west but Brixham remained a home for many vessels until the twentieth century. The small ships that launched at Brixham were to remain well known to the last days of sail.[32]

In 1898 the Aeolus was owned by John Cranefield Scholey of 85 Fenchurch Street, London while the vessel was registered at Portsmouth.[33] In 1899 John Cranefield Scholey of 24 St. James Street, London was both owner and master of the Aeolus while he also continued to use the Fenchurch Street address in other documents. The Aeolus measured 66 gross tons and 43 net tons. The crew in 1899 were Richard Peacock, mate, aged 41; Charles Smart, able seaman, aged 23; Albert Andrews, able seaman, aged 23; John Hills, able seaman, aged 24; Ted Sharman, boy, aged 23 and Fred Bowles, boy, aged 19. All the crew except the captain had come from different vessels.[34] In 1904 the crew of the Aeolus were a mixture of British and Swedish sailors. J.C. Scholey of 7 Albemarle Street, London was still the owner/master. G. Jeffrey, mate, aged 30 and H. Moore, cook, aged 26 were both from Southwick while P. Soderfrome, carpenter, aged 33, John Anderson, able seaman, aged 24, Otto Petterson, able seaman, aged 29 and Throdar Olsin, able seaman, aged 33 were all from Sweden.[35]

In 1909/10 the Aeolus was transferred to Joshua W.C. Scholey of 85 Fenchurch Street, London.[36] In 1918/9 the Aeolus was sold to William H. Webber of 25a Greatham Street, Portsmouth who also became her new master.[37] By 1930 William Webber had moved to 9 Mayhall Road in the district of Copnor in Portsmouth.[38] In 1935 the Aeolus was on the Lloyd’s Register of shipping as registered at Portsmouth.[39] But by 1937 the Aeolus had disappeared from the records.[40]

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[1] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), p. 171

[2] Basil Greenhill, The Merchant Schooners (2 vols. Percival Marshall, London, 1951), Vol. 1, p. 151

[3] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), p. 171

[4] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 4

[5] Mercantile Navy List, 1872, p. 93; Mercantile Navy List, 1890, p. 273

[6] Mercantile Navy List, 1878, p. 129

[7] Mercantile Navy List, 1884, p. 183

[8] Mercantile Navy List, 1891, p. 291

[9] Mercantile Navy List, 1896, p. 354

[10] Mercantile Navy List, 1897, p. 370

[11] Royal Museum Greenwich, RSS/CL/1915/3368

[12] Mercantile Navy List, 1917, p. 663

[13] Mercantile Navy List, 1918, p. 635

[14] National Archives, UK, Kew, BT 165/615

[15] Mercantile Navy List, 1925, p. 756

[16] Mercantile Navy List, 1927, p. 784

[17] Mercantile Navy List, 1934, p. 816

[18] Marine-list.com web site [accessed 14th July 2018]

[19] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), p. 171

[20] Mercantile Navy List, 1899, p. 401

[21] Mercantile Navy List, 1906, p. 493

[22] Mercantile Navy List, 1909, p. 553

[23] Mercantile Navy List, 1913, p. 616

[24] Mercantile Navy List, 1918, p. 636

[25] Mercantile Navy List, 1925, p. 756

[26] Mercantile Navy List, 1926, p. 769

[27] Mercantile Navy List, 1931, p. 912

[28] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), p. 171

[29] National Archives, UK, Kew, BT 110/1307/20

[30] Basil Greenhill, The Merchant Schooners (2 vols. Percival Marshall, London, 1951), Vol. 1, p. 144

[31] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), p. 171

[32] Basil Greenhill, The Merchant Schooners (2 vols. Percival Marshall, London, 1951), Vol. 1, p. 143

[33] Mercantile Navy List, 1898, p. 385

[34] Portsmouth History Centre, Aeolus, 1899

[35] Portsmouth History Centre, Aeolus, 1904

[36] Mercantile Navy List, 1910, p. 568

[37] Mercantile Navy List, 1919, p. 642

[38] Mercantile Navy List, 1930, p. 872

[39] Douglas Bennett (edited by David Clement), Schooner Sunset (Rochester, 2001), p. 171

[40] Mercantile Navy List, 1937, p. 849

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Cork history, Maritime History

Kinsale Shipping Company, 1881-1918

Kinsale Shipping Company, 1881-1918

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

The west Cork port of Kinsale conducted a good trade with the Continent in medieval times and was involved in the provisions trade for trans-Atlantic ships in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. But as the eighteenth century progressed so the port of Cork captured an increasing part of the provisions trade so that by the early nineteenth century Kinsale port was much reduced in activity. The second half of the nineteenth century saw a brief increase in trade with the cod fishing boats but when the cod shoals moved westwards as the century neared its closed so the fishing boats went to Baltimore with their catch as that port was nearer to the fish stocks and had a railway track at the pier head to allow the faster transit of the fish to market.[1] In the early 1870s a local coal and grain merchant, Thomas Crowley (his father-in-law, Joseph Hosford, was chairman of the Kinsale harbour board) commissioned William Westacott of Barnstaple to build a number of schooners for his own use.[2] The 1901 census records that Thomas Crowley was 59 years old and a member of the Church of Ireland living in Fisher Street. He was married to Eleanor Hosford Crowley and had one daughter, Marion, and a son, Gerald. Living in the house in 1901 was Thomas’s nephew, Joseph Garde.[3] By 1911 Joseph Garde was managing clerk to the company of Thomas Crowley & Son, corn merchant.[4]

 

Kinsale

Kinsale Harbour (photographer unknown)

In 1881 three families (Acton, Crowley and O’Neill) came together in Kinsale to form the Kinsale Shipping Company to revive the port and increase trade. The company took over ownership of most of the vessels belonging to Thomas Crowley and commissioned a number of its own vessels in the succeeding decades. The Company was mostly involved in the coastal trade between Ireland and Britain with occasional passages to France.[5] In February 1905 Thomas Crowley died and was succeeded as managing director of the Kinsale Shipping Company by his son Joseph Crowley.[6] Thomas Crowley made his son Joseph executor of his will along with Joseph Garde (accountant) and left effects worth £9,144 16s 4d.[7] In 1910 Thomas Crowley of Fisher Street in Kinsale was given as the manager of the Company and Fisher Street was given as the company’s address.[8] In 1915 Joseph Crowley was again the manager.[9] Joseph Hosford Crowley was a member of the Church of Ireland and married to Emma Hall Crowley. He was the father of Allan Crowley and Muriel Crowley.[10] In 1901 he was an estate agent living at Denis Quay in Kinsale.[11]

The Kinsale Shipping Company seems to have prospered well over the years. But the First World War saw a number of its vessels lost to enemy action while other vessels were lost to storms and sea accidents. In 1918 the Company went into liquidation and the Company’s surviving vessels (James O’Neill, Marion, Old Head, and Sidney) were purchased by the Sarnia Shipping Company of Guernsey.[12] The vessels belonging to the Company imported to Kinsale the usual coastal cargoes of coal, clay, iron, cement and salt while exporting pit props, fish and barley. In the good years each vessel visited Kinsale about fifteen to twenty times per year,[13]

List of vessels owned by the Kinsale Company

Colleen (80211): The Colleen was a schooner of 80 tons built at Barnstaple in 1880 by Westacott.[14] In 1882 she was owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company with 95 registered tons.[15] In 1894 she was reduced to 80 registered tons.[16] On 29th February 1904 the Colleen sailed up the River Bride, a tributary of the River Blackwater, to collect pit props and sailed down river on 18th March.[17] In 1913 she had an auxiliary engine installed of 26 horse power. In 1915 her measurements were 85.3ft X 23.9ft X 9ft with tonnage of 104 gross and 83 net tons.[18] In late 1917 the Colleen left Appledore following repairs but went straight into a storm which blew the vessel into Padstow where she remained for October and November 1917. On another passage the Colleen lost her foremast and was driven into Mounts Bay in Cornwall. The crew managed to extract the vessel but were driven onto the rocks near Mullion, north of the Lizard. All the crew were saved but the vessel became a total wreck.[19]

Harlequin (80209): The Harlequin was built at Barnstaple in 1879 with a schooner rig and having 85 registered tons. In 1880 she was owned by Robert Heard of Kinsale.[20] By 1882 she was owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company.[21] In 1892 the Harlequin was reduced in tonnage to 77 tons for some unknown reason.[22] On 26th October 1896 the Harlequin (under the command of William Parker of Braunton) was in collision with the steamer Ouse at Barry Roads in South Wales. The crew were saved but the vessel became a total wreck and was subsequently blown up to clear the channel.[23]

James O’Neill (115120): the James O’Neill was a built at Connah’s Quay in 1903 while another source says it was in 1905.[24] A third source gives 1905 as the year she was built.[25] The builder was that of Ferguson & Baird.[26] The three-masted schooner of 140 tons was described as a beautiful vessel. This vessel was under the command of Captain William O’Donovan until May 1908.[27] In 1906 the vessel was 98 registered tons and in subsequent years.[28] In April 1908 the James O’Neill went aground on Taylor’s Bank in the Mersey while on a passage between Cork and Garston. She was towed to Newferry for repairs and successful went on to Garston to discharge her cargo of timber. More permanent repairs were later conducted at Connah’s Quay.[29] In 1915 the signal hoist of the James O’Neill was JHBC and was registered at Cork like other vessels belonging to the Kinsale Shipping Company as Kinsale wasn’t a recognised port for registration.[30]

In 1918 the James O’Neill was purchased by the Sarnia Shipping Company of Guernsey and in 1920 was sold to W.A. Munn of St. John’s, Newfoundland for use in the cod trade. On 2nd March 1923 the James O’Neill was crushed by ice off St. Pierre and was abandoned by her crew before she went under.[31]

Marion (96108): The Marion was a schooner of 79 tons built at Appledore in 1891 by John Westacott, son of William Westacott of Barnstaple who had built a number of vessels for the Kinsale Shipping Company.[32] In 1900 her signal hoist was MJHN.[33] Captain James Cummins was the master of the Marion before he moved to the James O’Neill in 1908. In May 1897 the Marion was caught in a severe storm in the Bristol Channel and lost her sails. Yet she managed to make it to Newport in South Wales where she stayed for twelve days under-going repairs. After returning to Kinsale the Marion collided with a French vessel on a subsequent passage requiring the Kinsale Shipping Company to pay damages to the French.[34] In 1918 the Marion was sold with other Kinsale Company vessels to the Sarnia Shipping Company of Guernsey and re-registered to there.[35] In January 1921 the Marion disappeared while on a passage from Runcorn to Fowey with no survivors.[36] It was claimed that the Marion was in collision with the SS Rose some distance off Little Mouse in North Wales at the time of her disappearance.[37]

Old Head (76863): the Old Head was a schooner of 97 tons (105 gross tons) that was built at Barnstaple in 1878. She was commanded by Tim Cummins of Kinsale.[38] She was initially owned by Thomas Crowley of Kinsale.[39] By 1882 she was transferred to the newly former Kinsale Shipping Company.[40] In 1910 she was still owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company.[41] In April 1917 the Old Head was attacked by a U-boat off Coningbeg Lightship but was saved by the arrival of the Dusty Miller and towed to Rosslare. In October 1917 the Old Head developed a leak while on a passage from Swansea to St. Brieuc but made it into Padstow where she remained for four months. While at Padstow she had a small engine installed. But her career as an auxiliary schooner was short lived as in February 1918 the Old Head went ashore onto rocks near Gunwalloe, east of Penzance and broke up. Thankfully her crew were all saved.[42] Another account says that the Old Head had a further two years of trading. In 1920 she was owned by the Sarnia Shipping Company of Guernsey.[43] In March or May 1920 (sources differ on which month) the Old Head struck a rock in Shoreham harbour in March or May 1920 while brining stones from Cherbourg and sank.[44]

Sidney (106278): the Sidney was a schooner of 112 gross tons (93 net) built at Appledore in 1897 by R. Cook & Son. In 1914 a new 26hp Bergius engine was installed which reduced her tonnage to 89 tons.[45] She was built for the Kinsale Shipping Company and remained in their ownership until 1918. Captain Sheat was the master of the Sidney. In April 1917 the Sidney was leased to the Royal Navy for eight months at a rate of £1 12s 6d per day.[46] In May 1917 the Sidney (renamed the Glen) engaged the German submarine UB39 with her 12 pounder and 3 pounder guns and succeeded in sinking the U-boat south of the Needles. Other sources say the U-boat sank after hitting a mine. The Sidney went on to later attack four more U-boats.[47] In 1918 the Sidney was sold to the Sarnia Shipping Company of Guernsey along with other vessels belonging to the Kinsale Shipping Company and registered to Guernsey. In 1920 the Sidney was recorded as measuring 89.8ft X 22.6ft X 9.9ft and having 112 gross tons and 85 net tons. Her signal code was JNBD.[48] The Sidney was still registered in 1930 to the Sarnia Company measuring 92 tons but disappeared from the records after that time.[49]

T. Crowley (76857): The T. Crowley was a schooner of 78 tons that was built by William Westacott of Barnstaple in 1877. The two-masted schooner measured 89.5ft X 21.3ft X 9.5ft. Her first passage out of Kinsale was under Captain Robert Fowler.[50] Later the T. Crowley was under the command of Captain Parker. In July 1877 the T. Crowley imported iron to Kinsale from Gloucester to build the new Brandon River Bridge.[51] In 1880 the T. Crowley was still owned by Thomas Crowley of Kinsale.[52] By 1882 ownership of the vessel had passed to the newly established Kinsale Shipping Company.[53] In January 1882 the T. Crowley got stuck fast on Puffin Island near Beaumaris and her damaged looked so severe that she was removed from Lloyd’s Registered. But a few months later the vessel was refloated and repaired and in January 1883 returned to Lloyd’s Register.[54]

On 10th March 1917, while about fifteen miles south of Hook Head, the T. Crowley was torpedoed by a German submarine. The vessel was lost but thankfully all the crews were saved. The Germans claimed the vessel was working for the British navy at the time. It would seem that the Germans had good intelligence but hit the wrong vessel. In April 1917 the Sidney (also owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company) was requisitioned by the Royal Navy for a number of months.[55]

 

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Kinsale Marina (photographer unknown)

Vessels claimed as owned by the Kinsale Company

Ellen Dawson (20897): The Ellen Dawson was a schooner built at Kinsale in 1857. She was of 78 registered tons and her signal code was NDCF.[56] It is said that she was once owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company.[57] In 1870 and 1880 she was owned by Joseph Hosford of Mann Street, Kinsale.[58] Hosford was the father-in-law of Thomas Crowley, manager of the Kinsale Shipping Company.[59] The Ellen Dawson doesn’t appear in the records after 1880.

Esmeralda: The Esmeralda was said to be once owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company and was under the command of Captain Greenway.[60] As yet shipping records fail to support this suggested ownership.

George Brown (8456): The George Brown of Cork had a signal code of KCGR and was registered at 88 tons.[61] In 1870 the George Brown was owned by Joseph Hosford of Kinsale.[62] In 1873 the George Brown made a profit of £147 15s on eleven passages carrying coal, corn and wood.[63] As the George Brown was declared a wreck in 1879, two years before the Kinsale Shipping Company was formed, she couldn’t have been owned by the Company but instead was associated through her owner Joseph Hosford with Thomas Crowley of the Kinsale Company like the Ellen Dawson.

Hannah (8354): this vessel was said to have been once owned by the Kinsale Shipping Company.[64] She was of 96 registered tons and her signal code was KBSV. In 1870 the Hannah was owned by Joseph Hosford of Mann Street, Kinsale.[65] Crew lists for the Hannah in the years 1863 to 1877 exist in the national Archives of Ireland.

 

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[1] Thuiller, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[2] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[3] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000540259/ accessed on 13 June 2020

[4] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001960365/ accessed on 13 June 2020

[5] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[6] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[7] http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014914/005014914_00057.pdf accessed on 13 June 2020

[8] Mercantile Navy List, 1910, pp. 735, 891

[9] Mercantile Navy List, 1915, p. 539

[10] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001960365/ accessed on 13 June 2020

[11] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000540237/ accessed on 13 June 2020

[12] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[13] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[14] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 174

[15] Mercantile Navy List, 1882, p. 234

[16] Mercantile Navy List, 1894, p. 397

[17] Camphire Bridge Log Book, p. f4 (manuscript in private keeping)

[18] Mercantile Navy List, 1915, p. 124

[19] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 71

[20] Mercantile Navy List, 1880, p. 315

[21] Mercantile navy List, 1882, p. 325

[22] Mercantile Navy List, 1892, p. 456

[23] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[24] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70 for 1903; Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 174 for 1905

[25] Mercantile Navy List, 1910, p. 736

[26] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[27] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[28] Mercantile navy List, 1906, p. 658

[29] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[30] Mercantile Navy List, 1915, p. 826

[31] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[32] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[33] Mercantile Navy List, 1900, p. 599

[34] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), pp. 70, 71

[35] Mercantile Navy List, 1920, p. 878

[36] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[37] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 103

[38] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[39] Mercantile Navy List, 1880, p. 449

[40] Mercantile Navy List, 1882, p. 457

[41] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 174

[42] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92

[43] Mercantile navy List, 1920, p. 916

[44] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), pp. 92, 106

[45] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[46] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[47] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 92; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_UB-39 accessed on 13 June 2020

[48] Mercantile Navy List, 1920, p. 544

[49] Mercantile Navy List, 1930, p. 1192

[50] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[51] Thuiller, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[52] Mercantile Navy List, 1880, p. 539

[53] Mercantile Navy List, 1882, p. 545

[54] Scott, R.J., Irish Sea Schooner Twilight: The last years of the Western seas traders (Lydney, 2012), p. 91

[55] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[56] Mercantile Navy List, 1880, p. 262

[57] Thuiller, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[58] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 117; Mercantile Navy List, 1880, p. 262

[59] Thuiller, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[60] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[61] Mercantile Navy List, 1860, p. 320

[62] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 154

[63] Thuillier, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[64] Thuiller, J., Kinsale Harbour: A History (Cork, 2014), p. 70

[65] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 166

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Carlow History, Maritime History

The Barrow Navigation by Bagenalstown

The Barrow Navigation by Bagenalstown

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 

The River Barrow was for centuries an important transport route from the Suir Estuary northwards in the rich agricultural land of east Kilkenny and County Carlow. In the 1750s improvements were made to the river to accommodate larger barges carrying timber and grain to New Ross and Waterford while carrying imported goods upriver. The river was straighten in a few places and locks constructed with tow paths beside the river to allow horses to pull the barges. The riverbed was excavated to a depth of five feet for the barges. In the 1790s further work was done to extend the Barrow navigation to Waterford Harbour while in the north, the Barrow was joined up to the Grand Canal to link the region to the growing economic power of Dublin. The photos below give a view of the Barrow Navigation just north of Bagenalstown, County Carlow.

 

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River Barrow north of Bagenalstown

 

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Below Bagenalstown we travel on the River Barrow

 

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North of Bagenalstown we head off the River Barrow and onto the canal

 

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Entrance to the canal lock from the River Barrow on the south-side

 

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South side of the lock

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Close up of the lock

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The mooring ring to hold the barge while the water changes in the lock 

 

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Canal lock gate

 

 

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Canal lock north side

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The canal to the east of the River Barrow

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Bridge over the canal 

 

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The underside of a bridge over the Barrow Navigation canal 

 

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A word from another age under the bridge

 

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Canal and green pastures

 

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Where cows may safely graze 

 

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Canal bank walk

 

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Tow path bridge

 

 

 

 

 

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Maritime History

Some Milford built vessels before 1850

Some Milford built vessels before 1850

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 

The list below is extracted from Lloyd’s Register of 1850 giving a short introduction to some of the sailing vessels built at Milford in Wales between 1802 and 1850. There were possibly many more vessels built at Milford between those years but for one reason or another they didn’t make it onto Lloyd’s Register of shipping. A reference to vessels owned by Milford owners in 1850 is given at the end giving the page numbers of Lloyd’s register of 1850.

 

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Milford Haven {photographer unknown}

Alfred & James – a schooner of 99 tons built at Milford in 1841 and owned in 1850 by Scurlock of Milford.

Alice – a smack of 29 tons built at Milford in 1840 and owned in 1850 by Starbuck of Milford.

Allihies – a schooner of 84 tons built at Milford in 1825 and owned in 1850 by Peters & Company of Flamouth.

Caractacus – a schooner of 98 tons built at Milford in 1813 and in 1850 owned by Harries & Company of Milford and involved in the coastal trade.

Cheviot – a brig of 146 tons built at Milford in 1843 and in 1850 owned by Roberts & Company of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

Coronation – a schooner of 116 tons built at Milford in 1838 and in 1850 owned by Read of Ipswich where she was involved in the coastal trade.

Curlew – a smack of 28 tons built at Milford in 1848 and in 1850 owned by Starbuck of Milford and involved in the coastal trade.

D’Israeli – a brig of 225 tons built in 1850 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by M. Roberts of Milford where she was involved in the ocean trade between Milford and Baltimore.

Defiance – a schooner of 85 tons built in 1843 at Milford and owned in 1850 by Scurlock of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

Dispatch – a smack of 44 tons built at Milford in 1828 and in 1850 owned by Pringle & Company of Milford and was involved in the coastal trade.

Earl of Kingston – a smack of 35 tons built at Milford in in 1830 and in 1850 owned by j. Lewis of Aberyst and was involved in the coastal trade.

Edward – a schooner of 52 tons built at Milford in 1836 and in 1850 owned by Brenan & Company of no given address.

Eliza – a schooner of 125 tons built at Milford in 1827 and in 1850 owned by Owens & Company of Cardigan.

Elizabeth Hogan – a schooner of 60 tons built in 1841 at Milford and in 1850 owned by Philpin & Co of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

Ellen – a schooner of 68 tons built at Milford in 1837 and owned in 1850 by Starbuck of Milford where she was involved in the Gloucester coastal trade.

Ellen – a smack of 42 tons built in 1850 at Milford and owned in 1850 by Greenish & Company of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

Forester – a schooner of 82 tons built in 1847 at Milford and in 1850 owned by Roberts & Company of Milford and was involved in the coastal trade.

Henrietta – a schooner of 76 tons built in 1819 at Milford and owned in 1850 by J. Puxley of Swansea where she was engaged in the coastal trade.

Hercules – a schooner of 83 tons built in 1812 at Milford and in 1850 owned by Harries 7 Company of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

John & Elizabeth – a vessel of unknown rig having 23 tons that was built at Milford in 1849 and in 1850 was owned by Hogan and Company of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

John & Mary – a brigantine of 103 tons built at Milford in 1839 and in 1850 was owned by Silly & Company of Dartmouth where she was involved in the London trade.

Lady of the Lake – a schooner of 160 tons built at Milford in 1840 and in 1850 owned by Hill & Company of London and was involved in the Mediterranean trade.

Margaret Roberts – a schooner of 117 tons built in 1845 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Roberts & Company of Milford where she was involved in the Mediterranean trade.

Martha – a schooner of 78 tons built at Milford in 1827 and in 1850 was owned by Captain & Company of Milford where she was involved in the coastal trade.

Mary – a schooner of 68 tons was built in 1825 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Griffiths & Company of Cardigan and was involved in the coastal trade.

Mary – a brig of 106 tons built in 1840 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Rowlands of Milford and was involved in the coastal trade.

Milford Packet – a schooner of 59 tons built in 1830 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Williams of Milford and was involved in the Milford to Cork trade.

New Dove – a smack of 24 tons built at Milford in 1842 and in 1850 was owned by Jones & Company of Port Madoc and was involved in the coastal trade

Oliver Lloyd – a smack of 59 tons built in 1839 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Thomas & Company of Cardigan and involved in the coastal trade.

Pembrokeshire Lass – a schooner of 132 tons built in 1840 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Davis & Company of Milford where she was involved in the Baltic trade.

Peregrine – a brig of 150 tons built in 1816 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by D. Propert of no given address.

Perseverance – a sloop of 67 tons built at Milford in 1802 and in 1850 was owned by Madocks of Milford where she was engaged in the coastal trade.

Primrose – a cutter of 35 tons built at Milford in 1843 and in 1850 was owned by H. Waring of Lyme and was engaged in the Guernsey trade.

Queen of the Isles – a schooner of 130 tons built at Milford in 1834 and in 1850 was owned by Lewis & Company of Bristol and was engaged in the London-Mediterranean trade.

Salacia – a schooner of 94 tons built in 1816 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by James 7 Company of no given address.

Star – a schooner of 78 tons built in 1833 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by J. Connors of no given address.

Starbuck – a schooner of 106 tons built in 1840 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Captain & Company of Swansea and was involved in the Swansea to London trade.

Symmetry – a schooner of 130 tons built in 1842 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Davis & Company of Milford and was involved in the coastal trade.

United Friends – a smack of 35 tons built in 1828 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Captain & Company.

William – a brig of 55 tons built in 1814 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Llewellyn of Milford where she was engaged in the coastal trade.

William & Jane – a schooner of 53 tons built in 1839 at Milford and in 1850 was owned by Dedwith & Company of no given address.

 

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Vessels owned at Milford on Lloyd’s List of 1850

Pages 19, 24, 43, 47,55, 67, 70, 72, 83, 101, 102, 104, 106, 108, 112, 128, 136, 137, 155, 159, 172, 173, 177, 193, 197, 204, 216, 226, 232, 239, 269, 270, 275, 278, 279, 282, 292, 298, 299, 311, 313, 315, 321, 322, 324, 349, 350, 352, 354, 356, 395, 397, 415, 423

 

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This search for Milford vessels began on 7th December 2014 and due to distractions of other work wasn’t finished until 9th August 2019.

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Cork history, Maritime History, Waterford history

Dr. Eaton William Waters of Brideweir

Dr. Eaton William Waters of Brideweir

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 

Dr. Eaton William Waters was born in Co. Waterford on 17th January 1865.[1] He had an older brother, George Alexander Waters born about 1863.[2] Eaton Waters was the son of another Eaton William Waters and Mary Waters of Tramore, Co. Waterford.[3] Eaton Waters senior was a physician and surgeon.[4] Eaton Waters junior had three sisters, Bessie, Anne and Helen.[5] The family grew up fast as on 14th September 1870 Dr. Eaton Waters senior died leaving Mary a widow with a young family to bring up. His personal effects were worth under £800 so the family were not poor.[6] In 1876 Marys Waters, living in Tramore, was the owner of 67 acres of land.[7] Eaton Waters junior’s grandfather was George Alexander Waters, M.D., who lived at Crobally Upper in the parish of Drmcannon, County Waterford, in the 1850s.[8] George Alexander Waters was a surgeon in the Royal Navy and was born in Cork in 1774 and died in Tramore in October 1858.[9]

Education

Eaton Waters began his education in Waterford High School before moving onto Queens College, Galway, and the Carmichael College of Medicine in Dublin. As the son of a doctor and grandson of a doctor the medical profession was in his blood. In 1886 he obtained a M.Ch. from the Royal University of Ireland and in 1887 got a M.A.O. (Hons.). After qualification he became a Demonstrator of Anatomy at Queens College, Galway before moving to England to pursue his medical career.[10]

Medical doctor

In England, Eaton Waters operated a private practice in Huddersfield and Bolton for many years before returning to Ireland in the early twentieth century.[11]

Census 1911

In the 1911 census Dr. Eaton Waters was living at Brideweir, Knocknagapple, Aghern. He was then aged 46 years and a member of the Church of Ireland. A physician and graduate of the Royal University of Ireland, Eaton Waters could read and write and was a bachelor. In the house with him on census night was Lizzie Griffin, a thirty year old general domestic servant of the Roman Catholic faith. Lizzie could read and write and was single in keeping with the usual marital status for domestic servants.[12] Lizzie was an experience domestic servant. In 1901 she worked for Rev. John Nason, curate of Mogeely, at his house in Ballynoe village where he lived with his widowed mother, Angelina Nason.[13] In 1911 Rev. John Nason was married and living in Glenville with his mother and new wife along with a single domestic servant of the Church of Ireland faith.[14]

Interest in history

Eaton Waters and his elder brother George Waters, both had a great interest in Irish history. In 1920 Eaton Waters was a subscriber to the Succession list of the Bishop, Cathedral and Parochial Clergy of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore (Dublin, 1920) by Rev. W.H. Rennison. Later Eaton Waters joined the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. In 1939 Eaton Waters was a member of the Council of the Royal Society of Antiquaries.[15] George Waters was a member of the Irish Text Society.[16] In 1939 Eaton’s son Adrian became a member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.[17]

 

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Dr. Eaton Waters (care of Conna in History and Tradition, p. 327)

Cork Historical and Archaeological Society

In 1911 Dr. Eaton Waters was elected a member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.[18] He took an active part in the Society, in its proceedings and welfare and was a member of the governing council for a number of years. In the Society journal and on Society outings Eaton waters enjoyed sharing his knowledge of local topography with members and entertaining members on Society tours of north-east Cork.[19] In 1931 Dr. Eaton Waters wrote a history of the Waters family in the Society journal.[20] In 1939-1941 Dr. Eaton Waters was president of the Society.[21]

The Great War

Eaton’s elder brother, George Waters also took up a medical career becoming a surgeon in the Royal Navy. At the start of the Great War in 1914 George Alexander Waters was a fleet surgeon serving aboard H.M.S. Drake at Gibraltar as part of the 5th Cruiser Squadron.[22] When the Gallipoli campaign began in early 1915 George Waters got involved as a fleet surgeon aboard H.M.S. Goliath.[23] On 13th May 1915 he was killed off Gallipoli when the ship was torpedoed.[24]

Life at Brideweir

Brideweir house was built as a vicarage in 1822 by the then vicar of Aghern and Britway, Rev. Ludlow Tonson for £923. The last vicar to live in the house died in 1899 and it was sold as a private residence to Clement Broad.[25] In 1901 Brideweir house was owned by Clement Broad but was unoccupied.[26] In 1905 Dr. Eaton Waters purchased the house and made it his home.[27] In 1911 Brideweir house had five windows in the front of the house and seventeen rooms within.[28] There were eight outhouses made up by one stable, one coach house, one harness room, one cow house, one dairy, one fowl house, one workshop and one shed.[29] In the 1930s Eaton Waters had his own electricity in the house by the use of a water wheel on the river.[30]

Away from Brideweir Dr. Eaton waters invested in the number of house properties in at Chapel Street and Barrack Street in Tallow, Co. Waterford. There he employed a Mr. Conway to collect the rent. But just like the landlords of the nineteenth century the rent was not always forthcoming and some tenants who made improvements to the houses sought to put the cost against the rent. In 1936 Michael Harty of Barrack Street sought such accosts against his rent but Eaton Waters said the costs were unauthorised and Harty was in arrears of rent and was served with an ejectment order. In court Harty’s wife promised to pay the rnet and E. Carroll, solicitor of Fermoy, acting for Eaton Waters, agreed.[31]

Marriage and family

On 11th December 1918 Dr. Eaton Waters married Annie Martin Orr from Bengal in India. They had six children: Helen (d. 18th March 1933), Christopher (d. 20th March 1936), Cicely (wife of Martin Hurley), Adrain, Ormond and Maeve.[32]

In 1919-21 the Aghern area saw action during the War of Independence. On 16th February 1920 the R.I.C. barracks in the village was attacked. One stray bullet with through a window of Brideweir and after hitting off the wall landed on the floor but thankfully the room was unoccupied at the time. After a four hour gun battle, the barracks was not captured but six weeks the police abandoned the building. Two weeks later the empty building was burnt down on a night when the wind blew from the north so as not to burn any of Dr. Waters’ trees.[33] During the War Dr. Waters treated injured soldiers from both sides.[34]

In the summer of 1921 the central arch of Aghern Bridge was blown up. After the Truce it was repaired but during the Civil War the bridge was blown up again. Some of the demolition crew had breakfast at Brideweir by their own invitation.[35]

Death

On 28th February 1945, Dr. Eaton Waters died at his residence, Brideweir, after a protracted illness.[36] He was buried in the nearby Aghern graveyard. Eaton’s son Adrian continued to live at Brideweir until 1954 when he sold the house to Dr. Kevin McCarthy who established a thriving medical practice.[37] Annie Orr Waters moved to New Zealand where she died on 30th March 1969 in Hamilton.[38]

 

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[1] https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/eaton-william-waters-birth-1865-death-1945-ireland/192514554 [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[2] White, G., & O’Shea, B. (eds.), A Great Sacrifice: Cork servicemen who died in the Great War (Cork, 2010), p. 479

[3] White, G., & O’Shea, B. (eds.), A Great Sacrifice: Cork servicemen who died in the Great War, p. 479

[4] http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014889/005014889_00643.pdf [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[5] https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/eaton-william-waters-birth-1865-death-1945-ireland/192514554 [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[6] http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014889/005014889_00643.pdf [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[7] Anon, Return of Owners of Land on one acres and upwards in the several Counties, Counties of cities and Counties of towns in Ireland (Dublin, 1876), p. 178

[8] Griffiths Valuation, Crobally Upper, Drumcannon parish

[9] https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/george-alexander-waters-birth-1774-death-1858/192545266 [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[10] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

[11] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

[12] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001924742/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[13] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000571942/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[14] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001851234/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[15] Report of the Council, 1939, in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Jun. 30, 1940), pp. 103-109, at p. 103

[16] Irish Text Society, Vol. XVI (1914), p. 22

[17] Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol. XLIX, No. 170 (July-December 1944), p. 7

[18] Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol. XLIX, No. 170 (July-December 1944), p. 7

[19] Holland, M., ‘Obituary, Eaton W. Waters, M.B., M.Ch., M.A.O., F.R.S.A.I.’, in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol. L, No. 171 (January-June 1945), p. 68

[20] Martin, J., ‘Annual Report for 1931’, in the Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Dec., 1931), pp. 444-449, at p. 444

[21] http://corkhist.ie/about-chas/past-presidents-of-the-society/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[22] Irish Text Society, Vol. XVI (1914), p. 22

[23] White, G., & O’Shea, B. (eds.), A Great Sacrifice: Cork servicemen who died in the Great War, p. 479

[24] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

[25] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 277

[26] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000571710/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[27] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

[28] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001924720/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[29] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001924722/ [accessed on 20 May 2019]

[30] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 330

[31] Dungarvan Observer, 19 December 1936, page 3; For the purchase of Tallow town by Dr. Waters from the Duke of Devonshire (1904-1932) see Waterford County Archive, Lismore castle papers, IE/WCA/PP/LISM/512

[32] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

[33] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), pp. 101, 102

[34] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 101

[35] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 102

[36] Holland, M., ‘Obituary, Eaton W. Waters, M.B., M.Ch., M.A.O., F.R.S.A.I.’, in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol. L, No. 171 (January-June 1945), p. 68

[37] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

[38] Anon, Conna in History and Tradition (Conna, 1998), p. 278

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The Hope of Cork

The Hope of Cork

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 

In 2008, I wrote in Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007 that the Claggan of Barrow, purchased by David O’Keeffe of Tallow in 1912, was just the latest in a number of vessels owned by O’Keeffe over his long business career.[1] One of these other vessels owned by O’Keeffe was the Hope of Cork.

 

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The Hope was built in 1858 at Ulverston as a wooden schooner. Ulverston was then in Lnacastershire but is now in Cumbria. The Hope’s original port of registration was Lancaster and so she was called the Hope of Lancaster.[2] The vessel’s dimensions were given as 71 X 19.6 X 8.9 feet.[3] The Hope had 75 net registered tons. Her official number was 20484 and she displayed a signal hoist of NBJP.[4]

In 1860 the Hope was owned by Petty & Co. of Ulverston who operated the vessel as a coaster and J. Pernic was her master.[5] Petty & Co. was a private bank founded in Ulverston in 1804 under that name of Petty & Postlethwaite. In 1863 the bank was purchased by the Wakefield, Crewsdon & Co. bank of Kendal.[6] Petty & Co. was involved in building and owning ships since the 1810s.[7] By 1865 the Hope was still owned by Petty & Co. of Ulverston who continued to operate the vessel as a coaster while M. Wilson was her new master.[8]

Later in 1865 Matthew Wilson of Ulverston was given as the owner of the Hope.[9] As her former master he must have liked the vessel sufficiently to purchase her. But Matthew Wilson didn’t long enjoy the Hope of Lancaster as by 1867 the vessel was owned by John Bell of Ulverston[10]. In about 1876 the Hope of Lancaster was sold to James Geldart of Barrow in Lancastershire.[11]

In 1889 the Hope sailed up the Blackwater to Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, with a cargo for John Stanley. Her captain on that occasion was named Dalton. In the same year, the Hope exported three cargos of timber for David O’Keeffe of Tallow and another two cargos for John Stanley. The Hope sailed up the Bride, a tributary of the Blackwater, twice in 1890 and again in 1895 to export oats (948 barrels). The vessel sailed up the Blackwater once in 1890 and twice in 1891. Captain Allin was her master in 1891.[12]

After seeing the Hope in 1889 David O’Keeffe of Tallow liked the vessel so much that her brought her and re-registered the Hope at Cork. Although David O’Keeffe is listed as the owner and manager it is unlikely that he was the actual master of the Hope. David O’Keeffe was a large coal, timber and grain merchant in west Waterford/east Cork and would have little time to sail merchant vessels and little training. Later, during the Great War, David O’Keeffe was the owner of the Claggan of Barrow.[13]

 

David

David O’Keeffe

But owning and operating a sailing merchant vessel was a specialist activity. By 1891 David O’Keeffe decided to sell the Hope yet still use her to carry his cargoes as in 1893 the vessel exported oats for O’Keeffe from the Bride River.[14]

Between 1891 and 1897 the Hope of Cork was owned by Mrs. Emma Nance of Placetenton Place, Cardiff and Horatio Nance of Dock Chambers, Cardiff was the master.[15] Horatio Nance was born about 1849 in Cornwall and in 1881 was living in Glamorgan. His wife was Emma Nance but it is not clear if it was Emma Nance of Placetenton Place or another woman of the same name.[16] The purchase of the Hope by the Nance family must have given them hope for a better future as in October 1888 Horatio Nance and his partner William Edwin Nance (merchant, ship brokers and coal agents) were in the Cardiff bankruptcy court.[17] By 1896 Horatio Nance was the owner of a coal mine at West Llantwit, near Beddau, Pontypridd. The mine was managed by David Thomas and had 12 workers underground and 3 on the surface.[18] In 1898 and 1899 the Hope of Cork was owned and manged by Ellis Roberts of Port Dinorwic, Carnarvon.[19]

After 1899 the Hope of Cork disappeared from the records and its fate is unknown.

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[1] O’Brien, N., Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007 (Ballyduff, 2008), p. 397

[2] Mercantile Navy List, 1889

[3] Lloyd’s List, 1865

[4] Mercantile Navy List, 1889

[5] Lloyd’s List, 1860

[6] Orbell, J., & Turton, A., British Banking: a guide to historical records (Abingdon, 2017), p. 522

[7] https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/~cmi/books/storm1826.html [accessed on 2 March 2019]

[8] Lloyd’s List, 1865

[9] Mercantile Navy List, 1865

[10] Mercantile Navy List, 1875

[11] Mercantile Navy List, 1885 & 1889

[12] Cork City & County Archives, Youghal Port Records, U138, Import & Export Returns, 1870-1912; O’Brien, Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007, p. 414

[13] Mercantile Navy List, 1890; O’Brien, Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007, pp. 268, 270, 271

[14] Cork City & County Archives, Youghal Port Records, U138, Import & Export Returns, 1870-1912;

[15] Mercantile Navy List, 1891 & 1897

[16] https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/categories/1881uki/?name=_Nance&pg=5&count=50&name_x=_1 [accessed on 2 March 2019]

[17] South Wales Daily News, 4th October 1888 https://newspapers.library.wales/view/3669790/3669791/2/LIVERPOOL [accessed on 2 March 2019]

[18] http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/mhn/1896-59.htm [accessed 2 March 2019]

[19] Mercantile Navy List, 1898 & 1899

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Blackwater and Bride book: ten years on

Blackwater and Bride book: ten years on

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 

In December 2008 (ten years ago this month) I published my history book (and to date, December 2018, my only history book) entitled Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007. The book ran to 562 pages including numerous illustrations and tables. The vast majority of historians first attend college, then write a few articles for various historical journals and then publish a book or two as the culmination of their gathered knowledge. I kind of did the sequence of stages in reverse – firstly publishing a book, then writing articles for various historical journals and then, in 2017-19, attending the University College Cork education course, entitled: Diploma in Local and Regional Studies.

As the preface of the book recounted (reprinted below) the book originally began as a project for an article in Decies: the journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, in the summer of 2002. Having finished the article on navigation on the Rivers Blackwater and Bride, I asked Mike Hackett of Youghal was there anything else to know relating to the subject. Before I could say ‘Hop, skip and jump’, the word had travelled around the historian community of east Cork and west Waterford that I was writing a book about the two rivers. I tried repeatedly to tell them that I was just writing an article for a historical journal but eventually just gave up. In 2002 the Rivers Blackwater and Bride were just noted fishing rivers and the present of numerous quays marked on the Ordinance Survey maps was possibly just done in the hope of river traffic rather than responding to a substantial level of river traffic in former times. I was confident that the book would be 100 pages at most and, like the Great War, be finished by Christmas. It was to be six years later before the book was done – ah the foolishness of youth.

 

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The official launch of the book in the Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal, 9th December 2008, was a nervous affair as I was then an unknown historian. The dust jacket of the book said that I had ‘written a number of articles in various historical journals’. This was a stretch of the truth. Up until 2008 I had only published two articles – one in a historical journal and another in a school history book. But to help promote the book I wrote off two articles during 2008 for two journals – Niall O’Brien, ‘The Earl of Desmond’s Navy’, in the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Series 2, Vol. 8 (2008), pp. 87-96 and Niall O’Brien, ‘The Estate of Maurice Brown of Rathmoylan: Its Origins and Descent’, in Decies, No. 64 (2008), pp. 41-46. The choice of these two journals was that they include a biography of the author and thus I could write in these biographies that I published the Blackwater and Bride book. The article in Decies did result in a direct sale of a copy of the book but I am not sure did it do much more.

In total 1,000 copies of the Blackwater and Bride book was produced of which 127 copies were sold at the book launch. It then took another 4 years to sell most of the books mainly through shops in Fermoy, Dungarvan and Youghal. The slow rate of sales, the end of Heritage Council funding of book publication and other distractions for my funds has meant that the Blackwater and Bride is so far my only book although the number of articles published in historical journals has increased to over sixteen.

The Blackwater and Bride book not only recorded the navigation and river trade on the two rivers and the Lismore canal but helped generate an appreciation of the two rivers among the communities along its banks. The river boating services offered by Denis Murray and Tony Gallagher acquired more customers. The Gathering 2013 festival in Knockanore used the river to boat people between Youghal and Cappoquin as an important part of its programme. A number of people have explored the idea of a restaurant river boat service on the Blackwater and the Bride. In 2016 the Villierstown community has established a boating service that includes a special boat for wheelchair people. Recently, the various communities along the Blackwater between Clashmore and Lismore have come together to develop the economy of the region with the river as a central theme. Before 2008 people along the two rivers had mostly forgotten about the river as they drove their cars to destinations away from the rivers. Since 2008 the two rivers have once again become a linkage between the communities.

On a personal level, the Blackwater and Bride book generated invitations to give history talks about the rivers and trade in Youghal, Tallow and Waterford city, which would not previously happen. The book further generated an invitation to write an article on the history of the Irish timber trade for the journal, Irish Forestry, which was nice to do and also opened my eyes to other places to publish history rather than keeping it too local.[1]

A further development by the book was the establishment of a Facebook page, entitled, Sailing Merchant Vessels, which records the history of various sailing vessels and accounts of sailing history that is today long gone.[2] The page has (December 2018) over 2,300 followers and it is hoped to continue to develop the site with more maritime history.

Hopefully someday I will get a chance to publish another book if I don’t get too distracted with articles in historical journals, or by two history blogs[3] or by two history pages on Facebook[4] as well as the fun of life, work and family. Should be good fun as the Blackwater book was even with all the work involved.

 

 

 

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Contents

 

Preface

 

Acknowledgements

 

Chapters

 

  1. Early years of travel, 8,000 B.C. – 1600                               1
  2. The Rivers 1580 – 1700                                                          17
  3. Tidal river traffic 1700 – 1800                                              37
  4. Opening the river 1700 – 1850                                             53
  5. The ferries                                                                                67
  6. Lismore canal                                                                          81
  7. Tidal river traffic 1800 – 1900                                              98
  8. Shipbuilding by the river                                                     128
  9. Passenger traffic and steamboats                                       135
  10. The Bride River 1902 – 1922                                                145
  11. Blackwater dredging and river improvements              159
  12. River quays and bridges                                                      165
  13. Rowing, coting and yachting                                               187
  14. Tidal river traffic 1936 – 1958                                             196
  15. Bride and Blackwater vessels                                              213
  16. Conclusion                                                                              272

 

Bibliography                                                                                     274

 

Appendices

 

Appendix I

Partial returns of trade on the Lismore canal                      283

Appendix II

Local corn and flour mills from Griffith’s Valuation           284

Appendix III

Personalities of the river in the nineteenth century           285

Appendix IV

Types of vessels on the river                                                   286

Appendix V

Time table of the Blackwater Steamer Company                287

Appendix VI

Coastal trade at Youghal 1866 to 1879                                  288

Appendix VII

Some mallow canal accounts for 1761                                   289

Appendix VIII

Figures by Musgrave to get £10,000 savings on river traffic 291

Appendix IX

Notes on the Youghal Harbour records                                  292

Appendix X

Notes on the Lismore Canal Lockage accounts                     293

Appendix XI

Miscellaneous trade on the two rivers 1879 to 1898           294

Appendix XII

Line drawings of a Blackwater market boat                          296

 

Index of people and places                                           200

 

Index of ships                                                                317

 

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Preface

 

 

Today when we think of travel, we mention cars, buses, trains and planes. But for an island nation we often fail to mention ships. Yet to people in the past, ships would be their first choice. The Blackwater and Bride are today noted all over the world as rivers for good fishing. For our forefathers, they were the super highways of their time. If we want to go to England, France or Australia, many hours in a car and at an airport would have to be endured. Our grandparents just had to go down to the bottom of the garden and board a ship which would take them there direct.

The first river navigators came to do shopping and find accommodation. The Irish of the early medieval period used the rivers to export their agriculture surplus as did the later Normans while importing luxury items from across the globe.  The seventeenth century saw a great expansion in river traffic with the influence of the new English and the happy survival of more documents than the medieval period. After such activity, the first haft of the eighteenth century was one of rest until 1750 when the Mallow Canal and the growth of the corn trade brought an increase in traffic. From this time until the 1950’s, the corn trade provided varied levels of river activity, along with imports of coal and exports of timber. Such trade was carried on the river lighters and after1884 principally on the merchant schooners. Facilities such as the many river quays and warehouses were constructed while many of the fishing weirs were removed to aid navigation. The two rivers saw some of the first navigators to Ireland and had visits from some of the last merchant schooners at the end of sail.

The origin of this book was a request by Patrick Grogan that I write an article on west Waterford for the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society journal, Decies. Navigation on the Suir had been well written about in Decies and I felt a little balance to marine affairs in Waterford would do no harm. Therefore I wrote a piece on the opening of the Blackwater River above Lismore from 1700 to 1850 (which now forms chapter four).

Having finished the proposed article in just a few months, I felt really happy with myself. This article encompassed the whole picture of Blackwater navigation, as I supposed it to be. But just to make sure that I had covered all the aspects of the subject, I wrote a letter to Mike Hackett of Youghal, asking was there anything else to be learnt on the subject. Mike had written so many books on Youghal and the Blackwater that he seemed like a good fellow to ask (he also happen to be the only marine person I knew at the time). Mike replied that Frank Mills of Knockanore was the person to ask. He wisely never let on that only the tip of the iceberg had been touched. So I rang Frank in February 2003 and five years later, this book is the bigger picture. Even Frank was amazed at the amount of information available.

But despite the bigger picture, this book does not tell the full story. People may find the use of notes to be excessive. I apologize if the notes break the flow of your reading and enjoyment. The subject of navigation on the Blackwater and Bride Rivers has never been written in book form before. Some aspects like the Mallow Canal and the passenger steam boats of the nineteenth century have appeared in articles of historical journals or in a chapter of a book, but not the full story. Therefore this book not just corrects this lacking but also forms an information source for future research and publications. Hence the excessive notes are I hope an aid to the next voyage of discovery.

I could even have spent more time on further research. We didn’t consult old newspapers. What! Didn’t consult newspapers; what scandal. Yea well some people are full of scandal. To do so would postpone publication for two or three more years. As the living memory of navigation is fast leaving us with the last vessel having left the Blackwater in 1958, it was felt that further postponement would deprive of us all of giving acknowledgement to the men (they were mostly men), who sailed the Blackwater and Bride where now only fish and ducks travel.

In such a work there have been high and low points. Meeting Frank Mills and the legendary Dick Scott was a joy and pleasure which long years will never diminish. Johnny McGrath looking into a skip full of papers in Dungarvan, from where he pulled out the bridge log books of Camphire (for 1902 to 1956), and of Youghal (from 1936 to 1958) was an invaluable piece of salvage. Some would express disappointment that he didn’t pull out more papers, but without those log books the navigation story would certainly be the poorer. Finding the log books for the Lismore Canal in Dublin and, in greater number, at Dungarvan was great. The disappointment came with only one book for before for the fifty four years before 1851 (and that book only covering three years).[5] Further sorrow arrived with the Youghal harbour books only surviving for the period after 1878, made establishing the level of trade on the two rivers extremely hard. Thankfully the harbour books after 1878 gave us wonderful information. Chapter seven and fifteen are based heavily upon these books.

Dr. Johnson once wrote to Charles O’Connor on his “Dissertations on the History of Ireland” that “I hope you will continue to cultivate this kind of learning, which has too long lain neglected, and which if it be suffered to remain in oblivion for another century, may, perhaps, never be retrieved.” This book is slightly late in time to retrieve much of the living folklore, but I trust, not too late to tell this remarkable story, and keep it from oblivion.

If there any errors or omissions, I hope they are few and that if readers note any, we can correct same in a further edition. With this proviso, hopefully you will find the result of this book to be worthwhile and enjoyable, fascinating and interesting.

 

 

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[1] O’Brien, N.C.E.J., ‘Timber exports in the south east’, in Irish Forestry, Vol. 74, Nos. 1 & 2 (2017), pp. 168-190

[2] https://www.facebook.com/sailingmerchantvessels/?ref=bookmarks [accessed 30 December 2018]

[3] http://celtic2realms-medievalnews.blogspot.com/ [accessed on 30 December 2018] covering medieval history and https://niallbrn.wordpress.com/ [accessed on 30 December 2018] covering modern history.

[4] https://www.facebook.com/MallowFermoyLismoreWaterfordRailwayBranchLines/?ref=bookmarks [accessed on 30 December 2018] and https://www.facebook.com/sailingmerchantvessels/?ref=bookmarks [accessed 30 December 2018]

[5] Since the writing of the preface in 2007 the National Library of Ireland completed a new catalogue of the Lismore Papers by Stephen Ball in which additional information on the Lismore canal before 1851 was discovered. MS 43,786/1 is an Account for the Lismore Canal with Samuel Kenah & Co. (1816-9), returns of lockage received (1828-49), and return of proceeds of lockage from the Lismore Canal (1855-7), 6 items; MS 43,786/2 is entitled Lockage account book for the years 1828 to 1840, 1 item

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Youghal vessels in 1860

Youghal vessels in 1860

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

Introduction

The following article is just a brief biography of the vessels registered to the port of Youghal in 1860. The port of Youghal is situated at the mouth of the Munster Blackwater in east Cork in southern Ireland. Its seafaring tradition extends back to the thirteenth century and beyond. Peter de Paris, a merchant of the town, was appointed commander of the English fleet which took part in the war on Scotland around 1300.

Albion: The Albion was built in 1834 in Nova Scotia with a barque rig. She had 313 net tons. In 1840 the Albion was owned by W. Delap of New Brunswick while Mr. Carpenter was her master.[1] In 1853 she had repairs and was partially rebuilt with iron bolts. In 1855 further repairs were carried out. By 1855 the Albion was owned by Pim & Co. of Youghal with S. Hanlan as master. She was involved in the Youghal/Mediterranean trade.[2] In 1860 she was still owned by Pim and Son of Youghal while S. Hanlan was her master.[3] The Albion does not appear in the 1865 Lloyd’s Register and her fate is unknown.

Caroline: The Caroline was built in 1856 on Prince Edward Island. She was a brigantine rig vessel with 115 net tons. The Caroline was constructed using black beech and oak with iron bolts. Also used were spruce, pine and juniper with maple. In 1858 she was owned by W. Parker of Youghal and E. Sheehan was her master.[4] In 1860 she was still owned by W. Parker of Youghal and was involved in the Youghal coasting trade.[5]

The Caroline does not appear in the 1865 Lloyd’s Register. Yet in 1865 she was owned by W. Parker of Youghal with a signal hoist of SMVF and having a registration number of 39094.[6] She was still owned by W. Parker in 1870.[7] By 1872 John Evans of Youghal was the owner of the Caroline.[8] The Caroline seems to disappear from the records in 1878.

Ceres: The Ceres was an old schooner in 1860 as she was built in 1826 at Youghal by Mr. McCarthy.[9] The Ceres was 27 gross ton (16 net tons) and in 1860 was owned by M. MacCarthy.[10] The Ceres does not appear in the 1865 Lloyd’s Register. Yet in 1865 she was owned by C. McCarthy of Youghal. In that year her signal hoist was JLMH and her registration number was 5871.[11] The Ceres is last seen in the records in 1868 and disappears after that.[12]

Countess of Durham: The Countess of Durham was a barque rig vessel built in 1838 at Truro in Nova Scotia. She was 324 net tons. In 1846 she had repairs at White’s shipyard in Waterford.[13] In 1848 she had some further repairs in which she was sheathed in yellow metal. In 1850 she was owned by Barns & Co. of Waterford and was involved in the Waterford to Quebec trade. Rowlands was her master.[14] In 1849-50 the Countess of Durham earned £149 on the Quebec sailings.[15] In 1850 and again in 1855 there were some repairs done to the vessel. By 1855 the Countess of Durham was owned by T. Strangman of Waterford and W. Dalton was her master. The vessel was then involved in the Waterford to Cadiz trade.[16]

In 1858 she was owned by J. Pim of Youghal and was involved in the Youghal to America trade.[17] In 1860 she was owned by J. Pim of Youghal and was involved in the Youghal coastal trade. Her master in 1860 was W. Dalton.[18] In 1865 she was still owned by Pim.[19] In 1868 the Countess of Durham was still owned by J.W. Pim of Myrtle Grove, Youghal.[20] Myrtle Grove was given that name by Sir Lawrence Parsons after 1616. Sir Walter Raleigh is said to have lived in the house in 1588 and in 1602 it is referred to as the Warden’s house of Youghal College but the exact age of the house is unknown.[21]

In 1868 the Countess of Durham’s signal hoist was RCJQ and her registration number was 32966 and her registered tonnage was 298 tons.[22] The Countess of Durham does not appear in the 1870 Lloyd’s Register but was still owned by J.W. Pim.[23] In 1878 she was still owned by J.W. Pim but disappears from the records after that.[24]

 

Youghal

Youghal Harbour (photo by Niall O Brien)

 

Eliza O’Keeffe: The Eliza O’Keeffe was built in 1856 at Youghal by P. Kidney using iron bolts. P. Kidney was a builder of several schooners and brigantines for the Mediterranean fruit trade. The Eliza O’Keeffe was his most famous vessel.[25] The Eliza O’Keeffe was rigged as a brigantine and had 120 net tons. In 1858 she was owned by O’Keeffe of Youghal and Eastaway was her master.[26] In 1860 she was still owned by O’Keeffe of Youghal and was involved in the Youghal/Mediterranean trade with Eastaway was her master.[27]

In 1865 the dimensions of the Eliza O’Keeffe were 85.6 feet X 22.1 X 11.1 feet and she was still owned by O’Keeffe.[28] In 1870 the Eliza O’Keeffe was sold to Clifford’s and Co. of Waterford. She then was involved in the Cork/France trade. S. Clifford took over as master from J. Walsh.[29] In 1898 she was still owned by Clifford’s. Her dimensions were given as 85.6 feet X 22.1 11.1 feet. Her official number was 14647 and her signal host was LPBK.[30] In March 1900 she was wrecked in Dungarvan Bay.[31]

Ellen: The Ellen was a schooner rigged vessel built in 1842 in Sackville, New Brunswick, using iron bolts. She 109 gross tons and 81 net tons. In 1845 the Ellen was owned by O’Keeffe of Youghal and was involved in the Youghal to London trade. R. Hanlon was her master.[32] In 1855 the Ellen was restored. By 1858 the Ellen was owned by D. O’Keeffe of Youghal and E. Kennedy was her master.[33] In 1860 she was still owned by D. O’Keeffe of Youghal and was involved in the Youghal coastal trade. E. Kennedy was still the master of the Ellen.[34]

The Ellen does not appear in the 1870 Lloyd’s Register yet she was still owned by David O’Keeffe of Youghal. In 1870 her registration number was 19031 and her signal hoist was MQGR and she had 87 registered tons.[35] In 1872 the Ellen was owned by Thomas Leonard Barber Edgecome of 24 Brunswick’s Square in London.[36] By 1874 the Ellen was back in Youghal ownership in the hands of John McCarthy and he still owned her in 1887 but the vessel disappeared from the records after that.[37]

Industry: The Industry was a schooner rigged vessel built in 1848 in Sackville, New Brunswick, using iron bolts like the Ellen. In 1850 the Industry was owned by John & Co. of Milford and was involved in the Milford coastal trade. She had 76 net tons and J. John was her master.[38] In 1855 she was still owned by John & Co.[39] By 1858 the Industry was owned by Walsh & Co. of Youghal and was involved in the Cork coastal trade.[40] In 1859 the Industry had some repairs. In 1860 she was owned by Walsh & Co. of Youghal and D. Llewellyn was her master. She had 69 net tons.[41] In 1865 she was still owned by Walsh & Co. and her dimensions were given as 68.4 feet X 17.1 X 9 feet.[42] In 1870 the Industry was owned by Thomas Curtin, junior, of Youghal. Her registration number was 11462 and her signal hoist was KSRC with 70 registered tons.[43] The Industry does not appear on the 1872 Lloyd’s Register. In 1874 Thomas Curtin still owned the Industry but the vessel disappeared from the records after that time.[44]

Jersey Tar: The Jersey Tar was built in 1837 in Jersey using some iron bolts. She had a Brigantine rig. The vessel was noted for its figurehead of a sailor with a naval cap and collar.[45] In 1845 the Jersey Tar was owned by J. du Caen of Jersey. She was involved in the Liverpool to Cadiz trade. J. de Caen was her master and she had 143 gross tons and 135 net tons.[46] The Jersey Tar does not appear in the 1850 Lloyd’s Register.

In 1853 and again in 1856 the Jersey Tar had some repairs. In 1858 the Jersey Tar had a new bottom installed.[47] In 1855 she was owned by McCarthy and J. McCarthy was her master. The port of registration was not given.[48] By 1858 she was owned by Walsh & Co. of Youghal with J. Sheppard as her master.[49] In 1860 the Jersey Tar was still owned by Walsh & Co. of Youghal while Donovan was her master. In 1860 she had 118 net tons.[50]

In 1865 the Jersey Tar was still owned by Walsh & Co. while Donovan was still her master. Her dimensions were given as 72.5 feet X 18.5 X 12.6 feet.[51] In 1872 the Jersey Tar was owned by J. Curtin of Youghal with Donovan as her master. She was then involved with the coastal trade.[52] In 1883 the vessel was owned by John McGrath of Youghal with Donovan as her master. She was involved in the coastal trade.[53] In 1885 the Jersey tar was still owned by John McGrath. Her registration number was 26767 and her signal hoist was PMLJ and she had 118 tons.[54] She disappeared in the records by 1887.

The Jersey Tar does not appear on the 1889 Lloyd’s register. It was possibly about that year that the Jersey Tar collided in fog with another vessel while on a passage from Cardiff to Youghal with coal. The Jersey Tar lost her job-boom and her bow was smashed to pieces but she managed to make it to Youghal. There the vessel was judged to be uneconomic to repair and local boat-builder, Dan Ahern, brought the spars and canvas. The Jersey Tar was towed to the ship’s graveyard by Green’s Quay.

A few years later the hulk of the Jersey Tar was towed out again into the harbour. The Blackwater Tourist Board operated a steamer service on the River Blackwater between Cappoquin and Youghal. But the Board had trouble berthing the steamer at Youghal at low tide. The Board had the idea of using the hulk of the Jersey Tar as a pontoon between the steamer and the quay wall but it was found unsuitable. To recover the cost of buying the Jersey Tar, the Board sold the hulk for scrap metal to Paddy Dunne, captain of the steamer. Paddy Dunne had expected to recover firewood and scrap-iron but instead got copper and brass all over. The holding bolts between the keel and the keelson were nearly three feet solid brass by one-and-a-half inch thick. Paddy Dunne made a small fortune and soon had his own fishing fleet and became a member of the Urban District Council.[55]

Later years: Youghal merchants, seamen and locals didn’t stop owning sailing vessels after 1860 but the records are more difficult to extract as Youghal lost its independent port of registration and came under the port of Cork instead. Later vessels owned by Youghal people include the B.I., Dart, Emily, Express, Nellie Fleming, and the Kathleen & May among a host of other vessels.

 

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[1] Lloyd’s Register, 1840, page 20

[2] Lloyd’s Register, 1855, page 21

[3] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 12

[4] Lloyd’s Register, 1858, page 75

[5] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 81

[6] Mercantile Navy List, 1865, p. 58

[7] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 61

[8] Mercantile Navy List, 1872, p. 147

[9] O’Brien, N., Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007 (Ballyduff, 2008), p. 232

[10] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 86

[11] Mercantile Navy List, 1865, p. 63

[12] Mercantile Navy List, 1868, p. 67

[13] Irish, B., Shipbuilding in Waterford 1820-1882: A historical, technical and pictorial study (Bray, 2001), p. 102

[14] Lloyd’s Register, 1850, page 98

[15] Irish, Shipbuilding in Waterford 1820-1882: A historical, technical and pictorial study, p. 57

[16] Lloyd’s Register, 1855, page 105

[17] Lloyd’s Register, 1858, page 100

[18] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 108

[19] Lloyd’s Register, 1865, page 128

[20] Mercantile Navy List, 1868, p. 85

[21] Hayman, Rev. S., The hand-book of Youghal (Youghal, 1896, reprint Youghal, 1973), pp. xiv, xv

[22] Mercantile Navy List, 1868, p. 85

[23] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 84

[24] Mercantile Navy List, 1878, p. 209

[25] O’Brien, Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007, p. 233

[26] Lloyd’s Register, 1858, page 131

[27] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 142

[28] Lloyd’s Register, 1865, page 161

[29] Lloyd’s Register, 1870, page 162

[30] Lloyd’s Register, 1898, page 129

[31] O’Brien, Blackwater and Bride: Navigation and Trade, 7000 BC to 2007, p. 233

[32] Lloyd’s Register, 1845, page 139

[33] Lloyd’s Register, 1858, page 138

[34] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 149

[35] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 117

[36] Mercantile Navy List, 1872, p. 199

[37] Mercantile Navy List, 1874, p. 210; Mercantile Navy List, 1887, p. 307

[38] Lloyd’s Register, 1850, page 204

[39] Lloyd’s Register, 1855, page 215

[40] Lloyd’s Register, 1858, page 207

[41] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 220

[42] Lloyd’s Register, 1865, page 243

[43] Mercantile Navy List, 1870, p. 186

[44] Mercantile Navy List, 1874, p. 278

[45] Hackett, M., Sailors and Characters of Youghal (Youghal, 1996), p. 12

[46] Lloyd’s Register, 1845, page 224

[47] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 239

[48] Lloyd’s Register, 1855, page 234

[49] Lloyd’s Register, 1858, page 224

[50] Lloyd’s Register, 1860, page 239

[51] Lloyd’s Register, 1865, page 263

[52] Lloyd’s Register, 1872, page 269

[53] Lloyd’s Register, 1883, page 438

[54] Mercantile Navy List, 1885, p. 389

[55] Hackett, Sailors and Characters of Youghal, pp. 12, 13

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Cork history, Maritime History

Captain George Farmer, RN: Life and family

Captain George Farmer, RN: Life and family

Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 

It is said that Captain George Farmer, Royal Navy (1732-1779), was the son of John Farmer from Northamptonshire who settled in Youghal at the start of the eighteenth century.[1] Records show that John Farmer was not the first person of that name to live in Youghal and his family may have lived there previous to John’s time.

Farmer in Ireland

In 1655 another person called John Farmer was named as a witness to a conveyance by Cornet Robert Gough of land at Waseshayes, Co. Kilkenny, to Lieutenant Allen Trench of the same county.[2] In 1656 Thomas Farmer was named among the disbanded soldiers that were owed money by the Commonwealth government. Thomas was owed £45 15s 3d to be paid for out of confiscated lands in Limerick and Kerry.[3] Thomas Farmer may possibly be the Thomas Farmer and his wife Elizabeth who in 1666 were executors to the will of Captain Thomas Carrick and were challenged over property in Dublin by Sir Richard Gethin and others.[4] In 1686 the will of Major Jasper Farmer was proved in which was named his sons in America; Edward, John, Robert and Charles along with his sons in Ireland; Richard and Samuel.[5] Jasper Farmer is said to have died at sea coming from Pennsylvania to Ireland.[6] In 1691 Richard Farmer of Ardra in the Barony of Imokilly, Co. Cork (will proved 1691) was the brother of Samuel Farmer and the nephew of Captain John Wakeham. Richard Farmer was also the brother-in-law of Onesipherus Phair.[7] Richard’s wife was Elizabeth Phair (daughter of Colonel Robert Phair, died 1682) who was still alive in 1707.[8]

Colonel Robert Phair was born c.1619 at Kilshannig, Co. Cork, the son of the local vicar. At first he fought for the English in Munster in the 1640s before he was sent to England as part of a prisoner exchange. There he befriended Oliver Cromwell and was one of the three officers who were named in the warrant of execution of King Charles the First. In 1649-50 Robert Phair led the Cromwellian attack on Youghal which captured the town.[9]

Richard Farmer of Ardra was the father of Jasper Farmer of Ardevolane, Co. Tipperary (who died in 1707, will proved in 1715). This Jasper Farmer was the father of Richard Farmer (died 1739).[10] Jasper Farmer also had a daughter called Anne Farmer. Jasper Farmer was also the brother of Robert Farmer of Inch, Co. Cork (to whom Jasper left his share in the Enniscorthy iron works) and John Farmer and a relation of Samuel Farmer of Ballymacoda, near Youghal. Jasper Farmer left £20 to his mother Elizabeth Farmer.[11] Robert Farmer was possibly the father of Hovel Farmer who entered Trinity College Dublin in 1733.[12]

Farmer in Youghal

In 1685 Samuel Farmer was one of the two bailiffs of Youghal and in August 1711 Samuel Farmer was sworn as a member of the Common Council of Youghal and was a member also in 1716.[13] In 1693 Thomas Farmer was a member of the Common Council of Youghal and in 1711 he was bailiff of Youghal.[14] In 1724, Mary Farmer, a widow from Youghal, died leaving three sons; Thomas, Anthony and John.[15]

John Farmer

John Farmer was described as a descendent of a Northamptonshire family that settled in Youghal, Co. Cork.[16] In 1704 John Farmer was a bailiff of Youghal. In 1712 John Farmer was named among the freemen of Youghal and a member of the Common Council in 1712 and 1718. He was possibly the John Fennell Farmer named as a merchant of Youghal in 1720-23. In 1722 John Farmer (town bailiff) participated in a second gathering of town voters that elected Edward Lawndy as mayor after the majority of the Common Council had elected Henry Ball as mayor. The Lord Justices ordered a fresh election at which Henry Ball became mayor.[17] In 1734 John Farmer junior became one of the two wardens elected to the revived Company of Merchants and Mercers of Youghal.[18] John Farmer, mariner of Youghal, died in 1735 with his will proved in October of 1735. In the will he named his son John junior. Also mentioned were the sisters of John senior, Anne, Mary and Mrs. Pratt and his nephew Jeremiah Pratt and niece Mary Pratt.[19] Another of John Farmer’s sons, George Farmer, [B1] became a celebrated captain in the Royal Navy.[20]

Captain George Farmer

Captain George Farmer was born in 1732. At an early age he went to sea in the merchant navy. Later George Farmer entered the Royal Navy, serving as a midshipman on HMS Dreadnought aboard which he saw service in the West Indies. He later returned to England to serve on the home station aboard HMS Achilles. In May 1759 he was promoted to be lieutenant of the frigate HMS Aurora, in which he served until January 1761 on the home station.[21]

In 1761 George Farmer was placed on half-pay, and settled for the time in Norwich, where he had been previously employed on the impress service. The Royal Navy was a vital institution to defend Britain’s growing overseas empire and important trade routes. Between 1739 and 1815 the navy grew from 23,000 to 145,000 sailors. The French had adopted conscription (where 18 year olds around her coast served one year in every three) to fill her navy. The British saw this as too centralised and government controlled. Instead the Royal Navy adopted the impress system where seaworthy people were picked up from merchant ships, quayside pubs and seaport prisons. Men were often offered a bounty, paid up-front, to serve in the navy which allowed the seaman’s family to live on something while the breadwinner was absent overseas. It is estimated that about 44% of sailors employed during the American War of Independence were impressed sailors.[22]

 

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George Farmer by Charles Grignion

Captain Farmer and family

Shortly after settling in Norwich, George Farmer got married to Rebecca, daughter of Captain William Fleming of the Royal Navy. The couple had at least eight children. In 1766 he is said to have given assistance in suppressing a riot in Norwich, and to have been promoted to the rank of commander in May 1768, in consequence of the representations of the local magistrates.[23]

Captain Farmer and the Falklands Crisis, 1770

George Farmer had no active employment till September 1769, when he was appointed to command the 14-gun sloop HMS Swift. The Spanish had been attempting settlements on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic and threatening the small English settlement there. Captain Farmer was sent to the Falkland Islands, where, on his arrival in the following March, he found that the Spanish had established themselves at Puerto Soledad.[24] The Falkland Islands were noted by English seafarers in the 1590s and by the French in the early eighteenth century. In 1764 the French established a settlement on East Falkland called St. Louis. This was followed in 1766 by an English settlement on West Falkland called Port Egmont.[25] Shortly after the Spanish ordered the English to quit the settlement, precipitating the Falklands Crisis. As there was no English force to resist any aggression, the senior officer, Captain Hunt, decided to go to England with the news, leaving Farmer in command.[26]

A few days after arriving at the Falkland Islands, the Swift sailed for a cruise round the islands; but in a gale was blown over to the coast of Patagonia, and in attempting to go into Port Desire struck on a rock, and was lost. The crew escaped to the shore, but being entirely destitute Farmer despatched the cutter to Port Egmont with orders to the only remaining ship, HMS Favourite, to come to their relief. On 16 April 1770 they arrived safely back at Port Egmont. The Spanish saw that the English were in trouble decided to put on the pressure.

On 4 June 1770 a Spanish frigate anchored in Port Egmont and was shortly followed by four other vessels, and the Spanish commandant wrote to Farmer to quit his position. Captain George Farmer replied that he would defend his position. With this the Spanish landed on the island at which George Farmer gave a few volleys of his guns. But seeing that the odds of victory were too much he capitulated on terms, The English were permitted to return home on the Favourite.[27]

This withdrawal from the Falkland Islands was not a good start for the new administration of Lord North. The prime minister already had a crisis in the American colonies after soldiers fired on a threatening mod in March 1770, killing five people, began a wave of protest with the people demanding the withdrawal of British troops from American.[28] By the autumn of 1770 the Royal Navy was impressing seamen for an expedition to the Falkland Islands. At Bristol 92 people volunteered for service by the 15th December 1770 before the press gangs began operations and increased recruitment to about 200 per week. During the crisis about 29% of all sailors recruited at Bristol for the Falkland Islands were impressed. By January 1771 HMS Aldborough and HMS Folkstone were ready to sail with 240 sailors to the Falklands with the support ship the Andrew hired for six months service.[29] Although France had being allied to Spain at the start of the Falkland crisis, the sight of the Royal Navy preparing to send a task force to the South Atlantic gave them cold feet and King Louis XVI told Spain he was not going to war over a faraway place of which he knew little about. Spain then approached Britain for a deal which was accepted. Spain returned Port Egmont to England and retained Puerto Soledad. Spain later claimed that Britain agreed to permanently leave the Falklands but this was denied. In 1774, due to the escalating cost of the American war, Britain evacuated the garrison at Port Egmont while leaving behind a plague to assert British sovereignty.[30]

Meanwhile the French gave up their settlement to the Spanish and the British didn’t reinvade the Falklands. The developing crisis in the American colonies diverted attention and resources. In 1820 the Republic of Buenos Ayres took possession of the Falkland Islands. Britain now saw the value of the Falkland Islands for southern whalers and as a strategic point around South America and in 1829 lodged an objection. In 1837 the Republic of Buenos Ayres gave up the islands to Britain and in 1844 Port Stanley was built.[31]

George Farmer back in England

After arriving home in September 1770, George Farmer, on being acquitted of all blame for the loss of the Swift, and was appointed commander of the sloop HMS Tamar. In August 1773 he was appointed to the HMS Seahorse, and sailed for the East Indies, having among his company Horatio Nelson, a midshipman.[32]

George Farmer and HMS Quebec

On returning to England after an uneventful commission, George Farmer was appointed in March 1778 to the HMS Quebec, doing service in the North Sea. In 1779 he was stationed chiefly at Guernsey as a guard for the Channel Islands. While there on 18 June 1779 George Farmer sent word that the French fleet had sailed from Brest and the Spanish fleet had sailed from Cadiz with the purpose of invasion.[33] France and Spain were at time aiding the American colonies in their War of Independence. In 1778 France recognised the independence of the American colonies and formed an military alliance with same.[34]

On 6 July 1779 George Farmer engaged a convoy of forty-nine foreign small vessels, with a 20-gun frigate and several armed vessels. After beginning action the Quebec got struck heavily on the rocks, and had to throw her guns overboard to make good an escape. On reaching Portsmouth it was found that there were no 12-pounders to replace the lost guns and George Farmer had to use 9-pounders taken from another frigate which was not ready for sea.[35]

With this reduced armament the Quebec met the French frigate Surveillante on 6 October 1779 off Ushant. After a sharp action of about three and a half hours both ships were dismasted; but the Quebec’s sails fell over the guns and the vessel was soon ablaze. There was little wind and a great swell other vessels nearby found it impossible to help the burning frigate, which after five hours blew up. Later sixty-six crew members (out of 195 on board) were picked up by the Surveillante, the HMS Rambler, and by a Russian vessel that came on the scene.[36]

The baronetcy created

Captain George Farmer went down with his ship. Later reports said that his conduct both in the action and during the fire was admired. At the special request of the Board of Admiralty, a baronetcy was conferred on his eldest son, then 17 years of age; also a pension of £200 a year to his widow, Rebecca, and of £25 per annum to each of eight children, and a ninth not yet born.[37]

George Farmer, 1st Baronet

Sir George Farmer, 1st Baronet (c. 1762-1814) lived at Mount Pleasant in Sussex and served in the navy like his father. In October 1786 he married Sophia, 3rd daughter of Richard Kenrick. They had one son and three daughters.[38] The 1st Baronet died in 1814 after a fall from his gig. For a while it was thought that the baronet was extinct.[39] But later George’s only son, George Richard Farmer, was allowed to succeed.[40]

George Farmer, 2nd Baronet

Sir George Richard Farmer, 2nd Baronet was born in 1788.[41] The 2nd Baronet lived for much of his life at Bideford in Devon.[42] In 1825 George Richard Farmer married Irene, daughter of George Farmer Ellis, esquire, of Youghal, Co. Cork.[43] He was possibly as relation of Francis Ellis, treasurer of Youghal from 1787 to 1795.[44] George Farmer Ellis was a relation of the Farmer family. Martha Farmer of Cork, a spinster, described George Ellis as her nephew in her will of 1807. Martha also mentioned her deceased sister Elizabeth Farmer of Youghal and her brother Jeremiah Farmer, late surgeon in the East India Company.[45] The 2nd Baronet died in 1855 and was succeeded by his eldest son, George Farmer.

George Farmer, 3rd Baronet

Sir George Farmer, 3rd Baronet was born in 1829. He lived at Hobart in Tasmania and later lived at Soho Villa in Reading.[46] The 3rd Baronet died in 1883.

George Farmer, 4th Baronet

Sir George Richard Hugh Farmer, 4th Baronet (1873-1891)

Richard Farmer, 5th Baronet

Sir Richard Henry Kenrick Farmer, 5th Baronet was born in 1841. He was a son of George Richard Farmer, 2nd Baronet.[47] The 5th and last Baronet died in 1913.

 

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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[2] Ainsworth, J. & MacLysaght, E. (eds.), ‘Survey of documents in private keeping’, in Analecta Hibernica, No. 20 (1958), p. 239

[3] Ainsworth, J. (ed.), ‘Survey of documents in private keeping’, in Analecta Hibernica, No. 25 (1967), no. 514

[4] Refausse, R., ‘Welply’s Abstracts of Chancery Bills 1601-1801’, in The Irish Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 2 (1987), pp. 166-185, at p. 167, no. 15

[5] Casey, A.E., & O’Dowling, T. (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater (15 vols. Wisconsin, 1964), vol. 14, p. 631

[6] Refausse, R., ‘Welply’s Abstracts of Chancery Bills 1601-1801’, pp. 166-185, at p. 173, no. 78

[7] Casey, A.E., & O’Dowling, T. (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater (15 vols. Wisconsin, 1964), vol. 14, p. 631

[8] Casey & O’Dowling (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater, vol. 14, p. 659

[9] Cadogan, T., & Falvey, J., A biographical dictionary of Cork (Dublin, 2006), p. 181

[10] Refausse, R., ‘Welply’s Abstracts of Chancery Bills 1601-1801’, pp. 166-185, at p. 178, no. 125

[11] Casey & O’Dowling (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater, vol. 14, p. 631

[12] Burtchaell, G.D., & Sadleir, T.U. (ed.), Alumni Dublinenses (Bristol, 2001), p. 273

[13] Caulfield, R. (ed.), The Council Book of the Corporation of Youghal (Guildford, 1878), pp. 401, 408, 620

[14] Caulfield (ed.), The Council Book of the Corporation of Youghal, pp. 391, 401

[15] Casey & O’Dowling (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater, vol. 14, p. 640

[16] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[17] Caulfield (ed.), The Council Book of the Corporation of Youghal, pp. lx, 402, 404, 412, 419, 621

[18] Caulfield (ed.), The Council Book of the Corporation of Youghal, p. 435

[19] Casey & O’Dowling (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater, vol. 14, p. 640

[20] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[21] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[22] Rogers, N. (ed.), Manning the Royal Navy in Bristol: liberty, impressment and the state, 1739-1815 (Bristol Record Society, Vol. 66, 2014), pp. xi, xii

[23] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[24] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[25] Anon, ‘Falkland Islands’, in The National Encyclopaedia (London, 1870), pp. 118-120, at p. 120

[26] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[27] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[28] Ransome, C., History of England, 1603-1910 (London, 1910), p. 820

[29] Rogers (ed.), Manning the Royal Navy in Bristol: liberty, impressment and the state, 1739-1815, pp. xii, 85, 87

[30]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_Crisis_(1770) accessed on 17th December 2018

[31] Anon, ‘Falkland Islands’, in The National Encyclopaedia (London, 1870), pp. 118-120, at p. 120

[32] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[33] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[34] Gordon, I, Admiral of the Blue: The Life and Times of Admiral John Child Purvis, 1747-1825 (Barnsley, 2005), pp. 7, 8

[35] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[36] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[37] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Farmer_(Royal_Navy_officer) accessed on 31 August 2013

[38] Courthope, W. (ed.), Debrett’s Baronetage of England (London, 1835), p. 214

[39] Stockdale, W., The present baronetage of the United Kingdom (London, 1820), p. 58

[40] Lodge, E., The peerage of the British Empire (London, 1843), p. 596

[41] Lodge, The peerage of the British Empire, p. 596

[42] Walford, E., The County Families of the United Kingdom (London, 1860), p. 218

[43] Lodge, The peerage of the British Empire, p. 596

[44] Caulfield (ed.), The Council Book of the Corporation of Youghal, pp. 514, 531

[45] Casey & O’Dowling (eds.), OKief, Coshe Many, Slieve Loughter and Upper Blackwater, vol. 14, p. 648

[46] Walford, The County Families of the United Kingdom, p. 218

[47] Walford, The County Families of the United Kingdom, p. 218

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