I've just bought the recently published book "Dangerous Work - Diary of an Arctic Adventure". The book has a complete facsimile copy (around 200 pages) of Arthur Conan Doyle's diary during his time as ship's Doctor on the SS Hope, voyaging to the Arctic in the summer of 1880. The book also contains a complete printed transcript of the diary together with extensive notes, some photos, etc. It is also fully indexed.
"A tremendously exciting book" is the strap line on the back, and for those with an interest in Peterhead whaling the comment is well justified. The diary has been out of sight until now but family members have made it available for publication.
I've only just started browsing through the book. There are quite a few references to other whaling ships and whalers. For example, in Shetland Doyle encounters Captain Murray of the Windward, assesses him as a decent fellow, invites him to dinner. On the same day he observes the arrival of the Jan Mayen in Lerwick [on which my GG Grandfather Russell Watt was Fireman - he was a Boatsteerer on the Hope in 1873 and 1874].
I'm off to read the rest of the book now!
--- In Peterhead@yahoogroups.com, Colin Murray <colin.d.a.murray@...> wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> Excellent to see you pop up on here, one of my missing family links, and
> a relation discovered!
> I'm currently on holiday in Cyprus but I shall e-mail you direct when I get
> back at the end of next week, and I should be able to fill you in with most
> things that you are looking for.
> Colin Murray
> On 23 July 2011 17:34, Wade Buchan <wsb@...> wrote:
> > **
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Peterheademail@example.com
> > [mailto:Peterheadfirstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of MurrayWhaler
> > Sent: Saturday, 23 July 2011 4:23 PM
> > To: Peterheademail@example.com
> > Subject: Re: Captains Murray of Peterhead
> > Hi,
> > My name is Andrew Alexander Murray and I am the great grandson of Captain
> > Alexander Murray Jnr and would be very interested in making contact with
> > all
> > on this thread as I pursue the elusive Murray family history.
> > I live in Australia where Alexander Murray Jnr's son Robert Bruce Hutchison
> > moved to at the end of WWII with his young family (my father was 17)
> > Please drop me a line to andrew@... so I can pick your
> > collective
> > brains
> > I will, of course, follow the leads in this thread but would love someone
> > to
> > save me all the trouble as there seems to have been some excellent work
> > carried out already
> > Cheers
> > Andrew Alexander Murray
> > --- In Peterhead@yahoogroups.com, "c" <cbaer@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Thank you Colin, Wade, Alex, and Marion for all these great pieces,
> > resources, and connections!
> > >
> > > I can add a few more likely references to Capt. Alexander Murray Sr.:
> > >
> > > c.1878 Windward - Capt. Murray
> > > 1879 - Windward - Peterhead - Master: Alexander Murray - to Greenland
> > > 1880 - Windward - Peterhead - Master: Alexander Murray - to Greenland
> > > 1880-81 Lloyd's - screw bark Windward of Peterhead, owner: Baxter
> > > 1882 book: reference to a Captain Murray of Peterhead who wintered in the
> > arctic 11 or 12 times, lived on seal meat
> > > 1882 - Windward - Peterhead - Master: Alexander Murray - to Greenland
> > > 1882 - Captains listed in Arctic Whalers, by Basil Lubbock: MURRAY -
> > WINDWARD - PETERHEAD - 1882
> > > 1883 - Windward - Peterhead - Master: Alexander Murray - to Greenland
> > > 1884 - Windward - Peterhead - Master: Alexander Murray - to
> > Greenland
> > > 1884: whaler Windward sailed from Peterhead, Captain Murray
> > > 1885- Perseverance - Peterhead - Master: Alexander Murray - to Davis
> > Strait
> > > Sep 1886 - Perseverance - Capt. Murray - absent 14 months in Davis Strait
> > - arrived in Peterhead
> > > January & March, 1887- Brig Lord Saltoun of Peterhead, Alexander Murray,
> > Master. - wintered at Niantilic Harbour
> > >
> > > A couple of questions:
> > > * Was a register ever published of whaling vessels leaving from and
> > returning to Peterhead (or Dundee) and their catch, etc.?
> > > * Is there a good directory of surviving logs and crewlists? (I'm
> > especially interested in the logs of the Active and Ernest William in the
> > early 1900s)
> > > * Is the Scotsman archive you refer to http://archive.scotsman.com/ ?
> > > * Do we know anything about Alexander's parents, wife, or other children?
> > >
> > > Thanks again for all the great information, especially a couple of those
> > books I'd never heard of. I'll see what I can drum up on Alexander Jr. and
> > John.
> > >
> > > Chris
> > >