Re: [Peterhead] re whaler Alert
- Dear Fiona,
Have just read your e-mail about the "Alert".My gGrandfather James
Taylor was the Mate during that terrible voyage,the passage home being his
first command.He was lost with all hands in the Bristol channel in the barque
"Nerbudda"of London in a great storm 1886.
You will find reference to this in the Peterhead Sentinel.
My ggGrandfather George Simpson was a well known whaling master,mainly in
command of the "Traveller" and three sons also became whaling masters,John the
eldest being master of the "Union"involved in the "Alert" story.
Hope this proves of some interest.
Best wishes in your project,Malcolm Simpson.
> From: "fiona.riddell" <fiona.riddell@...>
> Date: 2008/03/12 Wed PM 12:23:18 GMT
> To: Peterhead@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Peterhead] re whaler Alert
> Hi, I'm VERY new to all of this but got to know of your search/info
> regarding the Peterhead whaler Alert by another forum member, I work
> at the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead and know of this terrible
> tragedy. I am actually in the process of making a database re all
> Peterhead whalers (a very slow and laborious task, but very enjoyable)
> At the end of last year I was toying with the idea of putting a
> 'booklet' together on this story from all the local press coverage and
> was thrilled to hear of some decendants. I would be delighted if I got
> your permission to 'copy' the letter from William Nicol to his wife
> Helen and anything else re this case, as 2009 being the 'Year of the
> Homecoming' I thought it prevelant that something should be done to
> mark the 150th anniversary of this tale (2010)and a more local
> interest. I would be delighted to share/send any of my info by post to
> any descendants prior to my 'booklet' (which I will need permission
> for from the editor of our Buchan Observer!!) any one can contact me
> here or at the museum. I have an avid interest in the whaling and
> drink in any snippets that come my way from books or internet.
> Hope to 'talk' to someone soon!
> Regards Fiona.
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