Re: Losses of Seamen and Fishermen from Peterhead
- For Alison :
Below is a list of some Peterhead shipmasters who either died at sea or
in a foreign port. This may or may not be of assistance to you depending
on the theme of your dissertation. Hope it helps .Alex Ritchie
Born : November 13th.1845, son of William Allan & Helen Wallace
Died : At sea on October 27th.1893 (Aged 48) (Death Certificate :
023/MR Entry 937)
Nova Zembla of Dundee (Served as Mate) 1893
Died : Drowned at sea on December 1st.1838 (Aged 43) (M.I. Cruden)
ROBERT FERGUS BRUCE
Born : December 3rd.1834, son of William Bruce (Surgeon) & Jane ???
Died : August 21st.1873 of remittent fever (Captain of the
S.S.Ejequibo) (Buchan Observer Sept.19th.1873)
Born : c1830, son of Donald Bruce & Isabella Thomson
Died : Died on the Mazinthien June 8th.1875 (Aged 49). (Death
Certificate : 020/MR (34))
Born : November 19th.1805, son of Alexander Christie (Shipmaster) &
Died : December 7th.1828, Master of the Peterhead Brig Vigilant lost
with all hands, and buried
Firke churchyard, County of Ross, Ireland
Born : c1801
Died : July 26th.1847 at Greenland
Born : 1844
Died : June 10th.1881 at Sea (washed overboard) (Death Certificate :
(Schooner Blue & White of Dumfries) (8/64 Blue & White)
Born : c1777
Died : At Sea in 1805 (Aged 28) (M.I. Old Cemetery)
Born : c1814, son of Adam Cowan & Ann Russel (They married Oct.8th.1810
Died : Archangel on November 16th.1853 (Aged 39) (M.I. Constitution
(Will : Feb.8th.1854)
Born : c1821
Died : July 27th.1881 at Sea of Apoplexy (Master of the Gleam of
Peterhead) (Residence : Prince Street)
WILLIAM WILSON CRUICKSHANK
Born : c1846 in Macduff, son of William Cruickshank & Margaret McDonald
Died : August 25th.1890 at Sea in the Baltic (Drowned Vessel Missing)
(Death Cert. : 022/MR (487))
(Master of the Schooner Renown)
Born : c1838
Died : October 6th.1876 (Aged 39) on the "Xanthus" at Cumberland Sound
Certificate : 020/MR (171))
Died : 1823 (Aged 57) at Sea
ALEXANDER GEARY Jnr.
Alexander Geary, son of Alexander Geary Snr., died on board the
Dexterity of Peterhead returning from Greenland in August 1819 aged 26
Born : c1810
Died : On the vessel Rose in Peterhead Harbour
Buried : May 8th.1842 (Aged 32) in Lair E285 (Old Cemetery)
Died : December 1842 at Sea (Aged 31) (M.I. Old Cemetery, Peterhead)
Died on board his ship, the Eclipse, at the David Straits.
Born : February 1806 (South Shields), son of David Gray I & Lilias
Died in the North Harbour on January 10th.1849 during a storm.
Born : c1809
Died : January 10th.1849 (Age 40))
JAMES ANDERSON IRVINE
Born : c1852, son of ???????? & Margaret Irvine
Died : January 25th.1890 Isle of Wight (1st.Mate of Ibex - Drowned)
(Death Cert. : 022/MR (411))
Alexander Keith was mate on he Syrian when he died (complications from
a broken leg) in Adelaide, South Australia in 1877
Born : c1823
(Death Certificate : 021MR/ (2)
WILLIAM GREIG KING
Born : 1827, son of Alexander King (Watchmaker) & Janet Gray
Died : December 29th.1878 (Aged 51) at Sea. (Washed Overboard when
master of the vessel Lady
Notes : also lost Charles Wemyss (Mate) aged 42
James Law who died suddenly off Cape Horn on October 9th.1856 aged 49
Born : c1807
Lost when his ship, the whaler Hannibal of Peterhead went down.
Born : c1795
Died : February 1st.1848 (about)
JOHN MACKIE (Roanheads)
Died : October 5th.1853 at Sea
Master (Age 48) of DUBLIN of Peterhead (1851 Crew Lists) - whaler
Thomas Mackie, master of the Union of Peterhead died in Greenland. His
body was taken home and buried in the Old Cemetery.
Born : c1784, son of Thomas Mackie
Died : May 10th.1831 at Greenland (In his 48th. Year) (M.I. Old
Born : c1819
Died : October 14th.1881 at sea, master of the vessel JANE of
(Death Certificate : 021MR (281))
Notes : Vessel lost. Other crew members lost were James Cow (41) Mate,
James Mrshall (24) Seaman, Michael Kelly (25) Seaman.
Born : c1840, son of George Mackie (Seaman) & Ann Mackie
Died : Oct.27th.1887 (Age 48) off Cape of Good Hope, 3 days out of
Durban (Java fever). Buried at Sea
Died of cholera in Pernan, Russia when in command of the barque
Born : c1836, son of Lachlan McKinnon (seaman) & Susan Hutton
Died : August 3rd.1871 in Pernan, Russia (Schooner Estelle)
JOHN MARTIN (Certificate of Competency : c 19748 Aberdeen 1861)
Died in his sleep on a homeward journey from Cronstadt, in command of
the Annie of Peterhead.
Born : c1831, son of John Martin (Shipmaster) & Margaret Watt
Died : At Sea on August 17th.1871
JOHN MARTIN Jnr.
Born : May 23rd.1808, son of John Martin (Shipmaster) & Jean Buchan
Died : June or July 13th.1845 in the West Indies (M.I. Old Cemetery)
Schooner Robert (Mathewson) of Peterhead was capsized in a heavy
Ystadt on 22nd.ult. when all hands, except one of the crew named James
Wilcox of Peterhead
Went down with the vessel. She was loaded with coals from Sunderland.
(Aberdeen Journal : 12/7/1848)
Born : c1799
Born : c1830
Died : May 16th.1876 at Sea (Master of the Theseus) (Death Certificate
: 020/MR (143))
Born : c1830, son of John May (Fisherman) & Jane Stephen
Died : April 18th.1878 at Sea on the "Lanarkshire" on passage between
Rangoon & Bombay (Aged 47)
Of Heart Disease (Death Certificate : 021/MR (29))
Born : August 13th.1843, son of Robert Milne (Shipmaster) & Elizabeth
Died : March 26th.1893 Penang, Straits Settlement (Vessel :
James Minto, master of the Joseph Green, died in the Davis Straits in
June 1844 aged 48 years and was interred at Frudsland ??.
Born : c1796
ALEXANDER MORRISON (or MURRISON)
Lost when his vessel Walker of Peterhead was lost off the Northumbrian
coast. It was on its way from Peterhead to Newcastle with a cargo of
oats when it was driven ashore (bottom up) at Holy Island. All the crew
perished. They all belonged to Peterhead and were George Sells (mate),
Alexander Duff and Robert Stell.
Born : 1842, son of Thomas Morrison (Shoemaker) & Elizabeth Walker
Died : December 8th.1874 at Sea (M.I. Constitution St. Cemetery)
Born : 1842, son of James Murrison (Stone Quarrier) (50 in 1851) &
Margaret Murrison (51 in 1851) (Ugie Street ) ?
Died : September 30th.1873 (Aged 31) at Hamburg (Ship : DART)
GEORGE NAPIER (Certificate of Competency : c13012 Glasgow 1864)
Captain of the City of Hankow (George Smith & Sons, Glasgow) drowned
215 miles from Ascension Island. He was the son of Mr.John Napier, Fish
Born : c1842, son of John Napier (Fish Curer) & Catherine Milne
Died : June 15th.1872 (residing in Peterhead. Master of the City of
Hankow (Glasgow)) Drowned off Ascension Island (Aged 31).
MATTHEW NICOL (Certificate of Service : s70330)
Matthew Nicol was a native of Berwick, but for many years was master and
part owner of several trading vessels, and latterly he owned a herring
curing establishment in Peterhead. He died in 1877 when a pilot vessel
was upset by a sudden squall.
Born : February 25th.1811 (in North Berwick), son of William Nicol
(Taylor) & Mary Burns
Died : May 7th.1877 (Schooner Express) (Death Certificate : 232/1
He commanded the Loch Sloy on a voyage to Adelaide in April 1899. The
vessel overran her distance and was wrecked on Kangaroo Island. He was
trying to locate the Cape Borda light, but it was obscured from view by
the cliffs between Cape Bedout and Cape Couldie and, on the morning of
April 24th., became a total loss on the Brothers Rocks. All but four
people on the vessel perished. One of the crew was Robert B.F.Birnie,
sailmaker and son of Charles Birnie (above).
Born : c1861, son of Peter Nicol (Sailmaker) & Jessie Gillan
Drowned when the Chacabuco of Liverpool collided with the Torch of
Dublin in St.Georges Channel. Captain Ritchie commanded the Chacabuco
which was inward bound from San Francisco. Other Peterhead crew members
lost were George Ritchie (Captains nephew & second mate), Alexander
Murray (Carpenter), Robert Robertson (Steward).
Born : c1823
Lost off Great Ormshead, St.Georges Channel on March 1st.1873 (Aged 50)
(M.I. Old Cemetery)
WILLIAM PENNY ROBERTSON
William P.Robertson, was drowned at sea along with his son Alexander,
Mate (Aged 21) on December 8th.1872
Born : c1824, son of Alexander Robertson (Shipmaster) & Jane Anderson
Died : Dec.8th.1872 (Aged 48)
Born : c1799
Died : June 23rd.1823 at Greenland (Aged 29) (M.I. Old Cemetery)
Master of the HOPE of Peterhead.
Born : c1827, son of George Sellar (Shipmaster) & Marjory Craig.
Died : July 1st.1866 (Aged 39) (Will : Sept.5th.1867) (Died at
St.Thomas , Sir Colin Campbell)
Born : c1862, son of Alexander Shewan (Shipmaster) & Elspet Emslie
Died : January 25th.1910 (Aged 48) at Sea (2nd. Mate of Landale
(Death Certificate : 028/MR (112)
One of Peterheads most successful whaling captains. He owned and died
in command of the Industry on her maiden voyage to the Baltic with a
cargo of herring. His son George was a crew member on this voyage. He
was buried at Stettin.
Born : c1790
Died : September 11th.1848 at Stettin (M.I. St.Peters Cemetery,
Born : c1834, son of Alexander Souttar (Harbour Master) (53 in 1851) &
Mary Milne (b.Cruden, 49 in 1851 (3 Park Lane)
Died : May 10th.1899 (Aged 65) at Boness Harbour (Drowning), master of
the Jane & Isabella
(Death Certificate : 663/1 (47))
Married : Mary Alexander Duncan, daughter of Alexander Duncan & ????
Died : July 26th.1844 (Lost at Sea) (Owner & Master of the Rambler)
ALEXANDER STEWART (or STUART)
(The Times of May 18th.1852 reported that the Joseph Green was lost at
Greenland on March 20th. While taking the ice during a North East gale
and that the Master and three crewmen were drowned)
Born : c1800 in Banff
Died : Drowned at Greenland on March 19th.1852 (Aged 52) (M.I. Old
The Rambler (Stephen) from Konigsburg to London was abandoned in a
sinking state 26th.Ult. Crew,
except master saved. (Aberdeen Journal - September 11th.1844)
Drowned at sea when in command of the Nerbudda of London. It had just
sailed from Cardiff with a cargo of coal but ws lost in a storm.
Captain Taylor was standing in for Captain Calder who was on holiday.
William King, also from Peterhead, was carpenter on the Nerbudda.
Born : c1828
Died : Drowned at Sea October 15th.1886 (Aged 58) (M.I. Constitution
Died : January 14th.1834 (Aged 33) at Port-Au-Prince
ALEXANDER DOULL VOLUM
Son of William Volum Senior. Lost with twelve crew members off the
Born : May 9th.1810, son of William Volum & Christian Youngson
Died : February 25th. 1848. Drowned off Ushant from the Waratah
Son of William Volum Senior, washed overboard from the Agostina on a
passage from Launceston to London in 1851.
Born : April 18th.1815, son of William Volum & Christian Youngson
Died : February 25th.1851. Lost at sea from the Agostina on passage
from Launceston to London
Born : c1840 in Port Gordon
Died : March 8th.1878 at Sea, Master of the Progress (Vessel Lost)
(Residence : 18 James Street, Phd)
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- Hi Alex,
The Alexander Morrison on this list is the youngest son of my GGG
Grandfather, Thomas Morrison, and Elizabeth Walker. I guess his vessel was
named after his mother¹s family.
My GG Grandfather, Robert Morrison, was the next brother up, only 2 years
older. He went on into the maritime world too, becoming an officer on the
Cunard line; he too died at sea, but at the age of 54, while crossing the
Atlantic on the SS Epurnia.
Seamen and being lost at sea was not rare in my family my GG Grandfather¹s
eldest son, also Robert Morrison, was lost at sea in 1881. He was an
apprentice aboard the Eurynome when it was lost at sea on 19 May 1881 - all
crew were supposed drowned. The Eurynome was a 210 foot, 1163 ton, full
rigged ship, on a voyage from Liverpool to Australia, and arrived in
Victoria in March 1881, with 13 passengers on board. With wheat loaded at
Melbourne and Geelong, she left for Falmouth, England, on 19 May 1881 and
was not seen again. She is believed to have foundered at sea with all
I had not had these details about Alexander before, so thankyou. If there
is anything else on this chap, or family, it would be greatly welcomed.
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