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Re: William Allan B:1823

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  • davidwesthill
    Hi Jim, Many thanks for all of the information. At present, I find it all a bit bewildering, as I never thought I would get so much information, and it is
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 24, 2011
      Hi Jim,

      Many thanks for all of the information. At present, I find it all a bit bewildering, as I never thought I would get so much information, and it is wonderful to discover that I have so many relatives living all over the world. I had a suspicion that the family was involved with whaling, as Peterhead was a whaling centre in past centuries.

      I shall have a look at your site first and get back to you.

      Best wishes,

      Cousin Dave (in Portugal)

      --- In Peterhead@yahoogroups.com, "usstweedy" <cmosfets@...> wrote:
      > Hello Dave (cousin)
      > My g-grandfather Peter Allan is the brother your William Allan and we are both decendent fron John Allan born 1799.
      > William and his wife Helen Wallace both died in 1905 at 372 King St.
      > Aberdeen. Both are buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery, Peterhead.
      > I have been researching our Allan clan for fifteen years, and I'm sure I can fill in all your blanks, just let me know what you need.
      > I also have a web site http://angelfire.com/ny4/peterhead where you will find what info I have. The site has not been updated in some time.
      > Cheers
      > Jim Allan
      > Beacon, New York
      > email cmosfets@...
      > As a after thought.
      > John Allan first went to sea as a apprentice seaman on December 23, 1813 at the age of fourteen. he received his Seamans ticket Number
      > (131,117) at the age of Forty five. John received his second mates ticket (55,161) On Jan. 13, 1851. From 1845 to 1848 he served aboard the whaling ship "Columbia" as a harpooner. On Feb. 11,1852 he left the port of Peterhead aboard the whaling ship "Agastonia" bound for Greenland and the Davis Straits for the purpose of whale and seal hunting. As second mate John was paid three pounds six per month.
      > He also received ten pounds six for striking ( harpooning the whale) and five pounds six oil money per Imperial ton. John was advanced three pounds to support his family while at sea. In 1857 and 1858 he served aboard the whaling ship "Mazinthien" as second mate, fishing off the coast of Greenland. It is ironic that the shipmaster was William Allan, his son. John made his last voyage in 1863 aboard the Mazinthien.
      > Witnesses at the birth of John were James Watt and John Allan.
      > The following article was found in the book " The Whaling Years Peterhead 1788 to 1893" by Gavin Sutherland
      > Whales In Peterhead Bay
      > In 1806, a year best remembered for the opening of the new parish church, "The Muckle Kirk", Geary and Volum were involved in a whale hunt much closer to home. In mid October a Greenland Right Whale and her calf came into Peterhead Bay and as word spread through the town people rushed down to the shore to watch the hunt. For the young lads who had heard so much of Greenland from fathers and grandfathers who had been there many times, it was a very special day, a day they would not forget
      > Two of those lads were old men when, in 1880, they told they told their story to Geary's grandson, Captain David Gray III. Gray was investigating the event on behalf of Thomas Southwell, a naturalist who shared his interest in Aric mammals, and was keen to learn the facts of the matter.
      > B. Southwell Esq, Norwich 3rd Dec. 1880, Peterhead
      > My Dear Sir
      > The facts of the case you will find in the enclosed deposition of John Allan and James Webster, both eye witnesses. I also find from other witnesses that Capt. William Volum of the Enterprise and Capt. Alexander Greay of the Hope both took part in the chase. I may mention that both Allan and Webster spent the whole of their lives as Harpooners in the Greenland Whale fishing.
      > James Webster, 85 years of age, remembers the Greenland whales coming into South Bay Peterhead--at the time he would have been about ten years of age. He remembers there being a old whale and a sucker (a young calf ). He saw five boats go after them. They struck the old whale, put three harpoons in her, then they struck the sucker and killed it. The old whale stove two boats and broke the harpooner Mackie's legs.
      > John Allan, 84 years of age, remembers the old whale, after being struck, going round the South Head. A heavy sea being on at the time and coming down dark, say about 10 or 11 o'clock, They followed her as far as they could before they cut two of the boats from her and left her, and in this condition the Whale went out of sight and they never saw or heard from her again. They killed the young calf and flenched her ( cutting blubber from the carcass ) at the South Quay--- she having sunkit was two or three days after, before they got her in.
      > I have no doubt in my mind that these were the true Greenland Whale.
      > I am dear Sir, Yours truely
      > David Gray
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