RE: [Peterhead] Seaman list
You don’t find many coopers at sea, as Mary suggested John Slessor was probably aboard a whaling ship.
Most coopers were on land and could have also travelled down the coast to Yarmouth, following the herring and fishing boats.
Thanks for this information. I have a Colin McKenzie who was an apprentice cooper, aged 17 years in the 1841 census. It didn't occur to me he may in later years have been a seaman with that trade.
--- On Mon, 21/1/13, marymelville4646@... <marymelville4646@...> wrote:
From: marymelville4646@... <marymelville4646@...>
Subject: Re: [Peterhead] Seaman list
Received: Monday, 21 January, 2013, 10:07 PM
A cooper was a very busy man if he was aboard a whaling ship. The blubber was stored in barrels once it had been removed from the whale, the cooper would have fitted the end or "top" when the barrels were full.
From: Gweneth Myers <gwenethmyers@...>
CC: 'haworth.jill' <jial@...>
Sent: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:39
Subject: RE: [Peterhead] Seaman list
Can you please tell me what is a cooper on the naval ship?
--- On Mon, 21/1/13, Wade Buchan <wsb@...> wrote:
Hello Wade: Do you have any information on John Slessor, b-1816 Peterhead...ticket number 114212, on Seaman's List