- Hello, I am doing family research and found out that my great Grandad
who was a ships greaser survived a sea disaster. His name was James
Long 1862-1938 and he was in an open boat for four days and suffered
frostbite to his feet. We think possibly this disaster happened close
to St. Helena. It is hard to find which disaster it was as I have no
year or ship name. It most likely happened between 1880 and the mid
If anyone knows of any such disaster in or around that area I would be
very grateful if you got in touch.
I am doing family research which has brought me to this site. My
great grandad was James Long 1862-1938, he was a ships greaser.
According to a newspaper report on his inquest in Liverpool which I
recently found, he was involved in a sea disaster many years before
his death. The ship caught fire and he was in an open boat for four
days suffering frostbite in his feet. The name of the ship and year
are not mentioned but it may have happened near to St. Helena. It
would have most likely been between 1880 and the mid 1930's. I want
to learn more about this story but am stuck as I have little information.
I would love to hear from anyone who knows of such a disaster and of
any newspaper reports that may have been published in St. Lucia.