The details below are taken from the official records of “Ceres”, found in the shipping registries of Dartmouth and Padstow. However exciting the stories of fast voyages, near disasters and real tragedy (see later), what follows are the details that count, (even though not all the dates tie exactly with those I have found from other sources). These are the bare bones that underly the ownership of a coasting ketch.
Throughout her life, “Ceres” was used for business – to earn her keep and, hopefully, make a profit for her owners. Given the length of her service, this she apparently did in carrying cargo around the coasts of Britain. However, from the records we find that not only were her cargoes a source of income but shares in the ship changed hands and she was mortgaged several times as a way of raising money.
I found these records fascinating, and was particularly delighted to find the wonderfully named Barnabas Stenlake Shazel.
CERES OF BUDE.
Built Salcombe, 1811.
Sloop of one deck and one mast.
Length 49 feet, breadth 17 feet, depth in hold 7 feet 3 inches.
Rigged with a running bowsprit, square sterned, carvel built. No galleries. No figurehead.
Tonnage 57 and 60/94ths
Port no. 13 of 1812.
Employed in the coastal trade. Master J.Keepell, Crew of 4.
Registered de novo 4th October 1824. Port No.202.
” 5th May 1828. Port No.16.
“ 13th May 1830. Port No.17.
Registry finally cancelled on 11th April 1837 and property transferred to
Registered No 9 Padstow. 11th April 1837. James Greenway, Master.
Owned – Richard Beeuleu of Launceston 32 shares. Henry King of Stratton 16 shares and Ann King 16 shares. (Richard Beeuleu sold his shares to a Mr Lewis of Bude, Henry King transferred his shares to Ann who sold all to Lewis, who was thus sole owner.)
Reregistered No 4 Padstow. 12th July 1841.
On 11th July, 1855, William Lewis sold 32 shares to Henry Petherick, Merchant, 16 shares to Samuel Knight, Miller, and 16 to John Wakely , Yeoman. The last two sold their shares to H. Petherick in 1856 and 1860.
It was mortgaged in 1862 for £300 to Edward Barker of Launceston and sold by H. Petherick in 1863 to John Henry Hooker of Bude who in turn sold to William Walter Petherick in October 1868, the mortgage also being discharged in that year.
Wm.W. Petherick mortgaged the vessel for £150 in 1869 to Edward Hockin and John Henry Hooker, then once again it was reregistered as No 26 Padstow , 1st Dec 1869 with Wm Petherick owning 38 shares /Barnabas Stenlake Shazel owning 26 shares.
Wm Petherick purchased B.S.Shazel’s shares in 1374 and the mortgage was discharged in 1889.
She was registered anew in 1913 (material alterations… new engine fitted)
Sold to Donald Murch Petherick in 1921 and to Alfred Petherick in 1924.
The register was closed 2 Dec. 1936 on the advice from the managing owners that she was a total loss on 24th November 1936.
This is one of a number of posts on the Ketch “Ceres”. They have been presented in a random order as and when I have found, or been given, new material. They represent steps in a personal quest to find out more about one branch of my family.
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