These are a collection of photographs that were found in a leather suitcase that had been under four feet of water for several days when my parent’s house was flooded in 1993. They were dried out but, needless to say, they are in not in their original state. I have put them together in small galleries for those who are interested in the history of the Westcountry trading ketches and also the history of Bude.
They were collected by my grandfather and, I believe, some he inherited from his father, during his years as master of the Ceres, a Westcountry trading ketch. I have no record of whether he took any of these photographs himself but I note that most of them are of ships in ports that Ceres would have visited. The captions are copies of the notes on the back of the photographs – I have added the punctuation.
Links: Merchant sailing vessels 1, Merchant sailing vessels 3.
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‘Henrietta’ of Truro, built 1878 by Scoble, Malpass
Herzogia Cecilie’ in the Mersey, 12th May 1929
‘Huswig’, Peruvian schooner, ex-Danish ‘Wanekong’, shows her in Cammel Laird’s wet basin for repairs. She left Preston for Norway and met with terrific headwinds. In 7 days she was only off the mouth of the Mersey and had lost most of her sails and had most of her crew injured. She put into Mersey for repairs.
‘Invernesshire’ of Glasgow
‘Ivy’ of Ipswich, now owned in Ireland and a fairly regular trader here (Bude)
‘J H Barrow’ of Barrow
‘Kobenhavn’, Danish 4-mast barque, discharging grain in West Float, Birkenhead
‘Louisette Marie’ of Binic, French schooner, built 1919 by Olivier Co., Binic
‘Matilda’ of Bristol, 33 net, in the Pill, Littleton-on-Severn, built over 100 years ago of oak at Chepstow
‘Naiad’ of Lanelly, at Bristol, June 1928
‘Per’ of Chester, built 1876 by Geddie, Kinsgston