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 2, Merchant sailing vessels 3.
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‘Agnes Craig’ – her figurehead
‘Agnes Craig’ of Chester 128 gross tons built 1884 by Ferguson Baird, Connals Quay, well-kept vessel with auxiliary engine
‘Benguellion’ of Dumfries, built 1877 by Rogers, Carrickfergus
C&F Nurse of Falmouth, steel schooner built 1900 by Lean of Falmouth
‘Capricorno’, Austrian barque, wrecked off the Breakwater, Bude, 28th December 1900
‘Crown’ of Denmark at Falmouth 1926
‘Cutty Sark’, the fastest clipper ship afloat, (postcard signed by W W Petherick)
‘Elizabeth Ellen Fisher’ of Dublin, built 1871 by M.Lea of Rothesay
‘Ellie Park’ of Barrow, built 1879 by Furness.S.B Co, Barrow, now an auxiliary
‘Ethel May’ of Chester, built 1878 by Jones, Rhyl Shortly after publishing this photograph, in March 2015, I received an email from the Great Granddaughter of the captain: “The Ethel May was built at Rhyl, North Wales, in 1878 (65 tons) owned by John Kearney of Co. Down. My Great Grandfather, Richard Coppack was her captain. My Aunt was named after the boat, although she always felt it should have been the other way around. Both of my mother’s grandparents were mariners, one a river pilot on the Dee. The Coppacks were mariners of Connah’s Quay on the North Wales coast. During a hurricane(!) in November 1890 (The Times 12th November 1890) my Great Grandfather drowned, having been washed overboard whilst his boat was being rescued. I have a pair of binoculars which belong either to Richard or my other Great Grandfather, Stephen. Sadly, my mother cannot remember which (she is 101 ). I found your website as I am trying to track Richard Coppack down. He is on the census of 1881 on the George Evans in Cardigan and prior to that in Whitehaven on a “vessel”. I would love to know more about what he was doing there, his cargo etc. From the photo, it looks like it could have been taken in Liverpool, on the Mersey.” If you have any information about Richard Coppack, the ‘George Evans’ or the vessel in Whitehaven, I would be happy to pass it on.
‘Falls of Garry’ at Sharpness
‘Favell’, Birkenhead August 1929
‘Fortuna’, Argentine ship discharging whale oil at Birkenhead just previous to leaving on her last trip. You will remember she was destroyed by fire during gale off Irish coast 1927. Her crew were all Norwegians.
‘Gauntlet’ of Lancaster, built 1857 by Simpson, Glasson Dock, abandoned in North Sea ,November 1927
‘H C Christensen’ of Marstal, Danish barquentine