BLEWETT BLEWITT BLUET genealogy

21 October 2008

 

 

 

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3 Henry BLEWETT 1836-189136

 

spouse's records

m Jane WRIGHT 1860

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry was born in 1836 in the Cornish fishing village of Mousehole.  His father was a fisherman, but  died when Henry was only 14, and Henry joined the fishing fleet as a fisherboy.

 

After two years as fisherboy, he signed on as a seaman on a small merchant sailing ship, and from then on he was almost continuously at sea.  He made voyages to Belize, Bombay, Quebec and the Mediterranean before marrying Jane WRIGHT, the daughter of a Mousehole fisherman when he was 23, and the same year he passed the 1st mates examination at Plymouth.

 

In 1860 Henry began a long association with the firm of Scrutton who owned a fleet of sailing ships trading with the West Indies.  He was promoted to 1st mate in Berbice on board the ‘Amber Nymph’ in 1861, after the existing first mate was dismissed.

 

In 1864 aged 27, Henry passed the master’s examination at Plymouth, and was immediately given command of various ships sailing from London to the West Indies.  Henry now had a wife and two daughters, and the family moved from Cornwall to Stepney to be near the docks when he arrived home.  A son was born in Stepney in 1866, and that year Henry was given command of his own ship the Roseau, which he was to captain continuously for the next 15 years.

 

The Roseau sailed almost exclusively to the Island of St Vincent, taking out food, clothes and all manner of manufactured items, returning with cargoes principally of sugar and molasses.  Another daughter and son were born in Stepney, and the family moved to a larger house in Rectory Square.  His wife and children accompanied Henry to St Vincent many times.  His son Henry Michael learned to walk on board ship and remembered that the ship was often sticky through leakage of molasses. 

 

The age of sail was drawing to a close however, and the sugar trade was diminishing.  In 1881 now aged 44, Henry sailed the Roseau for the last time, and that year also, his daughter Rosea died of TB.

 

Henry signed on in the steam ship Engadine to the Mediterranean and then as 2nd mate on the steamship Nith where he sailed again to the West Indies.  He was promoted to 1st mate of the Nith in 1883, but the following year, the Nith was sunk while at anchor in Lisbon harbour.

 

Henry returned to the fishing fleet in Mousehole for a few years, during which time he sold the fishing vessel Mignonette which he had previously bought and which had been used by his brother’s in law.  The family story is that he was caught in a fierce storm as he sailed the fishing vessel up the channel, and had to lash his wife Jane to the mast to prevent her from being washed overboard.

 

In 1889 aged 52, Henry was again appointed captain of a sailing ship, taking machinery from Glasgow to Brazil.  The destination was up an uncharted river, and while it was in charge of a local pilot, the ship was wrecked on a sand bar.  Back in England, Henry sailed as mate on two new steam vessels being delivered to Durban.  Remaining in Durban, Henry signed on as 3rd mate to a large steamer, the Umtata, going to Madras.  Henry was now 55, and while below decks with a cold, the steamer ran aground near Madras.  The ship was abandoned on Christmas day 1891, and the crew including Henry made their way some 50 miles to madras in open boats.  Henry was taken immediately to Madras Hospital, but died of pneumonia 31Dec1891.

 

Henry Blewett was brought up and educated as a Methodist, and remained so all his life.  There is a family story that he was fond of his drink, and although there is no evidence for this, his son Henry Michael became teetotal.  His gold watch and sextant were the only personal possession recovered from the wreck and were delivered to his widow.  Jane outlived him for 20 years, spending the latter years in the pleasant surroundings of the Trinity almshouses in Mile End, visited by her children and grandchildren

 

 

 

A biography of the life of Henry BLEWETT has been published by one of his gr.grandsons, Jack PARSONS and his wife Nora.  Entitled  “Cornish Fisherboy to Master Mariner” it was published 1993-1995 by Bournemouth Local Studies Publications in four parts: part: 1 “Boyhood in Mousehole” ISBN 0 906287 98 7;  part 2 “Mate and Master Mariner” ISBN 1 873887 02 7;  part 3 Roseau Days” ISBN 1 873887 05 1; part 4 “Steam, Sail and Shipwreck” ISBN 1 873887 08 6.  In addition to the life of Henry BLEWETT, these volumes contain a wealth of incidental information concerning the life and times of mariners in the second half of the 19thC.  All four volumes are obtainable from G.M.W.Mann for cost of postage

 

 

EVENTS

 

Henry was almost continually at sea from Sep1853 to Apr1884 and again from May1889 until his death in Dec1891.  Details of these voyages are omitted from the following EVENT table but are shown in further tables below

C=Christened

 

           age

 DATE     HB JW

 

EVENT

14Oct1836     

27Nov1836     

 6Jun1841  4  

17Nov1850 14

30Mar1851 14  

  Sep1853 16  

 8Sep1860 23 23

 7Apr1861 24 24

29Nov1861 25 25

     1862 25 25

26Sep1863 26 26

21Apr1864 27 27

11Jan1866 29 29

 9Aug1866 29 29

26Sep1866 29 29

 2Apr1871 34 34

   4q1872 35 35

   3q1875 38 38

     1878 41 41

 3Apr1881 44 44

14May1881 44 44

30Jan1882 45 45

 7Apr1884 47 47

     1884 47 47

     1887 50 50

20May1889 52 52

10Aug1889 52 52

 9Nov1890 53 53

 5Apr1891 54 54

25Dec1891 55 55

31Dec1891 55 55

 8Jul1897    61

31Mar1901    65

10Mar1907    70

 3Jan1921    83

Henry born at Mousehole

Henry C at the Methodist church

Henry at Regent Terrace, Mousehole, with family

Henry’s father died

Henry a fisherboy on the ship Edwin at Mousehole

first voyage as a seaman

Henry married Jane WRIGHT at Paul church

Jane at 10 Chapel St Mousehole; [Henry at sea]

passed 1st mate exam at Plymouth

dau Eliza Jane (Lily) born at Mousehole

dau Mary Wright born at Mousehole

passed master’s exam at Plymouth

son Henry Michael born at 8 Guardham Street, Stepney

1st voyage as master of Roseau

son Henry Michael christened at Methodist church Mousehole

Jane at Gardham St, Stepney, with 3 children and sister; Henry at sea

dau Rosea Henrietta born at Stepney

son Charles Alexander born at Stepney

Henry a master mariner of 10 Rectory square (PO directory)

Jane at 10 Rectory Square, Stepney, with 4 children; Henry on Roseau

ended last voyage as master of Roseau at Glasgow

dau Rosea died at 10 Rectory Square after 2 months TB

Henry shipwrecked in Lisbon harbour

family moved to 11 Rectory Square

Henry in fishing fleet  at Mousehole

Henry returned to sea as captain of Dunphaile Castle

Henry shipwrecked in Brazil

began first of two voyages to Durban, S.Africa

Jane at Lynn Terrace, Wanstead, laundress; with Charles; [Henry in S.Africa]

shipwrecked on the Umtata near Madras

Henry died at Madras of pneumonia

Jane applied for Trinity almshouse; granted pension of £2 pa

living with her son Henry Michael and his  family in Leytonstone

Jane admitted to Trinity almshouse

Jane died at 17 Trinity Almshouse

 

 

PRINCIPAL RECORDS

b=born  m=married  d=died

C=Christened        B=Buried

BIRTH

 

From family knowledge, Henry was born in Mousehole, Cornwall, son of Michael Blewett and baptised in the Methodist church there;  from his mariner’s certificates he was born 14Oct1836.  There is a suitable baptism recorded in the Wesleyan Methodist register for the Madron circuit:

 

C 27Nov1836 b 14Oct1836 Henry s Michael & Mary Ann BLEWETT of Mousehole, fisherman

 

MARRIAGE

from Paul (Cornwall) parish register

 

m  8Sep1860 at Paul church by banns; Henry BLEWETT bch 23, mariner, & Jane WRIGHT spr 23 of Mousehole

f: Michael BLEWETT mariner, John Richard WRIGHT mariner; w: Josiah HARVEY, Arabella WRIGHT

 

DESCENDANTS

 

     1862 Eliza Jane (Lily) b at Mousehole CON (census);     m 24Dec1881 Thomas BOOTH

26Sep1863 Mary Wright b at Mousehole CON                     m 18Jul1883 Charles G TAYLOR

11Jny1866 Henry Michael b at 8 Guardham Street, Stepney      m 11Jny1886 Helen A BROOKBANKS

   4q1872 Rosea Henrietta, registered at Mile End;           d 30Jan1882

   3q1875 Charles Alexander, registered at Mile End          m           Elizabeth WELLBELOVED

 

26Sep1866 Henry Michael christened at Mousehole Methodist church

 

certificates

b 26Sep1863 Mary Wright  girl at Mousehole Paul;fa: Henry BLEWETT mariner (merchant service); mo: Jane BLEWETT formerly WRIGHT

r  6Nov1863 by Jane BLEWETT of Mousehole Paul, at Penzance

 

b 11Jan1866 Henry Michael  boy, at 8 Guardham Street;fa: Henry BLEWETT master mariner;mo: Jane BLEWETT formerly WRIGHT

r 19Feb1866 at Mile End Old Town, Western by Henry BLEWETT of 8 Guardham Street, Mile End

 

 

m 24Dec1881 at St Dunstans parish church of Stepney by license

Thomas BOOTH bch, full, mariner of Stepney & Eliza Jane BLEWETT spr, full, of Stepney

f: Walter BOOTH gentleman; Henry BLEWETT mariner; w: W BOOTH; Philadelphia Rhoda BOOTH

 

m 18Jul1883 at St Dunstans Stepney after banns

Charles George TAYLOR bch 25 mariner of 11 Rectory Square & Mary Wright BLEWETT spr 19 of 11 Rectory Square

f: William TAYLOR mariner; Henry BLEWETT mariner; w: Henry BLEWETT; Helena Anne BROOKBANKS

 

m 11Jan1886 at St Dunstans Stepney after banns

Henry Michael BLEWETT bch 20,rope merchant of 11 Rectory Square & Helena Annie BROOKBANKS spr 20 of 113 Stepney Green

f: Henry BLEWETT master mariner; James BROOKBANKS dairyman; w: C T BROOKBANKS, Emma{?} GAINES, Elizabeth Jessie COOPER

 

 

d 30Jan1882 Rosea Henrietta BLEWETT age 9 at 10 Rectory Square, daughter of Henry BLEWETT mariner;cause: acute pneumonic phthisis, 2 months

r  1Feb1882 at Mile End Old Town MDX, by L BOOTH sister, of 10 Rectory Square, Mile End present at death

 

 

DEATH

certificates

 

d 31Dec1891 Hy BLEWETT male, 55 or 50, 3rd mate, crew member of Umtata 87070, born Mousehole; last abode Lynn Terrace,

Ramsey Rd, Forest Gate, London; died at General Hospital, Madras of catarrhal pneumonia

 

d 3Jan1921 Jane BLEWETT female age 83 at 17 Trinity Almshouses widow of Henry BLEWETT master mariner; cause: gastric catarrh

r 3Jan1921 at Mile End Old Town by Chas BLEWETT son, pad, of Weston Works, Weston St, Devons Rd, Bow E.3

 

letter from Jno DEW master of the Umtata to the Superintendent, Mercantile Marine Office, Tower Hill, London, 22Apr1892

 

Sir

With reference to your enquiry respecting the death of Mr H Blewitt 3rd officer of late S S Umtata under my command.  I beg to state that the vessel stranded on the Coromandle Coast on the 23rd December 1891.  The day previous Mr Blewitt complained of suffering from a slight cold; after the ship was abandoned on the 25th December 1891, the crew were landed at Madras in the ships boats, and Mr Blewitt being still unwell, I caused him to be conveyed to hospital at once, where he remained  till January 1st 1892, and on that date I was informed by letter from the ships agents (Messrs Parry & Co) of his death (a copy of which letter I beg to annex).  I regret having omitted to make the necessary entries in the official log book, my time was all taken up by the stranding of the vessel, and finally landing the crew rhat it entirely escaped my memory to do so.  I am Sir Yours faithfully Jno Dew, Master late S S Umtata

 

 

CENSUS

 

1841 Mousehole, Regent Terrace HO107/143/10 dist21 f38

 

Michael    BLEWETT            45  1796    fisherman                             y

Mary       BLEWETT            40  1801                                          n

Henry      BLEWETT            5   1836                                          y

John       BLEWETT            3   1838                                          y

Mary       BENNETS            20  1821    female servant                        y

 

1851 ship "Edwin" in Mousehole harbour HO107/1918 f197

 

James      HARVEY      ca mar 40  1811    owner of boat and part owner of nets     Paul, CON

John       BENNETS     fi     47  1804    part owner of nets                       Paul, CON

Benjamin   HARVEY      fi     20  1831    part owner of nets                       Paul, CON

Michael    BENNETS     fi     18  1833    part owner of nets

John       NORTH       fi     21  1830    part owner of nets                       Paul, CON

Henry      BLEWETT     fb unm 14  1837    venture                                  Paul, CON

John       BENNET      fb unm 14  1837    venture, boy                             Paul, CON

 

NOTE:ca=captain fi=fisherman fb=fisherboy

 

1861 Mousehole, 10 Chapel St   RG9/1592

 

Jane       BLEWETT     wi mar 24  1837    dressmaker and mariner's wife       Mousehole CON

Arabella   WRIGHT      si unm 29  1832    nurse domestic[?]

 

1871 Stepney, 8 Gardom St   RG10/556 f82/6

 

Jane         BLEWETT     wi mar 33  1838                                      Mousehole CON

Eliza J      BLEWETT     da     9   1862    scholar                           Mousehole CON

Mary W       BLEWETT     da     7   1864    scholar                           Mousehole CON

Henry M      BLEWETT     so     5   1866    scholar                           Stepney MDX

Elizabeth  A WRIGHT      si unm 24  1847    annuitant                         Mousehole CON

Jane E       ALLINGTON   lo unm 29  1842    machinist                         Warlinghame SFK

Martha M     BUSH        lo unm 24  1847    seamstress                        Clerkenwell MDX

 

1881 Stepney, 10 Rectory Square   RG11/482 f26 p48

 

Jane       BLEWETT     wi mar 42  1839    captain's wife                     Mousehole CON

Eliza J    BLEWETT     da unm 19  1862                                       Mousehole CON

Mary W     BLEWETT     da unm 17  1864                                       Mousehole CON

Rosea Hena.BLEWETT     da     8   1873    scholar                            London MDX

Charles A  BLEWETT     so     5   1876                                       London MDX

Arthur P   MOSS        bo unm 20  1861    theological student (Cambridge)

                                                          Kingstown, St Vincent, West Indies

 

1891 Wanstead, 26 Lynn Terrace, Ramsey Rd    RG12/1351 f13

 

Jane       BLEWITT     wi mar 52  1839 laundress (neither)                        Penzance

Charles    BLEWITT     so     15  1876 picture frame maker's assistant (employed) Stepney

Emma       ALLEN       lo wid 68  1823 living on own means                        Huntingdon

 

4 rooms occupied (all in Lynn Terrace have 4 rooms)

 

1901  7 Wallwood Rd Leytonstone, Leyton, ESS  RG13/1622 f38

 

Henry         BLEWETT  he mar 35 1866 rag merchant            own act       Stepney MDX

Helena A      BLEWETT  wi mar 35 1866                                       Stepney MDX

Helena M      BLEWETT  da sin 14 1887 dress makers apprentice worker        Stepney MDX

Elizabeth     BLEWETT  da sin 12 1889                                       Stepney MDX

Henry         BLEWETT  so sin 10 1891                                       Limehouse MDX

Henrietta     BLEWETT  da      4 1897                                       Limehouse MDX

Amy           BLEWETT  da      2 1899                                       Limehouse MDX

Jane          BLEWETT  mo wid 63 1838                                       Penzance

Ernest        JEARY    bo sin 24 1877 traveller (soap)        worker        London, Bow

 

 

OTHER

PO Directory

 

1878-1886 Henry BLEWETT master mariner, 10 Rectory Square

electoral register:

 

1881, 1882, 1883   at 10 Rectory Square

1884, 1885, 1885/6 at 11 Rectory Square

marine records

 

Documents include the applications and certificates issued to Henry as mate and master; crew lists and log books of ships he sailed in; Lloyds list which records the dates and destinations of these voyages; bills of entry for the ships entering harbour; local newspapers, particularly those of St Vincent in the West Indies, which recorded arrivals and departures of ships and much incidental information concerning cargo and crew. 

application for certificate of competency as only mate

 

Henry BLEWETT of Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall, born at Mousehole , 14Oct1836; passed by examiners at Plymouth 29Nov1861, certificate no: 24699

 

application for certificate of competency as master

 

Henry BLEWETT of Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall, born at Mousehole , 14Oct1836, certificate no 24699; application dated 13Apr1864

passed in navigation and seamanship at Plymouth 21Apr1864

 

application for renewal of master’s certificate

 

Henry BLEWETT of 11 Rectory Square, Stepney Green London, born 14Oct1836 at Mousehole, Cornwall

do solemnly declare that my certificate of competency no 24699 was lost at Lisbon, being sunk by the mail steamer Ville de Pernambuco whilst moored to a buoy ready to discharge cargo on 7Apr1884   crew rescued by two boats    not sufficient time to save any documents or effects, steamer sinking in 15 fathoms water   time from collision to disappearing from 10 to 15 minutes

 

declared at Mansion House, London 8May1884;   new certificate issued 8May1884, at nil charge

record of service shown on certificate applications:

 

Sep53-Jan54  Elizabeth of Bristol;       OS [=ordinary seaman]

Oct54-Apr55  Melbourne of London;        OS

Nov55-Oct56  Robert Ritson of Maryport   AB

Nov56-Jul57  Mercy of Penzance           AB

Nov57-Apr58  Greyhound of Penzance       b’swain

Jun58-Dec59  Beryl of Penzance           mate

Jny60-Mar60  Fisher of Workington        mate

Oct60-Nov61  Amber Nymph of London       b’swain

Dec61-Apr64  Spheroid of London          mate         

   65-   66  Spheroid of London          master

Aug66-May81  Roseau of London            master

Jul81-Sep81  Engadine of London          1st mate

Nov81-Apr84  Nith of W.Hartlepool        2nd mate

                    

 

The Elizabeth of  Bristol has not been positively identified; it was probably the 46 ton smack owned and captained by H CAWSEY which sailed between Ireland, Cornwall and France in the period before Sep53 and after Jan54, but voyages and crew agreements between these dates have not been found. 

 

Voyages made by H Blewett before he became a master, as shown by Lloyds List, crew lists and agreements

 

 

 

SHIP

 

 

DATE

 

 

PORT

 

AGE

[1]

 

RANK

 

CONDUCT

 

WAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne

29Oct1854

d

London            #

18

OS

VG VG

 

 

15Dec1854

a

Belize

 

 

 

 

 

12Apr1855

a

Penzance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Ritson

15Nov1855

d

Liverpool          #

19

seaman

VG VG

 

 

19Apr1856

a

Bombay

 

 

 

 

 

20Oct1856

a

Liverpool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercy 24736

15Dec1856

d

Penzance        #

20

seaman

G  G

£2-15s

 

14Jan1857

d

Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 8Feb1857

a

Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 6Apr1857

d

Gibraltar

 

 

 

 

 

 1Jun1857

a

Quebec

 

 

 

 

 

23Jul1857

a

Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhound 5752

 8Nov1857

d

Penzance        #

21

boatswain

VG VG

 

 

19Dec1857

a

Leghorn

 

 

 

 

 

14Feb1858

a

Gibraltar

 

 

 

 

 

31Mar1858

a

Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

Apr58-Jun58

c

Penzance/Bristol etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beryl 19351

Jul58-Dec59

c

Penzance/Swansea etc +

21-3

mate

 

£3-00s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisher 8697

 4Jny1860

at

Swansea

23

 

 

 

 

27Mar1860

at

Swansea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Nymph 27905

 4Oct1860

d

London          #

23-4

boatswain

VG VG

£3-10s

 

21Dec1860

a

Berbice

 

 

 

 

 

27Feb1861

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10Mar1861

d

London          #

24

boatswain

VG VG

£3-10s

 

11May1861

d

Dominica

 

 

 

 

 

11Jun1861

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26Jun1861

d

London          #

24-5

boatswain

VG VG

£3-10s

 

21Jul1861

a

Berbice

 

mate [2]

 

£6-00s

 

28Oct1861

a

Plymouth

 

 

 

 

 

30Oct1861

d

Plymouth

 

 

 

 

 

 5Nov1861

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spheroid 24864

18Dec1861

d

London           #

25

mate

VG VG

 

 

19Jan1862

a

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

25Feb1862

d

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 8Apr1862

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13Apr1862

d

London           #

25

mate

VG VG

 

 

18May1862

a

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 5Jun1862

d

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

11Jul1862

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12Aug1862

d

London            #

25-6

mate

 

£6-00

 

 9Sep1862

a

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 1Nov1862

d

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

13Dec1862

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 7Jan1863

d

London

26

 

 

 

 

13Feb1863

a

Martinique

 

 

 

 

 

28Mar1863

d

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 1May1863

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23May1863

d

London

26

 

 

 

 

26Jun1863

a

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

22Aug1863

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14Nov1863

d

London

27

 

 

 

 

 9Jny1864

a

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

17Feb1864

d

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

31Mar1864

a

London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#  crew lists (for foreign voyages) found for these voyages

 

+  six-monthly agreements (for coastal voyages) found for 1Jul-31Dec1858 and 1Jny-30Jun1859

 

[1] these are actual ages, not ages given on the crew lists which are sometimes a year or two older

 

[2] the first mate Henry STEVENS was discharged at Berbice for wilfully leaving and neglecting the ship, and Henry BLEWETT was promoted 1st mate in his place

 

 

 

Voyages made by H BLEWETT as master

 

 

 

SHIP

 

 

START

 

 

age

 

DATES AT DESTINATION

 

END

 

 

 

 

 

Naparima

 

13May1864 London

27

18Jun-14Jul1864 Trinidad

27Aug1864 London

 

 

 

 

 

Montrose   43948

 

27Oct1864 London    #

28

 1Dec-28Feb1865 St Vincent

 9Apr1865 London

 

 

 

 

 

Georgetown 20591

 

 3May1865 London    #

28

30May-23Jun1865 Barbados

28Jul1865 London

 

 

 

 

 

Spheroid   24864

18Oct1865 London

29

10Dec-13Jny1866 St Vincent

18Feb1866 London

 

 2Mar1866 London

 

 6Apr- 1May1866 St Vincent

13Jun1866 London

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roseau     19770

 9Aug1866 London

29

21Sep-31Dec1866 St Vincent

 7Feb1867 London

 

21Feb1867 London

30

13Apr-     1867 St Vincent

17Jun1867 London

 

22Jun1867 London

30

24Jul-21Aug1867 St Vincent

 2Oct1867 London

 

26Nov1867 London

31

29Dec- 5Feb1868 St Vincent

 9Mar1868 London

 

24Mar1868 London

31

23Apr-14May1868 St Vincent

25Jun1868 London

 

     1868 London

31

12Aug-14Sep1868 St Vincent

20Oct1868 London

 

15Dec1868 London

32

21Feb-20Mar1869 St Vincent

21Apr1869 London

 

 2May1869 London

32

 4Jun- 8Jul1869 St Vincent

 5Sep1869 London

 

26Sep1869 London

32

10Nov-          St Vincent

30Jny1870 London

 

 5Mar1870 London    #

33

 1Apr-19Apr1870 St Vincent

22May1870 London

 

 2Jun1870 London

33

 2Jul- 1Aug1870 St Vincent

 8Sep1870 London

 

16Dec1870 London

34

15Jny-13Mar1871 St Vincent

24Apr1871 Clyde

 

 5May1871 Clyde     #

34

 1Jun-23Jun1871 St Vincent

26Jul1871 London

 

18Aug1871 London    #

34

20Sep-17Oct1871 St Vincent

20Nov1871 Clyde

 

16Dec1871 Clyde     #

35

13Mar- 6Apr1872 St Vincent

 9May1872 Bristol

 

22May1872 Bristol   #

35

20Jun-13Jul1872 St Vincent

13Aug1872 London

 

17Nov1872 London    #

36

30Dec-11Mar1873 St Vincent

24Apr1873 Bristol

 

 8May1873 Bristol   #

36

 4Jun-25Jun1873 St Vincent

24Jul1873 Liverpool

 

31Jul1873 Liverpool #

36

 4Sep- 1Oct1873 St Vincent

17Nov1873 Bristol-12Dec1873 London

 

17Jny1874 London    #

37

 2Mar-10Apr1874 St Vincent

22May1874 Liverpool

 

 3Jun1874 Liverpool #

37

 6Jul-24Jul1874 St Vincent

 5Sep1874 Liverpool

 

21Sep1874 Liverpool #

37

31Oct-21Nov1874 St Vincent

 4Jny1875 Bristol

 

29Jny1875 Bristol   #

38

10Mar-30Mar1875 St Vincent

 7May1875 Clyde

 

26May1875 Clyde     #

38

21Jun-18Jul1875 St Vincent

 3Sep1875 Liverpool-13Oct1875 London

 

28Oct1875 London

39

21Dec-20Feb1876 St Vincent

 3Apr1876 London

 

16Apr1876 London    #

39

28May-24Jun1876 St Vincent

 2Aug1876 London

 

19Dec1876 London    #

40

11Feb-31Mar1877 St Vincent

12May1877 London

 

24May1877 London    #

40

10Jul- 1Aug1877 St Vincent

 8Sep1877 Liverpool-25Sep1877 Troon

 

17Oct1877 Troon     #

41

11Dec- 5Jny1878 Demerara

 8Feb1878 Queenstown-22Feb1878 St Nazaire

 

14Mar1878 St Nazaire#

41

  May-30May1878 St Vincent

12Jul1878 Liverpool

 

15Jny1879 London    #

42

19Feb-16Apr1879 St Vincent

 1Jun1879 London

 

 7Jun1979 London    #

42

18Jul- 1Aug1879 St Vincent

11Sep1879 London

 

29Oct1879 London    #

43

10Dec-22Jny1880 St Vincent

29Feb1880 London

 

12Mar1880 London    #

43

15Apr- 7Jun1880 St Vincent

17Jul1880 Bristol

 

12Oct1880 Cardiff

43

25Dec-26Jan1881 Cape Town

 

 

 

 

10Mar-  Apr1881 St Vincent

14May1881 Greenock

 

 

VOYAGES made by H Blewett on steamships             a=arrive  d=depart

 

 
SHIP

 

 
DEPART

 

 
PORTS OF CALL
RANK
monthly wage

& age

 
 
 
 

Engadine

81607

31Jul1881

d London #

17Aug1881

a Salonika

20Aug1881

a Constantinople

25Aug1881

a Odessa

3-8Sep1881

at Nicolaieff

14Sep1881

a Malta

26Sep1881

a London

1st mate £9-00

44

 

 

 

 

Nith

67554

24Nov1881

d London #

16Nov1881

at Dartmouth

29Dec1881

d Demerara

20Jan1882

a London

 

 

 

2nd mate £6-00

45

 

 

 

 

 

26Jan1882

d London #

28Jan1882

at Dartmouth

16-24Feb1882

at Demerara

16Mar1882

a London

 

 

[1]

2nd mate £6-00

45

 

 

 

 

 

18Mar1882

d London #

20-21Mar1882

at Penarth

24Mar1882

a London

 

 

 

 

2nd mate    45

4s per day

 

 

 

 

 

30Mar1882

d London #

1Apr1882

at Dartmouth

22Apr1882

a Demerara

2May1882

a Trinidad

22-23May1882

at Greenock

30May1882

a London

 

2nd mate £6-00

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Jun1882

d London #

3-4Jun1882

at Dartmouth

23Jun-3Jul1882

at Demerara

25Jul1882

a London

 

 

[1]

2nd mate £6-00

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Jul1882

d London #

17Aug1882

a Demerara

22-23Aug1882

at Berbice

26Aug1882

at Demerara

17Sep1882

a London

 

[1]

2nd mate £6-00

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12Oct1882

d London #

3-11Nov11882

at Demerara

3Dec1882

a London

 

 

 

 

2nd mate £6-00

45-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15Dec1882

d London #

18Dec1882

at Dartmouth

7-16Jny1883

at Demerara

10Feb1883

a London

 

 

[1]

2nd mate £6-00

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16Feb1883

d London #

17Feb1883

at Dartmouth

8Mar1883

a Demerara

27Mar-13Apr1883

at Galveston USA

8May1883

Newport News

31May1883

Bremerhaven

9Jun1883

a S.Shields

1st mate £8-00

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14Jun1883

d Newcastle #

27Jun-1Jul1883

at Malta

2-7Jul1883

at Susa

18Jul1883

at Dartmouth

23Jul1883

a Leith

 

 

1st mate £8-00

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Aug1883

d Leith #

5Aug1883

at Copenhagen

13-25Aug1883

at Cronstadt

5Sep1883

a London

 

 

 

1st mate £8-00

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8Sep1883

d London #

16Sep1883

d Newport Mon.

14-27Oct1883

at New Orleans

5Nov1883

a Newport News

30Nov-17Dec1883

at Bayonne

23Dec1883

a Newport Mon

 

1st mate £8-00

46-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29Jan1884

d Newport Mon

4-8Feb1884

at Plymouth

22-29Feb1884

at Savona

3Mar   8Mar       10Mar  15Mar  16Mar  18Mar  27Mar 1884

Malta  Const’ple- Sulina  Galatz Ibrail    Sulina  at Malta

5-7Apr1884

at Lisbon [2]

1st mate

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#      crew lists found for these voyages

 

[1]    Henry’s son Henry Michael was a member of the crew on these voyages as a steward

 

[2]    report in Lloyds List: the Nith lying at her buoy with a cargo of maize from Ibrail was this morning run into by the Ville de Pernambuco which cut her down below the water line causing her to sink in about a quarter of an hour.  The crew of the Nith were taken off by a boat from the Kolga, Swedish steamer, which was lying near at the time

 

Later Voyages made by H Blewett

 

Dunphaile Castle 43973 (sailing barque) H Blewett master (crew list found)

 

20May1889 dep Glasgow with cargo of machinery for works of John Grant & Co

29Jul1889 arr Bahia (Brazil)

 2Aug1889 continued up river in charge of local pilot

10Aug1889 Dunphaile Castle grounded and leaking in Marahu river

11Aug1889 towed to near the works of John Grant and machinery unloaded; ship declared unseaworthy

22Aug1889 H Blewett in Bahia

25Sep1889 court of inquiry held into grounding

24Jan1890 H Blewett handed over control of ship wreck

12Mar1890 H Blewett sailed on S.S.Don from Bahia

29Mar1890 H Blewett arr Southampton

 

The Court findings included the following:

 

‘That no blame attaches to the master Mr Henry Blewett or the mate Mr Peter Jacobs under the circumstances for the first and subsequent serious stranding of the vessel inasmuch as on both occasions she was under the charge of a pilot’

 

The Court therefore orders that the certificates of competency of Mr Henry Blewett, master and Mr Peter Jacobs, mate of the barque Dunphaile Castle be returned to them respectively

 

William Bell (steam dredger),  H.Blewett mate

 

 9Nov1890 dep Renfrew

24Nov1890 at Teneriffe

 3Jan1891 arr Durban, South Africa

 

The William Bell, a new steam dredger, was delivered to the Natal Harbour Authority to make a deep water entrance to the harbour at Durban

The crew list has not been found, and presumably H.Blewett returned to England on a regular steam ship

 

Richard King (steam tug),  H.Blewett mate

 

15Aug1891 dep Dundee

23Sep1891 at Las Palmas

26Sep1891 arr Durban

 

The Richard King . a new steam tug was delivered to the Natal harbour Authority.  The crew list for this voyage was found

H.Blewett remained in Durban and signed on in the large steam ship Umtata

 

Umtata 87070  (steam ship)  H.Blewett 3rd mate £4-15s per month

 

 7Nov1891 dep Durban

 8Dec1891 arr Calcutta

16Dec1891 dep Calcutta

22Dec1891 ship grounded approaching Madras

25Dec1891 ship abandoned

31Dec1891 H.Blewett died in Madras Hospital of pneumonia

 

the documents for this voyage and the inquiry into the grounding have been found; they show that H.Blewett was already suffering from a chest infection before the wreck

 

 

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