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Transcribed by Michael Coomber, graciously provided to the Kent OPC for display.
Contributors of additional abstracts are noted by their initials placed in square brackets at the end of the source citation.

Source:  Daily Journal (London, England) Friday, August 9, 1728; Issue 2367.

DEAL, August 7.     The Looe and the Sheerness Men of War remain, but all the Outward-bound sailed last Night to the Westward, viz. the William Galley, Capt. SACKETT, for Leghorn and Naples; the Samuel, Capt. HARPER, for Cadiz; the Barbados Merchant, Capt. BULLOCK, for Barbados; the Elizabeth, Capt. PULESTONE, for Lisbon; the Brothers, Capt. MILLER, for Newfoundland; and the Dorsetshire, Capt. KEITH for Cork. Wind N.

Source:  Country Journal or The Craftsman (London, England), Saturday, September 6, 1729; Issue 166.
     Arthur GOLDRING, Waterman of Gravesend was committed on Monday last, by the Lord Mayor to Bridewell, (for want of sufficient Distress) for breach of their Bye-Laws, particularly in carrying, by Water to Gravesend, more Passengers than the said Bye-Laws direct, and for disobeying the Summons of the Rulers of that Company.

Source:  Read's Weekly Journal Or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, August 9, 1735; Issue 540.
Last Wednesday in the afternoon, as Mr. CHAIRE was coming from Woolwich in a boat; a light ship falling down the river, run her down and sunk her, by which accident Mr. CHAIRE and one of the Watermen were drowned; but the other Waterman was saved by a Boat that went to his assistance from the ship.

Source:  London Evening Post, Thursday, September 17, 1741; Issue 2162.
An account of some of the English Prisoners of War in the City of Lugo in Galicia, commencing the 16th November 1739; with Captains and Ships Names they belonged to, the respective places of their abode, and when taken.

In the Wilmington of London,

Anthony BULMORE, Master, taken March 7, 1741,

Stephen UNDERDOWN, Mate of Margate,

(and of other crew from outside Thanet)

In the Prudent Sarah of London,

Nath. WARNER, Master, taken March 14, 1741,

Francis WARMELL of Margate and other crew of London.

[The report does give Francis WARMELL of London, as well as Margate.]

Source:  London Evening Post, Thursday, December 6, 1744; Issue 2666.

Canterbury, Dec. 5.
     Last Friday between Seven and Eight o'clock at Night, a Corn Hoy, which Mr. Daniel SWINFORD, of Margate, had just bought of Capt. JORDEN and Mr. DILNOT of Sandwich with 150 Quarters of Corn on board, was taken as she lay at anchor in Ramsgate-Road, by a French Cutter-built Privateer; four men who were on board had just time to jump into the boat on the reverse side, when the privateer grappled the hoy.

Source:  London Evening Post, Thursday, January 19, 1749; Issue 3311.
     Mr. Stephen COLESTON, is appointed a Surveyor of the Works at Sheerness, in the room of Mr. DYER, who has resign'd on Account of his ill state of health.

     And Mr. STONEHOUSE is appointed a Master Builder in Chatham-Yard,and Overseer of the Boat-Builders, in the room of Mr. Samuel PENTON, who is preferr'd to Woolwich.

Source:  London Daily Advertiser, Monday, May 25, 1752; Issue 385.
Saturday morning Mr. ANSELL, Mate of a Vessel outward-bound, lying off the Hermitage, going on board the same, fell into the river, and was drowned. His body was taken up soon after.

Source:  Public Advertiser (London, England), Friday, March 16, 1753; Issue 5735.
Canterbury, March 14. -

     We hear from Margate in the Isle of Thanet, that the week before last, an Information was sent from thence to the Custom-house, London, against Mr. Edward GOLDSMITH; setting forth, that he had India Goods on board his Hoy: Upon which the said Hoy was met in the river, and boarded by three Officers, on Saturday the third Instant, off Woolwich, who continued on board till all her lading was out, which was the Wednesday following, when it plainly appeared there was no such thing, and that the Information was altogether false and malicious.

Source:  Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, Saturday, February 1, 1755; Issue 1363.
Margate, Jan. 31.

     Yesterday as Mr. Joseph BRASIER, Corn Hoyman of this Town, was coming from London, his Man, Thomas COOK, was unfortunately struck overboard by the tiller and was drowned. He has left a wife and five children.

Source:  Read's Weekly Journal Or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, October 23, 1756; Issue 2385.
Last Saturday one Robert GAN, belonging to Mr. SWINFORD's hoy of Margate, fell overboard, and was drowned, as the hoy was going down the river. He has left a wife and two small children.

Source:  Lloyd's Evening Post and British Chronicle (London, England), September 21, 1757 - September 23, 1757; Issue 28.
Yesterday John WHEELER a Gravesend Waterman, was committed to the Poultrey Compter by the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, on the Oath of William CARTER and James DAVENPORT, for bringing a poor Woman in a very sickly condition from Gravesend, by which means she is become chargeable to the Parish of St. Mary at Hill in this City.

Source:  St. James's Chronicle, London, Middlesex, Saturday, August 03, 1765, p. 3.  [SDY]
Ship News.

Deal, Aug. 4.     Wind E.N.E. Came down and sailed, the Catherine and Nancy, Ashburner, for Gibraltar. No ships in the Downs.

Source:  St. James's Chronicle or British Evening Post (London, England), September 22, 1781 - September 25, 1781; Issue 3210.

by Commissioners appointed by the High Court of Admiralty on the 29th Day of the present Month of September, at the Fountain in Margate, The CARGO of the DUTCH HOY, called JONGE ANNE WEIGERS*; the Sale to begin at 11 o'Clock in the Forenoon precisely, consisting of about 1690 Planks and Deals, but chiefly Planks, many of which are of great Length, up to 45 Feet, and six Inches and a Half thick. Immediately after the Sale of the Cargo, will be sold the Ship Jonge Anne Wiergers*, about 200 Tons Burthen (a remarkable fine Vessel) with every Thing belonging to her, as per Inventory.

     Catalogues and Inventory of the Ship, her Tackle, Apparel, and Furniture, may be timely had of Francis COBB, Esq. at Margate, and at the City of London Inn and Coffee-House, at Dover.

* Variations in the name of the Ship typed as from the newspaper.

Source:  General Evening Post (London, England), Saturday, February 15, 1783; Issue 7644.
Last Friday, in the evening, a passage-boat called the Ostend packet, Capt. Stephen SANDWELL, master, sailed out of Ostend bound to Margate, and about ten o'clock the same night in a gale of wind, was obliged to put back; about eleven o'clock, the gale increasing and a great sea, Capt. SANDWELL was washed overboard and drowned; he has left a wife and six children at Margate. The packet is since arrived safe at Ostend with all the passengers and the rest of the men.

Source:  General Evening Post (London, England), May 13, 1784 - May 15, 1784; Issue 7834.
William SAXBY, Esq., Water-Bailiff, has made his second survey of the River Thames and Medway, from the stone at Upnor Castle to Staines, and in the Medway saw upwards of twenty large vessels, dragging for the brood of oysters, contrary to the act: The opening of this fishery will be of utmost consequence to the public, as it will give employment to a great many fishermen in the Winter months, and reduce the price of oysters. He seized six drag nets, one bag net, and a quantity of fish.

Source:  The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug. 10, 1786; pg. 4; Issue 510; col C.


(By Permission of the Honourable the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs,)

At the FOUNTAIN INN, Margate, on Monday, the 14th Instant, at Eleven o'Clock, in the Forenoon.


     About Two Hundred and Twenty Quarters of damaged Wheat, saved from the ship Haabet, Recklief RECKERTS, Master, lost on her voyage from Dantzick to Cadiz. Samples to be seen at Messrs. Scott and Willes, Mark - lane, London; Mr. Nathaniel Austens, Ramsgate; and Messrs. Cobb, Hooper, and Co., Margate.

Source:  London Times (London, England) October 23, 1786, p. 3.  [SDY]
The boatmen of Deal have been so far benefitted by the late stormy weather, that they may say truly, "It is an ill wind that blows nobody good," has been indeed a harvest to them last week a large vessel was discovered to have struck on the Goodwin Sands in a very hard gale of wind: some of the Deal people, to the number of 25, put off to her relief: they had the good fortune to reach the ship, which they found to be a new and stout vessel, but, to their great surprise, they did not find any human being on board, the Captain and crew having abandoned her soon after she had struck. The Deal people got her off and carried her safe into Ramsgate. She had a very valuable cargo on board, and the salvage paid to those who saved her amounted of 100L. per man; so that the Deal men were well rewarded for their boldness in putting to sea in a storm that would have disheartened a less hardy race of mortals.

     A letter from Hythe, in Kent, says, the Folkestone cutter, commanded by Lieutenant DOUGLAS, has taken a smuggling vessel with 120 half ankers of brandy on board, 100 bags of coffee, as many of tea, and various other goods, and has brought her in there; she is a new built vessel belonging to Cherbourg, and was on the first voyage in that sort of trade.

     On Friday afternoon a meeting of a very alarming nature took place at Deptford amongst the Shipwrights; we are given to understand it arose about their perquisities of chips. About four o'clock they were got to such a pitch of desperation, that the whole town was in the utmost consternation imaginable, and it seemed as if the whole place was struck with one general panic. But happy for the security of his Majesty's subjects, an officer dispatched a messenger for a party of the guards, which fortunately arrived at Deptford at six o'clock, which secured the peace for the moment, but were soon found insufficient, and a second express was instantly dispatched for an additional supply, these were found not capable of keeping the peace; at eleven o'clock all the troops from the Savoy that could be spared arrived, which, happy for the town of Deptford, secured the place and restored peace.

Source:  World Fashionable Advertiser, The (London, Middlesex), Thursday, March 22, 1787, p. 5.  [SDY]

DEAL, March 20.      Wind E. Remain, the Francis and Eliza, Stark, for Antigua; and Marianna, Manners, for Venice.

Source:  General Evening Post (London, England), Tuesday, November 6, 1787; Issue 8420.
     In the gale of wind on Friday night last, a brig ran aground and sunk near Westgate-bay, between Margate and Birchington; the crew were obliged to make themselves fast to the shrouds, and remained in that situation all night, till the next day at two o'clock, when they were all got on shore, nearly perished - it is thought some of them cannot recover, and that the brig cannot be got off.

     Further information in the same Newspaper has an "Extract of a letter from Ramsgate, Nov. 3rd." saying :-"On Sunday night a boat from Margate went off to the brig that run aground in Westgate Bay on Friday night, in order to bring part of the cargo on shore; the boat sunk on her return, being too deeply laden, by which Thomas SHINGLESTONE, of Margate, and his son, were drowned; the other three men were taken up alive by another boat and brought home safe to shore. The said brig was laden with starch, blue, grocery, etc."

Source:  The Times (London, England), Thursday, Sept. 20, 1792; pg. 3; Issue 2417; col D.
     On Saturday last one of the unfortunate men who perished on board the Dutch sloop on the Margate Sands, was found floating near that place. It was brought into the harbour by a fishing boat, and interred the same evening. The next morning two more of the crew were discovered near Birchington. They were likewise taken up and decently buried by the inhabitants. One of the later was supposed to be the master; but no papers were found about him, to rescue from oblivion either the name of the Captain or the vessel.

Source:  St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London, England), February 4, 1794 - February 6, 1794; Issue 5635.
Extract of a letter from Chatham, Feb. 5.

"Saturday last two custom-house officers stopped a fishing vessel in this river, on board of which was found a considerable quantity of King's stores, such as rope, etc., etc., some of it had been landed at one George DADD's, a rope-maker of this town; who was lately fined 100 pounds by the Court of King's Bench, for illicit practices of this kind. DADD having heard of the vessel being stopped, artfully pretended that he would not buy the rope, although part of it was landed, and was upon his premises."

Source:  Star (London, England), Monday, October 27, 1794; Issue 1931.
BROADSTAIRS, October 18.

     This day passed by 53 sail of transports with troops on board for Gibraltar. The same day landed here a gentleman, who says he passed by Dunkirk the day before, and saw seven French frigates in the road, among whom was that which was dismasted in the late gale of wind, off the Kentish Knock.

     Letters have been received from the crews of the two ships belonging to this place, that were fishing off Iceland, and were taken by a French frigate; one ship was burnt, the other sunk, and the hands all brought to Dunkirk and imprisoned; one, (William HODGMAN) is since dead; and two more are very bad in the hospital at Dunkirk.

Source:  Evening Mail (London, England), December 19, 1796 - December 21, 1796.
Copy of a Letter from Captain TALBOT, of his Majesty's Ship Eurydice, to Rear Admiral BAZELY, dated Dover Road, Dec. 16.

"Last night I captured La Sphinx French privateer, of 46 tons and 26 men, from Dunkirk, on a cruize; she left it yesterday at 12 o'clock, and had not taken anything; she is Southampton-built, and has made a practice of running along shore as a coaster. The last cruize she was at sea she was boarded by one of the armed luggers in the North Sea, but got clear by producing Swedish papers. I have sent her into Dover harbour, and, when I have landed the prisoners, shall immediately proceed to my station. She had nothing but small arms on board. I am, etc.


P. S. I since find she has four 4-pounders and two swivels in her hold."

[Note from our contributor :- From another letter in the same newspaper, Rear Admiral BAZELY appears to be, Rear Admiral John BAZLEY, Commanding Officer of his Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Downs.]

Source:  The Bury & Norwich Post: Or, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, & Cambridge Advertiser (Bury St. Edmunds, England), Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1802; Issue 1025.

     Five of the passengers and four of the crew, having taken to the shrouds, were saved, by continuing there till the water was so lowered, that they could get on the shore about five in the morning.

     One other passenger, Mr. Jesse CARROWAY, of Margate, was swept off the deck, but most providentially, after some little exertion, was thrown on the beach by the waves, and escaped; and supposes that very soon after the cabin was filled with water, and 7 passengers who remained therein drowned; and the remaining 14 and the Captain, who were on the deck, were then swept away by the merciless waves; as, while he lay on the beach, he heard a general scream of distress, and then all was still!

Source:  Hull Packet (Hull, England), Tuesday, June 25, 1805; Issue 963.
RAMSGATE, 19th. June. -

     This morning was brought in here, the schooner John, of Hull, laden with pipe clay, supposed from Poole to Hull; she was taken up yesterday morning, off the Gallopper Light, without any person on board. The boat and papers being also gone, leaves us to suppose, she must have been on shore, and being leaky, abandoned by the crew, and afterwards drifted off.

Source:  The Times (London, England), March 27, 1818, p. 3, Issue Number 10315.  [SDY]
Kent ASSIZES, Maidstone, Wednesday, March 25.

CROWN SIDE. - Before Mr. Baron Wood.

     William HOLYMAN was indicted for having feloniously personated the name of one Hugh CAMPBELL, a petty officer on board the brig Maria, who was entitled to certain prize-money for his services on board that ship, and with having falsely forged and counterfeited a certain certificate of service of the said Hugh CAMPBELL, and uttered the same as true, with intent to defraud the Commissioners and Governors of the hospital for seamen at Greenwich.

     It was proved by Mr. Richard Smith, clerk of the Cheque-office at Greenwich-hospital, that on the 13th August last, the prisoner came to the office, and stating his name to be Hugh CAMPBELL, born in Scotland, demanded a sum for prize-money, but did not name the amount. The prisoner had called on the 9th of August, four days previous to the present application, and had on that occasion presented a certificate to a junior clerk in the office. Witness told the prisoner that he had reason to think that his name was not Hugh CAMPBELL: the prisoner still persisted that it was, but was ultimately taken into custody by one of the constables belonging to the establishment. The prisoner, seeing that the deceit was detected, confessed that his name was not Hugh CAMPBELL, and that was instigated to do the act by a man of the name of SHIPLEY, who had stated himself to be the brother of Hugh CAMPBELL, and that he was authorized to receive the money for him. The prisoner also stated, that SHIPLEY had offered to give him 2L. upon the receipt of the money.

     It was subsequently proved, that the prize taken was the El Dor de Mayo, by the Maria, on 6th November, 1813; Hugh Campbell being at that time on board the ship. The certificate was also proved to be a forgery in every respect.

     The prisoner being called upon for his defence, repeated that he had been instigated to do the act by Shipley, who was now indicted at these assizes for a similar offence, under the name of William Shipley CRESWELL.

     The Jury found a verdict Guilty, but the prisoner was recommended to mercy by the prosecutor, believing his defence to be true.

Source:  Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Monday, January 8, 1821; Issue 15500.
Some large casks, containing oil and tobacco, were driven on shore at Deal and Dover, on Tuesday and Wednesday last, by the strong easterly gales. They are supposed to have been part of the cargo of the Oaks, West Indiaman, which was lost on Margate Sands, in the night of the 8th November.

Source:  The Times (London, England), Tuesday, December 20, 1821, col. B.  [SDY]

     The schooner Mount Stone, from Lisbon for London, is on shore on Sandwich Flats, with loss of both anchors and cables, her rudder unshipped, and leaky. Cargo discharging.

Source:  Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday, September 18, 1824; Issue 3725.
     A gentleman, named OUTRAM, drowned Monday last, near Margate - the boat in which he was fishing upset in a squall, and both he and the waterman drowned.

Source:  Morning Journal (London, Middlesex), Wednesday, November 05, 1828, p. 4.  [SDY]

DOVER, Nov. 3.-      The Britannia steam-vessel arrived to-day from Calais, with several carriages and passengers, amongst whom were Mr. Waring, Col. Woodford, Baron d'Este, - Done, and - Glassfor, Esq.s. The former gentlemen were, we understand, from the seat of war. Varna was in possession of the Russians. It was every where thought that they would not long maintain possession. The change of climate, shortness of provisions, and being constantly harassed by the Turks, has brought on sickness, which, it was feared, would oblige them to retreat. The hospitals are stated to be filled with wounded and sick. Mr. Moore, a King's messenger, and - Rushe, arrived by the Royal George from Boulogne. Sailed the steam-vessel Medusa, with passengers for Calais.

DEAL, Nov. 3.- Wind E. by N. -      Arrived from London, the Carolina, Brown, for New South Wales; Glatton, Laughton, from Honduras. Arrived the Mary Ann, O'Brien, from Calcutta. Five p.m. - A large ship apparently a frigate, and a brig under Russian colours, are passing to the westward, at the back of the Goodwin.

GRAVESEND, Nov. 3-      Arrived the Prince of Wales, Hanwell from Hudson's Bay; Faith, Archer, from Oporto; Prince of Orange, Horn, from Malaga; Equity, Henson, and Hickman, Fletcher, from St. Petersburgh; Emery, Brown, from Memel; Fair Ellen, Brown, from Gottenburg; Antelope, Smith, from ditto; Sir Alexander McKenzie, from Dantzic; King George Packet, Mills, from Rotterdam; Britannia, Stevens, from Ostend. Sailed the Hamburgh, Wood, from Hamburgh.

Source:  The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, July 23, 1849; Issue 23596.

     The committee for managing the affairs of Lloyds having deemed it their duty to bring before the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports the circumstances under which the loss of the Simon Taylor took place on the Girdler Sand, on the 6th of June last, his grace, with that promptitude which marks the discharge of all his public duties, instantly instituted the strictest investigation into the case, and it has resulted in the dismissal of the pilot. The following is the copy of the Lord Warden's decision :-

"Mr. RUSSELL is dismissed from the brotherhood of Cinque Port Pilots; his licence is forfeited; he is never again to be employed."

WELLINGTON, Warden. "His grace has directed an inquiry to be made as to the ages of the pilots and their efficiency, in order that if any are found incompetent to perform their duties they may be superannuated."

Source:  The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, June 11, 1849; pg. 8; Issue 23560.
Margate, June 8. -

The Simon Taylor, from Jamaica, on the Shingles, is waterlogged, and expected to become a total wreck; she is being dismantled, and a quantity of stores and materials have already been landed.

Source:  The Times (London, England), Friday, Sept 13, 1850; pg. 1; Issue 20593.

Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27. -

First Day. -     A cup or purse of £50 for yachts of 30 tons and upwards. Time for tonnage.

Second Day. -     A cup or purse of £25 for yachts not exceeding 30 tons. Time for tonnage. In each case three yachts to start or no match.

Entrance fee, 1 shilling per ton. Matches for luggers, sprit sail boats, galleys, etc., each day. Further particulars to be obtained on application to the Secretaries, Committee Rooms, Duke's Head Hotel, Margate. RICE GILES HIGGINS, and JOHN WILD PRICE, Hon. Secs.

Source:  Hampshire Advertiser & Salisbury Guardian (Southampton, England), Saturday, October 11, 1851; pg. 2; Issue 1468.

     On Saturday, one of the fishing smacks engaged in the mackerel trade off the coast of Dover, succeeded in capturing a large quantity of that fish, of the finest quality, and of unusually large dimensions. Two specimens were exhibited at Mr. GROVE's, Charing-cross, and are stated to have been the largest ever seen in the metropolis. The length of each exceeded twenty inches; the girth of one round the middle was no less than eleven inches and a quarter; and the combined weight of the two 6lbs. 3oz. They were perfectly in season, the size of the respective roes and the weight of the offal not being greater than ordinary fish.

Source:  Daily News (London, England), Monday, November 16, 1857; Issue 3589.
The names of Crew Members from Kent who perished on the under-mentioned uninsured Australian Clipper Headed:-


The information was gathered from the Sydney Morning Herald of September 10th.

George FISH, 19, butcher's mate, from Kent.

Henry Bevan WILLIAMS, 21, A.B. from Kent.

Charles LUPPEL, 36, A.B. from Kent.

George LEMAR, 34, A.B. from Kent.

John COLSTON, 46, A.B. from Kent.

Source:  Lloyd's List, Friday, January 27, 1860, p. 4; Issue No. 14,295.  [SDY]
Reports from the Receivers under the Merchant Shipping Act of 1854.

Faversham, 26th Jan.

SPY (dandy sloop) of and from Faversham, for London; deposition of Edward SPILLETT, Master (18,137)

Source:  The York Herald (York, England), Saturday, January 26, 1867; pg. 7; Issue 4913.

     Intelligence reached Hartlepool on Sunday of the loss of the brigantine Naverina, Captain JARMAN, bound to Ramsgate with coals, on Friday, on Sandwich Flats, near Deal. The crew are supposed to have all perished. A body, supposed to be that of the captain, has been washed ashore on the Walmer Beach, and also the body of a boy. The boat belonging to the vessel cast up on the shore not far from where the vessel became a wreck. The Naverina, although hailing from Ramsgate, has been a regular trader to Hartlepool for a number of years, and only left that port last Monday.

Source:  The Newcastle Courant etc., Friday, May 29, 1868; Issue 10092.
     On Saturday morning a pleasure boat capsized near the Newgate Coast-guard Station, Margate, and the occupants - two ladies, a Mr. HORN, and the waterman, Charles EMPTAGE - were thrown into the sea. They were fortunately rescued by one of the coastguard boats under the charge of Lieutenant HART.

Source:  1871 Census, England and Wales
The following men born in Kent where aboard H.M.S. MINOTAUR on the night the 1871 census was taken. The ship was docked at SPITHEAD, PORTSEA ISLAND, PORTSMOUTH, HANTS.


George PAY, Leading Seaman, Single, 27, Chillenden

Thomas REID, Stoker, Single, 27, Woolwich

John AUSTEN, A B Seaman, Single, 22, Deal

William HILL, A B Seaman, Single, 30, Margate

John GARDNER, A B Seaman, Single, 30, Ramsgate

James KEMP, A B Seaman, Single, 34, Canterbury

Charles BAKER, Ordinary Seaman, Single, 22, Maidstone

John SETFORD, Leading Seaman, Married, 23 (or 28), Minster

William CHAPPELL, Stoker, Single, 23, Deptford

Henry HULL, Boy 1st Class, Single, 18, Dover

George SOALL (or Seall), Boy 1st Class, Single, 17, Dover

George BARKER, Boy 1st Class, Single, 17, Ramsgate

Thomas EDMONDS, Boy 1st Class, Single, 17, Greenwich

David BARBER, Boy 1st Class, Single, 17, Deptford

Alfred B SUTTON, Boy 1st Class, Single, 16, Woolwich

Ambrose RIDDING (or Redding), Boy 1st Class, Single, 17, Gravesend

Thomas J REARY, Boy 1st Class, Single, 17, Woolwich

Thomas HISHMAN, Gunner, Single, 28, Canterbury

Thomas HUNEYSET, Gunner, Married, 27, Headcorn

James HARRAP, Private, Single, 24, Deptford

Joseph PALMER, Private, Single, 19, Wadhurst

George WOOD, Private, Single, 27, Canterbury

Frederick PEPPER, Stoker, Married, 39, Dover

Source:  Trewman's Exeter Flying Post, or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, Wednesday, June 23, 1875; Issue 5767.

     A pleasure-boat containing five persons was missing from Dover on Wednesday evening. The party consisted of two brothers named HOGBEN, of Faversham; Esther COVENEY, of Dover; May LANCY, of Weston-super-Mare; and a boatman named LADD. The young persons were engaged in drapery establishments in the town, and were having a row on the water after business hours, having secured the services of one of the steadiest boatmen on the beach. They were observed from the shore about half past nine, appearing to be coming in, but, on nearing the shore put out again to sea, the young ladies rowing. They were not seen afterwards, and on Thursday the boat, empty, was picked up midway between Dover and Folkestone. The boatman leaves a wife and five children.

The Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle of Saturday, June 19, 1875; issue 4470, also mentions Mr. PHILLPOTT as being with them, and names the girls as Miss COVENEY and Miss SLANEY. That paper also states "Nothing had been heard of them yesterday morning, and at eight o'clock last evening the boat was washed ashore near Shakespeare's Cliff, rudderless and half full of water. The bay has been dragged in every direction but none of the bodies have been recovered."

Source:  Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XX, Issue 276, 19 November 1886, Page 4.  [SDY]

     The Fishermen's riot at Ramsgate is an ugly affair. It is well known that English fishermen suffer much from loss and destruction of their nets by French and Dutch rivals. The latter use an implement known as "The devil", which is as harmful as the torpedo. The riots at Ramsgate rose partly from the circumstance that an Englishman fancied that he saw his net in a French boat and partly from the ill-feeling engendered by the recent detention of English boats at Havre. The French Ambassador is already demanding explanations and punishment of the Ramsgate rioters, and the bellicose newspapers of Paris are indulging in lofty adjectives.

Source:  Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Monday, February 14, 1887; Issue N/A.

     On Saturday morning three Broadstairs boatmen named John HILLER, Chas. BAKER, and Joshua KENNY put off in a punt to assist a barge into Broadstairs. They had got only a hundred yards out when a huge wave struck and capsized the boat. The Kingsgate surfboat went out to render assistance, but all three men had disappeared. This morning the bodies of HILLER and BAKER were washed ashore at Kingsgate.

[N.B. From FreeBMD:- Death of John Andrew HILLER aged 54, March Qtr 1887 Thanet 2a 562; Charles Thomas BAKER aged 32 (same reference); Joshua Caleb KENNY aged 23 (same reference).]

Source:  Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Monday, February 14, 1887; Issue 9987.

     On Saturday morning three Broadstairs boatmen, named John HILLER, Charles BAKER, and Joshua KENNY, put off in a punt to assist a barge into Broadstairs. They had got only a hundred yards out when a huge wave struck and capsized the boat. The Kingsgate surf-boat went out to render assistance, but all the three men had disappeared. Yesterday, morning the bodies of HILLER and BAKER were washed ashore at Kingsgate.

Source:  The Ipswich Journal (Ipswich, England), Saturday, August 22, 1891; Issue 9302.

     Mr. E. J. ROBERTSON, of Ipswich, received a telegram from Amsterdam on Sunday evening, announcing the death by drowning of Capt. MANN. The deceased captain, who left Ipswich with a pleasure party, in the yacht Dewdrop, on Bank Holiday, fell overboard when the vessel gave a lurch at sea soon after leaving Ostend. Distress signals were hoisted, and a Ramsgate smack bore down to the Dewdrop and left her mate in charge of the vessel, by whom she was navigated into safe waters.

Source:  Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Saturday, August 6, 1892; Issue 188.

     The smack TELEPHONE, of Ramsgate, was run down by a steamer early yesterday morning. Two of the crew, named WILSON and BOSTON, were drowned.

Source:  Daily Post, Thursday, February 15, 1894; Issue 11126.
     At the Margate Town Hall, Albert EMPTAGE and the crew of the Moss Rose skiff, who rescued the crew of the Druide during the severe gale last November, were presented with medals awarded by the Board of Trade in recognition of their gallantry. The presentation was made by Miss Louise WOOTTON, daughter of the Major.

Source:  Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Monday, October 8,1894; Issue 12383.

     News reached Ramsgate on Saturday morning that the fishing smack Bonnie Bell, of that port, had been seized and taken into Gravelines by French fishermen. Strained relations have existed for some time between French and English fisherman. The skipper of the smack was enabled to return to Ramsgate on Sunday evening on the intervention of the British Consul at Calais.

     In an interview with a press representative, the skipper stated that the affair occurred at the back of Goodwin Sands. There were sixteen men on board the French smack, eight of whom boarded the English vessel. The boarders were thus two to one Englishmen. ANNING, the skipper, however, seized the helm with the intention of getting away from the Frenchmen. On this one of the foreigners took up a marling spike, and threatened to split open ANNING's head. The Ramsgate men were then hustled below, and the Bonnie Belle was taken to Gravelines. A gunboat has been ordered to the fishing grounds. What justification the French may plead for their act is not known, but at present it seems completely unwarrantable.

Source:  Marlborough Express, Volume XXXI, Issue 25, 1 February 1895, Page 2.  [SDY]

[United Press Association]
LONDON, January 31.

A terrible snowstorm has been experienced in the Channel. The Ramsgate lifeboat and tug are missing.

Source:  Feilding Star, Volume XVI, Issue 183, 2 February 1895, Page 2.  [SDY]
Snowstorms in London.


London, February 1
     Further snowstorms have been experienced in London and the provinces. The Ramsgate lifeboat, for which fears were entertained, has turned up safely though the crew suffered terribly during the late storm and a number of them were frost bitten.

Source:  Western Times 11th November 1908.  [SF]
     All doubt as to the fate of the Margate galley Reindeer has been solved by the washing ashore near Margate yesterday of the body of one of the crew, named EPPS. The body was swamped by the heavy sea and three members of the crew and the Gravesend pilot were drowned.