Is it possible for me to do this?

dsweyers
15th April 2004, 14:23
Is it possible to look up ships that were built during the 19th century to
find out details of past owners and whether they still exist?

One of my fore-bears was a sailor (and subsequently ship-owner), and I have
his detailed journal dating from between 1815 and 1848 where he mentions all
the ships he worked on as well as prices paid for various loads and salaries
for the sailors he employed. (As well as encounters with pirates and even
the Spanish Inquisition!)

It's all very exciting reading his amazing copper-plate style of writing -

Just interested in finding out more, really.

Regards
and TIA

StJohn

Ian
15th April 2004, 23:10
Is it possible to look up ships that were built during the 19th century to
find out details of past owners and whether they still exist?

One of my fore-bears was a sailor (and subsequently ship-owner), and I have
his detailed journal dating from between 1815 and 1848 where he mentions all
the ships he worked on as well as prices paid for various loads and salaries
for the sailors he employed. (As well as encounters with pirates and even
the Spanish Inquisition!)

It's all very exciting reading his amazing copper-plate style of writing -

Just interested in finding out more, really.

Regards
and TIA

StJohn

Hello there,
This is Ian, one of the administrators of the site.
Thanks for your query. It is very early days right now as we have only just launched the site.
However, I am wondering if you have searched the web sufficiently. There does seem to be a wealth of historical shipping information available.
I typed in "SHIPS OF THE 19TH CENTURY" and a number of related sites came up. One in particular describes sailing ships built in Whitehaven along with various other ports, along with their owners.
Good luck with your search and thanks for checking in.
Regards from Montreal.
Ian Coombe.

dsweyers
16th April 2004, 00:06
Hello Ian.
Thank you for your response; in fact I had done (and am doing) an extensive search on the web but merely wondered if there were any short-cuts I could take!

The problem is that I have the names (and dates) of half-a-dozen ships - either sloops or schooners but have you any idea how many boats there are called "Blossom" (Sloop, 60 tons, built 1821, bought April 1831 for 360, sold 1847 for 300) or "Betsy" (Schooner, bought in 1844 and sold in 1847) !!!!!

I have found some useful looking places, but as with any subject, the more questions you ask and the deeper you get into the subject, the more questions there are that need asking. If you see what I mean?

I'll let you know how I am getting on during the fullness of time..

Regards

StJohn