23rd February 2010, 15:03
I am trying to find out some information about the SS Capito, 1000 tons, belonging to the Bristol Steamship Co which ran aground on Hare Island in Galway Bay in 1941. I believe my father was onboard at the time being in the DEMS section of the RN. My father's name was James (Bill) Tucker.
23rd February 2010, 16:13
Greetings Tommy and a warm welcome to SN from the south of England. Bon voyage.
23rd February 2010, 18:05
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Tommy.
CAPITO - Built as PORTLAND HOUSE in 1918 - changed to ARDGARROCH in 1920 and then to CAPITO in 1937. Changed again to NEREE in 1950 before being broken up at Grays, Essex, in November 1952.
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23rd February 2010, 22:15
Welcome aboard from the Philippines, Enjoy all this great site has to offer
24th February 2010, 10:26
Welcome to this great site and pleased to see that you are getting the information you seek
25th February 2010, 12:28
Many thanks for your warm welcome and the info on SS Capito. I have in my possession several newspaper cuttings, I believe from the Galway Tribune which mention the Capito dragging her anchor and running aground on Hare Island. The Captain at the time was Captain E. Moodie a native of Bristol and the First Mate was Mr Harry Tucker, no relation to me to my knowledge.
I understand that the Capito was carrying a cargo of sulphur ammonia, and fortunately none of her sixteen man crew were hurt in the incident.
I would value any suggestions as to how I might be able to confirm that my father James (Bill) Tucker was a member of the crew at the time.
25th February 2010, 12:39
The crew list for that period are probably at the National Archives, Kew.
This is probably the best page to start.
I can't find the year in question at the Canadian archive.
The official number of the CAPITO was 142743.