Great Grandfather Master Blue Funnel history help

15th December 2007, 02:02
Hi. I am hoping the experts can give me some advice on how to find out what ships my great grandfather served on during the first half of his career. He Joined Blue Funnel in about 1905 at age 14 and stayed with Blue Funnel until he retired in rthe 1950's. He was on active service during both world wars and baecame a master in about 1917-ish. I have the Lloyds Captains Register for him which gives me the vessels after 1922. He passed his masters exam in 1917. He was born in 1891. I have been told by family members that his first ship was the "Allonby" (but I donít think that was a Blue Funnel Line vessel - he named his house Allonby after the ship. ) His name was John Edwin Watson, OBE. I know a fair bit about his career after 1922 but before is a mystery.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

15th December 2007, 18:59
Hi there,

What you are looking for will not be so easy to find but I suggest you take a look at the Ships Research forum where you may pick up some hints about where to look.

Good luck with your quest!



Lucy Ann White
1st May 2008, 19:18
HI, Could he have served on the SS Themistocles which travelled Liverpool, Cape Town, Australia? My father travelled on it from Melbourne to Durban/Cape town in June 1930. Lucy
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1st May 2008, 19:23
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11th October 2012, 23:18
Hi, I appreciate this thread is very old and probably no one cares, but just thought you may like to know that the Allonby was owned by Peter Iredale and sons, Liverpool. I to have a great uncle that was a blue funnel Captain between 1906 and 1917 when he committed suicide in Corrunna. After a collision involving his ship the SS Telemachus and another vessel
I know about the Allonby as it is the sister ship of my GGgrandfathers vessel The City of Carlisle. Thurstan Dale Dakin, he to was a master mariner who worked for various companys including blue funnel line and Peter Iredale and sons. The ship in the photo is The Allonby.