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Old 22nd March 2019, 12:07
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William R Rea, Belfast

I am currently researching him and his company North of Ireland Steamship but despite trawling all my normal sources, including newspapers, I have failed to locate the owner's middle name.

Does anyone on here know a middle name the source of which can be corroborated.

I am unsure if he was related to the Liverpool Rea family, operators of colliers, tugs and barges.

Within that family there was a Walter Russell Rea born 1873

Looking at voyages and incidents around the early part of 20th century Wm R Rea's steamers were involved in the coal transportation trade and indeed some were seized by Russia and Japan as war prizes.

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Old 22nd March 2019, 22:24
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You're doing well if the only thing you don't know about him is his middle name! Sod all about either the company or himself on line. Is this him listed as having an office on Donegall Quay, in a Belfast street directory?

http://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/alphanames1901R.htm

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Old 22nd March 2019, 23:04
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Yes Brian, that's him.

I currently have 17 sea going vessels connected to him either as direct owner or as manager of the following owning companies.

North of Ireland Steamship Co
Belton Steamship Co
Steamship Thorley Ltd (a 50:50 partnership with Charles McFerran Legg of Carrickfergus)
Ship Princess Alexandra Co Ltd

Obviously vessels of the Inland Navigation Co are more difficult to identify and locate details, due to size and the likelyhood of being unregistered.
That said I have two names in service 1891 = ANNE and PRIMROSE

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Old 23rd March 2019, 15:27
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Does anyone on here know a middle name the source of which can be corroborated.

I am unsure if he was related to the Liverpool Rea family, operators of colliers, tugs and barges.

Within that family there was a Walter Russell Rea born 1873



Thanks in advance

Hi Bill, trust this helps in your search, his middle name was Robert, as below.

Lagan Navigation Company and Inland Navigation Co. Ltd.; William R. Rea, secretary and managing director, 19 Donegall Quay 1901

records of the Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Re; William Robert Rea, the death/survival of his son

William Robert Rea (Managing Director, Inland Navigation Company
Rea, Cecil Arthur Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church Born: 1885/1886 Great War: Rank Unknown; Service No.: Not Known; Died/Survived: Survived, listed as Wounded Gallantry Award: None Parent Details: William Robert Rea (Managing Director, Inland Navigation Company, High Street) and Mary Alice Rea Pre-War Address: 12 Somerton Road (1901, Census); "Gardha", Fortwilliam (1901, Street Directory); "Abbeylands", Whiteabbey (1907); 8 College Green (1910) Pre-War Occupation: Assistant Manager (Inland Navigation Company) Unit: Not known Ulster Covenant signed by: Self and father Ulster Declaration signed by: Mother and one sister

I doubt he was related to the Liverpool Rea family
http://www.thepeerage.com/p55683.htm
Within that family there was a Walter Russell Rea born 1873
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Old 23rd March 2019, 16:16
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Many thanks, Harry, much appreciated
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Old 23rd March 2019, 22:16
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Obviously vessels of the Inland Navigation Co are more difficult to identify and locate details, due to size and the likelyhood of being unregistered.
That said I have two names in service 1891 = ANNE and PRIMROSE
“However, there was a slight improvement in traffic in 1880, when W. R. Rea, the secretary of the Lagan Navigation Company, set up a new carrying company using smaller boats. The original locks were built for boats which were 62 by 11 feet (18.9 by 3.4 m).”

During the latter part of the 19th century the Lagan Navigation flourished, transporting coal, grain and general merchandise upstream from Belfast with sand, native timber, fireclay goods and bricks being the main cargoes to Belfast. Forby H&W etc building tugs and barges, see below.

http://www.laganvalley.co.uk/sites/d...ge3History.pdf

photos, L-R, 'Lagan'1963, Samson 1908, St.Annes 1906- sold 1917 to Kelly's, photo circa 1930
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Old 24th March 2019, 13:29
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Two of the trio, I had detailed in my book on Kellys, as below.

ST ANNE’S tug.
O.N. 124678. 20g. 0n. 47.0 x 10.6 x 6.0 feet.
C.2-cyl (9” & 18” x 14”) engine by Gauldie, Gillespie & Company, Glasgow. 20 NHP. 110 IHP. 8 kts.
1909: Built by D. M. Cumming, Blackhill for James Shiels Ltd, Belfast.
1912: Transferred to James Shiels, Belfast.
1917: Sold to John Kelly Ltd.
1954: Reported as demolished at Belfast.

LAGAN (1952 – 1968) tug.
O.N. 185529. 11g. 36.0 x ? x ? feet.
Gleniffer type engine. 120 BHP.
27.6.1952: Delivered by Hugh McLean & Sons, Renfrew (Yard No. 4090), to John Kelly Ltd.
1968: Sold to David Ferran Ltd, Belfast.
1968: Register Closed “no longer required”. Believed demolished.

SAMPSON - potentially this one

O.N. 86546. 10g. 0n. 42.2 x 8.6 x 5.8 feet
12hp steam engine
Built of wood at Belfast by unidentified builder in 1884
12.2.1884: Registered at Belfast to Alexander Mitchell, Limestone Road, Belfast
1889: Sold to Wigan Coal & Iron Co Ltd, and registered at Liverpool (per Mercantile Navy List until 1910 edition)
circa 1910: To John Milligen & Co Ltd (Edgar Milligen manager) Belfast (per Mercantile Navy List 1911 edition)
If the 1910/11 dates and detail are correct then the stated 1908 date of photo would be suspect.

Further research to be done.

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Old 25th March 2019, 16:01
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A research colleague has provided the following fuller details for SAMPSON

10grt 1nrt, 42.2 x 8.7 x 5.9ft
built 1883 by Thomas Morris, Belfast (wood)
1cyl (8"x6") 12nhp 1-screw, by Todd & McGregor, Glasgow (made 1880)

12/2/1884 Alexander Mitchell, Belfast as SAMPSON (GBR flag, reg Belfast, ON 86546)
4/1889 (reg Liverpool)
6/1889 Wigan Coal & Iron Co Ltd, Wigan (mng Henry Rawcliffe, Liverpool)
3/1910 John Milligen & Co Ltd, Belfast
19/12/1924 Andrew Barnes, Belfast
23/12/1924 William McGaughey, Belfast
1931 broken up
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Old 25th March 2019, 16:51
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there we go, I got the photo of the 'sampson', on the lagan passing the old coal quay, from the BBC archives dated 1908
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