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Old 14th December 2016, 21:32
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Hi my name is Mike and I have registered with The forum as I am currently trying to identify three unknown Seamen who are buried in our local graveyard in Bideford,North Devon. I'm sure if they have surviving family they would like to be aware of their resting place. They are believed to be crew from the SS Tresillian which foundered in St Georges Channel in !954 in bound from Canada. they were found on the beach close to Abbotsham nr Bideford. there are two graves and Two are buried in one and the other is in one on his own. These are marked Seamen names unknown. I do not know any thing further, they may be from an other country.
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Old 14th December 2016, 23:34
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Old 14th December 2016, 23:58
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Old 15th December 2016, 19:17
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Hello,
First off. The Board of Trade Wreck Report, which gives the loss of life as 24 with 16 saved. http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SC...2002/20631.asp
The Index and Register of Deceased Seaman available from the pay to view site Find my past also gives 24 lost, together with their names and last addresses etc.
The original 1954 Crew Agreement's of TRESILLIAN (official number 180022) should be at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Search via official number.
As the Crew agreements for 1954 are not indexed you would have to get in touch direct
https://www.mun.ca/mha/about/orderagreements.php

I note from the Register of Deceased Seamen that a large number of those lost where from the Western Isles. There are a couple of members of this forum who know lot's about seamen from this area. hopefully they may be able to give some assistance on where some of the crew are buried. So it's just a case of deduction!
There may be other threads on this forum https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=37183

I will also contact Billy McGee The Merchant Navy Association Archivist to see what he has. I know he did some research on this sinking.

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Old 15th December 2016, 20:50
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Hello Mike and welcome,
Roger has given good information as usual. As we know all the names of the deceased we need to check burial records for same.

There was one body discovered a month after the disaster at the foot of a cliff in Ilfracombe later named as the chief officer J. Roberts but if his name was known I doubt he would have been buried nameless.

Let's see if we can come up with anything.

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Old 15th December 2016, 21:51
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A quick check of the DAS Register shows 8 bodies recovered (named) including the mate Joseph Roberts. So 16 missing presumed drowned.

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Old 16th December 2016, 04:21
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There is another thread on this ship on SN, and I believe I have asked this question on it, does anyone know where she signed on?I ask because I missed signing on a Hains vessel in Hull around the same date ,and I'm wondering if that had been my lucky day

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Old 16th December 2016, 17:18
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A quick check of the DAS Register shows 8 bodies recovered (named) including the mate Joseph Roberts. So 16 missing presumed drowned.

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Hello Hugh,
So effectively what you are saying is we have to perm 3 from 16?

Hamish,
You would need to get hold of her crew agreement to find out where she signed on. Link in my post number 4.

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Old 16th December 2016, 19:13
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So effectively what you are saying is we have to perm 3 from 16?
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Indeed Roger. We can narrow the odds if burial records suggest more bodies were recovered and identified. If not then it will be an almost impossible task.

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