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Postby Burgerman » 13 May 2022, 11:35

Slave ships are not very popular nowadays. But this pic is from my hallway. Its my great great great great great not sure how many greats, grandfathers ship. He owned half of boston. Never left me a penny. He used most of his money on wine, women, etc. And wasted the rest.

Anyway theres that.

The Laura Williamson...
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Postby foghornleghorn » 13 May 2022, 12:15

Laura Williamson, registered at Boston Lincolnshire. Owned by Thomas Williamson. Built at Southwick in 1867.

Bit late for slaves.

But this may interest you - a mention in the RNLI journal in 1906. https://rnliarchive.blob.core.windows.net/media/1233/0222.pdf - page 847 starting at EASTBOURNE, SUSSEX.
EASTBOURNE, SUSSEX.—In very wet and cold weather the Life-boat James Stevens No. 6 was engaged during the whole of the 18th March in assisting to save a vessel which had run on to a reef of rocks under Beachy Head. At 7.30 A.M. the vessel was sighted, and within a quarter of an hour of the time the information reached the Coxswain, the Life-boat was on her way to the vessel. She proved to be the schooner Laura Williamson, of Boston, bound from Redbridge to Newcastle with a cargo of scrap iron, and had run ashore in the fog. Just before reaching the schooner the Life-boat met the ship's boat with the crew of four, making for Eastbourne to obtain assistance. The James Stevens No. 6 took them on board and proceeded to the wreck. Every effort was made to try and float the vessel, whilst the pumps were kept hard at work, but without success. The Life- boat in the meantime stood by ready to render assistance, and after a time the crew, fearing the mast would go by the board, desired to leave the schooner ; the Life-boat therefore took them off. Later a further attempt was made, and by the united efforts of the crew, the Life-boat- men and a tug, the schooner was pulled clear, and accompanied by the Life-boat, taken to Newhaven. Newhaven was reached about 6 P.M., and after food and rest the James Stevens No. 6 started for Eastbourne, the crew reaching home at midnight quite exhausted, after a very heavy day's work under trying conditions
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Postby Burgerman » 13 May 2022, 13:42

Thanks! Quite a find. Interesting stuff. How on earth did you find that? I wonder what happend to it? 60 years after slavery was made illegal in uk. So I can put the picture back! So hes not as evil as I was told. He had a few different ships. Not sure what the others were called.
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Postby foghornleghorn » 13 May 2022, 16:09

Bit more info from the 1868 Lloyds Register of Shipping

https://archive.org/details/HECROS1868/page/n489/mode/2up - page 490 of pdf

Weight 89 tons
Length 73 feet 7 inches
Breadth 20 feet 5 inches
Depth 10 feet 4 inches

Built by Pekrsgll & Co Sunderland although "Pekrsgll" may be an abbreviation.

No idea if she would still exist. Following by name only rather than a build number is hard once a boat gets sold and renamed.
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Postby Burgerman » 13 May 2022, 21:08

Thanks!
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Postby fishinjunky » 14 May 2022, 14:51

That's really interesting, imagine going back in time an going on a boating trip with your ancestor.
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Postby Burgerman » 14 May 2022, 17:00

Imagine finding out he left a lot of money...
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Postby biscuit » 14 May 2022, 19:12

Burgerman wrote:Imagine finding out he left a lot of money...

imagine he left it to an animal rescue charity...
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Postby Burgerman » 14 May 2022, 20:11

Or finding the remains of that ship. He had many as far as I know. That one named after his wife presumably.
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