Reverend Robert Hawker of Morwenstow Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

Robert Stephen Hawker

Robert Stephen Hawker

With the Harvest Festival time here I thought I would mention Robert Hawker author of the Cornish anthem “The song of Western Men” (1828) who created the church festival we know today in 1843, in the previous year he helped with the plight of my GG Grandfather Captain Edward Le Dain whose account was recorded by Hawker in his “Footprints of former men in far Cornwall”

On a ridge of rock, just left bare by the falling tide, stood a man, my own servant; he had come out to see his flock of ewes, and had found the awful wreck. There he stood, with two dead sailors at his feet, whom he had just drawn out of the water stiff and stark. The bay was tossing and seething with a tangle mass of rigging, sails, and broken fragments of ship; the billows rolled up yellow with corn, for the cargo of this vessel had been foreign wheat; and ever and anon there came up out of the water, as though stretched out with life, a human hand and arm. It was the corpse of another sailor drifting out to sea. “Is there no one alive?” was my first question to my man. “I think there is sir,” he said, “for just now I thought I heard a cry.” I made haste in the direction he pointed out and on turning a rock, just where a brook of fresh water fell towards the sea, there lay the body of a man in seaman’s garb. He had reached the water faint with thirst, but he was too much exhausted to swallow or drink. He opened his eyes at our voices, and as he saw me leaning over him in my cassock shaped dressing gown he sobbed, with a piteous cry, “Oh, mon père, mon père!” Gradually he revived, and when he had fully come to himself with the help of cordials and food, we gathered from him the mournful tale of his vessel and her wreck. He was a Jersey man by birth, and had been shipped at Malta (actually Rio de Janeiro, after recovering there from illness), on the homeward voyage of the vessel from the port of Odessa with corn. I had sent in for brandy, and pouring it down his throat when parishioner, Peter Barrow arrived. He assisted my request, in the charitable office of restoring the exhausted stranger…..Then ensued my interview with the rescued man. His name Le Dain. I found him refreshed, collected, and grateful. He told me his tale of the sea. The Captain and all the crew but himself were from Arbroath, Scotland. To that harbour the vessel belonged, she had been away on a two years voyage, employed in the Mediterranean trade, in Malta the Captain engaged a Portuguese cook, and to this man, as one link in a chain of causes, the loss of the vessel might be ascribed. He had been wounded in a street quarrel the night before the vessel sailed from Malta, and lay disabled and useless in his cabin throughout the homeward voyage. At Falmouth, whither they were bound for orders, the cook died. The captain and all the crew, except the cabin boy, went ashore to attend the funeral. During their absence the boy, handling in his curiosity the barometer, had broken the tube, and the whole of the quicksilver had run out. Had this instrument, the pulse of the storm been preserved, the crew would have received warning of the sudden and unexpected hurricane, and might of stood out to sea. Whereas, they were caught in the chops of the Channel, and thus, by this small incident, the vessel and the mariners found their fate on the remote headland in my lonely Parish. I caused Le Dain to relate in detail the closing events.

“We received orders,” he said “At Falmouth to make for Gloucester to discharge”……”We rounded Lands End,” He said “that night all well, and came up the channel with a fair wind. The Captain turned in. It was my watch All at once, about nine at night it began to blow in one moment as if a storm had burst out by signal; the wind went mad; our canvas burst in bits. We reefed fresh sails; they went also. At last we were under bare poles. The Captain had turned out when the storm begain. He sent me forward to look for Lundy Light. I saw your cifff.” “I sung out land, I had hardly done so she struck with a blow, and stuck fast. Then the cabin boy sung out, “ All hands to the maintop,” and we all went up. The captain folded his arms, and stood by silent.”

Here I asked him, anxious to know how they expressed themselves at such a time, “But what was said afterwards Le Dain?”

“Not one word sir; only once, when the long boat went over, I said to the skipper, “Sir the boat is gone.” But he made no answer.”

How accurate Byron’s painting: Then shrieked the timid, and stood still the brave

“At last there came a dreadful wave, mast top high, and away went the mast by the board, and we with it, into the sea. I gave myself up. I was the only man on the ship who could not swim, so where I fell into the water there I lay. I felt the waves beat me and send me on. At last I saw there was a rock under my hand. I clung on. Just then I saw Alick Kant one of our crew, swimming past. I saw him lay his hand on a rock, and I sung out, “Hold on, Alick!” but a wave rolled over and swept him away, and I never saw his face no more. I was beaten onward and onward among the rocks and tide, and at last I felt ground with my feet, I scrambled on. I saw the cliff, steep and dark above my head. I climbed up until I reached a kind of platform with grass,… I lay there for a long time and when I awoke it was just break of day. There was a little yellow flower just under my head, and when I saw that I knew I was on dry land.” This was a plant of the Bird’s foot clover, called in old times Our Lady’s Finger.

The nine remains of the nine crew were eventually found over the coming days and buried in the church yard with the ships figurehead making the grave.

At the end of about six weeks Le Dain left my house on his homeward way, a sadder and a richer man. Gifts had been proffered from many a hand, so that he was able to return to Jersey, with a happy and grateful mien, well clothed and with thirty pounds in his purse….three years afterward he returned to the place of his disaster accompanied by his Uncle, Sister, and affianced wife, and he had brought them that, in his own joyous words, “they might see the very spot of his great deliverance:” …Nor was the thankfulness of the sailor a barren feeling. Whenever afterwards the Vicar sought to purchase for his dairy a Jersey cow, the family and friends of Le Dain rejoiced to ransack the island until they had found the sleekest, loveliest, best of that beautiful breed, and it is to the gratitude of that poor seaman and stranger from a distant abode, that the herd of the glebe has long been famous in the land.

Strange to say Le Dain has been twice shipwrecked since (at Sandyhook, NY, and the Caribbean) since his first peril; similar with loss of property, but escape with life: and he is now master of a vessel in the trade of the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean)

"Caledonia" figure head and Edward's descendants

“Caledonia” figure head and Edward’s descendants

Note: Edward Le Dain 1821-1885 named his son Edward Robert Hawker Le Dain 1854-?, he also named his house in Rouge Bouillon “Stuart Lodge”  in memory of the colleagues he lost.

Further reading:

Robert Stephen Hawker (By Angela Williams) –

Hawker Society –

Arbroath timeline –

Old Vicarage Morwenstow Guest House –

Morwenstow Church on wordpress –

Hawker of Morwenstow: Portrait of a Victorian Eccentric by Piers Brendon  ISBN: 0224011227

Treachery at Sharpnose Point by Jeremy Seal  ISBN-10: 0156027054


Esplanade Granite Arch and Le Gros Works Thursday, Sep 19 2013 

Jersey Granite Arch

Jersey Granite Arch

With the threat of the loss of the granite arch on the Esplande under the 6 storey glass monostrosity proposed by Dandara I thought it might be a good time to record some of the works of my Le Gros ancestors. The initials on the arch are PLS.(Le Sueur?)1674 inside  a shield. IN.CB on either side and another PLS, the left hand ones were added at a later date most likely when the area was part of the Le Gros works are T.C.L.G. 1879 which stand for Tom Charles Le Gros.

The first known Le Gros builder to me is Thomas Le Gros born in St Martin in 1797 and died in St Helier in 1881 he married Jane Nicolle 1799-1871 and they had six sons Tom Charles 1825-1885, Philip 1827-?, John 1831-1893 were involved with the building side. Tom lived at Raglan Place with his wife Jane Sohier, Philip appeared to have been involved in the quarrying side of the business, and John lived at Homestead, Vallee des Vaux and married 3 times to the following: Eliza Aubin 1831-1867, Mary Le Dain 1848-1879, and Eliza Renouf 1850-?

The following is a list of works that the family were involved in:

July 9th 1841 The contract for repairs to the head of Mont Orgeuil Harbour awarded to Thomas Le Gros for the sum of £196 sterling, this work was evaluated at £180, Mr Thompson was to be the surveyor

August 10th 1841 The building of the New South Pier (Victoria Harbour) contracted to Messrs. Thomas Le Gros and John Gruchy junior for the sum of £56,000 (the lowest bid), the estimated cost was £62,000

Laying of the foundation stone for Victoria Pier

Laying of the foundation stone for Victoria Pier

September 29th 1841 The laying of the foundation stone of the South Pier with a large crowd a salvo of 21 cannons, with another salvo of smaller cannons fired in the Royal Square. Mr Thompson the Inspector of Works presented the President of the States with a lead box containing the various reports, acts and documents pertaining to the harbour, with papers, almanacs, and coins of the time. A copper plaque was presented to the Chamber of Commerce listing the Committee members, a silver plaque was presented to the Mechanics Institute and Commercial Association. The States of Jersey had a copper plaque engraved listing the various dignitaries of the day and the various people involved in the building work.

Jan 14th 1843 Order from Her Majesties Council confirming States Act relating to the construction of the North Harbour of the new port of St Helier.

May 1843 Contract for the works on the New Port of Guernsey is signed, Messrs T.C. Le Gros and Philippe De La Mare accompanied by the backers Messrs Le Gros and Gallichan left for Guernsey and signed the contract for the sum of £43,843 and four pennies. The company started the work but concerns were raised regarding the speed at which the work was being taken and the contract was then given to an English firm to complete.

10th August 1846 South Pier finished Harbours vote sum of £120 to Mr Charles Thompson Inspector of Works

Visit by Queen Victoria 1846 by Philip Ouless

Visit by Queen Victoria 1846 by Philip Ouless

3rd September 1846 the landing of Queen Victoria the South Pier named after her in consequence of this.

1st March 1847 The building of the North Pier (Albert) contracted to Messrs Thomas Le Gros and francis De La Mare for the sum of £ 109,000

8th July 1853 North Pier finished, £120 voted to the Inspector of Works

13th August 1859 Landing of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the North Pier named Albert Pier in consequence.

February 18th 1865 The building of the new Esplanade contracted to T.C. Le Gros and Company for the sum of £3,200

1868 T Le Gros and company in process of building the harbour at Sark

30th March 1872 T.C. Le Gros awarded work to build Bonne Nuit Harbour

28th April 1859 T.C. Le Gros part of the Committee set up to build the Masonic Lodge in Stopford Road.

Le Gros rebuilt the Hospital after the fire in 1859

Tom Charles was also a Procureur du Bien Public for the Parish of St Helier.

Philip Ouless 1817-1885 book of etchings of Queen Victoria’s 1846 visit to Jersey:

And by John Le Capelin 1812-1848:

Summary and pictures of Queen Victoria in Jersey:


wreck of “Polka” & “Superb” Les Minquiers 1850 Tuesday, Sep 17 2013 

La Jetée des Fontaines

La Jetée des Fontaines

The steam tug “Polka” sailed from St.Helier on Monday 15th of September 1850, with Captain Priaulx in command. Although the “Polka” was only a tugboat she carried fifty passengers and crew bound for St. Malo, she had been pressed into service in place of the “Superb” which was undergoing repairs in that port. When the tugboat was about halfway to her destination she sprung a leak and when some five miles off the Minquiers reef she began to sink. Having no pumps the master decided to hold his course and try to reach the reef.

         The vessel was nearing Maitre Ile when she was almost swamped and the Captain with great coolness ordered passengers and crew to abandon the ship, the two lifeboats were lowered and as they pulled away from the ship she disappeared beneath the waves. Arriving safely on the Maitre Ile, the survivors that night light a fire hoping to attract someone to their rescue. The next day running short of food, and no rescue in sight, the Mate, John Fleming rowed out to sea and drew the attention of the SS “Southwestern”. They were picked up and landed in France later that night and in gratitude to the Captain and his crew for their gallant bearing, the passengers made a collection among themselves.

Reports were sent back to Jersey and the people of St. Helier were waiting to welcome back Captain Priaulx and his gallant crew. On September the 17th the steamer “Superb” now fully repaired left St.Malo with sixty passengers and crew, among the passengers were several survivors from the earlier wreck. On approaching the Minquiers, some of these passengers asked Captain Priaulx to show them where the “Polka” sank, rather reluctantly he agreed and the Mate, John Fleming steered the vessel through the eastern passage, only to strike a rock known as “La Pointue du Blanc Roc” which ripped open the steamer and she foundered.

The "Superb" from a print in the Illustrated London News

The “Superb” from a print in the Illustrated London News

As before two lifeboats were lowered but this time there was a great panic and neither the master nor the mate did very much to help. The first boat capsized after the passengers and crew crowded into it, the second one also capsized upon a large lady jumping into it from the deck of the vessel, and most of the twenty persons who were in these boats were drowned. Help was on its way, at 10 a.m. a distress signal was hoisted on Fort Regent and the cutter “Jupiter” immediately set sail for the wreck. At 11.30 a.m. the “Collier” newly arrived in the roads from Shoreham, with Captain Doke in command, also made for the Minquiers.

On arrival at the wreck, Captain Doke found the “Superb” left high an dry on the rock and those persons, including Captain Priaulx, who were still on the vessel’s deck were taken off safely. This second wreck had taken place only 400 yards from that of the “Polka”, but some twenty persons had lost their lives. The “Jupiter” rescued M. Finch, a seaman, Philip Mollet and Philip Cunning, the ship’s carpenter and recovered the body of Mrs Gosset.The other survivors were brought back to St. Helier by the “Collier”.

            At the inquest on the bodies of Mr Issac Gosset and Mrs Gosset (Nee Julia Nicolle) the jury was composed of P.Hemery, J.Godfray, George Ph., Benest, J.Ph.Aubin, Chas Sullivan, P. Bichard, Ph.Rive, F.Le Maistre, Ph.Arthur, Thos.Gray, Nicolas Robillard and Ph.Jenne. Evidence was given by Joseph Johnson, Engineer, Philip Amy, seaman Philip Mollet, seaman Edw.Gaudin, 2nd Mate, Thomas Hamon and John Le Riche, fisherman, Mons. Achille Quera, Henry Lomas and James Harris, passengers and others. The jury brought in a verdict that the wreck of the “Superb” was the result of culpable imprudence on the part of Captain Priaulx, in taking the vessel in a dangerous place, without knowing it, out of its ordinary course on its way from St. Malo to Jersey, and Mr John Fleming who was Mate on board the said steamer, was also guilty of imprudence, in attempting to take the said vessel by that course. Besides Mr Gosset and wife, other persons who lost their lives were:- Mr.Rattenbury, Mr Jackson, his son and daughter, Mr Willis and his niece , Henry Bellot, cook, W.Palmer, Chauffeur, Wm.Craney, cabin boy, Mr Sedgwick, Mr Pinson, Mr Nott of Gorey, Mrs Baker and child, Miss Fanny Price, Miss Watson, Miss Wright and an unidentified gentleman. Five bodies were recovered. Forty persons were saved namely:- J.Terry and his son, J.Hamel of St.Malo, Col.Brock, Achille Quera of Argentan, Geo. Bowerman of Jersey, Dr. Harral, Emile Peigney of Paris, —- Le Gros of St.Malo, John Currier of Birmingham, Benjamin Johnson of London, Robert T. Montieth, Caroline Hambly, Charlotte Maule, Charles Bastin of Paris, G. Pinch of London, Ellen Willis of London (er Uncle and sister were drowned), Alfred De Bailieu of St.Servan, J.B.Hamilton, his wife and two children, Mrs Norman and her daughter, James Harris of Jersey, Henry Lomas, the stewardess (not named), John Frost, William Johnson (engineer), John Steward (seaman), John Bellot (steward), Charles Amy (seaman), Edward Gaudin (second mate), Philip Cunning (carpenter), Philip Mollet (seaman), W.Cox, Nicolas Dupont (pilot) of Guernsey and the Captain and the Mate.

               Four persons who had been saved from the earlier wreck of the “Polka” were aboard the “Superb” and were lost in the second sinking. On their return to the Island, Captain Priaulx and John Fleming had a charge of “criminally causing death” laid against them and they were not allowed to sail again, although John Fleming was back at sea not long after. Later the boilers of both vessels salvaged and brought to the Island, that of the “Polka” was installed in the new steamer “Don” of 24 tons, and that of the “Superb” was used to power the 84 ton “Rose”. Both vessels were built by F.C.Clarke of West Park, and were the first steamers to be built in Jersey. Thomas Rose was the owner of these new ships. At the time of the wreck Thomas Rose owned the “Superb” while the tug “Polka” was owned by a company of fifteen persons, mostly shipowners of course.

 The Wreck of the “polka” steam tug: report in the Jersey Times, Friday, September 20th, 1850

“We have the painful task of recording the loss of the “Polka” steam tug, of this Island; On Monday morning last she left t.Helier, at 11 o’clock, for St.Malo, in the place of the Superb, then undergoing repair, and had about fifty passengers on board. When some six or seven miles this side of Les Minquiers, it was found that she had sprung a leak, and was rapidly filling. She had no pumps and under the circumstances of the case Captain Priaulx, who was in command, deemed it prudent neither to put back for St.Helier nor to go on to St.Malo, but resolved to run the vessel direct for Les Minquiers, and when within about a quarter of a mile off the eastern most rock (Maitre Ile) she was still making water with fearful rapidity, and her fires being out, commenced landing his passengers in the boats- one belonging to the “Polka”, and the other to the “Superb”, which latter Captain Priaulx had the meritorious foresight to take with him, a precaution which in all probability was the preservation of many lives as no sooner was the “Polka” finally cleared of her ? Human freight (with nearly all passengers baggage) than she sank and totally disappeared in the water, as it was high tide at the time. Everyone was safely landed on the rock; It being about one o’clock in the afternoon.

The “Southwestern” steamer, Captain James Goodridge senior, left St.Helier on Tuesday at noon for St.Malo. At between 2 and half past 2 o’clock her look out, a seaman named John Williams observed a number of persons on Maitre Ile, and a small boat pulling out with a white (improvised for the occasion, of very delicate material). This being reported to Captain Goodridge, he by means of his glass made out the persons on the rock, the boat, and the ensign and a white sheet flying as a signal of distress. All hands were called, sail was taken in, and the “south western” bore down towards the boat, which they found with Mr.Fleming (Mate of the “Polka”) and one of the “Polka’s” crew in her, they having volunteered to put off on the lookout for the “South-western”. These and the boat she took on board, then laid in close to the rock, lowered her boats, and took Captain Priaulx, the rest of his crew, and all his passengers, off the rock with the baggage and a small dog: and then proceeded to St.Malo, where she arrived in total safety.

 The shipwrecked Captain, crew and passengers were thus on Les Minquiers for a full 24 hours, living on two 4 lb loaves which they had on board, and some biscuits and water supplied to them by the two or three poor fishermen resident in huts on the rock, who showed them the up most hospitality. During the night they kindled a blazing fire, without, however, attracting the notice, which they coveted; the materials for the fire being a quantity of fisherman’s baskets and driftwood found among the rocks. The persons whose lives were preserved subscribed ten pounds for the inhabitants of the rocks, and 10 shillings each to the “Polka’s” crew, and at St.Malo presented a bracelet to a lady passenger to whom had been committed the distribution of the rations.

 On the “South Western’s” arrival at St.Malo Captain Goodridge found the harbour and place in a state of great excitement and anxiety, the inhabitants having heard from a cutter, which had arrived from Jersey, that the “Polka” had left St.Helier for their port at the usual hour on Monday. Their delight on the safe arrival of all the passengers in the “South Western” was therefore extreme.

The “Polka” we regret to state, was uninsured. We with pleasure give insertion to the following letter on the subject of the “Polka” wreck:-”

 To the editor of the “Jersey Times”.

 Sir, — Allow me to take advantage of your widely circulated journal for the purpose of contradicting the reports which are currently afloat as to the cause of the above unfortunate catastrophe, which it is asserted would not have occurred had not Captain Priaulx touched her on a rock in trying to “cut” a passage through the Minquiers; and in such false assertions would if uncontradicted, prove highly detrimental to the good name Captain Priaulx has hithero claimed  by the long experience, and personal knowledge of all dangers surrounding our coast, I avail upon your medium for stating that the accident occurred solely from the vessel having sprung a leak, and had it not been for the judgement of Captain Priaulx and his mate, Mr John Fleming, who ran her close into la Maitre Ile (on which every passenger was landed safely) the consequences might have been of a different nature.

As to Captain Priaulx trying to cut a passage, when he had at the time upwards of fifty souls under his charge, it is utterly false, for I may merely mention that the principals of his commandership are of the “older school” which is to proceed by known and safe passages, and not for cutting out new ones; which principal has without doubt met the approbation of those who have had the pleasure of crossing with him, a subscription being now on foot for presenting him with a testimonial for his long services on this station and which already figures with the names of our influential merchants.

I must not omit to mentioin that the passengers impressed their grateful thanks to Captain Atkinson and also to Mr John Fleming, for their arduous exertions, in organising the disembarking of the passengers on to the rock, Mr Fleming not allowing a single male passenger in the boat until every lady had been landed in safety.

 I remain       Frederick   ?

 The following is a list of the passengers on board the “Polka” at the time of the wreck:

Messrs. Cox and lady, Jessicall and four young ms, Walters and lady, Noton, Le Sueur, Middleton, Litre, Nicolle, Lewis, Stickland and a lady,   ?  ,  Pelisee, Slade, Germain, Duge, Barnes,  ?  ,  ?  , Millen, Gould, Nermain, Jackson and two children, Dunbey, Ledantu, Mrs Hariengue and two friends, Misses Labey, Sammard, besides five in crew, Stewards and Stewardesses

List of survivors of the Wreck of the “Superb”     Tuesday September the 24th, 1850

Charles Amy (Seaman), Charles Bastin  of Paris & Belgium, George Bowerman of Jersey, Colonel Brock, Philip Cunning(Carpenter), Alfred De BaillIeul of St. Servan, John Currier ( or Cumer) of Birmingham, Nicolas Dupont  of Guernsey  (a Pilot), William Finch, John Fleming(Mate), John Frost, Edward Gaudin  (second Mate), Daniel Girard(Fisherman, Caroline Hambly, Joseph Hamel of St.Malo, Joseph Bellow Hamilton his wife and two children, Dr.Harral,  James Harris of Jersey, Benjamin Johnson of London,Joseph (William)Johnson(an Engineer), Desire Le Gros of St.Malo,Mrs Le Sueur(stewardess), Henry Lomas (a Seaman), Charlotte Maule, Philip Mollet (Seaman), Robert T. Monteith, Mrs Norman ( Moorman?) and daughter), Emile Peigny of Paris, G. Pinch of London, John Priaulx (Captain), Achille Queru of Argentan, John Steward (Seaman),  John Trery (or Terry/Ferry) Distiller from St.Servan and son. The boy aged 14 climbed the mast to hoist a distress signal, and also built a raft for the ladies and joined some casks and said to his father “the casks are for you and me, and if we go, we will go together.” Ellen Willis of London, her Uncle and sister drowned,

 Mr Pinson missed the boat because of a prior accident, and was originally reported lost

Those who lost their lives: Mrs Baker and child,   Henry Vine Bellot(Cook), William Craneyage approx. 16(Cabin Boy)  from Dublin, Mr Frost(Engineer)buried in France, Mr Issac Hilgrove Gosset buried at St.Saviour, Mrs Julia  Gosset  nee Nicolle  buried at St.Saviour, Mr J. Reginald Jackson, and son and daughter, they were also on the  “Polka” Mr Jackson’s was found at Hagon, and he was interred in the Family vault in England, Miss Jackson was also found in France and buried in England, Mr Knott of of Gorey (“The Courier” Hobart states a Mr Knott aged 20 of Portsmouth), Mr Henry Lloyd,found on the coast at St.John, John Palmer  (Stoker), Mr Pinson, Miss Fanny Price   daughter of Captain Price R.N. of Guernsey body believed to be buried in England, Mr Richard Freeman  Rattenbury  Junior,was also on “Polka”,  Mr Sedgwickburied in France, Miss Watson, Mr Willis and niece, Miss Wright.

Court Case Details: The inquest jury comprised of the following:  John Philip Aubin, Philip Arthur,  George Philip Benest, Peter Bichard, John Godfray, Thomas Gray, Peter Hemery (Foreman), Philip Jeune, Francis Le Maistre, Philip Rive,  Nicolas Robillard, Charles Sullivan.

Those who gave evidence: Philip Amy, Charles Bastin, Philip Cunning, Edward Gaudin, Daniel Girard (Fisherman/Pilot of the Westward of Jersey), Joseph Hamilton, Thomas Hamon, Philip Hamon (Le Rocque Fisherman of 33 years) James Harris, Joseph Johnson,  Desire Le Gros, john le riche, Henry Lomas, George Marie  (Master of the “Jupiter”), Philip Mollet, Philip Noel, Emile Peigney, Thomas Rose (Owner of “Polka” and “Superb”)

As a result of the inquest Capt John Priaulx and Mate John Fleming were arrested and charged with “Culpable imprudence”  equivalent to manslaughter. Bail was set at 100 pounds, George Priaulx remained security for his uncle, and Messrs. Gallichan and Jouault for John Fleming.

"Superb" by Philip John Ouless. Courtersy of Bonhams

“Superb” by Philip John Ouless. Courtersy of Bonhams

Bonhams picture and details of the “Superb” :

Newspaper reports: “The Courier” Hobart, 29th January 1851 “The Argus” Melbourne,  1st February 1851

My personal interest is in that Mate John Fleming sailed vessels owned by my GG Grandfather Julien Andre Jouault of St Helier and Granville, and Fleming’s daughters married two Le Dain brothers. John Fleming born 1807 in Sark died Jersey 1875 buried at Almorah cemetry, lived Southampton Place, Pomona Road, St Helier. Jane Fleming 1836-1909 married Captain Thomas Le Dain 1822-1898 after career at sea he became Deputy Harbourmaster. Eliza Fleming 1820-? married Captain Nicolas Le Dain 1828-1908 had a long career at sea, whilst loading some chain onto his vessel he trapped his thumb and he walked to the hospital and had it amputated and returned to the vessel as if nothing had happened.

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