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From: "Gordon W Evans" <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Re: Family Boat Accident
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 07:21:44 -0000
The 1810 incident wasn't unique, of course.
In the run up to Christmas 1894 the Hoylake fishing boat Ellen & Anne was
lost with all hands off Southport. The crew comprised skipper John ECCLES
(aged 51), his two sons Edwin (20) and John (14) + Joseph SHERLOCK (57) and
his step-son Joseph RAINFORD (18).
All are in my extended family tree, as indeed are the BIRD's.
If you do happen to come across any indication that the 1810 accident
involved a fishing boat can you perhaps consider submitting the details to
Andrew Sutton for inclusion in the Wirral Fishing Boats section of his
web-site on http://www.andys.v-2-1.net/fishing.htm?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 12:32 AM
Subject: [CHS] Re: Family Boat Accident
> Hello Gordon,
> At that time - the "Family Boat" would have a crew of Four Adults and a
> Usually all from the same family. Any loss of the boat would have
> the Family.
> In this case, Mary lost her husband, two sons, her nephew and then two of
> youngest children over the following twelve months. How dreadful!
> Richard Bird was only 14 years old, and was immediately thrust into the
> position of "Senior Man". When he eventually died he was buried with his
> Father and Brothers at St Bridgets church, rather than with his wife at
> Trinity church. He never forgot.
> The timing of the deaths and burials over christmas made this particularly
> I would be surprised if this was not reported in the Chester newspapers at
> the time.
> Ricky Cooper