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From: Stephen Baines <>
Subject: [Mar] Re: Truelove [was Capt. Henry WATSON, Hull, YKS 1812-1831
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 08:40:19 +0100 (BST)
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With regard to Henry Watson, it will be tricky, I
expect to trace him, unless there are ships Muster
Rolls for Hull or S. Shields extant which may contain
a reference. There may be references in the Ship
Register Transcripts for either of these ports.

As for Truelove of Hull, she is one of the classic
merchant ships, and you are lucky to have a
connection. She was built in Philabelphia in 1764,
captured by the British in the War of America
Independence. Converted to being a whaler she made
almost 80 whaling voyages, killing over 500 whales.
She ended her days as a hulk on the Thames, bring
broken up about 1895.

In the Hull Maritime Museum there is a watercolour of
the Truelove, as well as a pottery bowl commemorative
of the vessel, one of the harpoons, etc

Colchester UK

--- Ann Watson <> wrote: >
I've been subscribed to the list for a couple
> of years but don't think
> I've ever posted my mariner's information before.
> One of my ancestors - the above-mentioned Henry
> Watson who was born in
> 1782 in London, Kent -was at one time a master
> mariner, calling Kingston
> upon Hull home after 1812 (he was in South Shields
> in 1810 according to his
> marriage record) where his children were born.
> References to him in
> Canadian sources (he moved his family there in 1831)
> suggest that at one
> time between 1812 and 1831 he was captain of the
> "Truelove", which I know
> became a whaling vessel out of Hull, among others.
> One source suggests
> the same Henry WATSON "assisted in conveying the
> Danish fleet into the
> River Thames after the Battle of Trafalgar." I
> think this latter reference
> must be to the capture of the Danish fleet by the
> British in 1807.
> Could anyone with experience researching
> mariners from this time period
> give me some pointers on trying to order and look
> through the registers to
> find reference to him?
> Regards,
> Ann Watson
> Ontario, Canada
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