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Re: [TSL] Ships engineer.
marj@uwaterloo.ca on 03/21/2013

Jan

I can tell you that from the London Times that the HMS Cormorant was  
launched in 1877. The Naval and Military column in the Times of Jan  
11, 1877, stated:

a six-gun composite sloop, of 1,124 tons and 900 horse-power engines,  
building at Chatham, to be named the Cormorant;

Her launch, due to some production problems, was set for Sept 12,  
1877. However there were still some problems getting the engines  
installed and so in Nov the Chatham docks asked for an extension on  
complition. But on May 22, 1878 when she was in final stages of  
preparation a storm "caused the hawser to which she was attached to a  
steam tug to break. The vessel at once became unmanageable and came  
into collision with the Thunderer, floating battery. The cormorant was  
slightly damaged at the head..."

On June 1, 1878 she made her first test run. Commander J.A.T. Bruce  
was given command of the vessel on June 24. She was commissioned on  
July 2, 1878. On Aug 17, 1878 she was ordered to proceed to Australia.  
She sailed on Aug 24.

The Times of Nov 19, reported her arrival at the Cape of Good Hope on  
Oct 20. She remained in and around Australia until Nov 1881 when she  
sailed to Fiji. Back she went to Sydney. She sailed to various islands  
and various ports in Australia.

The Times of Sept 12, 1882 report the vessel had an acting commander,  
Thomas E. Maxwell and was on her way to Devonport. She arrived at "St  
Vincent, Cape Verd, on 10th inst, having left the Falkland Islands on  
the 29th of July; would proceed to Devonport after coaling."


Then nothing more mentioned of her well into 1883.

Regards..

Marj


Quoting Jan Gluyas <thathouse@optusnet.com.au>:

> I have two problems, the first problem being my great-grandfather  
> Edmund Woolley Hart who was a ships engineer on a packet steamer out  
> of Pembroke Dock in the 1860's.  Edmund married in the year before  
> he went missing.  Stories were that the was an explosion on board.   
> Trouble is I can't find any trace of his demise .  My second problem  
> is I can't seem to find information on the steam packets.  John Hart  
> (edmunds father) was the chief clerk at the packet office in  
> Pembroke Dock.
>
> What information is there on the hms Cormarent?  My great great  
> great uncle was on board for the 1881.
>
> Thank you for you help.  Regards Jan
>
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