Kate

Schooner 

82ft x 20.8ft x 9.7ft

103gt

Port of registration: Barrow

Owner: Lewis Aldridge, Arlingham

Builder: White, Ulverston 1875

Christmas on the River Bride for merchant sailing vessels

With Thanks to Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 The busy Christmas Day of 1909 may have upset the dinner and rest of Mrs. Joyce, who lived in a thatched house beside Camphire Bridge and turned the handle which opened and closed the swivel mechanism of the Bridge, but she had some blessing after as no further vessels stayed over on the River Bride until 1913. On 20th December 1913 the Kate of Barrow sailed up through Camphire Bridge and onto the River Bride.[19] The Kate was built in 1874 by White of Ulverston at 104 gross tons and 75 net tons. Her dimensions were 82.8ft X 20.8 X 9.7 and she was a two mast schooner. She was later fitted with an auxiliary engine. In 1911 Captain Hugh Shaw purchased the Kate and sailed her for many years across the Irish Sea.[20] The Kate left the River Bride on 5th January 1914 but would return in December 1916 to spend another Christmas Day up river and far from home and again on Christmas Day 1920.[21]

The Kate avoided spending Christmas Day in Youghal in December 1914 by being alert to a favourable wind and having the courage to know the sea. By the winter of 1914 most of the young able-bodied seamen in the merchant fleet joined the Royal Navy and the coastal sailing merchant vessels were left with their maters and a few old crew members. Captain Shaw had no crew left and had to get the help of his seventy year old father. While at Youghal in December 1914 Captain Shaw recruited a local lad as a crew member but the father of the lad died and the boy could no longer sail with Shaw for England. Captain Shaw had a cargo of oats for Bristol but no crew and no wind. The other schooner captains took the lack of wind as reason to stay at home with their families for Christmas.

About 4pm on Christmas Eve the wind changed to a westerly. Captain Shaw was anxious to get home and with his old father they raised the anchor with difficulty and were gone. Two days later they reached Bristol. When the Youghal merchants saw that the Kate had left with only two crew members, they lambasted the other sea captains for not sailing with six crew members. The captains thus raised their sails and left Youghal but they were late. The favourable westerly changed and the vessels had to pull in at Passage East on the Suir Estuary where they had to spend Christmas away from their families.[22]

Ship: Kate; Official number: 70473.

Hugh Shaw; rank/rating, Master; age, 33; place of birth, Connahs Quay; previous ship, same ship.

Humphrey Shaw; rank/rating, Mate; age, 68; place of birth, Connahs Quay; previous ship, same ship.

John Keniry; rank/rating, Ordinary Seaman; age, 19; place of birth, Youghal; previous ship, same ship.

Charles Owen; rank/rating, Cook; age, 17; place of birth, Cardiff; previous ship, same ship.

Charles Hayward; rank/rating, Cook; age, 15; place of birth, Arlingham; previous ship, first ship.

Chester K Neight; rank/rating, Seaman; age, 23; place of birth, Hawaii; previous ship,?.

Date: 1915

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Kate

Schooner 

82ft x 20.8ft x 9.7ft

103gt

Port of registration: Barrow

Owner: Lewis Aldridge, Arlingham

Builder: White, Ulverston 1875

Christmas on the River Bride for merchant sailing vessels

With Thanks to Niall C.E.J. O’Brien

 The busy Christmas Day of 1909 may have upset the dinner and rest of Mrs. Joyce, who lived in a thatched house beside Camphire Bridge and turned the handle which opened and closed the swivel mechanism of the Bridge, but she had some blessing after as no further vessels stayed over on the River Bride until 1913. On 20th December 1913 the Kate of Barrow sailed up through Camphire Bridge and onto the River Bride.[19] The Kate was built in 1874 by White of Ulverston at 104 gross tons and 75 net tons. Her dimensions were 82.8ft X 20.8 X 9.7 and she was a two mast schooner. She was later fitted with an auxiliary engine. In 1911 Captain Hugh Shaw purchased the Kate and sailed her for many years across the Irish Sea.[20] The Kate left the River Bride on 5th January 1914 but would return in December 1916 to spend another Christmas Day up river and far from home and again on Christmas Day 1920.[21]

The Kate avoided spending Christmas Day in Youghal in December 1914 by being alert to a favourable wind and having the courage to know the sea. By the winter of 1914 most of the young able-bodied seamen in the merchant fleet joined the Royal Navy and the coastal sailing merchant vessels were left with their maters and a few old crew members. Captain Shaw had no crew left and had to get the help of his seventy year old father. While at Youghal in December 1914 Captain Shaw recruited a local lad as a crew member but the father of the lad died and the boy could no longer sail with Shaw for England. Captain Shaw had a cargo of oats for Bristol but no crew and no wind. The other schooner captains took the lack of wind as reason to stay at home with their families for Christmas.

About 4pm on Christmas Eve the wind changed to a westerly. Captain Shaw was anxious to get home and with his old father they raised the anchor with difficulty and were gone. Two days later they reached Bristol. When the Youghal merchants saw that the Kate had left with only two crew members, they lambasted the other sea captains for not sailing with six crew members. The captains thus raised their sails and left Youghal but they were late. The favourable westerly changed and the vessels had to pull in at Passage East on the Suir Estuary where they had to spend Christmas away from their families.[22]

Ship: Kate; Official number: 70473.

Hugh Shaw; rank/rating, Master; age, 33; place of birth, Connahs Quay; previous ship, same ship.

Humphrey Shaw; rank/rating, Mate; age, 68; place of birth, Connahs Quay; previous ship, same ship.

John Keniry; rank/rating, Ordinary Seaman; age, 19; place of birth, Youghal; previous ship, same ship.

Charles Owen; rank/rating, Cook; age, 17; place of birth, Cardiff; previous ship, same ship.

Charles Hayward; rank/rating, Cook; age, 15; place of birth, Arlingham; previous ship, first ship.

Chester K Neight; rank/rating, Seaman; age, 23; place of birth, Hawaii; previous ship,?.

Date: 1915

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