The amount of interest in late 19th Century sailing vessels was underestimated when this website was first launched.
Here are a few examples of the range of topics being received:
” . . . . the photograph you sent me of the County of Edinburgh is taken on the River Sheldt” at Antwerp – I know the spot”!
” . . . . . you will be interested to hear that I have traced the whereabouts of the County of Linlithgow in the “lost years” in the Eastern Mediterranean”!
” . . . . the free standing ‘post’ between the mizzen and jigger masts was a pole compass; it was quite difficult to read in heavy weather – from below . . . .”
” . . . my maternal grandfather sailed on some of these ships. I have a cap badge & braid from a County ship officer’s uniform . . . .”
“. . . found in my late father’s belongings a sea-box inscribed County of . . . .”
” . . . have an original dated certificate from the ship County of Caithness. . . .”
” . . . great grandfather was a crewman in 1882 on the County of Peebles . . . .”
through to sometimes broader enquiries such as:
“. . . where can I find further details about the crew of the “County of . . . .?”
“. . . have an un-dated photograph of the County of . . . .”
” . . . how was it possible for a large ship to be ‘lost without trace’ . . . ?”
“. . . how long did it take to unload the County of Peebles on the Hooghly. . . . ?”
“. . . where were COUNTY vessels surveyed on long voyages?”
and similar questions.
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