Missing Friends

Extracts from the Belfast News November 1893

Belfast Weekly News: Nov 4 1893: Missing Friends:

KEARNEY or DUNSEATH: Wanted to know the address of Mrs Kearney or Dunseath. When last heard of was residing in London. Would she please write to her sister, Jane Alexander, 58 East Street, Belfast, who is very ill. English papers please copy.

REA: Information wanted regarding the whereabouts of John Rea, native of Moneymore, County Derry, Ireland. Last heard of in the States of America; he was trading on river, and was stewart on a steamboat. His sister Margaret Rea, or Mrs Dunn would be glad to hear of him, either dead or live.- 88 Cowcaddens, Glasgow.




SIR- Would you be kind enough to give me a few lines of your space on behalf of the lock-keepers and lightermen on the canal.  As many of your readers no doubt are well aware, their lives are lonely and monotonous, and, under such circumstances , a supply, however small, of suitable reading material would be a great boon – not to speak of  the possible influence for good in some cases.  There are, I believe, about 27 lock-keepers and 200 lightermen engaged on the canal.  If, therefore, any of your readers have any old magazines, journals, or papers to spare, I would gladly arrange to call for them, or if more convenient, they could be left at Mr William Laird’s Corn Market. My father or I would then deliver them to Mr James M’Cleave, third lock-keeper, who has kindly consented to distribute and exchange them with the canalmen.

Trusting the active sympathy of your readers may be excited on their behalf - -I am sir, yours sincerely.

  Anna Parker, 17 Elbana Street, Belfast, 28th October 1893.


The  following is a full list of the crew of the Ulster Steamship Company’s steamer the Horn Head, which has been missing since 20th(?) August last, and which has now been given up for lost:-

H.J.Scott, master, Belfast; William Duff, first mate, 32 Meadow Street, Belfast; H.C.Semple, second mate, Liverpool; William Carroll, carpenter,  33 Holywood Street, Belfast.  David Aicken, steward, Hillchester Street, Belfast (late of Larne); Joseph Harris, messroom stewart, Liverpool; Alex Whitford, cook, 11 Valentine Street, Belfast; Bernard Corne, A.B.,Ardglas, County Down; Robert W. M’Nally, A.B., Liverpool;  Philip Griffen, A.B. 6M’Tier Street, Belfast; Wm. M’Veigh, A.B., Whiteabbey; Frederick Lochyer, A.B. London;  Francis Williams, A.B., Liverpool; Edward Kisack, A.B., Liverpool; Wentworth Churnley, A.B., Bolton;  John Halpin, A.B., Liverpool; Robert Wilson, chief engineer, 44 Percy Street, Belfast;  John Osborne, second engineer, 28 Duncairn Gardens; James Purdon, third engineer, 23 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast; James Colwelll, donkeyman, Liverpool; Henry Biddlecombe, fireman; Chas. M’Cormick, fireman, Larne; Patrick M’Voy, fireman, Liverpool;  John Connolly, fireman,Monaghan; Thomas Brown, fireman, Liverpool.  Two firemen, James Rowan and Hugh Carthy, both of Liverpool, deserted from the ship at Baltimore, and their places were filled by D. Ryan and A. Allen, whose addresses are not known.  The Horn Head was built in Belfast in 1884, by Messrs. Harland & Wolff to the order of the Ulster Steamship Company Limited (Managers, Messrs. G Heyn & Sons). Her dimensions were, - Length, 321 ft. 8in.; breadth, 37ft. 3in.; depth, 25ft.; with a gross tonnage of 2,386(?) tons and 1,559 tons net. She was fitted with compound engines, having a stroke of 45in.  The steamer was first in command of Captain Thompson, who sailed her for six years, and, after his promotion to a larger ship, Captain Scott succeeded him in the command.  The Horn Head was looked upon by the owners as about the best and safest vessel of their fleet, and they still hold to the opinions expressed by them at the first, which were that something must have gone wrong with her steering gear;she may have broken her shaft, or lost her propeller; or she may have been sunk by coming in contact with one of the numerous derelicts floating about the Atlantic.  Captain Scott, who was an experienced officer, has been in the company’s service for twelve or thirteen years, first entering it as second officer. His first command was on the Black Head, and he was afterwards promoted to the Horn Head in succession to Captain Thompson.  Captain Thompson, writing to Messrs. Heyn, managing owners, with reference to the missing ship, pays a high tribute to the capabilities of Captain Scott as master mariner, and gives it as his opinion that the Horn Head must have run against one of the floating derelicts and been lost.  He says that there are about 400 of these dangerous obstacles floating about in the Atlantic in the way of passing vessels, and so great has the danger become from them that the United States Government have commissioned a cruiser specially to look out for these floating wrecks and destroy them.  The owners are also of this opinion, as they believe if she had foundered in a storm some wreckage would have been found.

Belfast Weekly News: November 11 1893: Missing Friends:

GARDINER: Thomas Gardiner, 19, single, Furnace Row, Berryhill, Wisham, Scotland, wishes the address of his brother, Wm. Gardiner. He was a soldier in H.M.’S 79 Q.O.Cameron Higlanders, in which he served for twenty one years; he left at Glasgow, and went to Ireland; last address at the Castle, Castleblayney, County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1886.- Any information regarding him would be thankfully received at the above address.

MOORE: Robert Moore is anxious to get information about his son, Robert Moore, who left Islandtaggart, in the parish of Killyleagh, County Down, about seven years ago last May. When last heard of he was in Hamilton, in Canada.- Robert Moore, 8 Ashvale Row East, Cowlairs, Springburn, Glasgow.

M’GARRITY: Information wanted regarding the whereabouts of Francis Joseph M’Garrity, aged fourteen years, who left his fathers home in Greenock, Scotland, about fourteen months ago, and went to Derry. Supposed to be hired somewhere in the North of Ireland. Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by his parents Robert and Agnes M’Garrity, 24 Union Street, Greenock.

M’MULLEN: Wanted, the whereabouts of John M’Mullen and sons, Robert and Edward, of County Cavan, who left Ireland about thirty years ago. Supposed to have gone to America. Also, daughter, Barbara, who went to Boston about eight years ago. Last heard from Wesley Hills, near Boston, where she married; name Mrs Bowles:- Walter M’Mullen, 61(?) Oldfield Street, St Helens, Lancashire.

REA: Information wanted regarding the whereabouts of John Rea, native of Moneymore, County Derry, Ireland. Last heard of in the States of America; he was trading on river, and was steward on a steamboat. His sister Margaret Rea, or Mrs Dunn would be glad to hear of him, either dead or live.- 88 Cowcaddens, Glasgow.

SHERRIFF: Information wanted as to the whereabouts of Miss Mary Sherriff, who left Cananda about two years ago, and came to Great Britain. She is about twenty-one years  of age, medium height, dark hair, rather good looking, and one finger missing off left hand. Any information regarding the whereabouts thankfully received by J.J. Moore, 67 Cleveland Street, South Shields, England.

Belfast Weekly News: November 18 1893: Missing Friends:

BECKETT: Alexander Beckett wishes the address of his brother John, or his son William John. Last heard of in New York. Any information about him will be thankfully received by Alexander Beckett, Clayshant, Stoneykirk, by Stranraer.

DOHERTY: Information would be gladly received of Henry Doherty, who went to Queensland about 30 years ago; last heard of about 18 years ago; was then servant to Sir James Cockles, Governor of the island. Any information would be thankfully received by his sister, Mary Doherty, at Mr John Bradley’s, Portrush, Ireland.

DOHERTY: Andrew Doherty, aged twelve years, No. 80 Abyssinia Street, Belfast, left his home 14th August 2893. Last seen in Dunville Park, Falls Road. Description-dark, sallow complexion, dark brown eyes; wearing corduroy knickernockers, navy blue coat and vest and cap, black stockings, and laced boots with shods, dickey, and no tie, stripped cotton shirt. Information will be gratefully received by his sorrowing mother at above address.

HALL: Robert Hall, Killynamph, Lisnaskea, is anxious to obtain information concerning his brother George, who left Ireland about the year 1854, for Australia, and was last heard of in September, 1881. He was then residing near Tongala, P.O., Echtuca, Victoria.

SOOTER or TIPPING: Mrs Judge, Townhead Street, Old Cumock, desires address of Mrs James Sooter (or Tipping). Last heard of in Old Anglewood, Victoria, Australia, twenty-seven years ago.

WHITE: Samuel White, a deaf and dumb boy , middling stout, fair complexion, aged about 17 years, able to read and write; left his home at Fallagherin, Ballygawley, County Tyrone, some eight or ten days ago; last heard of at Castlederg, County Tyrone. Any information respecting his whereabouts would be thankfully received by his father, Wm. White, Fallagherin, Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

Belfast Weekly News November 25 1893:

COULSON: Enos Coulson left Rochdale, England, 3rd January, 1883(?) by the ship Ravens Craig from Plymouth to Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. He was for about two years at a Mr Frost’s, Teddington Hotel, Lasisford(?), and last wrote from Mount Morgan, Queensland, June 1st 1890(?). He had then lost the middle finger of his left hand , from blod poisoning, while sheep shearing in Portland, Douris Station. Any information as to his whereabouts will be gladly received by his father, James Coulson, Stannicliffe(?), Middleton, near Manchester.