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Thomas 1865 Gotts - Master, Captain, & pilot in Hull


This record is in Ancestry for Thomas’s Master certificate:


“Thomas Gotts b 15 Feb 1814 Yarmouth. Present age 36 years & 8 months. Ref 39947 Employed as Master 12 years in British Merchant Service in the Foreign & Coasting trade. Issued at Gt Yarmouth 19 Dec 1850”


Claim for certificate of Service:




Vessel

 Port belonging to

tons

Capacity or rank

 Trade

    Date of service

Henry

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

250

apprentice

Baltic

Still employed as master from Jan 1828 to Jan 1832

Ditto

Ditto

250

Seaman

American

Jan 1832 to Jan 1834

Spring

Yarmouth

190

Seaman

American

May 1834 to April 1835

Alexander

London

160

2nd Mate

Mediterranean

April 1835 to April 1837

Pursuit

Yarmouth

84

master

Foreign & coasting

Feb 1839 to May 1845

Thomas Baring

Yarmouth

105

master

do

May 1845 to Oct 1850

Witnessed by Benjamin Jay of Yarm

“Application to be examined as Master for Home trade, passenger ships 10 Sep 1857

Address 38 Wilham Street, Pattery, Hull. Application dated 7 Sep 1857, granted 9 Sep 1857.  “


Extra testimonials:

Vessel

 Port belonging to

Capacity or rank

   Date of service

 Length of service

Hannah

Gt Yarmouth

master

1851-1853

 2 yrs

Oscar

London

mate

Dec 1854 to Aug 1855

7m 18d

City of Norwich

Lowestoft

mate

Aug 1855 to May 1856

9m 12d

Velocity (26513)

London

mate

May 1856 to Sep 1856

4m

North Sea (5595)

Hull

mate

Feb 1857 to Apr 1857

1m 24d

Irwell (5348)

Hull

mate

Jul 1857 to Aug 1857

21d

Total time at sea with new certificates:  13 years 11 months 25 days, total service at sea 19 years.”

 

This is Thomas 1865 s George & Hannah Sexton in tree 040/053.

The record stack up with Gt Yarmouth Ship Registers researched by Ian Gotts in Kings Lynn. It is possible that Thomas was baptised ‘Sexton’ as he was born before George and Hannah married in 1816.

We know Thomas was a North Sea pilot in Hull in 1871, and was captain of the “ Gibraltar” which sank in the North Sea. See the next page for details.

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