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William Scarrow, Master Mariner: Voyage Record

This section presents all the information discovered about William's voyages during his time in the Merchant Service, which started in 1836 and ended in around 1872, although it is hard to be exact with the latter date.

At the time that William went to sea there was no formal record keeping of a seaman's movements. This was about to change, and various ticketing systems came and went over the next few decades. For William, and others who sailed in during this period, it means there is an extensive, though somewhat haphazard, paper trail of voyages.

BT120 Register of Seaman, Series I

This volume only covers the period 1835 to 1836, and although William was an apprentice at this time, he does not have an entry in the register.

BT112/61 Register of Seaman, Series II, part 1

This volume covers the period 1835 to February 1840. William was still an apprentice during this period and does not have an entry in part 1 of the register.

 

BT112/62 Register of Seaman, Series II, part 2

This volume covers the period Dec 1841 to 1844, and the entries found for William are shown below:

BT112/62 Register of Seaman, Series II, William Scarrow

Each entry has four lines decoded as follows: Line 1: [RANK]; Line 2: [REG. PORT] [PRN] where PRN is the Port Rotation number which is used to identify the vessel. Line 3: [DATE]; Line 4: [VESSEL NAME]

The following abbreviations have been used: Disd = Discharged; S=Seaman; 103=Whitehaven; 801 is a port rotation number used to identify the vessel. The entries only showed the homebound voyages.

BT113 Register of Seamen's Tickets

This volume covers the period 1845 to Oct 1853. This ticketing system differed from the Register of Seamen in two important ways. Firstly, it included information on both the outward and homebound voyages, and secondly, it showed some biographical information about the mariner.

Rather bizzarely, William Scarrow managed to obtain two of these tickets, the first of which (143,370) is shown below and covers the dates 1845 to 1848:

BT113/72 Register of Seamen's Tickets, William Scarrow

The entries shown in red have been added by the author after consultation of various crew lists. Why they are missing is somewhat of a mystery, but does illustrate that the various ticketing systems should not be solely relied upon to provide a complete history of a mariner's career.

Each entry has three lines decoded as follows: Line 1: [RANK]; Line 2: [PRN] [REG. PORT] [?] where PRN is the Port Rotation number which is used to identify the vessel. Line 3: [ARR/DEP PORT] [DATE];

The following abbreviations have been used: 2M=2nd Mate; M=Mate; 62=Liverpool; 103=Whitehaven; 66, 467 and 480 are port rotation numbers used to identify the vessel (66/467=Blucher, 480=Albion).

The second ticket (490,616) covering the period 1849 to 1853 is shown below:

BT113/246 Register of Seamen's Tickets, William Scarrow

This ticket was available both on microfilm at the National Archives, and as a digital image on findmypast. However, due to the very fine pen used to make the entries, it proved unreadable. The original image was then viewed and photographed at the National Archives and easily transcribed. Again, the entries in red have been added by the author in consultation with crew lists. Included are two entries for home trade, but it is still surprising how many foreign trade entries are also missing.

The following abbreviations have been used: D=Discharged; M=Mate; S=Seaman; 2=Aberystwyth; 22=Carlisle; 34=Drogheda; 43=Galway; 62=Liverpool; 64=London; 71=Montrose; 100=Westport; 103=Whitehaven; 128=Workington; 161=Barrow; 210, 401, 441, 478, 480, 493, 1948 and 2705 are port rotation numbers used to identify the vessel (210=Sally, 401=Valiant, 441=Bowes, 478=Nicholson, 480=Albion, 493=Waterford, 1948=Andover, 2705=Jessie).

 

BT116/79 Register of Seaman, Series III

This volume covers the period Oct 1853 to 1857, and the entries found for William are shown below:

BT116/79 Register of Seaman, Series III, William Scarrow

Again, the entries shown in red have been added by the author after consultation of various crew lists. We also think the entry for the home voyage in 1855 is incorrect, and should have been placed in the 'OUT' column. William Scarrow gained his Master's Certificate of Competency in 1856, and his voyage record is then covered by a different series, namely the Register of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates, Foreign.

BT122/16 Register of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates, Foreign.

This volume covers the period 1850 to 1900, and the entries found for William are shown below:

BT122/16 Register of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates, Foreign, William Scarrow 1856-60

This missing entries, again in red, show the voyages which William undertook in the home trade. One of the main flaws of this system was the inability to record home trade work undertaken by mariners registered in the foreign trade register.

Each entry has three lines decoded as follows: Line 1: [SHIP OFF. NO.]; Line 2 [RANK] [SHIP NAME]; Line 3 [DATE] [DEP PORT] [ARR PORT]. Subsequent lines are decoded in the same way as line 3.

The following abbreviations have been used: C=Master; M=Mate; 18=Bristol; 20=Cardiff; 62=Liverpool; 103=Whitehaven; 112=Maryport.

The table below is a continuation of the same register, covering 1863-70, but with many gaps, yet to be filled. The entry added in red is another series of voyages in the home trade.

BT122/16 Register of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates, Foreign, William Scarrow 1862-68

As far as we know, William sailed up until 1872, but probably mostly in the home trade. As mentioned earlier, and home trade he undertook would not have found its way into the foreign register.

The following abbreviations have been used: C=Master; M=Mate; 62=Liverpool; 72=Newport;

The information from the various tickets, as well as data derived from crew lists, newspapers and Lloyds List have been combined to produce a voyage history shown below. The rank has been abbreviated to A, S, 2M, M and C which correspond to Apprentice, Seaman, 2nd Mate, Mate and Master respectively. The passage is the length of the voyage in days.

 

Rank Ship From Dep To Arr Passage Remarks
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 15 Oct 1835 Dublin     Master is John Winder
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 13 Nov 1835    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 1 Dec 1835 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 18 Dec 1835    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 29 Dec 1835 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 10 Feb 1836    
A Elizabeth Dublin 16 Apr 1836 Bathurst May 1836    
A Elizabeth Bathurst May 1836 Port Carlisle 23 Jul 1836    
A Elizabeth Port Carlisle 30 Jul 1836 Maryport Jul 1836    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 2 Oct 1836 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 19 Oct 1836    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 26 Nov 1836 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 16 Dec 1836    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 26 Dec 1836 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 9 Feb 1837    
A Elizabeth Carlisle 6 Apr 1837 Bathurst 5 Jun 1837    
A Elizabeth Bathurst Jun 1837 Carlisle 19 Jul 1837   Cargo stated as Timber
A Elizabeth Carlisle Jul 1837 Whitehaven 1 Aug 1837    
A Elizabeth Belfast Apr 1838 Miramichi 13 Jun 1838    
A Elizabeth Miramichi Jun 1838 Drogheda 4 Aug 1838   Master is probably still John Winder, however the arrival is reported with Winterbury as Master
A Elizabeth Harrington 2 Oct 1838 Dublin     Master is now Joseph Scrugham
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 15 Oct 1838    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 2 Nov 1838 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Whitehaven 1 Dec 1838    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven 19 Dec 1838 Dublin      
A Elizabeth Dublin   Harrington 12 Jan 1839    
A Elizabeth Whitehaven May 1839 Bathurst NB 23 Jun 1839    
A Elizabeth Bathurst NB 11 Jul 1839 Port Carlisle 13 Aug 1839 33 The brig Elizabeth, Scrugham, from Bathurst, with timber for Messrs. Walker and Co., at Port Carlisle on the 13th instant - out 33 days
A Elizabeth Port Carlisle   Whitehaven 27 Aug 1839    
S Sally Harrington 28 Apr 1840 Bathurst      
S Sally Bathurst   Carlisle (Sep 1840)    
S Jonathon Fell Liverpool 20 Jun 1842 Rio de Janiero 20 Sep 1842 92  
S Jonathon Fell Rio de Janiero   Cape Town 18 Dec 1842   William Scarrow discharged in Cape Town.
2M John Moore Liverpool 29 Sep 1844 Bombay 28 Feb 1845 152  
2M John Moore Bombay 30 Apr 1845 Liverpool 12 Sep 1845 135  
M Blucher Liverpool 12 Apr 1846 Quebec 24 Jun 1846 73 Master Joseph Scarrow. Alexander Thom, Thomas Hamilton, William Scott, William Collins, Charles Forsyth and John Seers all deserted in Quebec
M Blucher Quebec 18 Jul 1846 Chester 1 Sep 1846 45 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Blucher Whitehaven 2 Oct 1846 Berbice Master Joseph Scarrow. Henry Spring, no 211095, is very sick and remains in the Colonial Hospital, Berbice under my sanction this 25thday January 1847. Further that John James, no 257270, was shipped this same date in room of the above. Pay to commence from the 21st December 1846.
M Blucher Berbice Workington 3 Apr 1847 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Blucher Workington 9 May 1847 Demerara 1 Jul 1847 53 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Blucher Demerara 16 Aug 1847 Shields 30 Oct 1847 75 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Harrington 10 Apr 1848 Dalhousie Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Dalhousie Workington 3 Sep 1848 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Harrington 28 Sep 1848 Limerick Master Joseph Scarrow. Coasting trade
M Albion Limerick London 16 Jan 1849 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Liverpool 26 Apr 1849 St. Johns 7 Jun 1849 42 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion St. Johns 25 Jun 1849 Dalhousie 10 Jul 1849 15 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Dalhousie 21 Jul 1849 Carlisle 4 Sep 1849 45 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Sally Harrington 3 Jan 1850 Dublin     Coasting Trade, Coal
M Sally Dublin   Whitehaven 4 Feb 1850    
M Sally Harrington 4 Apr 1850 St. Johns 11 May 1850    
M Sally St. Johns 25 May 1850 Port Carlisle 24 Jul 1850    
S Andover Liverpool 10 Sep 1850 Ceara      
S Andover Ceara   Liverpool 30 Dec 1850    
M Jessie Galway 12 Mar 1851 Bayonne 31 Mar 1851 19  
M Jessie Bayonne Apr 1851 Drogheda 3 May 1851    
M Jessie Liverpool 24 May 1851 Narva (Baltic)      
M Jessie Narva (Baltic) 13 Jul 1851 Montrose 8 Aug 1851 26  
M Nicholson Ulverston 1 Sep 1851 Quebec 7 Nov 1851 67  
M Nicholson Quebec 17 Nov 1851 Aberystwith 25 Dec 1851 38  
M Nicholson Westport 7 Apr 1852 St. Johns 6 Jun 1852 60  
M Nicholson St. Johns 23 Jul 1852 Donegal 26 Aug 1852 34  
M Valiant London 13 Oct 1852 Demerara 29 Dec 1852 77 Joseph Casson (24th Dec 1852), John Byrne (24th Dec 1852) and John Pabula (18th Dec 1852) died of Yellow Fever. John Coates deserted on the 7th Jan 1853.
M Valiant Demerara 7 Jan 1853 LOST 20 Feb 1853 44 Ship sank on February 20th 1853
M Bowes Workington 10 Apr 1853 Quebec 17 Jun 1853 68 William Scarrow discharged in Quebec.
S Waterford Quebec 21 Jun 1853 Newport 23 Jul 1853 32  
S Nicholson Harrington 5 Nov 1853 Dublin      
S Nicholson Dublin   Harrington      
S Nicholson Harrington   Dublin      
S Nicholson Dublin   Harrington 31 Dec 1853    
M Quebec Packet Newport 5 May 1854 Boston Oct 1854   William Hopkins and John Haynes both deserted in Boston on Oct 11th 1854.
M Quebec Packet Boston Oct 1854 Dumfries 4 Jan 1855    
M Quebec Packet            
M Quebec Packet       May 1855    
M Quebec Packet Glasgow 9 Jun 1855        
M Quebec Packet     Cardiff 23 Jul 1855    
M Lady Gordon Liverpool 3 Apr 1856 Quebec 23 May 1856 50  
M Lady Gordon Quebec 11 Jun 1856 Pwllheli 20 Jul 1856 39  
C Minerva Workington 31 Jul 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 14 Aug 1856    
C Minerva Workington 22 Aug 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 12 Sep 1856    
C Minerva Workington 20 Sep 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 2 Oct 1856    
C Minerva Workington 11 Oct 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 18 Oct 1856    
C Minerva Workington 24 Oct 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 4 Nov 1856    
C Minerva Workington 8 Nov 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 2 Dec 1856    
C Minerva Workington 6 Dec 1856 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Whitehaven 25 Dec 1856    
C Minerva Workington 7 Jan 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 24 Jan 1857    
C Minerva Workington 24 Jan 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 17 Feb 1857    
C Minerva Workington 17 Feb 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 4 Mar 1857    
C Minerva Workington 4 Mar 1857 Derry      
C Minerva Derry   Workington 24 Mar 1857    
C Minerva Workington 24 Mar 1857 Clare      
C Minerva Clare   Workington 10 May 1857    
C Minerva Workington 10 May 1857 Londonderry      
C Minerva Londonderry   Workington      
C Minerva Workington 28 Jul 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 11 Aug 1857    
C Minerva Workington 11 Aug 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 31 Aug 1857    
C Minerva Workington 31 Aug 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 2 Oct 1857    
C Minerva Workington 2 Oct 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 31 Oct 1857    
C Minerva Workington 31 Oct 1857 Dublin      
C Minerva Dublin   Workington 29 Dec 1857    
C Minerva Workington 29 Dec 1857 Londonderry 15 Jan 1858 17  
M Albion Liverpool 3 Jul 1858 Demerara 14 Aug 1858 42 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Demerara 12 Oct 1858 Liverpool 8 Dec 1858 57 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Liverpool 24 Feb 1859 Demerara 2 May 1859 67 Master Joseph Scarrow.
M Albion Demerara 1 Jul 1859 Annan 1 Sep 1859 62 Master Joseph Scarrow.
C Palermo Cardiff 15 Nov 1859 Mataro 2 Feb 1860 79  
C Palermo Mataro 16 Feb 1860 Bristol 9 Apr 1860 52  
M Quebec Packet Liverpool 8 May 1860 Hammerfest 25 Jun 1860 48  
M Quebec Packet Hammerfest   Archangel 4 Jul 1860    
M Quebec Packet Archangel 25 Jul 1860 Liverpool 29 Sep 1860 66  
M Quebec Packet Liverpool 6 Nov 1860 Bordeaux      
M Quebec Packet Bordeaux   Liverpool (Jan 1861)    
M Fly Workington 9 Jul 1864 Dublin 12 Jul 1864 3 Coal Trade. Master Joseph Pierce.
M Fly Dublin 20 Jul 1864 Workington 21 Jul 1864 1  
M Fly Workington 3 Aug 1864 Dublin 6 Aug 1864 3  
M Fly Dublin 19 Aug 1864 Workington 23 Aug 1864 4  
M Fly Workington 16 Sep 1864 Dublin 19 Sep 1864 3  
M Fly Dublin 24 Sep 1864 Workington 25 Sep 1864 1  
M Fly Workington 30 Sep 1864 Dublin 2 Oct 1864 2  
M Fly Dublin 13 Oct 1864 Workington 15 Oct 1864 2  
M Fly Workington 29 Oct 1864 Dublin 30 Oct 1864 1  
M Fly Dublin 16 Nov 1864 Workington 17 Nov 1864 1  
M Fly Workington 15 Dec 1864 Dublin 17 Dec 1864 2  
C Edwin Liverpool 4 Apr 1865 St. Johns 9 May 1865 35  
C Edwin St. Johns 1 Jun 1865 Quebec 30 Jun 1865 29  
C Edwin Quebec 15 Jul 1865 Barrow 19 Aug 1865 35  
M George Workington 16 Sep 1865 Londonderry     Coasting Trade. Master William Barnes.
M George Londonderry   Workington 16 Oct 1865    
M George Workington 3 Nov 1865 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Maryport 20 Nov 1865    
M George Maryport 30 Nov 1865 Londonderry      
M George Londonderry   Workington 12 Jan 1865    
M George Workington 23 Jan 1866 Dublin     Coasting Trade. Master John Flinn.
M George Dublin 2 Feb 1866 Workington 3 Feb 1866 1  
M George Workington 13 Feb 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 11 Mar 1866    
M George Workington 18 Mar 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 13 Apr 1866    
M George Workington 18 Apr 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 4 May 1866    
M George Workington 12 May 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 27 May 1866    
M George Workington 11 Jun 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 26 Jun 1866    
M George Workington 4 Jul 1866 Dublin     Coasting Trade. Master John Flinn.
M George Dublin   Workington 21 Jul 1866    
M George Workington 27 Jul 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 6 Aug 1866    
M George Workington 22 Aug 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 1 Sep 1866    
M George Workington 5 Sep 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 22 Sep 1866    
M George Workington 5 Oct 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 24 Oct 1866    
M George Workington 10 Nov 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 23 Nov 1866    
M George Workington 2 Dec 1866 Dublin      
M George Dublin 27 Dec 1866 Workington 28 Dec 1866 1  
M George Workington 10 Jan 1867 Dublin 11 Jan 1867 1 Coasting Trade. Master John Flinn.
M George Dublin 22 Feb 1867 Workington 23 Feb 1867 1  
M George Workington 4 Mar 1867 Tralee 8 Mar 1867 4  
M George Tralee 22 Mar 1867 Galway 23 Mar 1867 1  
M George Galway 24 Apr 1867 Cardiff 30 Apr 1867 6  
M George Cardiff 9 May 1867 Kingstown 11 May 1867 2  
M George Kingstown 28 May 1867 Workington 29 May 1867 1  
M George Workington 7 Jun 1867 Dublin 18 Jun 1867 11  
M George Dublin 21 Jun 1867 Workington 24 Jun 1867 3  
M George Workington 27 Jun 1867 Dublin 29 Jun 1867 2  
M George Dublin   Workington 29 Jul 1867    
M George Workington 2 Aug 1867 Dublin      
M George Dublin   Workington 21 Aug 1867    
M George Workington 11 Sep 1867 Douglas      
M George Douglas   Workington 9 Oct 1867    
M Elizabeth Workington 25 Oct 1867 Drogheda 2 Nov 1867 8 Coasting Trade. Master Thomas Flanagan.
M Elizabeth Drogheda 25 Nov 1867 Workington 27 Nov 1867 2  
M Elizabeth Workington 26 Dec 1867 Drogheda 30 Dec 1867 4  
M Solway Newport, Monmouth 23 Jun 1868 Alexandria     Master David Evans
M Solway Alexandria   Sandwich 25 Nov 1868    
M Solway Sandwich 24 Dec 1868 Cardiff 9 Jan 1869 16  

 

A more detailed description of William's voyages, which includes the names of all the other crew members transcribed from crew lists can be found here.