Saturday, April 2, 2016

William Stewart 1860 - 1881

1861 census: living at 90 Murray Gate, Dundee
Charles Duncan 60, born 1801 Seaman P Emperor On Merchant Bard (poor indexing quality)
Christina Duncan 58, seaman's wife
Christina Duncan 20 born 1841, dress maker
Elizabeth Duncan 20, born 1841, general servant
(George 23 apparently has left home)
David Craig 32, seaman
Margaret Duncan 31, born 1830, seaman's wife, (married to David Craig with 5 year old daughter below)
Margaret Duncan Craig 5
William Stewart (6 mo grandson, mother is Christina Duncan age 20)

1871 Census living at 14 Rose Street, Dundee
William Stewart, age 34, wood sawyer
Christina Duncan Stewart age 35
1.  William Stewart, Jr 10 (illegitimate)
2.  Charles Stewart,  age 7
3.  Robert (Duncan) Stewart,  b 1867 age 4
4.  George Stewart, born 1867, age 4
5.  David, Pirie Stewart, age 3 mo (born 9 December 1870) FHL number 6035516

1881 census:
William Stewart
Shipping at sea on the ship Loch Maree (The ship went missing in November 1881)

William Stewart, 21, single, born in Dundee, 3rd Engineer in the 1881 census

Loch Maree:  Three masted ship, commanded by Captain Alex Scott, that sailed from Geelong on 29 October 1881 bound for London. Her cargo was valued at about £150,000, and consisted chiefly of 8,847 bales of wool intended for the February sales. One day out, she was spoken to by the three-masted schooner Gerfalcon and the barque Don Diego, who was in company with the Loch Maree off Kent's Group on 30 October. The Don Diego was bound for Otago through Foveaux Straits, and before entering there encountered a heavy Northerly gale. The sea was very high at the time, and the weather thick, and the vessels lost sight of each other. Expected to arrive in London in January or early February, the Loch Maree never arrived. 

The ship Mermerus, that sailed from Melbourne on 20 November 1881 came across a huge iceberg as she crossed the South Pacific on her way to the Horn. Floating in the water at the base of the berg was a large quantity of wreckage that the crew identified as having come from the Loch Maree.[3]


The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894.

IN the matter of a formal investigation held at the Moot Hall, Newcastle-on-Tyne, on the 17th, 18th, and 19th days of December, 1903, before EDWARD ARMORER HEDLEY and RICHARD OLIVER HESLOP, Esquires, two of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, acting in and for the City and County of Newcastle-on-Tyne, assisted by Captain H. N. KNOX, R.N., and Captains W. B. BIGLEY and H. PARSELL (nautical assessors), into the circumstances attending the loss of the British s.s. "LOCH MAREE," of Dundee, off the coast of Tunis, on the 31st day of October, 1903.

Report of Court.

The Court, having carefully inquired into the circumstances attending the above-mentioned shipping casualty, finds, for the reasons stated in the Annex hereto, that the loss of the "Loch Maree," whereby loss of life ensued, was caused by a heavy sea striking the vessel, while proceeding at full speed, on her starboard bow, thereby shifting the cargo, which was improperly stowed and secured, and throwing the vessel completely over on her beam ends. The Court finds the chief officer not in default, the master, who was amongst those lost, being in charge of the vessel at the time.

Dated this 19th day of December, 1903.

Third Assistant Engineer, is a licensed member of the engineering department on a merchant vessel.

Generally the most junior marine engineer of the ship, this person is usually responsible for electrical, sewage treatment, lube oil, bilge, and oily water separation systems. Depending on usage, they are called "the Third" or "the Fourth" and usually stands a watch[1] and sometimes assists the third mate in maintaining proper operation of the lifeboats.


Screen shot of the 1881 census, this gives you a bigger picture of who was on the Loch Maree with William:

Donkeyman is a merchant navy term for a stoker on the old steam ships.

The Don Diego was bound for Otago through Foveaux Straits, and before entering there encountered a heavy Northerly gale.