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H.D. Pochin - a general history

Official No. 65009: Code Letters KNSQ.

Owners: 1871 Holloway Brothers, London; 1873 Bolckow, Vaughan & Co, Middlesbrough; 1881 George Pyman & Co, West Hartlepool.

Masters: 1872-74 Thomas Amlot (b. 1838 Cardigan); 1877-80 William Thomas Jackson; 1881 Edward Gardin (b. 1836 Yorkshire); 1881-83 A Campbell.

H.D. Pochin was bound from Barcelona for the Tyne when 17 miles from Cape Vincent on 19 April 1875 the chief mate, Robert Heslop, fell overboard & drowned.

Life lost April 1875;

Heslop, Robert, chief mate, 26, Scotland

Crew while moored at Dorset 1881:

Aitkins, David, able seaman, 30, Shetland

Baxter, John, cook, 22, Dundee

Bell, George, fireman, 26, West Hartlepool

Chidley, James, fireman, 22, London

Dawson, Robert, able seaman, 30, Middlesbrough

Frances, Frederick, 3rd engineer, 21, Stockton-on-Tees

Greenshields, John, 2nd mate, 50 London

Jackson, William, master, 36, Robin Hood’s Bay

Leming, Joseph, 2nd engineer, 32, Hartlepool

Liddle, Joseph, boatswain, 36, Thorneley, Durham

Murray, James, chief engineer, 32, Shields

Nunn, WL, steward, 29 South Shields

Olsen, August, able seaman, 38, Drammen, Sweden

Robinson, Robert, fireman, 24, Middlesbrough

Robson, Thomas, donkeyman, 25, Sunderland

Sengelow, John, 1st mate, 42 Copenhagen

Stuart, Samuel, able seaman, 23, Bristol

Widmark, Gunnard, able seaman, 24, Sweden

Wilson, William, fireman, 22, Newcastle-on-Tyne

H.D. Pochin sailed from Hartlepool on 5 March 1883 bound for Wismar with a cargo of 1090 tons of coal, 180 tons of bunker coal & a crew of 18 & was not seen again. It was thought she was overladen & had foundered soon after her departure during severe gales in the North Sea. A brass plaque from the vessel washed up at Withernsea on 25 March 1883. All 18 lives were lost.

Lives lost 1883:

Campbell, A, master, West Hartlepool

Fox, John James, 2nd officer, 33, Shields

Miller, Richard Simpson, chief engineer, 30, North Shields


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