Family History Research

 

Due to the amount of requests from family historians requesting information on ex crew members, persons rescued or lost during rescues and other persons connected with the Ramsgate Lifeboat, we have decided to set up this page as a helping aid.

The idea is that anyone can send in requests for help with information regarding their ancestors and to place here any information they already have, or offer help as an aid to others.

So if you wish to participate please e-mail me your request exactly as you wish it to be shown here, following the layout below. Please remember that if any new information comes to light, I will be more than happy to update your entry. Family photos are also very welcome, whether with written material or on there own. I can also setup an e-mail link to you, if you are researching any of the names below.

Please remember that you should not submit details about living relatives.

If there is anything else that you think I should add to this page please let me know, e-mail

Happy Hunting!!!


 

Layout

 

Forenames SURNAME (Date of Birth - Date of Death).

Gold/Silver/Bronze Medal (Date) - I will put up links here, to any reports of RNLI medals they may have been awarded, any other awards they received should be included in your details.
 
Now select one of the following *

* Request For Help

Your name here with e-mail link.
Your requests here.
 

* Family History

Your name here (and e-mail link if you wish).
Your family history here.
You can send me your related family trees as a gedcom file and I well do my best to set that up here.
 

* Photo

Your name here (and e-mail link if you wish).
Photo and family history details, if known here.
Remember to send me the photo!!!
 

* Other persons researching this line

Your name here, with e-mail link and relationship.
 

Index of Names

Henry (Harry) BELSEY (1844-1928)

Frederick BONE (born abt. 1827-?)

Herbert Martin COLYER (1883-1950)

COOPER family

Alexander Jordan COOPER (1846-1914)

Edward COOPER (1881-?)

Lola COOPER (?-?)

"Stormer" COOPER (?-?)

Thomas COOPER senior (1815-?)

Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)

Thomas COOPER (?-?)

William COOPER (1850-?)

Winifred May COOPER (1898-1986)

Edward William CULLEN (1861-1912)
Ernest DOORE (?-?)
George FOX (1873-?)
Howard Primrose FRASER (1857-1881)
Marmaduke Neville FRASER (1844-1881)

Charles Percival HALL (?-?)

V. H. HURST (?-?)

Indian Chief Survivors

KNIGHT Family Tree

Charles Edward KNIGHT (1872-1952)

Charles George KNIGHT (1842-1915)

Howard Primrose Cooper KNIGHT (1881-1956)

Thomas KNOTT the younger (1864-1942)
Henry MEADER (?-?)
Henry MEADER - Board of Trade Bronze Medal

Florimondus Josephus MICHIELS (1873-1897)

Harry OFFEN (1902-1928)
Alfred PAGE (?-?)
Robert PENNEY (?-?)
READ Family Scrap Books
James Frederick SOLLEY (1877-1970)

Edward STOCK (?-?)

John Thomas STOCK (1829-1917)

John TODD (1873-1960)

William WHARRIER (1817-1893)

Robert WILLIAMS (1869-1952)

 


Henry (Harry) BELSEY (1844-1928)
Crew Member
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)

Request for Help (7/2/09)
Family History (7/2/09)
Stephen Hoye enfieldiansr@gmail.com or chaceman@sky.com

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Sheila Johnson sheilajohnson21@blueyonder.co.uk (non blood relation)


Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
I am interested in any other photos featuring Henry (Harry) BELSEY other than the two shown here.



Frederick BONE (born abt. 1827-?)
Drowned on the Brake Sands

Request for Help (17/2/10)
Peter Allcorn p.allcorn@bigpond.com

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Request for any information regarding the drowning of Frederick Bone who it is believed to have been lost at sea on Brake Sands on 27 December 1852




Herbert Martin COLYER (1883-1950)
Rescued from the Goodwin Sands

 
Request for Help (26/3/05)
Rod Colyer roderickcolyer@yahoo.co.uk

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My great uncle Herbert Martin COLYER (dob 1883 - dod 1950) was stranded on the Goodwin Sands with a crew on a Christmas Day and was towed to safety by the Ramsgate Lifeboat.
 
I regret that I know little more than that and am trying to find out more. I do know that he was mate on the barge Mary and Kate when it was stranded in a NE gale on Platte Saline Beach Alderney on 21 April 1925, and he was mate on the sailing barge Lady Daphne in April 1936 when it was went to the aid of the stricken four masted sailing vessel, the Herzogin Cecille, when it was stranded near Salcombe.
 
Can anyone help please


COOPER family

Request for Help (17/2/10)
Chris Dixon chrisdix666@yahoo.co.uk

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Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
Anne Ironside anne.ironside@gmail.com
(Great Great Grandfather)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
 

Im researching the DIXON/COOPER families from ramsgate.
I
am a direct descendant of John COOPER 1715 and Alexander Jordan COOPER was my Gt Gt grandfather, His son George Henry COOPER was my Gt Grandfather.
Looking for any photos of the Ramsgate Lifeboat COOPER's and wondered if there was anyone who had photos other than those on this website.
I was raised in Ramsgate but now work abroad and it is difficult for me to get to Ramsgate to do any reserch there. Any help would be appreciated.



Alexander Jordan COOPER (1846-1914)
Second Coxswain (?-?)

Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

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Anne Ironside anne.ironside@gmail.com (Great Great Grandfather)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com

Chris Dixon chrisdix666@yahoo.co.uk (Great Great Grandfather)
Photo East Kent Times March 1910


Edward COOPER (1881-?)
Crew Member

 
Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

Other persons researching this line
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust


Lola COOPER (?-?)
A founder member of the Ramsgate Ladies Lifeboat Guild

 
Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

Other persons researching this line
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
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"Stormer" COOPER (?-?)

Request for Help (18/12/01)
Barbara Olexa bolexa@shaw.ca

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I am looking for family information on a COOPER lifeboatman, which had the nickname "Stormer", he would be one of the older one's mentioned here on this page. Any help will be gratefully received.


Thomas COOPER senior (1815-?)
Crew Member
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)

Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

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Anne Ironside anne.ironside@gmail.com (Great Great Great Grandfather)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust


Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
Crew Member
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)

Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
Family Tree

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Anne Ironside anne.ironside@gmail.com (Great Great Great Uncle)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
Thomas junior (b.1848) and his father Thomas senior (b.1815) were both on the "Indian Chief" rescue.
 
His brother Alexander Jordan (b.1846) was also a member of the lifeboat crew and his granddaughter Winifred COOPER (b.1898), was a founder member of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild in Ramsgate and used to man the gift shop in the harbour.
 
Another brother William (b.1850) was coxswain between 1891 and 1923.
 
Thomas junior's son Edward (b.1881) was on the lifeboat crew that took part in the Dunkirk evacuation. Edward's son Thomas was coxswain between 1963 and 1974 and his daughter Lola was also a founder member of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild in Ramsgate, as well as helping at the gift shop in the harbour. Thomas' son Dennis has only recently retired from the crew.
 
The boat "The Queen Mab" which once belonged to Thomas junior is now an exhibit at the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, as is a photo of him in his 80's. The museum also has his family bible.


Thomas COOPER (?-?)
Coxswain (1963-1974)

Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

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Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust


William COOPER (1850-?)
Coxswain (1891-1923)
 
RNLI Silver Medal (8 December 1916)

Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

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Anne Ironside anne.ironside@gmail.com (Great Great Great Uncle)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust


Winifred May COOPER (1898-1986)
A founder member of the Ramsgate Ladies Lifeboat Guild

Family History (14/2/01)
Linda Allen linallen77@hotmail.com
 
See Thomas COOPER junior (1848-?)
 
Family Tree

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Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
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Edward William CULLEN (1861-1912)
Crew Member

Request for Help (17/06/07)
Mrs Pat Mills patannroses@msn.com

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I am trying to find out if my great grandfather Edward William CULLEN fisherman of Ramsgate was connected to the Ramsgate lifeboat. A relative has just told me he was. He was born 1861 so time served would probably be 1881 onwards. He died in 1912. Thank you.


Ernest DOORE (?-?)
Lost on the Goodwin Sands 1914/15

Request for Help (5/5/07)
Keith Littlewood keith.littlewood@ntlworld.com

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Died Goodwin Sands 1914/15. Can anyone confirm this & expand on details?


George FOX (1873-?)
Crew Member

Request for Help (3/3/06)
Eric D. Bishop bish31kly@blueyonder.co.uk

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I'm looking for information on the above George FOX (my Gt Grandfather) family legend has it he died falling down some steps at the harbour, in Ramsgate whilst going to the lifeboat, knocked himself unconcious and drowned, I've no idea when except it must have been between 1904 and 1944.


Howard Primrose FRASER (1857-1881)
Second Mate of the Indian Chief - Wrecked on the Goodwin Sands

Request for Help (4/10/05)
Ruth Miller ruthm@onlink.net

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Bill Fraser wfraser3@cfl.rr.com (First Cousins Twice Removed)

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Born 1857 Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada. Son of William FRASER (1814-1904) and Catherine MACKINNON (1821-1900).

Was second mate on the Indian Chief, which was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands on the 5th January 1881. He perished in the Ramsgate lifeboat while on there way back to Ramsgate. His brother Marmaduke FRASER was the captain of the Indian Chief.

Any details relating to this branch of the FRASER family would be very welcome.


Marmaduke Neville FRASER (1844-1881)
Captain of the Indian Chief - Wrecked on the Goodwin Sands

Request for Help (4/10/05)
Ruth Miller ruthm@onlink.net

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Bill Fraser wfraser3@cfl.rr.com (First Cousins Twice Removed)


Photo Bill Fraser

Born circa 1844 Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada. Son of William FRASER (1814-1904) and Catherine MACKINNON (1821-1900).

Was captain of the Indian Chief, which was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands on the 5th January 1881. He was lost with his ship. His brother Howard Primrose FRASER was the second mate on the Indian Chief.

Any details relating to this branch of the FRASER family would be very welcome.



Charles Percival HALL (?-?)
Crew Member

Request for Help (30/3/07)
Christine Williams chris@chriswilliams7.force9.co.uk (Grandaughter)

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Photo Christine Williams
Togeather with the Duchess of Kent 

Was involved with the Dunkirk Little Boats and met the Duchess of Kent when she visited Ramsgate. Was known as Percy or Charlie. He was married to Ellen Mary and lived at Prestedge Avenue in Ramsgate.

I do not know much about his life in the RNLI and wondered if anyone has any information.



V. H. HURST (?-?)
Probable Crew Member of the Lifeboat or Steam Tug
Belgium Medal for Courageous Acts, Dedication and Humanity (15 January 1860)

Request for Help (20/11/03)
Hendrik Meersschaert medal@skynet.be

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Photo Hendrik Meersschaert

I have in my possession a Belgium Medal for Courageous Acts, Dedication and Humanity, which was awarded to a Mr. V. H. HURST of Ramsgate in 1860.

The reverse inscription reads: "V.H. HURST / EN VUE / DE RAMSGATE / 15 JANV. / 1860".
With the valuable help of Mr. M. Twyman of the Margate Historical Society, it has been possible to learn some more on this particular award:
On the night of 14th January 1860 the Belgian sailing vessel "DANIEL" of Louvain, ran onto the Goodwin Sands in position 51.17N 01.29E. The "DANIEL" was of wooden construction and on a voyage from Antwerp to Liverpool with a cargo of Iron Ore and Bark. On the morning of 15th January the Ramsgate Harbour Steam Tug towed the vessel off the sands and commenced a slow tow towards the shelter of Ramsgate Harbour. At 3 p.m. the "DANIEL" foundered in the Gull (a channel through the sands), all the crew being saved. The vessel was commanded by Captain Van Yper.

It is fair to assume that Mr. V.H. Hurst was a member of the Ramsgate Lifeboat or one of the Ramsgate Steam Tugs crew and was decorated for his part in the saving of the Daniel's crewmembers.

For more information see my web page on this medal



Indian Chief Survivors

Request for Help (25/10/06)
Doug Hislop doug.hislop@talk21.com

I would like to find out the names of the 11 survivors from the Indian Chief of the rescue?


KNIGHT Family Tree
 
Family Tree (9/4/04)
Robin Young robin@young7169.freeserve.co.uk
 
Family Tree back to Rowland Knight (1703/4-1804)

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Richard Harris ahoydickie@aol.com
Tony Hobday tonyhobday@sky.com
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com
Sheila Archer (nee Knight) sheliaarcher2005@hotmail.com

Included on this tree:
 
Charles Edward KNIGHT (1872-1952) - Crew Member
Charles George KNIGHT (1842-1915) - Mate of the Steam Tug Vulcan
Howard Primrose Cooper KNIGHT (1881-1956) - Coxswain (1935-1946)
Request for Help (6/2/06)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com

Part of my family tree is on this site most of it is not. I have found that I am related to COOPER's, VERRION's KIRKALDIE's and may be other lifeboat families.

If anyone has a family tree with lifeboat connections to any of the above families I should like to hear from them. I wish to build a picture of the intermarriage of crewmembers families in 19th/20th centuries. I believe that there may be a connection between the KNIGHT, PENNEY & READ families.


Charles Edward KNIGHT (1872-1952)
Crew Member
 
Family History (2/6/01)
Robin Young robin@young7169.freeserve.co.uk

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Richard Harris ahoydickie@aol.com
Tony Hobday tonyhobday@sky.com (Grandfather)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com (Grandfather)
Sheila Archer (nee Knight) sheliaarcher2005@hotmail.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
Son of Charles George KNIGHT and brother of Howard Primrose Cooper KNIGHT, he was on the lifeboat crew that took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, when he was the eldest member of the crew at the age of 69.


Charles George KNIGHT (1842-1915)
Mate of the Steam Tug Vulcan
 
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)

Request for Help (26/1/03)
Richard Harris ahoydickie@aol.com

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Tony Hobday tonyhobday@sky.com (Great Grandfather)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com (Great Grandfather)
Robin Young robin@young7169.freeserve.co.uk
Sheila Archer (nee Knight) sheliaarcher2005@hotmail.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
Charles George KNIGHT was my wife's Great Grandfather (father of Howard Primrose Cooper KNIGHT). He was the Mate of the Steam Tug Vulcan, which took part in the dramatic service to the "Indian Chief".


Howard Primrose Cooper KNIGHT (1881-1956)
Coxswain (1935-1946)
Distinguished Service Medal 1940
 
Request for Help (26/1/03)
Richard Harris ahoydickie@aol.com

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Tony Hobday tonyhobday@sky.com (Great Uncle)
Donald Knight d.knight9@sky.com (Great Uncle)
Robin Young robin@young7169.freeserve.co.uk
Sheila Archer (nee Knight) sheliaarcher2005@hotmail.com
Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
Howard Primrose Cooper KNIGHT was my wife's Great Uncle (son of Charles George KNIGHT). He was born shortly after the "Indian Chief" rescue and is named Howard Primrose after the Second Mate of the "Indian Chief" Howard Primrose FRASER who died on the journey home from this rescue. His father Charles George KNIGHT was the Mate on the Steam Tug Vulcan, which towed the Ramsgate lifeboat out to the "Indian Chief".
 
He was the coxswain of the lifeboat "Prudential" when it brought off some 2,800 men of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches Dunkirk during the Dunkirk evacuation. For this service he received the Distinguished Service Medal for his "gallantry and determination".


Thomas KNOTT the younger (1864-1942)
Crew Member ?

1st Class Belgium Civic Medal 

Request for Help (1/1/06)
Rodney rod@cyberchocolat.com

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Photos Rodney

He won a 1st class Belgium civic medal for an act of courage in 1904 - a framed certificate (whilst on the lifeboat?) - see certificate above.

 

I believe he was a Ramsgate lifeboat crew member in the 1890s/1900s. Is this true? What action caused the award of his certificate? (medal?)

 

Does anyone know any more information about Tom (and/or his father) who was a fisherman.

  

Thanks, Rodney



Henry MEADER (?-?)
Crew Member
 
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)
Board of Trade Bronze Medal (1881)

Request for Help (26/2/08)
John C Meader 01730 895042 johnc.meader@virgin.net

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Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
I am anxious to find out the personal details of crewman Henry MEADER eg where he lived in Ramsgate and who were his parents and did he have any children etc. I know the name of MEADER has been associated with Harbour for ages. It has been suggested that my forefathers were stone masons and were involved in  the building of the Royal Harbour.
 
Although I was born in Ramsgate in 1934 my main involvement with the harbour was sailing in various forms whilst I attended Chatham House School.
 
Any information which you may be able to glean would be appreciated.


Henry MEADER - Board of Trade Bronze Medal (1881)

Family History (26/2/08)
Web Site The Fitzwilliam Museum

Inscribed around edge with:
HENRY MEADER WRECK OF THE "INDIAN CHIEF" ON THE 5th - 6th JANUARY 1881

Iinscription on obverse side reads:
AWARDED BY THE BOARD OF TRADE FOR GALLANTRY IN SAVING LIFE

 

 



Photos The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
   


Florimondus Josephus MICHIELS (1873-1897)
Drowned in the Channel

Request for Help & Family History (27/6/03)
Gail Smith gsmith@up.com

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Request for Help (27/6/03)

I am searching for information on the identity of this person and trying to determine possible family connections, if any.

Family History (27/6/03)

A picture, a memorial card, was found with old family pictures, and labelled as "uncle", but the name has no apparent family connection. The only connection with Antwerp, is that my my great-grandfather and grandfather, Thomas BROCKELBANK, Snr. and Thomas (or Robert or Leonard) BROCKELBANK, Jr. were both working as shipbrokers in Antwerp sometime between 1899 and 1912 (approximately). Both were British citizens from London. Perhaps a family friend who was affectionately referred to as "uncle"? On the back of the memorial card (shown bottom right) is the following inscription:

Mr and Mrs J. Michiels, his Brother and Sisters, Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law, Cousins and Nieces announce with sadness that their beloved son

Florimondus Josephus MICHIELS

1st Officer

Born Antwerp on the 20th of June 1873, who died by an accident during the collision of the Begian SS Concha (Capt. Schmidt) by the English SS Ste-Fallians on the 20th of July 1897 at 2.30PM in the Channel.

The rest is a prayer mentioning that the body was not found. The front side is a picture (shown top right) made by the professional photographers Verbeeck Brothers, at the Huidevetterssraat 35 at Antwerp.

The backside mentions a company from Berlin (Prager & Lejda) probably the photopaper manufacturers.

Photos Gail Smith



Harry OFFEN (1902-1928)
Drowned on 2nd January 1928

Request for Help (14/2/06)
Cheryl Pasquier cherylfamilyhistory@yahoo.fr
Web Site http://cheryl2003.topcities.com/index.htm

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I thought this article from The Times, January 3rd 1928, might be of interest to others. Harry OFFEN is one of my ancestors so I'd be pleased to hear from anyone who has any more info.
 
STEAM TRAWLER WRECKED AT RAMSGATE
 
SECOND ENGINEER DROWNED (From our correspondent - Ramsgate, Jan 2)
 

Eight members of the crew of the Ramsgate steam trawler Paramount, which was wrecked on a sandbank against the east pier wall in the early hours of this morning, were saved under perilous conditions. Heavy seas were washing over the vessel, a firece gale was blowing, and the rescue work was performed in the dark.

The second engineer, Harry OFFEN, 26, married, was drowned, and his body, badly battered, was washed ashore later in the day. He had been employed for some time as an insurance agent at Dover, and returned to the sea only a few weeks ago. It was his first trip with the Paramount. The vessel was making for port to land her catch, but, unlike two other trawlers which preceded her, she was unable to make the harbour mouth and grounded on a sandbank formed by the recent gales at the side of the harbour wall.

The firing of maroons summoning the lifeboatmen awoke many inhabitants, who flocked to the harbour in spite of the bitter weather, but could see little of the rescue work owing to the darkness. Five of the crew were taken aboard the motor lifeboat Prudential and three were hauled to safety on the pier wall from the Paramount's mast, which had a heavy list to starboard. The chief engineer, William SURMAN, 38, was removed to hospital severely scalded through an explosion in the engine room. The other members of the crew suffering from exposure were taken either to the Sailors' Home or their own homes in motor ambulances. The vessel, which was wrecked at high tide, was left stranded when the sea receded, and the town fire engine was taken to the sands to pump the water from her.




Alfred PAGE (?-?)
Master of the Steam Tug Vulcan
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)

Request for Help (1/5/06)
Stephen Page pyks@hotmail.com

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Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
Looking for a high quality jpg of the crew of the Vulcan



Robert PENNEY (?-?)
Crew Member
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)

Request for Help (21/7/05)
Paul Cobb paulhcobb@btopenworld.com

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Photo East Kent Maritime Trust
I am researching the PENNEY family in Ramsgate in the 19th century. There are a number of Robert PENNEYs, and I would appreciate help from anyone who could help me identify the Robert Penney who was a crewman in the Indian Chief rescue.

READ Family Scrap Books

Family History (12/7/04)
Sheila (Read) Johnson sheilajohnson21@blueyonder.co.uk

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My father, granddad, great granddad, uncles and great uncle who was Tom READ were all on the Ramsgate Lifeboats, I am researching my family tree, and have come across my dads old scrap book, it has lots of newspaper cuttings about lifeboat rescues from around 1924 to the end of the war. I am very proud of my ancestors they did a very brave job. Anyone interested in seeing any of these cuttings are welcome to contact me by e mail, they are mainly of the READ family but include the names of A VERRION, T COOPER, Howard KNIGHT etc, who were also very well known lifeboat men. My father was Leonard READ, his father William READ, uncles were Walter READ, and of course the famous Great Uncle Tom READ, and his brother Joe what great men these were.

 

James Frederick SOLLEY (1877-1970)
Crew Member?

Request for Help (1/5/06)
Mrs J Lowe (Solley) janet.lowe7@ntlworld.com

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I am trying to find out about my grandfather James Frederick SOLLEY's time with the Ramsgate Lifeboat. My father told me grandfather was with the lifeboat for some time, but I can find any trace of him on this web site. He served aboard the Charles and Susanna Stephens and his father and brother were also on it with him at the same time. My father’s uncle Bill (William COOPER) was the coxswain at the time.
 
Please can anyone help me in any way?

 

Edward STOCK (?-?)
Crew Member

Request for Help (1/6/03)
Shirley Ticehurst shirleyticehurst@talktalk.net
 
See John Thomas STOCK (1829-1917)

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John Thomas STOCK (1829-1917)
Crew Member

Request for Help (1/6/03)
Shirley Ticehurst shirleyticehurst@talktalk.net

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Photo Shirley Ticehurst
The photo on the right has the inscription:
John Thomas Stock
The oldest Ramsgate Lifeboatman
Born 18th October 1829, Ramsgate, Kent
At time of photograph
3 medals, 1 silver, 2 bronze
 
It is not known when this photo was taken. Though we know he received his silver medal from Queen Isabella of Spain for his part in the service to the Spanish Brig "Samaritano" on the 3rd February 1860, which was wrecked on the bank of Margate. The Board of Trade also decorated each man with its Bronze Medal. John Thomas STOCK and his brother Edward STOCK are both listed as crew on the Ramsgate Lifeboat "Northumberland".
 
John Thomas STOCK is the great great grandfather of Shirley Ticehurst and she would like any further information on him or his brother.


John TODD (1873-1960)
Crew Member

Family History (18/12/01)
Barbara Olexa bolexa@shaw.ca

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Leonard Nicholls lenvenic@btinternet.com
Photo The Daily Herald
My Great, Great Uncle John TODD was a crewmember on the Ramsgate lifeboat. He was the subject of a photo featured, in the October 14, 1938 edition of the Daily Herald. Under this photo it said, "40 years a lifeboatman. A fine camera study of a watcher of the seas: - Mr. J. TODD, who has just completed 40 years as a member of the Ramsgate lifeboat crew." This photo also featured on billboards across the country advertising Ilford film.


William WHARRIER (born 13th September 1817 in Gateshead, Durham died in 1893 in Thanet, Kent)
Engineer on Ramsgate Steam Tugs
RNLI Silver Medal (6 August 1874)
RNLI Silver Medal (3 February 1881)
RNLI Silver Meda l (13 February1890)

Request for Help (26/8/05)
George Carter gacarter@btinternet.com
Postal Address:
G A Carter.
2 Alder Rise,
Whaley Bridge,
High Peak,
Derbyshire,

England,
SK23 7RR


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Photo East Kent Maritime Trust

I am George Carter and live in Whaley Bridge, High Peak Derbyshire. I`m researching our family history. I am the 2nd great grand nephew of William, who was born in Gateshead 1817 to William WHARRIER a Waterman and Margaret nee CARR. My gt gt gran Jane WHARRIER born 1822 was Williams sister, she went on to marry John CARR. I have information I would be pleased to pass on to anyone who might be interestedand would be happy to learn anything about William or his family.



Robert WILLIAMS (1869-1952)
Rescued from North Goodwin Sands

Request for help (17/02/10)
Bob Ballard bobamaureen@talktalk.net (Grandson)

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Board of Trade shipwreck records show that the Ramsgate lifeboat rescued the crew on the Alice Chamney from the North Goodwin Sands on 25 November 1885. My grandfather Robert Williams was a OS on her under the command of his father. Family tradition has it that they were landed at Southend. But I have not been able to verify this.
 
Why did the vessel run aground? Was there a storm that day? Were there other vessels in trouble? Was the lifeboat there solely for the Alice Chamney or were there other vessels in trouble?
 
Can anyone help please?

   
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