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Alexander Orkney

M, #6457, b. 22 August 1844, d. 18 February 1879
  • Birth*: Alexander Orkney was born on 22 August 1844 at Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland.1
  • He was the son of James Orkney and Mary Ann Strachan.
  • Qualification*: Alexander Orkney was awarded By the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade; Certificate of Comptency as Only Mate; Alexander Orkney; Whereas it has been reported to us that you have been found duly qualified to fulfill the duties of Only Mate in the Merchant Service we do hereby in pursuance of the Mercantile Marine Act 1854 grant you this Certificate of Competency. Given under the Seal of The Board of Trade this Thirty-first day of January 1865 By order of the Board, registered initialled ..., signed ... officers of the Marine Department. Entered at the General Register and Record Office of Seamen on the First day of February 1865, initialled JMC on 31 January 1865.2
  • Qualification: He was awarded By the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade; Certificate of Comptency as Master; Alexander Orkney; Whereas it has been reported to us that you have been found duly qualified to fulfill the duties of Master in the Merchant Service we do hereby in pursuance of the Merchant Shipping Act 1854 grant you this Certificate of Competency. Given under the Seal of The Board of Trade this Second day of June 1868. By order of the Board, registered initialled ASR, signed ... officers of the Marine Department. Entered at the General Register and Record Office of Seamen on the Third day of June 1868, initialled JMC on 2 June 1868.3
  • (Groom) Marriage*: He married Isabell Dawson on 31 July 1874 at Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland.4
  • Newspaper Article*: Alexander Orkney was mentioned in a newspaper article The Cork Examiner, 30 December 1878
    ARRIVAL OF A DERELICT SHIP IN THE HARBOUR
    —————?
    THE British barque Ibis, bound from Benin, on the West Coast of Africa, to this port for orders, arrived in the harbour on Saturday with a prize crew on board. She was fallen in with by the barque Mary Cook, of Montrose, Captain Orkney, bound to the Channel for orders, from Monte Video, on Dec. 17th, in lat. 46.38 North, and 14.21 West, abandoned, which vessel put a prize crew on board. Mr. Gore, the chief mate of the Mary Cook, who came in charge of the Ibis, states that about noon on the date and position named they observed a brigantine [sic] on their port bow, and from her movements they anticipated that all was not right with the vessel. They bore down on her, launched a boat and boarded her, when they found she was abandoned, and all her sails blown to pieces, but otherwise the vessel appeared intact. They discovered by the name on the stern that she was called the Ibis, of Liverpool, and was laden with palm oil. Mr. Gore, by whom she was boarded, returned to his vessel and reported the position of affairs to the master, Captain Orkney, at the same time expressing his willingness to take charged of the derelict, if any of the crew would volunteer to accompany him, and endeavour to bring her on to Queenstown. After a consultation, Captain Orkney decided to let him go, and three of the crew having volunteered to risk the danger with him, they bravely undertook the task. Having temporarily repaired the sails, which were in a wretched condition, with the ship's awnings, which they found on board, they steered for this port, where they arrived safely on Saturday. Their own ship also arrived at Falmouth, all well, last week, and the former crew of the Ibis were landed at Gravesend some days since by the Norwegian barque Alert, which took them off some days previous to the date of her being fallen in with by the Mary Cook. on 30 December 1878 at Cork, Ireland.5
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article The barque Mary Cook, of Montrose, was wrecked on Monday night on the rocks near Peterhead. The hull went ashore yesterday. There is no trace of the crew. on 17 February 1879.6
  • (Deceased) Death*: He died on 18 February 1879 at The Scares, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at age 34 Captain of the Mary Cook shipwrecked at Cruden Bay - all hands and passengers lost;
    Mary Cook: The Skares, North Sea
    Alternative Names
    Peterhead; Scares Of Cruden; Scars Of Cruden; Cruden Bay; Bay Of Cruden; Cruden Scars; Cruden Skares
    Site type BARQUE (19TH CENTURY)
    Canmore ID 206639
    Site Number NK03SE 8008
    NGR NK 089 330
    Latitude N 57 23.3
    Longitude W 1 51.1
    Council ABERDEENSHIRE
    Parish MARITIME - ABERDEENSHIRE
    Former Region GRAMPIAN
    Former District MARITIME
    Former County MARITIME

    Archaeological Notes
    NK03SE 8008 c. 089 330
    N57 23.3 W1 51.1

    NLO: The Skares [name: NK 089 330]
    Cruden Bay [name: NK 091 364]
    Bay of Cruden [name centred NK 090 348]
    Peterhead [name: NK 135 465].

    17 February 1879, MARY COOK, 14 yrs old, of Montrose, Lloyd's A 1 cont. 5.74, 6 yrs, last survey 8.77, wooden barque, 271 tons, 9 crew, Master A. Orkney, Owner A. Mearns, Montrose, departed Hamburg for The Tyne, in ballast, one passenger (Master's wife), 10 lives lost (9 crew and 1 passenger), wind ESE, stranded, total loss, Scars of Cruden, near Buchan Ness.
    Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1878 - 79 (1880 [C.2519] LXVI.47).

    Peterhead, Feb. 18, 6.29 p.m. MARY COOK. The barque MARY COOK, of Montrose, is a total loss at Whinnyfold, Cruden. No appearance of crew.
    Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,223, London, Wednesday February 19 1879.

    Peterhead, Feb. 18., MARY COOK. The barque MARY COOK, of Montrose, has been driven ashore at the Scares of Cruden, 10 miles south of this port. It is not known whether she was derelict or whether the crew have been lost, as the vessel lies in deep water, only her masts being visible. She is believed to have been from Hamburg.
    Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,225, London, Friday February 21 1879.

    Greenock, Feb. 20. MARY COOK. A box containing letters, photographs, and jewellery, the letters, with one exception, being in a foreign tongue, was washed ashore yesterday form the wreck of the barque MARY COOK, of Montrose, which foundered early on Wednesday morning on the Aberdeen coast. The letters seem to indicate that the writer served on board the ship CITY OF MOBILE, from which he was discharged in 1877. A number of other articles [Record received incomplete].

    NMRS, MS/829/69 (no. 2906).

    (Classified as wooden barque, in ballast; date of loss cited as 17 Fenruary 1879). Mary Cook: this vessel stranded at [the] Scars [Skares] of Cruden. Capt. Orkney.
    Registration: Montrose. Built 1865. 271grt. Length: 36m. Beam: 8m.
    (Location of loss cited as N57 23.5 W1 51.0).
    I G Whittaker 1998.

    The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. The Scars of Cruden are not noted as such on the 1995 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map, but the name presumably applies to The Skares, a group of exposed rock stacks off the headland at the S end of the Bay of Cruden.
    Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 28 January 2008.

    Books and References
    Larn and Larn, R and B
    (1998) Shipwreck index of the British Isles: volume 4, Scotland, London
    Page(s): DB 17/02/1879 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.LAR
    Whittaker, I G (1998) Off Scotland: a comprehensive record of maritime and aviation losses in Scottish waters, Edinburgh
    Page(s): 155 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.WHI
    Social Bookmarking Links.7

Census Events

Member of Household30 March 1851They was listed as a member of the household of James Orkney in the 1851 census at 26 Wharf Street, Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland. Alexander Orkney, son, 6, scholar, Montrose; James Orkney, head, 39 (sic probably 49), seaman, Montrose; Mary Orkney, wife, 36, Montrose.8
Head of Household7 April 1861He was listed as head of household in the 1861 census at vessel 'Falcon', Newcastle Quay, Northumberland, England. Alexander Orkney, age 18, ordinary seaman, Montrose, Angus; with William Wishart 35, John McIver 29, Alexander Watt 29, William Watt 33.9
Last Edited: 28 Jul 2015

Parents:

Father*: James Orkney b. 18 Feb 1802, d. 14 Oct 1864
Mother*: Mary Ann Strachan b. c 1815, d. 2 Jul 1896

Citations

  1. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), C113124 [Sept 2009].
  2. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Record URL: http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?
    h=470213&db=GBMastersCertificates&indiv=try
    Ancestry.com. UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Master's Certificates. Greenwich, London, UK: National Maritime Museum. [Jan 2013]
  3. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Record URL: http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?
    h=470214&db=GBMastersCertificates&indiv=try
    Ancestry.com. UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Master's Certificates. Greenwich, London, UK: National Maritime Museum.. [Jan 2013]
  4. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI), M113121 [Sept 2009].
  5. [S32] Newspaper Article, The Cork Examiner.
  6. [S32] British Newspaper Archive, The Aberdeen Journal, Monday, February 17, 1879 [Jan 2012].
  7. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 28 January 2008.
    Books and References
    Larn and Larn, R and B
    (1998) Shipwreck index of the British Isles: volume 4, Scotland, London
    Page(s): DB 17/02/1879 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.LAR
    Whittaker, I G (1998) Off Scotland: a comprehensive record of maritime and aviation losses in Scottish waters, Edinburgh
    Page(s): 155 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.WHI.
  8. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Ancestry CSSCT1851_68 Montrose [Aug 2009].
  9. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) CSSCT1901_112 Montrose 7 2 15 [Sept 2009].