ATOSSA
 
 
Absent Crew and Flying Jib 1872-1873
 
‘Atossa’ underwent a ‘half time’ survey at Swansea in January 1872.
Peter Clements signed Agreement number 56506 on 27th February 1872 which read “The several persons whose names are hereto subscribed, and whose descriptions are contained on the other side or sides [of the Agreement], and of whom twelve are engaged as Sailors, hereby agree to serve on board the said Ship, in the several capacities expressed against their respective Names, on a voyage from Swansea to Porthcawl thence to Valparaiso and any port or ports in Chili, Peru, Bolivia, North or South Pacific, Indian or Atlantic Oceans, China Seas, Australian or Cape Colonies, Unites States of America, West Indies or Continent of Europe, calling for orders if required, and in a final port of discharge in the United Kingdom or Continent of Europe.
And the Crew agree to conduct themselves in an orderly, faithful, honest, and sober manner, and to be at all times diligent in their respective Duties, and to be obedient to the lawful Commands of the said Master, or of any person who shall lawfully succeed him, and of their Superior Officers, in everything relating to the said Ship and the Stores and Cargo thereof, whether on board, in boats, or on shore : in consideration of which Services to be duly performed, the said Master agrees to pay to the said Crew as Wages the sums against their Names respectively expressed, and to supply them with provisions according to the above [shown here below] Scale : And it is hereby agreed, That any Embezzlement, or wilful or negligent Destruction of any part of the Ship’s cargo or Stores shall be made good to the Owner out of the Wages of the Person guilty of the same : And if any Person enters himself as qualified for a duty which he proves incompetent to perform, his Wages shall be reduced in proportion to his incompetency : And it is also agreed, That the Regulations authorized by the Board of Trade, which are printer herein, and numbered – Nil – are adopted by the parties hereto, and shall be considered as embodied in this Agreement : And it is also agreed, That if any member of the Crew considers himself to be aggrieved  by any breach of the Agreement or otherwise, he shall represent the same to the master or Officer in charge of the Ship in a quiet and orderly manner, who shall thereupon shall take such steps as the case may require : And it is also agreed, That in Witness whereof the said parties have subscribed their Names on the other Side or Sides hereof on the days against their respective Signatures mentioned.”
The provisions for each man mentioned in the Agreement were: -
1lb of bread every day.
1½lbs of beef on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
1¼lbs of pork on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
½lb of flour on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
⅓ pint of peas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
½lb rice on Saturdays.
A daily allowance of ⅛oz of tea.
A daily allowance of ½oz of coffee.
A daily allowance of 2ozs of sugar.
A daily allowance of 3 quarts of water.
Or a substituted equivalent at the Master’s option.
At the time of signing the Agreement, Peter Clements gave his home address as 13 Henrietta Street, Swansea.
The men who signed on were: -
 

NAME

AGE &
PLACE OF BIRTH

CAPACITY
(Certificate No.)

PREVIOUS SHIP & PORT
AT WHICH REGISTERED

Peter Clements

39 - Queenstown

Master (33394)

Same Ship

John Kekhafen

33 - Wolgast

Mate (85677)

Same Ship

J. G. Parson

33 - Holland 

Bosun 

Edeline - Sunderland

John Rosen

22 - Milford

Carpenter & Seaman

First Ship

John J. Morgan

23 - Swansea

Steward & AB

Guiding Star - Sunderland

Phillip (X) Pritchard

34 - Swansea

Cook

Juventa - Bermuda

William Villessen

25 - Finland

AB

Violet – Llanelly

Carl Wetterstrom

22 - Stockholm

AB

Violet – Llanelly

David Rees

23 - Pembroke

AB

[?] - Liverpool

John (X) Rees

25 - Swansea

AB

H. H. - Swansea

James Lilley

23 - Swansea

AB

Marquis of Worcester - Swansea

Francis Battam

22 - Jersey

AB

Marquis of Worcester - Swansea

Michael Boland

25 - Newfoundland

AB

[?] - Swansea

Charles Southam

19 - Waterford

OS

Juventa - Bermuda

Edgar J. Evans

18

Apprentice

 

John Chalk

17

Apprentice

 

William John I. Harris

15

Apprentice

 

 
An endorsement against David Rees name in the Agreement read “R. N. R.  40790 with leave with liability”.

The crew’s wages were: -
 

CAPACITY

MONTHLY
WAGE

ADVANCE OF
WAGES

MONTHLY
ALLOTMENT

Mate

£6 0s 0d

£6 0s 0d

-

Bosun

£4 0s 0d

£4 0s 0d

-

Steward & AB

£3 5s 0d

£3 5s 0d

£1 0s 0d

Cook

£3 5s 0d

£3 5s 0d

£1 12s 6d

Carpenter & Seaman

£4 15s 0d

£4 15s 0d

£2 7s 6d

Able Seaman

£2 15s 0d

£2 15s 0d

Nil except David Rees
who received £1 7s 6d

 
Dates and places of registry for each of the apprentices who sailed were shown in the Log as: Edgar J. Evans - 28th April 1870, Swansea; William John I. Harris – 19th January 1872, Swansea; John Chalk - 16th May 1870, Swansea.
William Knowles aged 27 years, from Shoreham, Sussex, originally signed on as Bosun on 28th February 1872 but did not sail having been discharged on grounds of sickness.
On 3rd March 1872 15-year-old apprentice, William John I. Harris drowned whilst ‘Atossa’ was moored at Porthcawl. His effects were collected by his father.
At 6.30am on 9th March 1872 Peter Clements wrote in the Ship’s Log, “On leaving Porthcawl found the Steward (John Morgan) and John Chalk (Apprentice) absent. I was obliged to bring the ship to anchor in the mumble roads. I then went onshore and found and brought them off to the ship at about 3H 30PM the ship losing the whole day and a fair wind through their absence. At 4H 30PM Weighed and made all sail down Channel. Wind N.E. The above entry has been read over to the above seamen. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate”.
Another entry in the Log on the same day read “Draught of water leaving Porthcawl. Aft 17-4 Forward 17-2. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate”.
The next entry in the log reads, “Friday June 7th 1872. 9H 00AM. Lat 54° 30’ S, Long 63° 50’ W, All the watch on deck (namely James Lilley AB, Francis Battam AB, David Rees AB, & Charles Southam O.S.) refused to haul the flying jib down unless I kept the ship before the wind. This there was no occasion for. I called the chief mate and sent James Lilley to the helm, when the boy James Evans & the Boatswain (J. G. Parson) furled the sail. The Ch. Mate and them hauling it down. I then after a little consideration put Francis Battam AB and David Rees AB in hand irons & put them in the cabin. The vessel being in a lee shore I called the Steward (John Morgan) and the Carpenter (Peter Rosen) to keep watch. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate – J. G. Parson Boatswain”.
A further Log entry read, “Sat. June 8th 1872. 8H 30AM. 55° S, Long 65° W, Let the two seamen Francis Battam and David Rees out of irons they promising to behave better for the future. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate – J. G. Parson Boatswain”.
The British Consulate in Valparaiso endorsed the Log on 3rd July 1872, “Vessel arrived 2nd July. Papers deposited 3rd. Papers delivered 4th July”.
The Ship’s Log reads, “Friday July 5th 1872 about 6H 00PM. Valparaiso. Ship being cleared at the British Consul and Port Authorities I came onboard and found the following seamen absent and on searching the forecastle found their effects gone also. Viz. John Rees AB & Francis Battam AB. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate – J. G. Parson Boatswain”.
Further entries read, “Sunday July 7th 72 about 6H 30AM. Valparaiso. Found Michael Boland to be missing and on searching found his effects gone also. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate – J. G. Parson Boatswain”.
“Monday July 8th/72 Valparaiso. I consider the before mentioned seamen deserters. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate”.
‘Atossa’ left Valparaiso on 8th July 1872 and arrived in Carrizal Bajo on 12th July 1872.
The British Consulate entered in the Log, “Vessel arrived July 12/72. Articles deposited 13. The same returned Aug 13. Jas. Watson, British Vice Consul”.
On 3rd August 1872 James Watson endorsed the Agreement, “I certify that the Master has produced his official Log to me and that therein are duly entered the desertion of the several hereafter named seamen, John Rees, Francis Battam, and Michael Boland reported to me by the said Master after the ship had cleared at the Port of Valparaiso. I have enquired unto the Master, and find the Masters allegation to be correct, the men are therefore left behind on the ground of desertion.
Also on 3rd August 1872 the British Vice Consul endorsed the Ship’s Log, “I certify that I have sanctioned the engagement upon the terms of the within written agreement of William Taylor. I am satisfied that he understand the nature of the agreement and he signed the same in my presence. Jas. Watson, British Vice Consul”.
On 13th August 1872 James Watson endorsed the Log, “I certify that I have sanctioned the engagement upon the terms of the within written agreement; George Schwaltz, that I am satisfied he understands the nature of the same and has signed it in my presence. Jas. Watson, British Vice Consul.”
Lloyd’s List records ‘Atossa’ as sailing from Carrizal Bajo for Pena Blanca on 17th August 1872.
On 25th September 1872 ‘Atossa’ was at Pena Blanca. A Log entry read, “Draught of Water being 17-8 Aft & 17-6 Forward. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate”.
The crew list for the return voyage to Swansea was: -
 

NAME

AGE &
PLACE OF BIRTH

CAPACITY
(Certificate No.)

PREVIOUS SHIP & PORT AT
WHICH REGISTERED

Peter Clements

39 - Queenstown

Master (33394)

Same Ship

John Kekhafen

33 - Prussia

Mate (85677)

Same Ship

J. G. Parson

33 - Holland 

Bosun 

Edeline - Sunderland

Peter Rosen

22 - Milford

Carpenter & Seaman

First Ship

John J. Morgan

23 - Swansea

Steward & AB

Guiding Star - Sunderland

Phillip (X) Pritchard

34 - Swansea

Cook

Juventa - Bermuda

William Villessen

25 - Finland

AB

Violet – Llanelly

Carl Wetterstrom

22 - Stockholm

AB

Violet – Llanelly

David Rees

23 - Pembroke

AB

[?]  - Liverpool

James Lilley

23 - Swansea

AB

Marquis of Worcester - Swansea

 William Taylor

 25 - Swansea

 AB

[?]  - Chili  

George Schwaltz

 34 - Holland

Sails & AB

 Dolphin

Charles Southam

19 - Waterford

OS

Juventa - Bermuda

Edgar J. Evans

18

Apprentice

-

John Chalk

17

Apprentice

-

 
William Taylor and George Schwartz were both paid £4 0s 0d per calendar month. Neither received an advance. All other crew members continued at the rate agreed on sailing from Swansea.
‘Atossa’s position on 3rd November 1872 was Latitude 35° 5’ S, Longitude 24° 42’ W, underway from Huasco to Swansea.
An entry in the Ship’s Log reads, “Sat. Dec 21st/72. Lat 25° N, Long 44° W. In the act of setting the foresail the apprentice Edgar J Evans fell from the fore yard and slightly hurted his left side. Stripped and examined him and applied such lotion as directed in Medicine Book. Peter Clements Master – John Kekhafen Mate”.
On 10th January 1873 Peter Clements endorsed the Agreement to show that ‘Atossa’ arrived at Swansea that day.
On 15th January 1873 the crew were discharged and they were paid the balance of wages: -

John Kekhafen
Peter Rosen
J. G. Parson
John J. Morgan
Phillip Pritchard
William Villessen
Carl Wetterstrom
David Rees
James Lilley
William Taylor
George Schwaltz
Charles Southam

£50 11s 0d
£17 11s 10d
£25 16s 1d
£15 18s 2d
£10 18s 2d
£20 11s 4d
£20 0s 5d
£8 6s 11d
£20 6s 1d
£17 0s 0d
£18 14s 0d
£17 15s 9d

Almost a month after the arrival of the ship at Swansea, the Shields Daily Gazette newspaper of Saturday 11th January 1873 reported, “The barque ‘Atossa’, of Sunderland, from Chili for Swansea 91 days, Dec. 25, lat. 29° N, long. 47° W.”
 
Swansea to Valparaiso and return 1873 > >
 
The Story Begins Absent Crew and Flying Jib 1872-1873 Rio De Janeiro, Barbados & Wilmington
The Construction of Atossa Swansea to Valparaiso and return 1873 James Grevett
The Shipbuilding Thompson Family The 1874 and 1875 Voyages The Caribbean 1889
The Mercantile Navy List 1864 A Change of Master 1876 Grevett as Master
The First Master and Crew New Owner and New Ports 1877 The 1890/1891 Survey
Dover to Valparaiso 1863-1864 Sugar and Onboard Offences The Final Voyage
Peru and Wales Demerara and London 1878-1879 Places Index
Chile and back 1864-1865 The Far Side of the World 1879-1881 Place Connections
Clements becomes Master South Africa and India 1881-1882 Surnames Index
Official Log Entries 1866-1867 The Robinson Family Ships Index
Return to Chile 1867 Ceylon and New York 1882-1883 Map of Chile
Chile Again 1868-1869 Brazil and India 1883-1884 Sources
Swansea to Coquimbo return 1869-1870 Cape Verde and the West Indies 1885  
Chile and New York 1870-1871 October 1885 to October 1886  
South America and Europe 1871 Twenty-One Months Away © atossa.uk 2020
 
 
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