ATOSSA
 
 
Swansea to Valparaiso and return 1873
 
On 4th February 1873 Peter Clements signed Agreement number 96145 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 ten 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 Valparaiso and any port or ports in Chili, Peru, Bolivia, North or South Pacific, Indian or Atlantic Oceans, Australian or Cape Colonies, Unites States of America or Continent of Europe, Trading as employment may be obtained for the ship in any of the aforesaid ports, ship calling for orders when required, and back to a final port of discharge in the United Kingdom or Continent of Europe. Term of service not to exceed two years.
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 men who signed on were: -
 

NAME

AGE &
PLACE OF BIRTH

CAPACITY
(Certificate No.)

PREVIOUS SHIP & PORT AT
WHICH REGISTERED

Peter Clements

40 - Queenstown

Master (33394)

Same Ship

John Kekhafen

34 - Prussia

Mate (85677)

Same Ship

James Collins

27 – [?]

Bosun

Calliope - Windsor, N.S.

Peter Rosen

23 - Milford

Carpenter & Seaman

Same Ship

Phillip (X) Pritchard

64(?) -  Swansea

Cook & Seaman

Same Ship

John Richards

24 - Cornwall

Steward & Seaman

Delta - Swansea

Henry Crawley

25 - Bristol

AB

Rainton - Newcastle

Edward Jones

26 - Liverpool

AB

Chillianwallah - Liverpool

John O’Brian

37 - Saughal

AB

E. Morgan - Newport

Daniel McKie

50 - Queenstown

AB

Frolic - Gloucester

William Banks

27 - Arbroath

AB

Mary Ann - Sunderland

Thomas Jones

25 - Mumbles

AB

Francis

Hans Christian Martensen

22 - Norway

AB

Live

Edgar J. Evans

19 - Sketty

Apprentice

-

John Chalk

20

Apprentice

-

Thomas Evans

15

Apprentice

-

 
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.

Thomas Constantine Thelan, 32 years old, had originally signed on as Bosun but he did not join the ship. James Collins who had signed on as an Able Seaman was engaged in his place.
The crew’s wages were: -
 

CAPACITY

MONTHLY
WAGE

ADVANCE OF
WAGES

MONTHLY
ALLOTMENT

Mate

£6 0s 0d

£6 0s 0d

-

Bosun

£4 5s 0d

£4 5s 0d

£2 0s 0d

Cook & Seaman

£3 15s 0d

£3 15s 0d

£2 0s 0d

Carpenter & Seaman

£5 0s 0d

£5 0s 0d

£2 10s 0d

Steward

£3 10s 0d

£3 10s 0d

£1 15s 0d

Able Seaman

£3 5s 0d

£3 5s 0d

Nil except Thomas Jones
who received £1 12s 6d

 
Dates and places of registry for each of the apprentices who sailed were shown in the Log as: - Edgar J. Evans - 27th April 1870, Swansea; John Chalk – 16th May 1870, Swansea; Thomas Evans 13th February 1873, Swansea.
Apprentice John Chalk became indentured to J. Nicholson of Sunderland on 9th May 1870 for a period of four years. He served on ‘Vencedora’ (Official Number 28441) before joining ‘Atossa’.
At 6.00am on Sunday 16th February 1873 the Ship’s Log reads, “Towed ship out of Porthcawl. Ship drawing 17 feet 4 inches aft and 17 feet 2 inches forward. The Boatswain, Tho. C. Thelan not being on board, had to bring ship to anchor in the Mumble roads. A Swansea pilot being on board. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate”
On Monday 17th February 1873 the log reads, “Mumbles road, Swansea. Shipped the AB, Hans C Martensen as per articles. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate”
Another entry on the same day reads, “Engaged the AB James Collins to act Boatswain instead of T. C. Thelan who did not join giving the said J. C. four pounds per Mo. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate. The above entry has been read over to James Collins Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
The next entry in the log reads, “Monday 24th February 1873, 41° 00’ N Lat, 10° W Long, Found that Daniel McKie AB had only one eye, his spectacles concealing the defect. I also found that he could not see well with the other. I then gave the Officers orders to give him light easy work. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
Further entries read, “April 21st/73. 41° 00’ S Lat, 52° 00’ Long. Daniel McKie AB laid up with rheumatism. Applied such lotion as I thought fit. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
“April 26th/73. 49° S Lat, 62° 00’ W Long. Daniel McKie resumed his duty. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
“Monday May 12th /73. 52° 00’ S Lat, 79° 00’ W Long. In shortening sail, Danl McKie was washed along the deck and complained of a hurt in his back and side. On my examining him, could see no mark but applied lotions for a bruise. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
The log records that at 10pm on 17th May 1873, at position 45° 00’ S Lat, 79.00 W Long, “John O’Brian AB was thrown over the wheel and sprained his left arm. I applied such remedies as I thought best and bandaged it. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
The British Consulate, Valparaiso endorsed the Ship’s Log to the effect that ‘Atossa’ arrived at the port on 26th May 1873 and that the Ship’s Articles were deposited with the Consulate on the 27th May 1873.
On 27th May 1873 a log entry records, "William Banks AB, laid up on and off during the passage. Brought a Doctor on board to see the three invalids. John O’Brian and Daniel McKie being still off duty. The Doctor advised me to pay off Banks and O’Brian that they might receive proper medical treatment, but pronounced McKie to be suffering from a slight attack of rheumatism for which I treated him. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate.”
On 28th May, Peter Clements writes that he “Paid off the AB’s John O’Brian and Wm Banks and shipped Frank Howard and William Osbourne in their place. The AB F. Howard not joining. Shipped James McCormack in his place. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate”
William Osbourne made his mark ‘X’ when signing on. He was born in Lynn and had previous served on a foreign registered ship.
The following day, 29th May 1873, the Clerk to the British Consulate endorsed the Log, “I certify that I have sanctioned the discharge of John O’Brian and William Banks upon the ground of illness. That John O’Brian is suffering from an injured shoulder by being thrown over the wheel and that Wm. Banks is suffering from palpitations; that the seamen have received their effects and that the balance of their wages have been paid to me in cash clearance at 44½ pence to the dollar as here below written viz: John O’Brian £4 17/8 @ 44½d = $26.33; Wm. Banks 12s/7d @ 44½ = $3.40”
Later the same day the Clerk wrote, “I certify that I have sanctioned the engagement of William Osbourne and Frank Howard upon the terms of the within written agreement and that they understand the said agreement and have signed the same in my presence.” 
On 18th July 1873 Phillip Pritchard, Cook & Seaman was discharged from the ship by mutual consent. No balance of wages was paid.
The crew list from Valparaiso to Pan de Azucar was as shown below with the exception of James Burnes who joined ‘Atossa’ in Pan de Azucar for the journey to Swansea.
 

NAME

AGE &
PLACE OF BIRTH

CAPACITY
(Certificate No.)

PREVIOUS SHIP & PORT AT
WHICH REGISTERED

Peter Clements

40 - Queenstown

Master (33394)

Same Ship

John Kekhafen

34 - Prussia

Mate (85677)

Same Ship

James Collins

27 – [?]

Bosun

Calliope - Windsor, N.S.

Peter Rosen

23 - Milford

Carpenter & Seaman

Same Ship

John Richards

24 - Cornwall

Steward & Seaman

Delta - Swansea

James Burnes

27 - U.S.

Cook & AB

[?] - Guard

Henry Crawley

25 - Bristol

AB

Rainton - Newcastle

Edward Jones

26 - Liverpool

AB

Chillianwallah - Liverpool

Daniel McKie

50 - Queenstown

AB

Frolic - Gloucester

Thomas Jones

22 - Norway

AB

Francis

Hans Christian Martensen

27 - Arbroath

AB

Live

James McCormack

38 - Belfast

AB

-

William Osbourne

50 - Lynn

AB

Foreign Vessel

Edgar J. Evans

19 - Sketty

Apprentice

-

John Chalk

20

Apprentice

-

Thomas Evans

15

Apprentice

-

 
James Burnes was paid £3 15s 0d per calendar month. No advance of pay was made. James McCormack and William Osbourne were both paid £4 10s 0d per calendar month. Each received one month’s pay in advance. All other crew members continued at the rate agreed on sailing from Swansea.
By Wednesday 20th August 1873 ‘Atossa’ had transferred to Pan de Azucar, Uruguay. The log shows, “At 10 a. m. sailed from Pan de Azucar Bound to Swansea. Ship drawing 17 feet 8 in on an even keel. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate”
The final log entry reads, “Sunday Nov 23rd 73. Arrived in Swansea. The A B Danl. McKie being off duty since leaving Valparaiso. I giving him medicine occasionally & I also gave him a double allowance of Lime Juice & other [?] when ever he required them. Peter Clement Master – John Kekhafen Mate”
The London Evening Standard newspaper of Thursday 27th November 1873 reported that “’Atossa’ arrived at Swansea, from Valparaiso, passed on Nov. 7, lat. 39° N, long. 26° W, three times round a waterlogged vessel, which appeared to have been a brigantine. Both masts were gone close to the deck, also bowsprit at stemhead. Her hull was painted white, with “Holland,” in large black letters painted, on it.”
Also on 27th November 1873 the crew were discharged and they were paid the balance of wages.
 
John Kekhafen
James Collins
Peter Rosen
John Richards
Henry Crawley
Edward Jones
Daniel McKie
Thomas Jones
Hans Christian Martensen
William Osbourne
James McCormack
James Burnes
£42 18s 4d
£15 2s 0d
£12 8s 6d
£13 1s 8d
£16 13s 4d
£22 16s 9d
£24 1s 8d
£11 19s 5d
£17 2s 8d
£21 13s 0d
£19 6s 2d
£10 15s 6d
 
Peter Clements continued with the ship.
 
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