ATOSSA
 
 
October 1885 to October 1886
 
Littlejampton Harbour
Littlehampton Harbour by Maurice Randall (1865-1950)
Courtesy of Littlehampton Museum
 
On 9th October 1885 ‘Atossa’ transferred from Alloa to Littlehampton, arriving there on 13th October 1885. The ‘Half-Yearly Agreement and Account of Voyages and Crew of a Ship Engaged in the Home Trade Only’ records that Joseph Edward Robinson (Masters Certificate 03727) was in command.
The crew members were: -
 

NAME

AGE & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

Joseph E. Robinson

57 - Sussex

Master

This Ship

Benjamin John

49 - Milford

Mate

This Ship

J R Ford

27 - Hants

AB

Lion - Littlehampton

W Kinch

20 - Sussex

AB

Lion - Littlehampton

E Slaughter

21 - Hants

AB

Charles - Littlehampton

Edmund Atkins

19

Apprentice

-

William Eldridge

17

Apprentice

-

George Leverett

18

Apprentice

-

William Richard Hurdle

19

Apprentice

-

Basil Dold

17

Apprentice

-

 
Ford, Kinch and Slaughter joined ‘Atossa’ in Alloa on 8th October 1885; the day before she sailed.
Rate of pays were: -
 

RANK

WAGES PER
CALENDAR MONTH

Mate

£6 0s 0d

Able Seamen

£3 5s 0d

 
At the time of joining the ship J. R. Ford was allowed 5s 0d and E. Slaughter was provided with 2s 11d.
Each crew members food rations on this transfer were: -

1lb of bread every day.
1lb of beef on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
1lb of pork on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
½lb of flour on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
½pint rice on Saturdays.
A daily allowance of ¼oz of tea.
A daily allowance of ½oz of coffee.
A weekly allowance of 1lb of sugar.
A daily allowance of 3 quarts of water.

Options shown were “potatoes instead of peas” although the quantity was not given, and “tea instead of coffee or vice versa”.

The Mate and all three Able Seamen were discharged from ‘Atossa’ in Littlehampton on 13th October 1885.
On the same day, all five apprentices transferred to other Robinson owned vessels. Atkins, Leverett, Hurdle and Dold moved to ‘Lion’ and Eldridge went to ‘Vizcaya’.
The Half-Yearly Agreement is endorsed “Vessel laid up from 13 Oct: till 31st Dec: 1885”
The 1885 Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping showed that the original thirteen-year assigning of the ‘Atossa’ had expired, although she ‘continued’ due to her survey in Swansea in 1876 when she was assigned for nine years. In this Register, the ‘Port of Survey’ was shown as Liverpool.
The 1886 edition of Lloyd’s Register showed the ‘F & Y.M.’ mark now with date 9,86; the ‘Port of Survey’ as Liverpool with ‘Cont. Sou (Southampton) July 85 – 4yrs’ and ‘C9’ in the ‘Years Assigned’ column. Vessels ‘restored to’ or ‘continued on’ the Character A, had the number of years for which they were ‘restored’ or ‘continued’, with the name of the Port of Survey, inserted separately under the original assigned. Where the term in the case of ‘continuation’ had expired, the letter ‘C’ only was placed before the figure denoting the number of years for which ‘continuation’ had been allowed.
‘Atossa’ left Littlehampton on the 5th October 1886 bound for the Port of London. The Master for this transfer was Maurice Edmund Robinson (Joseph Robinson’s second son) who gave his address as 12 River Road, Littlehampton; the family home. His Masters Certificate was numbered 011579.
The crew members were: -
 

NAME

AGE OR YEAR &
PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

M. E. Robinson

1862 Littlehampton

Master

S. P. Vesta

James Grevett

1860 Littlehampton

Mate

Persian

William [?]

1857 Milford

Cook

Harkaway

G. Mason

1862 Rustington

AB

Cornucopia

[?]

1861 Bognor

AB

Robert and Mary

James Birchfield

1860 Rustington

AB

Balcombe

Alfred Walls

1865 Wick

OS

Olivia

Frederick Conway

1868 Littlehampton

OS

-

Frederick Robinson

1866 Southwick

OS

-

 
All nine men signed on, on the 2nd October 1886 at Littlehampton. The ship sailed ‘in tow’ on the 5th October 1886 and arrived in London the following day. The ‘Half-Yearly Agreement and Account of a Ship in the Home Trade Only’ covering this journey showed that the ‘number of seamen for whom accommodation is certified – 13.’
The crew’s wages were: -
 

NAME

WAGES PER CALENDAR MONTH

James Grevett

£6 0s 0d

William [?]

£3 10s 0d

G. Mason, [?] & James Birchfield

£3 5s 0d

Alfred Walls

£2 0s 0d

Frederick Conway & Frederick Robinson

£1 0s 0d

 
No details of provisions for the crew were shown for this short journey, other than ‘sufficient without waste’.
A hand written endorsement on the Agreement stated that ‘The crew shall give forty-eight hours notice to the Master before leaving and shall work all cargoes and ballast if required to do so.’ William [?] was discharged from the ship in London on the 6th October 1886.
Frederick Conway had been baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Littlehampton on the 11th October 1868. His parents were John and Jane Conway.
William Yewell joined the ship, in the rank of ‘AB’ in London, on the 18th October 1886. He was born in 1868 in Ilfracombe. He was paid at the rate of £3 5s 0d per calendar month. His previous ship had been ‘Boswellen’.
All crew members were discharged in London on the 26th October 1886, the same day that most of the crew for the next voyage, including a number of men that had brought the ship from Littlehampton, signed on.
Before depositing the Agreement relating to the journey from Littlehampton to London with the Superintendent of Mercantile Marine in London, Joseph E. Robinson endorsed the document indicating that the ship was ‘Prior to the above, in the foreign trade and now in the foreign trade again’.
 
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Chile Again 1868-1869 Brazil and India 1883-1884 Sources
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