ATOSSA
 
 
Grevett as Master
 
The 1889 Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping recorded Grevett as Master of ‘Atossa’.
On 2nd November 1889 James Grevett signed the Agreement that was to take ‘Atossa’ from “London to Barbados & any Ports or Places in the West Indies, United States of America, Dominion of Canada and/or any Ports or Places on the East and West Coasts of North or South America, trading backwards and forwards, as the Master may require, until the return of the vessel to a final Port of Discharge in the United Kingdom, calling at a Port for orders if required. Voyage not to exceed Twelve Months.”
The crew list was: -
 

NAME

YEAR & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

James Grevett

1860 - Littlehampton

Master

Atossa - Littlehampton

George Henry Butler

1862 - Sunderland

Mate

Trossachs - Littlehampton

William (X) Rowe

1854 - Yarmouth

Bosun

Velocity - Sunderland

James Collins

1864 - Littlehampton

Cook/Steward

Gensing - Shoreham

Allan (X) Mathieson

1853 - [?]

AB

Arioa

H. Haase

1859 - [?]

AB

Tilemouth, Liverpool

John Welch

1864 - [?]

AB

Eros - [?]

Charles Ross

1857 - Liverpool

AB

Earl of Derby - Glasgow

James Lyon

1829 - Shields

AB

Snow Queen - Halifax, N.S.

William Elliott

1866 - London

AB

Horace – Bath, Maine

Henry Cook

1865 - London

OS

Coronilla - [?]

R. Belton

1876 - Wells

OS

Canmore - Dundee

 
The crew’s wages were: -
 

CAPACITY

MONTHLY  WAGE

MONTHLY  ALLOTMENT

1st Mate

£6 0s 0d

£3 0s 0d

Bosun

£4 0s 0d

£4 0s 0d

Cook & Steward

£4 0s 0d

£4 0s 0d

AB

£3 10s 0d

£3 10s 0d

OS

£2 0s 0d

£2 0s 0d

 
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.
Equivalent at Masters option.
George Henry Butler, the 29-year-old 1st Mate, was the second son of Alfred and Isabella Butler. Alfred was born in Amberley, Sussex in 1834 and his wife was born in Sunderland, the following year. Alfred gave his occupation as ‘Captain, Merchant Navy’ in the 1881 Census. Their eldest child, Alfred, who was three years older than George, (born in 1859) was shown in the same Census as a ‘Seaman’. Alfred and Isabella’s other children were Isabella (born in 1866) and Edward (born in 1872). All four children were born in Sunderland. At the time of the 1881 census the family was living in Terminus Road, Littlehampton.
‘Atossa’ spent Christmas and the New Year in Barbados, arriving there on 15th December 1889 and departing on 8th January 1890. The ship was in Demerara between 17th January 1890 and 6th March 1890.
The Western Daily Press newspaper recorded that ‘Atossa’ was at Falmouth on 23rd April 1890.
‘Atossa’ arrived in Terneuzen in The Netherlands from Demerara on 28th April 1890 where all crew members, except George Henry Butler were paid the balance of their wages and discharged.
 
Robert? Rowe
James Collins
Allan Mathieson
H. Haase
John Welch
Charles Ross
James Lyon
William Elliottt
Henry Cook
R. Belton
£13 0s 10d
£15 12s 2d
£13 3s 10½d
£11 14s  5d
£11 7s 3d
£11 11s 3½d
£13 3s 1d
£11 7s 3d
£4 6s 12d
£6 18s 7d
 
Terneuzen is described in the ‘Dues and Charges on Shipping at Foreign Ports’ manual as “on the south bank of the river Schelde. The harbour is tidal, springs rise 15 feet, neaps 11 feet. Exports – Rails, manufactured iron, zinc, coals, glass, timber, phosphate, etc. Imports – Pig-iron, iron, ore, copals, coals, timber, pulp-wood, china-clay, salt cake, etc.
George Henry Butler was discharged by mutual consent on 19th May 1890 and paid the balance of his wages, £18 7s 4d.
The same day, the British Consul in Terneuzen endorsed the Agreement. “I hereby beg to certify that the within named G. H. Butler, Wm. Rowe, J. Collins, A. Mathieson, H. Haase, J. Welch, Chas. Ross, J. Lyon, Wm. Elliott, H. Cook, S. R. Belton have been discharged at this port with my sanction and that the Balance of their wages have been duly paid to them at this Consulate.”
Also on 19th May 1890, James Grevett signed an Agreement that would take ‘Atossa’ from “Terneuzen to Cardiff and/or any ports or places in the West Indies, United States of America, Dominion of Canada, and/or any ports or places on the East or West Coasts of North or South America, trading backwards and forwards, as the Master may require, until the return of the vessel to a final port of discharge in the United Kingdom or Continent calling for orders if required. Voyage not to exceed two years.”
This ‘Agreement and Account of Crew’ shows that the ship owner at this time as Henry Langridge of 16, Great St. Helens, London E.C. and that the number of Seamen for whom accommodation was certified as fourteen. It further shows that the ‘Distance in feet and inches between centre of the Disc showing the Maximum load lines in salt water and upper edge of lines indicating the position of the Ship’s decks above that centre’ as ‘3ft 9ins’.
On 21st May 1890 the British Consul in Terneuzen endorsed the Agreement, “I hereby certify that I have sanctioned the engagement of the within named G. H. Butler, W. Hintze, R. Belton, J. Annololus, Charles Bunn, J. Christopher, L A. Pecoroni, R. James, F. Tobehn, E. Omher who fully understand the terms of the within Agreement and have signed the same at this Consulate.”
The crew list for the transfer from Terneuzen to Cardiff was: -
 

NAME

YEAR & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

James Grevett

1860 - Littlehampton

Master

Same Ship

George Henry Butler

1862 - Sunderland

Mate

Same Ship

W. Hintze

1870 - Germany

AB

Broeders

J. Annololus

1860 - [?]

AB

Parra

Charles Bunn

1848 - France

AB

Parra

James Christopher

24yrs - Galway

AB

Foreign

Lud Alex Pecoroni

1862 - Germany

AB

[?]

Richard James

1854 - Wales

AB

White Jacket - Cardiff

Edward Ohmer

1871 - Germany

AB

Emma

Robert Simpson

1868 - Galveston

AB

[?]

Frederick Tobehn

1871 - Germany

OS

[?]

R. Belton

1876 - Wells

OS

Same Ship

 
On Friday 23rd May 1890 ‘Atossa’ passed the Lizard Signal Station sailing west and was in port at Cardiff on 26th May 1890.
On 28th May 1890, Richard James deserted ‘Atossa’. He was followed the next day by Robert Simpson, Lud Alex Pecoroni and Edward Ohmer.
James Collins (Cook/Steward), James Weller (AB), Ernest Collins (AB) and Percy Grevett (OS) all signed on and joined the ship in Cardiff on the 11th June 1890. James Christopher (AB) signed on the following day, joining the ship at 1pm.
In signing on, each man agreed that ‘the said Master shall be entitled to deduct from the wages of the said crew respectively the following amounts, viz; - for not joining at the time specified, two days pay and any expenses which have been properly incurred by hiring a substitute and for absence from the ship at any time without leave, a sum not exceeding two weeks pay; and it is hereby mutually agreed, that any dispute arising on the subject of these deductions shall be settled by the Superintendent of a Mercantile Marine Office, Consular Officer, or Shipping Master abroad, and that his decision shall be final. And it is also agreed that nine hands all told are to be considered as ships full Complement of Crew.’
All crew members further agreed to that they would 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 hereby agrees to pay the said Crew as Wages the sums against their Names respectively expressed, and to supply them with Provisions according to the 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 it is also agreed, That the Regulations authorized by the Board of Trade, which are printed herein 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 take such steps as the case may require’.
The crew’s wages were: -
 

CAPACITY

MONTHLY WAGE

ADVANCE PAID

MONTHLY ALLOTMENT

1st Mate

£6 0s 0d

-

£3 0s 0d

Cook & Steward

£4 0s 0d

-

£4 0s 0d

 AB : Hintze, Annololus, Bunn

£3 5s 0d

£3 5s 0d

-

AB : Belton

£4 10s 0d

-

-

AB : Christopher

£3 10s 0d

£1 15s 0d

-

AB : Weller, Ernest Collins

£3 10s 0d

£3 10s 0d

-

OS : Tobehn

£4 5s 0d

£4 5s 0d

-

OS : Grevett

£2 0s 0d

-

-

 
The ‘Scale of Provisions to be allowed and served out to the Crew during the Voyage, in addition to the daily issue Lime and Lemon Juice and Sugar, or other antiscorbutics in any case required by 30th & 31st Vict.,c.124, s.4’ was:-
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.
⅓lb 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.
'In any case an equal amount of Fresh Meat or Fresh Vegetables may at the option of the Master be served out in lieu of Salted or Tinned Meats or Preserved or Compressed Vegetables named. No Spirits allowed. Equivalent Substitutes at the Masters discretion’.
The ship sailed from Cardiff on 12th June 1890 bound for Barbados or, as the Agreement stated, “any ports or places in the West Indies, United States of America, Dominion of Canada, and/or any ports or places on the East and West Coasts of North or South America, trading backwards and forwards, as the Master may require, until the return of the vessel to a final port of discharge in the United Kingdom or Continent, calling at a port for orders if required. Voyage not to exceed two years”.
The crew list was: -
 

NAME

AGE OR YEAR & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

James Grevett

1860 - Littlehampton

Master

Same Ship

G. H. Butler

1862 - Sunderland

1st Mate

Same Ship

James Collins

25 years - Littlehampton

Cook/Steward

Wonder, Portsmouth

W. Hintze

1870 - Germany

AB

Broeders

J. P Annololus

1860 - [?]

AB

Parra

Charles Bunn

1848 - France

AB

Parra

James Weller

25 years - Littlehampton

AB

Aldersons, Southampton

Ernest Collins

23 years - Littlehampton

AB

Wonder, Portsmouth

James Christopher

24 years - Galway

AB

Foreign

R.Belton

1870 - Wells

OS

Same Ship

Frederick Tobehn

1871 - Germany

OS

[?]

Percy Grevett

13 years - Littlehampton

OS

First Ship

 
James Collins, Ernest Collins and Percy Grevett were all related to James Grevett. James and Ernest Collins were brothers; and brothers-in-law of the Master. Their elder sister, Charlotte was the Masters wife. Percy Grevett was the younger brother of James. Percy had been baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Littlehampton on 7th March 1876.
James Edward Rothwell Weller was born in Littlehampton in 1867. He was baptised at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Littlehampton on 17th November 1867. On 3rd April 1881, the census records that he was a 14-year-old living with his parents at 16 Pier Road, Littlehampton. His occupation was given as ‘Smith’. His father, James Weller, was a 42-year-old Mariner, and his mother, Jessie Weller nee Heard was aged 36 years. Also living with them were their other children, John Stenkley Charles (aged 10), Thomas George (aged 8), Ernest Henry (aged 6), and Richard Harold (aged 3). Later in 1881 another son William Clifford was born.
On 13th May 1881 15-year-old James became an Indentured Apprentice for three years to Joseph Robinson of Littlehampton. He served on the brig ‘Robert and Mary’ and in 1883 deserted from her. His indentured apprenticeship was cancelled in December 1883.
‘Atossa’ arrived in Barbados on the 18th July 1890, stayed for thirteen days and left on the 31st July 1890.
‘Atossa’ visited Trinidad on the 27th September 1890 where the Superintendent at the Harbour Masters Office wrote in the Agreement, “I certify that I have sanctioned the discharge of James Christopher by mutual consent, balance of wages paid in cash and effects delivered to him and I further certify that I have sanctioned the engagement of James Bell upon the terms of the within Agreement which have been read over to him.”
James Christopher was paid £7 16s 2d.
The crew list for the voyage from Trinidad to London was: -
 

NAME

AGE OR YEAR & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

James Grevett

1860 - Littlehampton

Master

Same Ship

G. H. Butler

1862 - Sunderland

1st Mate

Same Ship

James Collins

25 years - Littlehampton

Cook/Steward

Wonder, Portsmouth

W. Hintze

1870 - Germany

AB

Broeders

J. P Annololus

1860 - [?]

AB

Parra

Charles Bunn

1848 - France

AB

Parra

James Weller

25 years - Littlehampton

AB

Aldersons, Southampton

Ernest Collins

23 years - Littlehampton

AB

Wonder, Portsmouth

 James Bell

 47 - Liverpool

AB

Blackheath

R.Belton

1870 - Wells

OS

Same Ship

Frederick Tobehn

1871 - Germany

OS

[?]

Percy Grevett

13 years - Littlehampton

OS

First Ship

 
On 23rd November 1890 ‘Atossa’ reached London. The Atlantic crossing took fifty-seven days. The following day, 24th November 1890, all crew members were paid the balance of their wages and discharged.
 
G. H. Butler
W. Hintze
R. Belton
J. Annololus
Charles Bunn Frederick Tobehn
James Collins
James Weller
Ernest Collins
James Bell
Percy Grevett
£21  11s    0d
£14  18s    4d
£11  11s    3d
£16    7s    6d
£14    1s  10d
£8    14s    2d
£17  11s    6d
£13    6s    0d
£13    5s  11d
£4      2s  10d
£10    4s    4d
 
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