The 1890/1891 Survey
Between 11th December 1890 and 19th February 1891 Mr J H Truscott, Surveyor to Lloyd's Register of British & Foreign Shipping, visited 'Atossa' on twenty-five occasions whilst she lay in dry dock at Millwall (late Carter's), as he supervised a half-time survey, prior to a voyage to Trinidad. On 23rd February 1891 he completed his report.
He wrote, "Repairs, or Examination as per Rule for Character A in red - by complying with half-time survey - Section 34 - as allowed by Section 54 - paragraph 7. This vessel has ben placed in dry dock. The yellow metal sheathing stripped off the bottom, and the keel and bottom examined. The holds, limbers and air courses cleared. The outside planking scraped bright in a few places. The bolts of the lower deck are of yellow metal in good condition. Treenails driven out as per Rules. Sufficient of the wood lining of the windlass stripped for examination, and the windlass ends exposed - the main piece and spindle found in good condition. The chain cables ranged. The masts and spars examined and all other requirements of the Rules for Half-Time survey Section 34, complied with. Seven strakes each side of vessel at the bilges now retreenailed except at the ends of vessel - new treenails are of stringy bark, locust, and a few of English oak. All the chain and preventer bolts renewed at the fore and main rigging. The vessel recaulked from keel to gunwale and the bottom resheathed with yellow metal over felt. The bowsprit, main mast, main topmast, main topgallant and fore upper topsail yard renewed. The fore mast replaced by another mast, with a piece heel tongued to it. The fore yard repaired. A galvanised wire hawser 3¼" now supplied together with 9" manilla spring. On account of wear, 16 lengths of chain cable, particulars as follows viz: now supplied viz: 195 fathoms of 1 inch (stud link) - breaking strain 51 tons - tensile strain 34 tons - No. of certificate 8873 - J. Hartness. Supdt. Sunderland 7th Feby /91 - 30 fathoms of 17/16 (stud link) - tensile strain 373/20 tons - breaking strain 55 tons 12 c 2 q 0 lbs - M K Read, Supdt. Netherton near Dudley 31 Octr /74 - No. of certificate 1357. 15 fathoms of 17/16 (stud link) - breaking strain 55 tons 12 c 2 q 0 lbs - tensile strain 37 tons 12 c 2 q 0 lbs - No. certificate 1279 - No. original certificate 6945 - D G Lewis Supdt. Netherton near Dudley 16th Feby /91. Total on board 240 fathoms. The Rules require 240 fathoms of 16/16 inch chain cable. The raised quarter deck has been bored and examined and four defective planks renewed. This deck though thin, is now sound and tight and made efficient for the voyage - and this being the case, it is stated in the Asst. Secretary's letter of the 22nd Jany /91, the Committee will not object to the renewal of the quarter deck being postponed until the return from her intended voyage."
He continued, "This vessel is eligible in my opinion to be classed A.1 in red for nine years from 1886 (subject to the renewal of the quarter deck in five months' time) - the requirements of the Rules for Half Time Survey Section 34 as allowed by Section 54 paragraph 7 having been complied with. Record of survey 2/91 to be made."
A Survey Fee of £6 0s 0d was claimed (per Section 28) on 24th February 1891 and paid the following day.
James Henry Truscott was born in Sheerness, Kent in April 1847. He was baptised there on 28th July 1847. His parents were James and Fanny Truscott (nee Bullock) who were both born at St Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall.
In 1851 James and Fanny were living in Victory Street, Minster in Sheppey, with James Henry (3 years), and his two sisters, Emily Frances (2 years) and Clarissa Ann (1 month). James gave his occupation as a Blacksmith in Her Majesty's Dockyard. There were to be three other children in later years; George Andrew (born 1854), Eliza Grace (born 1857) and Charles John (born 1860).
At the age of fourteen, James Henry was employed as a Shipwright's Apprentice.
The 1871 census shows James Henry Truscott as a Ships Draughtsman, lodging at 44 Sydney Street, Chelsea.
James married Elizabeth Toogood Martyn in Chelsea, London on 16th November 1880. Both were living at 5 Robert Street, Chelsea at the time.
In 1881 James and Elizabeth were resident at 1 Rose Villas, Nottingham Road, Battersea. James was employed as a Surveyor to Lloyds Register of Shipping. They employed 15-year-old Esther Charlotte Vernon as a General Servant.
The couple were to have three children; Henry Martyn (born 1882), Elsie Grace (born 1883) and Marguerite Rosina (born 1886).
In 1891 the family was living at 63 Linden Street, Chiswick, London.
James Henry Truscott died in Chiswick in 1906.
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