Shipping at York
From H. Mills & Sons, New Wharf, York.
The following York and London New Contract Vessels sail from York every week, and from the Gun & Shot Wharf, Tooley Street, London, every Sunday morning.
The 'York', L. Wilson.
The 'Jubilee', W. Flaxton.
The 'Masham', R. Clark.
The 'Wetherby', J. Temperton.
The 'Ellen', J. Good.
The 'Knaresbro' Castle', J. Shilletoe.
The 'Hemsley', J. Leetham.
The Old Contract Butter Sloops.
The following Vessels sail from Skeldergate, New Wharf, York to Hull every Saturday evening, and from Hull to York,every six days.
The 'Hopewell', John Stephenson.
The 'Friends', James Watkinson.
The 'Britain', James Swift.
The 'William & Sarah', Rd. James.
The 'York Merchant', William North.
The 'Ploughman', Jas. Stephenson.
Agents York, Henry Mills & Sons. Hull, G. Darbyshire, Blackfriargate.
The Masters of the York & Hull vessels attend the Black Boy, High Street, Hull.
The 'Humber Steam Packet', Captain J.W. Jackson, leaves York for Gainsborough every Monday & Thursday, at 5 am & returns from Gainsborough Tuesday & Friday at 9 am.
Agents York, Henry Mills & Sons. Gainsborough, Dean & Beaumont, Bridge Street.
May 1816 - 'The Public are respectfully informed, that the Waterloo Steam Packet will sail regularly from Hull to Selby and York every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and return from York to Selby and Hull every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The above Packet is fitted up in a most elegant and commodious manner with every convenience and accommodation for the comfort and conveyance of passengers and parcels to and from York, Selby, and the places adjacent. The above conveyance opens a communication from Liverpool, all the principal towns and the West of Yorkshire direct to Hull. Immediately on the arrival of the coaches at Selby, the Packet sails for Hull, and on her return to Selby, coaches directly proceed for Ferrybridge, Leeds and Wakefield where passengers may meet with a conveyance to Huddersfield, Bradford, Halifax, Bury, Rochdale, Preston, Manchester, Blackburn, Burnley, Colne, Lancaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Derby, Chesterfield, Nottingham, and every part of the Kingdom. N.B. Passengers and parcels will be entered at Mr. Tyler's Stafford Arms, Wakefield, Mrs Greaves's Hotel and Mr. Whitaker's, Horse and Jockey, Leeds, Mr. Wells, Boothferry, Mr. Senior's, London Tavern, Hull, Mr Addinell's New Inn, and Mr Precious, Black-Moor's Head, Selby.'
January 1817. 'York, Humber and Waterloo Steam Packets. Cheap, expeditious and pleasant travelling by Steam Packets to and from York, Selby and Hull, daily. (Sunday excepted) The Proprietors of the Waterloo Steam Packet having built and fitted up with every convenience a Steam Packet called the 'York' of a light draught, beg leave to inform the public, that the said Packet will leave York every morning precisely at six o'clock for Selby, and on arrival there, passengers and parcels will be immediately forwarded by the Humber or Waterloo Packets, one of which leaves Selby at nine o'clock every morning, and on the arrival of one of the above Packets at Selby from Hull, the said Packet will return to York. Passenger from York to Hull, best cabin - 7s 6d, fore cabin 5s 0d. Goods and parcels weighing upwards of 28lb. 4d per stone. Passengers and Parcels will be entered at Mr. Cartwright's the Wheat Sheaf Inn, Castlegate, York or at Mr. Senior's, London Tavern, Queen Street, Hull. Refreshments may be had on board.'
York Steam Packet Company.
January 1835 - A Steam Packet Company for the Navigation of the Ouse with the power to extend it to the Trent. It is proposed to establish one or more steamboats of a suitable size to reach York and to trade with goods and passengers between York and Goole, with power to extend it to Gainsborough, as there are already established lines of conveyance between London and Goole. In addition to the sailing vessels that sail twice a week from Stanton's Wharf, whose goods will be forwarded from Goole by York boats, the 'City of Glasgow' steamer runs from the same wharf to Goole and her goods and passengers will also be conveyed to Selby and York by branch boats. The advantage to the trade of York by the proposed branch, independant of the benefit as shareholders, will be the acquisition of a regular conveyance between London and York three times a week viz on Wednesdays and Sundays by sailing vessels, and on Thursdays by the 'City of Glasgow' and it is expected that a second steamer will shortly be put on the station between Stanton's Wharf and Goole, there will then be a regular conveyance between London and York four times a week.
Thomas F. Wood & Co.
May 1862 - "Ouse" Iron Screw Steamer. Sister ship to 'Trent', official No. 45086, 214 x 29 x 15 ft, 725 tons, 100 h.p. for T.Wilson & Co. Hull. For the Baltic trade. June 1870 sold along with the 'Queen' for £725 to Messrs T. F. Woods, York for the Hull to York trade.
September 1875 - Wanted two or three good slaters, wage 8d per hour, 53 hours per week. Constant work for two good, steady men - Apply T. F. Wood & Co. Skeldergate, York.
Built Gainsborough 1890 'Ouse' by J.S. Watson a Steel Towing Barge, official No. 95820, 87 x 18 x 7 ft, 54 tons, 20 h.p. 1890 for for T.F. Wood, 57 Skeldergate, York. 1915/20 for Cecil E. Wood, 57 Skeldergate, York. 1930/40 for T.F. Wood & Co Ltd. York.
Built Gainsborough 1907 'Ellinor of York' Sailing Vessel, official No. 129246, registered Hull, 68 tons, 1910 for Thomas F. Wood, Skeldergate, York. 1915/20 for Cecil E. Wood, 57 Skeldergate, York. 1930/40 for Thomas F. Wood & Co Ltd, York.
July 1909 - In the River Ouse at Goole, yesterday evening, a collision occured between the steamer 'Lydia' and the iron lighter 'Cecil' resulting in the latter vessel being sunk, but fortunately without loss of life. The 'Lydia' was inward bound with a full cargo of timber from the Baltic and was in charge of a tug. When opposite the South Promenade she was swinging and collided with great force with the lighter 'Cecil', which belongs to T. F. Wood and Co. York. A hole was locked into the lighters bows, but being light she sank slowly and the crew had time to save some of their belongings. Another keel lying close by was also damaged, while some beams in the promenade were displaced. The damage to the 'Lydia' was slight.
Built Gainsborough 1914 'Bustardthorpe' Keel registered Hull, official No. 136241, 92 x 17 x 7 ft, 77 tons, 1920 for Cecil E. Wood, Albion Wharf, Skeldergate, York. 1930 for T.F. Wood & Co Ltd. York. 1931 reregistered Hull and motor of 95 h.m.p. added.
Regular Gainsborough Traders.
The 'Resolution', Thomas Gemmill and the 'Brothers' , John Wilkinson, sail from York & Gainsborough every eight or nine days, according to trade.
Boroughbridge & Ripon - vessels twice per week.
Cawood - The 'Providence', T. Bolton arrive Saturday am, return the same evening.
Newton - The 'Victory', G. Thompson, arrive at 9 am Saturday return at 4 pm.
Selby - The 'Friendship', John Field, arrive on Friday return on Saturday pm.
Vessels to Leeds, Wakefield, & Huddersfield, every three or four days, from Thomas Gilliam's, Old Crane, York.
York Old Contract Vessels to London weekly.
The 'Anchor', Thomas Steels, Snr.
The 'Ebor', James Bevett.
The 'Mouse', David Leach
The 'Ouse', Samuel Davies.
The 'Spring', Henry Gale.
The 'Vine', Thomas Steels Jnr.
The 'York Union', George Hornby.
Wharfingers, York, Thomas Gilliam, Old Crane. London, Brome & Co. High Street, Stanton's Wharf.
York Old Contract Vessels to Hull weekly.
The 'Friends', Joseph Best.
The 'Success', Thomas Tootle.
The 'Trial', William Pew.
Agents York, Thomas Gilliam. Hull, G. Mells, High Street.
The 'John & Jane', William Torr regularly to Newcastle, Wharfinger, John Dalby.
Vessels sail regularly every three days to Gainsborough, Boroughbridge, Ripon, Selby, Cawood, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Manchester and Liverpool.
York, Boroughbridge and Ripon Steam and Fly Boat Company.
The vessels will leave Selby as early as possible after arrival of the Schooners, with goods and passengers for York, Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripley, Ripon, Masham, Dacrebanks, Pateley Bridge, Bedale, Topcliffe, Thirsk, Northallerton and all places adjacent. The Schooners employed in the London trade are the
'Providence', 110 tons, Captain S. Shaw.
'Bradford', 120 tons, Captain J. Wrigh.
'Humility', 120 tons, Captain T. Adams.
'Samuel', 120 tons, Captain T. Varley.
'James', 120 tons, Captain C. Wilson.
'Audus', 120 tons, Captain T. Turner.
'Selby', 140 tons, Captain P. Cherry.
'Freeman', 140 tons, Captain T. Adamson.
'Eliza', 150 tons, Captain L. Wilson.
'Envoy', 150 tons, Captain W. Earnshaw.
'Mary', 160 tons, Captain J. Blacklock.
'Catherine', 160 tons, Captain W. Dunhill.
They also have made arrangements with the Hull & Selby Steam Tug Company for the conveyance of goods from Hull and Selby by their lighters once a day. They are also connected with the Leeds and Selby Railway and the Hull and London Steam Packets and Sailing Vessels. The 'Maid of Claro', Steam Boat,with goods and passengers will sail from Boroughbridge every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, at six o'clock, for York and Selby where it will meet the above Scooners, return from Selby the following morning to suit the tide, and reach Boroughbridge in time to meet the Ripon Fly Boat, which will deliver goods and passengers the same evening.
1834 'Maid of Claro', Iron Steam Tug built by Mr. John Neilson and Son, Hamiltonhill, Glasgow, 61 Χ 16 Χ 7ft, 35 tons, twin 15 h.p. engines. April 1835 in service on the Ouse. June 1836 ran pleasure trip to Naburn along with 'Ebor'. November 1836 for sale at Boroughbridge. June 1837 for sale at auction, Selby. After service on the Ouse sold to Benjamin Thompson, Lowestoft and sunk 7th June 1839.
Vessels built at York (Unknown Builder).
1800 built York - 'Park' Brigantine, 118 tons, for Floyd and Co. Captain Ching 1860.
1849 'New Eagle', Sloop (Official No. 4837) 38 tons. 1880 registered Grimsby, owned by Nathan Chapman, Grimsby.1890 Henry Battey, Hull.
Built York 1865 - 'Masterman' Sloop, registered Goole, official No. 50417, 44 tons, 1865 for John Masterman Horner, 8 Market Place, York. 1880 for William Cawthorn, London. 1890/1910 for Edward Robert Powell, Reedness.
The 'Bloodhound', Ketch built 1876, Official No.73176, 77 tons owned in 1880 by James A. Cooke, Hull. 1890 John Gale, Hull.
The 'Emily', Sloop, Official No.60124, 34 tons owned in 1880 by Robert Hubbershaw, Hull.
'Ebor Express' Tug owned by York Corporation. August 1888 Captain Dunn, August 1900 Captain Amos Camplejohn. March 1892 - A report of the Ouse Navigation Committee reports that the tug 'Ebor Express' has now been running for more than thirteen years and will shortly be necessary to put in a new boiler. Towage charges, York to Selby-5s, Selby to Hull-13s.
1913 built York - 'Ainsty' Keel, official No.136185, registered London, 61 tons, for Furley & Co. Ltd. East Anglian Buildings, Princes Dock Street, Hull.
Other ships trading with York.
'Star' Keel owned by Mr. H. Leetham, York, Wilfred Holdridge of Barton, Captain.
'Thirsk' Brig registered Hull, 111 tons, owned by John Moody, Hull, William Torr, Captain. Route London to York, rebuilt 1809, for sale March 1812.
'York Merchant' Brig 122 tons, owned by John Moody, Hull, William Torr, Captain. Route London to York, and now London to Hull for sale April 1812.
'Arrow', Built at Selby by John Linton in 1834, an Iron Steam Packet, 53 tons for the York to Selby run having a draft of only 2 ft 6 inch John Leetham Master, Thomas Mills owner.
1835 - The 'Arrow', steamer, three times a week for and from Hull, with passengers, etc, in connexion with the London Steamers.
1837 - 'Arrow', Steamer, Captain J. Leetham, from and for Hull, etc, three days a week.
'Old Ebor', Wooden paddle steamer built in Goole of 28 tons and engines of 34 h.p. (Certificate No. 385) River trade. August 1838 on the York run.
1836 - 'Ebor' Steamer, Captain James Bell, from and for Selby, Goole and Hull, three days a week, to Hull every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning to connect with steamers to London, Newcastle and Leith. Hull to York (72 miles) in six hours, Best cabin 4s 0d, forecabin 2s 6d.
February 1838 - 'New Ebor', Wooden paddle steamer 62 tons built by Smith & Sons, Gainsborough with engines of 35 h.p. from Aydon & Read, Wakefield.(Certificate No. 370) Built for the Ebor Steam Packet Company. River trade. (British Association)
February 1838 - City of York' Iron Sloop Paddle Steamer official No. 4966, built for John Leetham, Arrow Steamers York, for the Hull to York trade, 65 tons, 40 h.p. Built by John Linton, Selby. April 1859 - The iron hull of the steamer 'City of York' with all her stores, as she now lies in the Prince's dock, near St. John's Church. The above vessel might be made into a screw steamer for the River trade at a moderate expense. Further particulars apply the auctioneer, Wellington Sale Rooms, 43 Queen Street, Hull.
'September 1838 - About twelve o'clock on Monday last as the 'Old Ebor' steamer was on her way to York, deeply laden with goods from goole, when nearly opposite Moreby Hall, she was overtaken by the 'Arrow' Steamer from Hull, which was considerably lighter and therefore enabled to go quicker. The river in this part is very narrow and Captain Leetham of the 'Arrow' called out to those on the 'Old Ebor' that if they did not not get out of the way he would sink her.The captan replied that they could not pass there, as if he went out of his course his vessel would would ground. Upon this the 'Arrow' was run with violence into the stern of the 'Old Ebor', by which the boat suspended behind was stove in.The 'Arrow' was again sent into the stern of the 'Old Ebor', which was driven in.Captain Gale who had the command of the 'Old Ebor' in order to show the impracticability of the 'Arrow' passing at that place, ran his vessel close to shore, when she grounded. The 'Arrow' then came alongside, attempted to pass, and in so doing, came foul of the paddle box of the 'Old Ebor' and seriously injured it. After committing all this wilful and serious damage and endagering the lives and limbs of so many passengers, the captain of the 'Arrow' then fell back and allowed the 'Old Ebor' to proceed for the remainder of her voyage.
January 1839 - The collision in the river. We understand that the action brought by the proprietors of the 'Ebor' steamer against the owner of the 'Arrow' steamer, arising out of the collision between these vessels near Moreby, in the autumn of last year, has been settled, the defendant having paid a sum of between £30 and £40 as compensation for the damage done to the 'Ebor and the law costs which the plaintiffs had incurred.
January 1840 Whilst on passage from Hull to York with about 30 passengers the 'Arrow' collided at Naburn Lock when a gust of wind drove her into a stone wall and stove in the bow. The passengers were taken off the vessel and taken by cabs to York.
June 1850 - On Wednesday morning an aquatic trip from York to Hull took place by the 'Ebor' steamer, under the command of Captain Bell. not more than fifty individuals were through passengers, but as stoppages were made at Selby and other places on the river, the number was augmented to about 300. The party reached York between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, after a voyage of about six hours, being about twelve miles an hour.
July 1854 - The Mayor and Corporation of the city of York visited Goole on Tuesday last. After surveying the docks and other parts of the town they went down by the 'Ebor' steamer to Blacktoft, where they finished the survey of the river Ouse, dined and returned about six in the evening.
1855 Built Hartlepool - 'John Bull' 29 tons, 36 h.p. 1870 for John Cleghorn, York. October 1888 broken up.
June 1879 - How to spend a pleasant afternoon or evening at York. Have a trip by the fine new iron passenger steamer 'White Rose' which leaves Lendal almost daily (Sunday excepted) at 2.30 and 7.15 and have your tea on board. Fares 6d there and back or select parties can have the afterdeck, 1s each. Day trip to Goole on Thursday, 3rd July. Leave York at 7 a.m. Return fares 2s and 3s. Also (circumstances permitting) will leave York about the 8th July for Christiana, in Norway with not less than 10 and not more than 12 passengers. Fares there and back £21, including all provisions, except liquors, giving four clear days at Christiana. Expected time from York not more than 12 days.
March 1884 We learn from Messrs. Thomas Mills and Co., of this city, that the new screw steamship, Wild Rose, Captain John Hobson, on Tuesday arrived at their wharf with a cargo of chemical manure direct from London. The steamer has been built expressly to fit Naburn lock, and could be lengthened so as to carry nearly double the amount of cargo, at the same cost of working, if the lock were enlarged. From this it will be seen that the unsuitability of the dimensions of the lock for steam vessels materially increases the cost of the transport of goods. As this is the first steamer on record that has ever made the passage from London to York direct that is to say without transhipment either at Hull or Goole we trust it will lead to establishing a regular line of steam communication from London to York, which would be a great boon to the city at large. Under the circumstances much credit is due to the enterprising spirit of the owner and promoters of this long desired through communication without transhipment.
Built 1884 - 'Wild Rose', Iron Screw Steamer, Official No.88158, 101 x 18 x 9ft, 79 tons, 21 h.p. Built Hull. Ran several trips from Ouse Bridge as well as school outings.
December 1888 - Steamer 'Wild Rose' went ashore, during fog, south of Bridlington enroute with marine engines from Cardiff to Middlesborough. Later refloated. Captain Frederick Waltham.
June 1889 - The 'City of York' steam tug, whilst towing 'Princess' Government Schooner carrying ammunition, on route to York collided with the half-penny bridge Selby. Both vessels damaged but both proceeded to York.
October 1893 - 'City of York' Iron Screw Tug owned by Ouse Navigation Trustees, York, whilst towing eight keels from Selby to York, two keels collided with Hook Bridge. 'City of York' official No. 95827 built North Shields (1888) and registered Hull (1890), 71 x 18 x 8 ft 26 ton, 32 h.p.
Built 1915 by Henry Scarr, Hessle - 'Robie' Steel Steam Tug official No. 139275, registered Hull, 76 x 18 x 8 ft, 2 tons, 50 h.p. for Ouse Navigation, York City Council. 1930/40 for Selby Warehousing & Transport Co. Ltd. Selby.
March 1923 -'White Rose' whilst at anchor near Victoria Dock, Hull, was run into by lighter 'Mizpah' which was being towed and the lighter sunk.
Boroughbridge and Ripon Canal
Construction was completed in 1773 to link Ripon to the navigable stretch of the River Ure, and the Ouse and thence to the Hull, at a cost of £16,400, and regular sailings between Ripon and York started in February 1773. It was sold to the Leeds and Thirsk Railway in 1847 later becoming the Leeds Northern Railway, and then becoming part of the North Eastern Railway in 1854.
November 1893 - The Board of Trade inquiry into objections of the traders and others. For the Railways it was stated the actual receipts from the traffic amounted to £161, and the working expenses amounted to £683 which left a debit of working expenses of £520 upon a traffic of 5,000 tons, which was a considerable loss indeed. The only mill on the canal was at Boroughbridge. It was a flour mill and the bulk of the traffick on the canal went to it. Mr. Vyner also had some important traffic. In 1891 that gentleman got 285 tons of coal, and he despatched 378 tons of manure from his stables. That with turnips, firewood and some similar articles was practically the traffic which the canal had to depend upon.
February 1894 - Mr. A. J. Mundella, President of the Board of Trade, who was accompanied by Mr. Hopwood, Secretary of the Railway Department, received this afternoon a large deputation to urge reasons against the proposed abandonment by the North-Eastern Railway of the Boroughbridge and Ripon Canal. The Railway Company had suggested that the traffic had fallen off on this canal, and it had been maintained by them at a loss. That might be so, but if it was so, undoubtedly it was due to their own act. In the first place, they had neglected their statutory obligation to maintain the navigation in proper condition, in the second place they had put on such heavy rates as in many ways to render almost prohibitory traffic in the canal. For example coal could come from the West Riding collieries by the Aire and Calder up through Selby and York for a toll of 1s 4d, the distance being 52 miles. If it was desired to go into Boroughbridge a toll of no less than 8d was charged for the half-mile of canal and if it was desired to go from Boroughbridge to Ripon a toll of 1s 3 1/2d was charged. Mr. Mundella, of the Board of Trade, in summary said his duty was a simple one. When the Bill came before a Select Committee it would be his duty to report against it. The North-Eastern Company must put the canal in good condition and submit reduced rates.
March 1894 - The Town Clerk of York on Monday received a letter from Mr. A. K. Butterworth, solicitor to the North-Eastern Railway Company stating that the directors of the company have decided not to proceed with their proposal this Session with reference to the proposed abandonment or transfer of the Ripon and Boroughbridge Canal, and that they have given instructions for the clause relating to the same to be withdrawn from the Company's Bill.
June 1901 - At a luncheon at Ripon, on the occasion of the inspection visit of a deputation of the Linton Lock Navigation Commissioners, Mr. J. E. Jones, of York, in propsing the loyal toast, referred to the duty of the North-Eastern Railway Company to keep open the Ripon Canal. He said he beleived the company were tired of their responsibility and would only be too glad if the canal could be taken out of their hands. He suggested the formation of a company to work it. It was the intention of the Commissioners to return to York by the canal and river route, Mr. Spence, one of the Commissioners, having placed a steam launch at their disposal. It was found, however, that owing to weeds blocking the canal, the launch could not be brought nearer to Ripon than within a mile and three quarters, between the second and third locks. The party walked down to that point and embarked, proceeding along the river via Boroughbridge and Linton to York.
February 1902 - There was every appearance yesterday of a continuance of severe frost, which in the Ripon District has varied each night from 19 to 20 degrees, and in some instances more, below the freezing point. Ripon Canal is in fine condition for skating.
October 1917 - The Council of the Ripon Agricultural Association met to consider the desirabilty of utilising the Ripon and Boroughbridge Canal more extensively for traffic. It was considered that the canal could again be used for the conveyance of agricultural produce, as well as general merchandise. There would be a difficulty in regard to the freight for the return journey, but there was a suggestion that moulding sand, of which there was a great quantity in the Ripon district in which it was required. The meeting unanimously agreed to support the Ripon Corporation in their effort to revive the traffic on the canal.
May 1939 - With most of the boats at the home moorings 'dressed' the canal at Ripon presented a colourful scene when the Ripon Motor Boat Club's Littlethorpe slipway was officially opened by the club president, the Mayor of Ripon Alderman F. I. Trees. The slipway was opened by the 'Seaburnia' (Mr. T. G. Irving, of Seaburn, Sunderland) being hauled out of the canal, the Mayor formally cutting the tape, which barred the boat's further passage. The club has made rapid strides since its inception in 1931 when there were then four members and four craft. Now there are over 250 members and 104 craft.
April 1955 - Ripon Canal, which is among the inland waterways that may be closed, was opened in the late 1760's, and in recent years it has been used only by the Motor boat Club.
Mr. Thomas Smith, Malton.
Pigot's Directory of 1829. Conveyance By Water, To Hull, the 'York', Robert Craven, master, & the 'Nile', John Smith, master, regular traders.
May 1840 On Thursday afternoon a new well built vessel, called The Brothers, for the corn and coal carrying trade, to Wakefield, Leeds, and other parts of the West Riding, was launched, amidst a great number of spectators, who cheered her passage and plunge into the River Derwent, from the yard of Mr. Thomas Smith, vessel builder, Malton.
August 1841 On Thursday afternoon last, a vessel, built by Mr. Smith, of Malton, and Belonging to Mr. Charles Wood, of the same place, called the Charles and Jane was launched amidst a numerous concourse of spectators. She is a fine well built vessel, intended for the Malton trade on the river Derwent, and does great credit to Mr. Smith, the builder.
July 1842 - Launch of the 'James Russell' a very fine vessel, belonging to Messrs. Russell & Son, Malton to ply the River Derwent.
Baines Directory 1823 Thomas Hopwood, Boat Builder, Low Street, Malton.
Pigot's Directory of 1829. Conveyance By Water, To Hull, the 'York', Robert Craven, master, & the 'Nile', John Smith, master, regular traders.
December 1880 - Yesterday afternoon, at the Bay Horse Hotel, Stamford Bridge York, Mr. Wood, coroner for the York District, held an inquest on the body of William Vessey, of Norton, Malton, aged 69 years, captain and owner of a sloop hailing from that town, who seems to have met his death from drowning on Saturday previous. Some singular evidence was given at the inquest, showing that the sloop or keel in which deceased sailed had actually gone over the dam at Stamford Bridge, a distance of 8 to 10 feet fall, and sustained but little damage. The evidence disclosed that deceased left Malton on Thursday to proceed to the colliery for a cargo of coals, and he went alone, instead of taking his usual 'mate' with him. On Saturday morning, between ten and eleven o'clock he was seen working his sloop down the Derwent near Stamford Bridge, and he was spoken to by witness named Robert Witty, who asked him for a ride. A few hundred yards above Stamford Bridge the river takes a turn from what is known as the 'dam' at a very abrupt angle and into this deceased should have worked his vessel. Instead of this, she was soon shortly after eleven o'clock by P.C. Clarkson and others to go down the 'cut' and charge the 'dam' stern foremost. The upper planking of the 'dam' gave way and extraordinarily, the keel went down the fall of eight to ten feet in a perpendicular position, but she came down upon the small boat which attached to her by the 'painter' and smashed it, sustaining, however, but very little damage herself. The Police Constable fearing something was wrong, immediately boarded the vessel, and found no one on her. In the water, however a cap and an oar were floating and surmising that the captain had been drowned, the 'cut' was dragged and the body of the deceased was recovered on Monday. It is surmised that, finding his vessel was overpowering him, and taking him towards the 'dam' instead of down the usual course, he had thrown over what is technically known as the 'stower' which slipping, caused him to fall into the river. The 'stower' was afterwards found in the water. The jury returned an open verdict of 'Found Drowned'.
1881 - Charles Vessey, 33 years born about 1848, Norton, married to Alice Ann born Malton, 27 years with daughter Edith Vessey 6 months born Malton.Living at Moor Street, Norton, Malton. and a Waterman. (Robert Hardinbey, servant, 22 yrs, Waterman, living at Vessey home Church St.) 1911, Charles 63 years and a general Labourer for N.E. Railway Co. Alice is 57 she has had 3 children 1 died. Edith is 30 single and a dress maker working from home.
December 1883 - Early on Wednesday morning an alarm of fire was spread, and the Malton fire brigade called out on duty, when it was discovered that a vessel lying at Messrs. Waker's Wharf was on fire. The hose and reel were quickly conveyed to the place and after playing for about two hours on the keel the fir was subdued, not however before great damage was done. The contents of the forecastle were entirely destroyed, and the vessels head was almost burnt out. The origin and circumstances attendant on the fire are shrouded in mystery. It is expected that the mate of the vessel (a mere youth) was in his bunk when the forecastle was burning, and this increased the alarm. When the flames were put out, however, no trace of the youth could be found, and it is believed he has decamped. The keel belongs to Captain Vessey and has had a most unfortunately history. Some four or five years ago her late captain (Mr. Vessey's father) was drowned from off her when near Stamford Bridge, and at that time the vessel herself went over a dam there. The fire will cause much loss to the owner.