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These next words are essentially a repeat of a section at the Robert Pace entry, which words have relevance here also. The vessel ran ashore in a gale at Quindalup, 130 miles S. 'It is of interest to note that 'David Elliott' & 'Andrew Pace' family traditions both state that the emigration of Robert to the U. was precipitated by a fire at the Pace & Blumer shipyard.
John Blumer moved his shipbuilding business to the north end of North Dock. John Blumer was a most religious man, it would appear, & was a pillar of the Non Conformist Church, which flourished in the industrial towns as a reaction to poverty & the evils of drink. you might contact the webmaster who will gladly put you in contact with its owner. Vessel was out of Hull (or Aberdeen), when on May 16, 1869, with i) Captain W. The sinking of Zetus, swiftly broken up by the mountainous waves, was witnessed by 'Donald', mate of Margaret, which vessel suffered the same fate, Donald being the sole survivor. To search for specific text on this page, just press 'CTRL F' & then enter your search term. Information on the history of 'Blumer' of Sunderland seems to be quite limited. newspaper references to the vessel travelling to Valparaiso. 16, 1874, the vessel, arriving at Greenock, River Clyde, from Java, was driven violently by high winds against H. We thank them both & particularly Ray, whose data has been the major source of information in this section. Per 1 (wreck, Isle of Wight), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The captain stayed with his ship - his body was later washed ashore. The name plate of the vessel survived & is in Brighstone village museum. The webmaster has many editions of 'Lloyd's Registers' available to him (image at left) & for the years of the vessel's life thru 1885/86, the owner is recorded as being 'Ritson & Co.' soon 'F. Blumer, page bottom (greeting cards from Sunderland). But much of the data that follows is thanks to the efforts of Ray Ranns, (who lives near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, U. Ray has been most busy assembling data about the family history, building upon materials assembled by his father 'Noel Blumer Ranns'. 4, 1916, the vessel, then Norwegian owned, got into difficulties off Atherfield Point, Isle of Wight, & in very bad weather ran ashore at nearby Brook (or Brooke? 8 of the crew jumped into the sea & were picked up, with one of the 8 dying of exposure in the lifeboat. Ben Jacobs, coxswain (1892-1917) of Susan Ashley, was awarded a silver medal for the rescue though I cannot tell you which particular medal. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long perpendicular to perpendicular, signal letters HVRN. Corrections in any of the material which follows, The operational dates above are surely not perfect. 'Where Ships Are Born' provides one page of data, however, & I am grateful for that. long, was launched to effect a rescue, but could not reach the vessel which was being pounded by high seas. Initially intended for trade to India, within a few years the vessel was trading to South America (Valparaiso, Chile) & to China. At that time, I am advised, a time before welding became the norm, masts were riveted together. Firstly there is, on site, a 'Blumer' build list from its earliest days in 1859 thru to the very end. And he has assembled a list of 18 vessels constructed at North Sands in the years of 1859 through 1865. 'Where Ships Are Born' indicates that the Avon was 'in some records credited to Pace, Blumer's foreman, but the explanation might be that Pace had a share in the business during those early days'. In view of the business name of 'Pace, Blumer' referred to above. Built, it would seem for Gayner of Sunderland, & owned as to 48/64 by R.
Shipbuilding was in the Fraser family's blood - a common Sunderland story perhaps. Michael's data is now included in the 'Blumer' build list now on site. The webmaster has a limited number of 'Lloyd's Registers' available to him (image at left) &, for what would appear to be Avon's entire life, they record 'Pace' as the builder. Andrew confirms that the association of the Pace family with the Salvation Army was very long term indeed, & is so in Australia today (in early 2009).' Is it possible that you have data about this most interesting matter? 1865, Colonel Arthur Robson joined the firm, which then became 'Blumer and Company'. The above links are mainly to vessel arrival records. It would seem that Colonel Robson was the major supplier of timber to the firm & indeed financed it. The company earned a reputation for building fine ships, & for being safe - not a life lost re any of the 40 ships it built in its first 10 years. 98.3 ft long, crew of 9 or 10, signal letters QBHG. The vessel arrived at Onehunga, Auckland, NZ, from Hobart Town, Tasmania, on May 12, 1864, with a varied cargo. 13, 1869, voyage from Melbourne to Sydney, New South Wales. John Blumer retired from the business on December 31, 1895. I have not read the circumstances but do we have a hint. The partnership which existed prior to that date, the partnership of Arthur Robson & John Blumer, styled 'John Blumer and Co.' was then dissolved. The 1883/84 edition of 'Lloyd's' notes the vessel to be 'missing'. Thanks to Sheila Buttinger we now know a little more. (Thomas) Gilhespie was reported dead at sea in 1883 - drowned as a result of the total wreck, on Jan. While en route from Seaham to Devonport with Ralph Davison, of Crofton Mills, Blyth, Northumberland, in command. Now this page, indeed the whole site, focuses on Sunderland & its shipbuilders. But you should also know that the Blumer family was involved in shipbuilding in nearby Hartlepool. Denis Wederell of New Zealand ('NZ'), indicated in 2001 that Star of Peace traded from Blyth to Lisbon, Portugal & onwards to Central America & Brazil, but visited Australia in 1879.