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Hearts of Oak



J Temperley & Co Ships







ON 98922

2,935 grt

Built 1891 Raylton, Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough

Yard Nr.333

For The Temperley Steam Shipping Co, London.

1899 Missing since sailing from Savannah, Georgia for Hamburg

on 13th August, with a cargo of phosphate.


Captain J L Vivian Millett said .

I applied for a voyage off, which the owners granted, so I took the ship round to Cardiff on completion of the discharge and handed her over to an elderly man who had previously been a master in the employ. She was chartered by Messrs. Vogemann, of Hamburg, for two voyages across the Atlantic, going in ballast to Savannah and returning with cargo for Hamburg.

My owners had just formed a company for marketing West Australian timber, and had bought forty-two acres of ground at Purfleet in Essex to use as a depot known as Purfleet Wharf and Saw Mills, Ltd. On hearing this I immediately made application for a position on shore, and was shortly afterwards offered the position of superintendent of the pier, which was then being constructed. It was a small position, but as a daughter had been born to me I longed to give up the sea and remain on shore with my wife and child.

I wrote to my late chief engineer informing him that I should not return to my ship. His wife had gone over to him at Hamburg, and when she heard the news she urged him also to give it up, to which he replied that he would do so at the end of that voyage. The ship sailed again for Savannah from Hamburg, and when loaded out there proceeded down the river, and found that the meteorological signals were up signifying that a hurricane was approaching. The captain decided to anchor and await developments, but as the weather did not appear to grow any worse, after a few hours he sailed. Unfortunately this was an error of judgment. He must have sailed right into the centre of the hurricane, for I regret to say the ship was never heard of again.





Raymond Forward