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Thank you both, they are both very good and bring out the features in different ways. It gives me a better idea what they looked like

Regarding the buttons being on the wrong side, I had never noticed that before. My grandmother lent me the photo 30 years ago and we had a copy made by a professional photographer. I'm certain that is how it was on the original which is sadly lost now. I had mislaid the copy as well but found it recently. The original was mounted on card but in a very poor condition with a split, the surface of the paper was quite rough.

Was it possible that the photographer flipped the image at the time at the request of the subject? Maybe he preferred to be seen seated on the right or wanted to see a mirror image of himself.

My grandmother gave me this photo a long time ago, it is a portrait of my great great grandparents Thomas and Susan Grant. I thought I had lost it but recently found it again. It must date from the early 1850s because he died in 1855.

it is very dark and faded, can anyone clean it up for me?

Thanks for all you help - it's much appreciated.

I have finally managed to trace my ancestor back to Ireland where my grandmother said her mother's family originally came from. I have found a baptism record for Patrick Higgins born in Dublin in 1783 at St Andrew's Church in Dublin City. The page is very faded but it is readable - he is the fifth one the page. I understand that his and his father's name have been abbreviated to Patte but what I can't read are the words after that. It looks like St Maa what I assume is an address beginning with R or K - does anyone know what it says?

Also are their any experts on Irish records who would help me to get further back or point me in the right direction. I was told that Patrick was a mariner but there is no occupation listed here. Can I find out more?

That's amazing, thank you. My mother will be really pleased when I show it to her.

Thanks for your help, it's much appreciated.

The Common Room / Re: Help needed identifying ships sailed by a master mariner
« on: Sunday 25 December 16 16:42 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks to all of you, I will take a look at those links.

The Common Room / Help needed identifying ships sailed by a master mariner
« on: Wednesday 21 December 16 18:17 GMT (UK)  »
My ancestor was a master mariner in the 1850s and one of his certificates of service shows that he worked his way up from an apprentice at the age of 16 to a master (ie a captain) at the age of 35 in 1851. The back of the document shows a list of the various ships he worked on. I would like to find out more about them but I've having trouble identifying the right ships, especially the last one Rose which was the first ship he captained.

I believe they were mostly steam ships and some were operated by P&O. Can anyone point me in the right direction of where I can find the right ships based on what is written here and locate details of where they operated and maybe even pictures of them, etc.

Any help would be appreciated. The certificate is attached.

I was given this photo many years ago by an elderly relative many years ago, she told me she thought it was her great grandparents James and Jane Higgins.  He was born in 1853 and was a boatswain although he gave up working on the sea when he was in his thirties. However it seems possible that it could be his father and mother Bartholomew and Jane Higgins. He spent his whole life at sea from an apprentice at the age of 15 until his death at 65, becoming a master mariner in 1851.

If the photo is of James and his wife it will date from the late 1870s or 1880s, but if it Bartholomew it will be earlier circa 1850-1870. Can anyone tell from the way the lady is dressed which decade it is from, and can anyone tell if the man is wearing the uniform of a master mariner or just a boatswain/seaman? This will help me establish who it is in the photo. Thank you.

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