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Occupation Interests / Merchant Navy CR1 Card
« on: Wednesday 21 October 20 15:55 BST (UK)  »
C.R.1. Card (Merchant Navy) for Thomas Salder Porter birth year 1893 South Shields.

1) Does the N.R.5(1931) means he was not a registered seaman for 5 years prior to that date i.e. 1926?

2) The Dis.A. No 1122705, would that be his discharged no in 1925/6? It is stamped with 27 Feb 1925 or 1926

3) Certificate of Discharge for the following reason: First issued previously working as a boilermaker. So are we saying that prior to 1925/26 he was a boilermaker

1901 Census Seagoing Fireman - error this is his father
1911 Census Heater Ship Yards
1939 Register working in the Shipyards

Could the ship be S.S. Leicester?  hard to read.

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The Common Room / SS Sea Rambler 149165
« on: Sunday 18 October 20 14:27 BST (UK)  »
Several of the crew including captain Munday were struck down with a mysterious illness in Aug 1936. The Captain decided to alter his course to Madeira where a number of the crew died, one being John David Porter. At first their thought it was food poison but later that year after blood had been taken from the surviving crew it turned out that it was yellow fever. 

Does anyone know how to find the cemetery in Funchal, Madeira, where John and the others are buried.  I have tried Find A Grave but no luck.

John Porter died 3 September 1936 at Funchal Hospital.



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I have obtained the Vessel Log book for the Ataka from the TNA.  It lists the belongings of my great grandfather that died aboard the ship in 1907.  I cannot make out the word between '2 sheath knives' and '1 pricker'.  It looks like 'scarfars' but I cannot find this when searching on the internet.

Also I cannot make out the nature of the voyage or employment.

Can anyone help?

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Can any one date this photo? The photographer has name at bottom of photo -  'Speed Photo Co' of No and So Shields. Thank you.

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