A Net Loss

The yawl Admiral Hope was built in Scarborough in 1859 by Robert SKELTON. Registered as SH79, her owners are listed in Captain Syd’s database as John SETTERINGTON and Newman ELDERS, farmers from Hunmanby and Filey. The only skipper named is Castle JENKINSON.

In 1867, while fishing for herring in the North Sea, Admiral Hope’s nets were cut by a passing ship and the loss, in today’s money, amounted to about £25,000.

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Admiral Hope was broken up in December 1880 and this may have prompted Castle to give the sea shortly afterwards. The census enumerator stated his occupation as “Fisherman” on 3 April 1881 but about three weeks later Castle stood before the magistrates at Bridlington Petty Sessions as a grocer, “charged with having a pair of small scales quarter of an ounce short”. He was fined 5 shillings plus 7 shillings costs, about £56 today. He died 10 months later, aged 59. His wife Mary followed him to the grave a year later. I put a photograph of their headstone on FamilySearch Tree today.

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