I was late out for my morning walk. The Bay was empty of ships. Early birds said Alfa Italia was still at anchor first thing so at lunchtime I checked Ship AIS and saw she was then anchored just out of sight around Flamborough Head. Right now, just before 9pm, she is underway at 11.3 knots, heading for Arzew, Algeria. I photographed her yesterday afternoon as it grew dark.


Thornbury, another of the becalmed tankers mentioned a few days ago, is now on her way north to Sullom Voe.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the deaths of William AGAR and his wife Elizabeth neé CHEW. I looked again for a newspaper account of the loss of the vessel from which they were lost, en route from London to Shields in 1839, and thought for a moment I’d found William. Alas,  it was a late report of a William AGAR of Sunderland who had drowned in late December from a vessel that struck the Seven Stones, a rocky reef between Land’s End and the Isles of Scilly.

I did make a bit of research progress, placing Scarborough William with parents – and becoming more certain than before that his maternal grandmother isn’t the Jane NEWTON on Filey Genealogy & Connections and Family Search Tree. I’ll try to sort out “the old ladies of Roe’s Buildings” and write about them another day. Two of the four have headstones in St Oswald’s churchyard but their husbands are still a mystery.

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