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Winter update

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 3:11 AM Comments comments (0)


It's been a while since I last posted & there's a lot of news and developments!

In short, I have many new photos, a few archives and extensive & developing details, on two of the crew, namely Humber pilot, Arthur Edward Pearson, of Hull and the sailmaker, Wilfred Joseph Reeds, of Australia. I had a lovely meeting with Arthur's grand daughter last week, receiving a new photo CD and she had kindly typed up his Garthpool diary too! 

I will be updating and adding more soon to the website soon; I look forward to learning more; I will be getting round to organizing the Newsletter properly too, an example of which you'll see in the above link. 

If you have any suggestions, ideas, comments, do get in touch; any help will be most appreciated.


Bye for now,


Autumn Update

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 1:27 AM Comments comments (0)


It's been ages since I last updated the site; it's still growing, information is coming in bit by bit, 
so things will get going as and when I learn more! And new leads keep arriving; I have 
recently heard from the granddaughter of one of the apprentice's and the nephew of one of the 
ordinary seamen. I am also hoping to hear from old contacts soon with new information from
various family archives; I also have a lot of things to look into, chase up, follow up & work on, 
from the tricky to the straight forward. There are some fascinating bits and bobs of information 
emerging, giving a fuller, fascinating picture of the adventure!
My research continues!
All the best,
Bye for now,

Lots of news!

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, the last few days, let alone weeks have been great; amongst other great crew details, I've discovered a lot about the life of one of the young apprentice's, William Austin Willis.

Born in Bangor, Co. Down in 1914, William's time on the Garthpool formed part of his early training, in a long career at sea which ultimately lead to him becoming a Captain in later life and even a Mayor of a city in Namibia during the mid 50's and early 60's!

There's lots still due to arrive in my inbox and what not soon, I'll keep this short for now!  

And there's new members, which is lovely!  

Well, Bye for now,

And enjoy this slowly growing website!  



Pulling threads together

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 1:03 AM Comments comments (0)

I've posted my research enquiry on a variety of sites but I'd like to pull all those threads together! 

Recently I added to Started Sailing, which doesn't require a sign in or registration.

It's very easy to use and I got several replies within days and today an actual lead, a connexion to crew member;

George Collas Hocart of Guernsey

AB on the Garthpool, he later served in the Navy during WW2.  

There's so much to discover everyday; I look forward to learning and discovering more.

I will post further details about my research soon.

Bye for now,



Posted on July 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to The Garthpool Project

I will soon be posting regular notes here on my work; if you would like to help me in any way, I'll be looking for leads, clues, advice, any suggestions, quotes and such like.

For example, you might have recommendations like great works of art, novels, poems and the like, about or connected to the life at sea. These of course can not only help me out but this is a great space to share all sorts of creative and cultural areas of interest, with a nautical theme rippling under the surface. 

It's like the Garthpool story is a catalyst for exploring all sorts of issues and ideas. 

If you can contribute in any way it will be most appreciated. 

All the best, 

Bye for now, 

Jessica S Fox