History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

John Seymour
Master Mariner
1841 - 1898 abt

Copyright: Dougal Watson 2007 -

Voyage: 10 June - 14 July 1876.

S. S. Hibernia

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This page concerns John Seymour's 1876 voyage, as first mate of the SS Hibernia, to "Brest and from there to St Pierre", on submarine telegraph cable related work. The ship spent only two nights in port, at Gravesend, after the previous voyage and the majority of the crew have continued with the ship from the previous voyage.

The cable time-line page page records a cable: "1879 Brest, France - St. Pierre Siemens Bros La Compagnie Française du Télégraphe de Paris à New York Faraday (1) System 2242 nm". It is not clear whether this Hibernia voyage relates in any way to that cable, although the crew complement for this voyage suggests a cable-related mission.

Little material is presently available concerning this voyage. Contributions and suggestions are welcome.

Author and contact: Dougal Watson

The ship and her crew

Ship Hibernia. ON 29387. Registered London: 36/1873.
Owner Registered managing owner: William Shuter, 38 Old Broad Street, London EC, England.
A voyage

from "London to Brest and from there to St Pierre and / or any port or ports in the North & South Atlantic Oceans, the Continent of Europe including the Mediterranean to & fro, for a period not to exceed 12 months, and back to a final port of discharge in the United Kingdom."



Ship's crew and personnel
Master Wilson Robert Cato (10.781),previously "same ship" 1876.
Mate John Seymour (34.778), previously same ship 1876.
2 mate

C M W Hipworth (23.218), previously [?]Mexican Ship 1876.

Jnr 2 mate Charles Orr Madge (93.570), previously same ship 1876.
3 mate William Woods (96.677), previously same ship 1876.
Navigator James Moody (32.360), previously same ship 1876.
Surgeon [?]Hugo [?]Tollins, previously same ship 1876.
Carpenter Thomas Chance, previously same ship 1876.
Joiner Alfred Miles, previously same ship 1876.
Bosun [?]Joseph Gibbons, previously same ship 1876.



Agreement and Account of Crew (Foreign-going ship):

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First two pages of the "Agreement and Account of Crew (Foreign-going ship)" for the 10 June - 14 July 1876 voyage of the cable-ship S S Hibernia, under Master Wilson Robert Cato.

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