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John Seymour
Cable-Laying
Master Mariner
1841 - 1899

Copyright: Dougal Watson 2007 -

Home Page: John Seymour

Master Mariner, F.R.G.S., & Younger Brother of Trinity House.

John Seymour was an English Master Mariner who had a 40 year sailing career commencing in the mid 1850s. John was the fifth of the ten children of William Seymour, another mariner who, for the latter part of his career, worked as a pool pilot for the Southampton Custom House.

The cable ships that John Seymour sailed included 'Investigator' (60885, 1873-4), 'Hibernia' (29387. 1875-76); 'Kangaroo' (1608. 1876-80, 1881-83, 1884, & 1885); 'Edinburgh' (6348. 1880); 'Scotia' (43711. 1884); 'Medina' (87170. 1885 & 1886); 'Britannia' (89690. 1886, & 1887-88); and 'Seine' (28736. 1889-94, & 1896-97). All of these ships were operated by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company Ltd (Telcon).

The research into the life, times, and ships of John Seymour is far from complete, and these webpages will be updated as I work my way through the material to-hand and as new material is discovered and collated. This project commenced in December 2007 when we 'discovered' this previously unknown ancestor, in the form of a handwritten voyage 'remark book' ... in a cardboard box under a bed. Given the amazing histories that opened to us, and the time subsequently spent in researching and collating the information, that humble discovery has evolved into somewhat of a Pandora's Cardboard Box.

John Seymour: 1841 - 1899
John Seymour photograph
John Seymour, probably aboard S S Kangaroo around 1877. First mate and soon to become her Master.

Any information or material concerning John, his ships, and his voyages (or any of the related seafaring Seymours) would be most gratefully received. Many people have helped already and I am greatly indebted for their support.

Author and contact: Dougal Watson

The life, times, & ships of John Seymourd
Date Event Notes
05 August 1841 Born in Southampton, Hampshire, England. 17 King St, St Mary. Parents William Seymour (b abt 1797, East Lulworth, Dorset, England) and Ann Shepherd (formerly Langdown. b abt 1807, Pool, Dorset, England).
References: BDM 1841a
30 March 1851 9 yo boy living in Southampton. 3 Princes St, St Mary.
References: Census (England) 1851a.
02 May - 08 June 1855 SS 'Indus', London. Boy. First voyage, while 13 years of age.
Probably 'Indus', a P&O iron paddle steamers (1847, 1386 GRT).
References: Seymour 1865a.
20 June - 25 July 1855 SS 'Indus', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
04 August - 07 September 1855 SS 'Indus', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
25 September - 17 October 1855 SS 'Indus', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
18 October - 22 November 1855 SS 'Jagus', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
01 December 1855 - 06 January 1856 SS 'Indus', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
25 February - 17 March 1856 SS 'Madrid', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
25 March - 13 April 1856 SS 'Madrid', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
14 April - 06 May 1856 SS 'Madrid', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
02 June 1856 - 15 August 1857 SS 'Alma', London. Boy.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
27 August - 05 December 1857 'Blue Jacket', London. Boy. Remarks mention: "Deserted at Cape Town". 16 years of age.
References: Seymour 1865a.
07 January 1858 - 09 November 1859 'Hebe Augusta', Cape Town. OS.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
10 November 1859 - 11 September 1860 'Hebe Augusta', Cape Town. AB.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
12 September - 14 December 1860 'African Maid', Cape Town. 2M.  
References: Seymour 1865a.
31 December 1860 - 03 May 1861 'Prince Edward', Cape Town. Mate. "My whaling and sealing experience I got when I was nineteen before the mast of my Uncle Stephen's ship sailing from Capetown."
References: Seymour 1865a, 1898a.
07 April 1861 19 yo. Not at home with parents on census night ... at sea on the Prince Edward. Family on Bridge Rd, St Mary Extra, South Stoneham, Hampshire.
References: Census (England) 1861a.
08 June - 20 August 1861 'Witch of the Seas', London. AB. [What a lovely name for a ship?!]
References:Seymour 1865a.
19 October 1861 - 07 May 1862 'Witch of the Seas', London. AB.  
References:Seymour 1865a.
26 September - 12 November 1862 SS 'Alhambra', London. AB. Possibly SS 'Alhambra'.
References:Seymour 1865a.
02 January - 04 September 1863 'Flower of Yarrow', Cape Town. Mate. Possibly the 'Flower of Yarrow'.
References:Seymour 1865a.
11 January - 08 March 1864 'Springbok', Cape Town. 2M.  
References:Seymour 1865a.
28 March - 16 June 1864 'Melbourne', Leith. AB.  
References:Seymour 1865a.
27 June 1864 - 14 August 1865 'Northumbrian', Newcastle. AB.
156 days to Madras, 4.5 months laying and waiting for cargo home, 137 days return passage.
"In 1864, when I was a lad of 23 years, I had been turned back by the Board of Trade from my examination for a second mate's certificate, and shipped aboard the barque 'Northumbrian' of about 1000 tons burthen, with a cargo of salt &c, for Madras."
References: Seymour 1865a, 1898a.
05 September 1865 Certificate of Competency as Second Mate. London. No 34.778. 24 years of age.
More information
References: Board of Trade 1865a, 1865b.
18 December 1865 - 13 April 1867 'Royal Bride', North Shields (ON 21071). 2nd Mate. London.  
References: Seymour 1867a; Watson 1867a, 1867b.
01 May 1867 Certificate of Competency as First Mate. London. 25 years of age.
More information
References: Board of Trade 1867a, 1867b.
06 June 1867 - 05 May 1868 'Royal Bride', North Shields (ON 21071). 1st mate. Previous ship: Continues. Master: Robert Watson. Voyage: London - Rangoon - B[?] - London.
References: Seymour 1869a; Watson 1867a, 1867b.
08 June 1868 - 20 March 1869 'Knight Errant', London (ON 25074). 1st mate. Previous ship: 'Royal Bride' May 68. Master: Donald Taylor & Mitchell De Rosey (from December 1868). Voyage: London - Calcutta - London.
18 September 1868 death of James Moore (cook) ... in inauspicious circumstances.
References: Seymour 1869a; De Rosey 1869a, 1869b.
14 April 1869 Certificate of Competency as Master. London. 27 years of age.
More information
References: Board of Trade 1869a, 1869b.
17 April 1870 Birth of first child (of three). William Frederick Earl Seymour. Born Sydenham, Kent, England
References: Census (England) 1871a.
1870 Unknown ship ON 43714 or 45714. Entry unintelligible, in page crease of Lloyd's Captains' Register.
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1870 'Robert Henderson' (ON 20,198).  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1871 'Robert Henderson' (ON 20,198).  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1871 'Harvest Home' (ON 24.111).  
References: Lloyd's 1987; Trott 1872a.
23 September 1871 - 06 January 1872 'Bonita', London (ON 63.656). 2nd mate. Previous ship: 'Harvest Home' 1871. Master: Samuel Trott (12.304). Voyage: Mail Service. London - Antwerp - Rio de Janeiro - Beunos Ayres - London.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Trott 1872a, 1872b.
02 April 1871 29 yo. Not at home, with wife and infant son, on census night. 19 Lawrie Place, Lewsiham, Sydenham, Kent.
References: Census (England) 1871a.
26 January 1872 - 06 May 1872 'Bonita' (ON 63.656). 2nd mate. Previous ship: 'Bonita' 1871. Master: Samuel Trott (12.304). Voyage: Mail Service. London - Antwerp - Rio de Janeiro - Beunos Ayres - London.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Trott 1872c, 1872d.
26 May 1872 - 11 September 1872 'Bonita' (ON 63.656). 2nd mate. Previous ship: 'Bonita' 1872. Master: Samuel Trott (12.304). Voyage: Mail Service. "London & Antwerp to Brazil & River Plate"
References: Lloyd's 1987; Trott 1872e, 1872f.
26 September 1872 - 09 January 1873 'Bonita' (ON 63.656). 2nd mate => 1st mate. Previous ship: 'Bonita' 1872. Master: Samuel Trott (12.304) => Frederick H Dudden (27.236). Voyage: Mail Service. London - Antwerp - Rio de Janeiro - Beunos Ayres - London.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Dudden 1873a, 1873b.
25 January 1873 - 10 May 1873 'Bonita' (ON 63.656). 1st mate. Previous ship: 'Bonita' 1873. Master: Frederick H Dudden (27.236). Voyage: Mail Service. London - Antwerp - Rio de Janeiro - Beunos Ayres - London.
  References: Lloyd's 1987; Dudden 1873c.
02 June - 08 November 1873 'Investigator' (ON 60.885). 1st mate.
Previous ship: 'Bonita' 1873. Master: Alfred Philipe Briscol (1597).
Voyage to "St Thomas' and Porto Rico" for laying of "West Indian submarine telegraph cable".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Briscol 1873a, 1873b.
Q3 1872 Second child (of three). Ethel Seymour. Born Sydenham, Kent, England
References:
1874 'Investigator' (ON 60.885). Probably as 1st mate.  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1874 Third child (of three). Frank Seymour (1874 - 1901). Born Sydenham, Kent, England. Royal Navy, Assistant Paymaster.
References: Lean 1890 - 1902.
1875 'Gordon Castle' (ON 63.855). Probably as 1st mate.  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1875 'Hibernia' (ON 29387). Probably as 1st mate.  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
28 September 1875 - 08 June 1876 'Hibernia' (ON 29387). 1st mate. Previous ship: "Same ship". Master: Wilson R Cato (10.781).

Accompanied by 'Edinburgh' (ON 6348). Master: Henry Manning (5.423).
Voyage: Cape Town, Cape Verde, Sydney (Australia), Nelson (New Zealand).
Cable: The 1283 nm cable from La Perouse, Sydney, Australia, to Wakapauka, New Zealand. The cable was made and laid by Telcon for the Eastern Extension Australia & China Telegraph Co. using cable ships Hibernia and Edinburgh.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987, Cato 1876a; Manning 1876a; Telcon 1950 (pp174-5).
10 June - 14 July 1876 'Hibernia' (ON 29387). 1st mate. Previous ship: "Same ship". Master Wilson R Cato (10.781).
Cable: Voyage was entered as being London - Brest - St Pierre - UK home port. Ship carried a cable-laying crew complement ... but the Brest - St Pierre cable was laid in 1879.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987, Cato 1876b.
18 September - 25 November 1876 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608). 1st mate. Previous ship: "Hibernia 1876". Master: Charles C Leisk (2.637).
Voyage: London - Bombay. Cable laying.
References: Lloyd's 1987, Leisk 1876a.
14 December 1876 - 16 October 1877 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608). 1st mate. Previous ship: "Same ship". Master: Charles C Leisk (2.637).
Voyage: London - Penang, Cable laying. Probably 853 nm of the Rangoon - Penang cable, laid for Eastern Extension Telegraph Co.
References: Lloyd's 1987, Leisk 1877a; Telcon 1950 (pp174-5).
19 September - 09 November 1877 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608). 1st mate. Previous ship: "Same ship". Master: Charles C Leisk (2.637). Voyage: London - [?]Bond, Cable laying.
References: Lloyd's 1987, Leisk 1877b.
11 March - 13 June 1878 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master.
Previous ship: "Same ship".
First command at 36 years of age.
Voyage: London - Maranham, Brazil.
References: Lloyd's 1987, Seymour 1878a.
08 April 1879 - 25 September 1879 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship: "Kangaroo, continued".
Cable: First section of the 3852nm Cape Cable. Natal (Durban) - Delagoa Bay (Maputo Bay). Completed 21 July 1879.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1879a, 1880c; Telcon 1950 (pp174-5).
12 November 1879 - 06 May 1880 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship: "Same ship".
Cable 1: Final section of the Cape Cable. First portion of Aden - Zanzibar section, remainder laid by Scotia. Completed 25 December 1879.
Cable 2: Wanganui - Wakapuaka, Cook Strait, New Zealand. Completed 12 February 1880.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1880a, 1880c.
06 September - 04 October 1880 'Edinburgh' (ON 6348), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo 1880".
Voyage: "Cable laying, North Sea".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1880b.
03 April 1881 39 yo, at home with family on census night, while SS Kangaroo moored at Greenwich. Dunfield Cottage, Penge Lane, Beckenham, Kent.
References: Census (England) 1881a, 1881b.
05 April - 04 July 1881 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Edinburgh 1880".
Voyage: Brazil, visiting Rio de Janeiro and Santos (Sao Paulo).
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1881a.
29 September - 10 October 1881 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo, continues". Voyage: "Voyage made to [?]Delfzift".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1881b.
21 October 1881 - 23 January 1882 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo, continues". Voyage: London to any ports or places ...". "Certificates" section of agreement documents a visit to Malta on 28 December 1881.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1882a.
27 January - 23 May 1882 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo, continues". Voyage: London to any ports or places ...". "Certificates" section of agreement documents a visit to Pernambuco, Brazil on 28 - 29 April 1882.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1882b.
01 June - 31 July 1882 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo, continues". Voyage: "London to any ports or places ..."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1882c.
06 October - 12 November 1882 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo, continues". Voyage: London - Malta - London.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1882d.
13 January - 03 March 1883 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo, continues". Voyage: London - Malta and Suez via Suez Canal.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1883a.
14 March - 15 May 1883 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship "Kangaroo 1883". Voyage: London to Suez and Aden.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1883b.
26 November 1883 - 15 April 1884 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship: "Kangaroo 1883". Voyage: London - Singapore & Saigon (via Suez Canal). Home address: 27 Clements Lane, London EC.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1884a.
05 June - 05 August 1884 'Scotia' (ON 43711), as Master (Superceeding Wilson R Cato on 05 June 1884). Previous ship: "Kangaroo 1883" Voyage: London to St Vincent, thence to Pernambuco (Brazil) and any ports and places ...
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1884b.
08 - 19 November 1884 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship: "Scotia 1884".
Voyage: "London to any ports or places ..."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1884c.
06 - 29 December 1884 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Previous ship: "Kangaroo 1884". Voyage: "London to any ports or places ..." and "Cable laying".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1884d.
1885 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Voyage(s): Details not known.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1885a, 1886a.
17 March 1885 - 22 February 1886 (15 April 1885) 'Kangaroo' (ON 1608), as Master. Superceeded on 15 April 1885 in Suakin (Sudan). Previous ship: "Kangaroo 1885"
Voyage: "London to Alexandria [Egypt] and Suakim [Sudan] and/or any ports or places ..."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1886a.
1885 'Medina' (ON 87170), as Master. Probably transferred from 'Kangaroo' to 'Medina', on 15 April 1885, in Suakim.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1885b, 1886b.
05 January - 09 February 1886 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "Medina 85".
Voyage: "between any ports and places ..." and "Cable laying. List, Sylt Island & Cuxhaven [Germany]."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1886b.
27 March - 04 May 1886 'Medina' (ON 87170), as Master. Previous ship: "Britainnia 1886". Voyage: "Mid Atlantic cable laying".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1886c.
03 June - 05 November 1886 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "1886 Same ship".
To his son: "... I am going on a voyage to a very unhealthy place and may not return ...".
Voyage: "London to Bathurst &/or any ports or places ...". In port at Gambia 14 June & 14 October 1886, Gold Coast 24 July 1886, and Sierra Leone 16 July & 05 October 1886.
Cable: Part of the 2078nm African West Coast cable (Bathurst - Sierra Leone - Accra - Lagos - Brass - Bonny - Cape Town), an extension of Empire Cable links.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1886d, 1886e; Telcon 1950 (pp174-5).
1887 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Voyage(s): Details not known.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1887b.
22 June - 04 July 1887 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "Britannia 87". Voyage: "London to Sylt, &/or any ports or places ..." and "Cable repairing in North Sea."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1887b.
06 August - 18 September 1887 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "Britannia". Voyage: "London to Hearts Content, Newfoundland &/or any ports or places ..." and "Repairing Atlantic Cable".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1887c.
02 October - 11 December 1887 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "1887 Same ship". Voyage: "London to Halifax and Boston &/or any ports or places ..."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1887d.
15 - 24 December 1887 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "Remains". Voyage: Home Trade, "In submarine telegraph work ...", and "Telegraph Service".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1887e.
1888 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Voyage(s): Details not known.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1888b.
08 January - 19 February 1888 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "1888 Britannia". Voyage: "London to St Vincent, Cape de Verde, &/or any ports or places ..."
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1888b.
06 March - 17 April 1888 'Britannia' (ON 89690), as Master. Previous ship: "1888 Britannia". Voyage: "London to Sylt Island (North Sea) &/or any ports or places ..." and "Cable repairing".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1888c.
01 August 1888 - 04 December 1888 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "Britannia". Voyage: " London to Singapore and Java &/or any ports or places ...".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1888d.
26 December 1888 - 10 May 1889 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1888 Same ship". Voyage: " London to Java &/or any ports or places ...", Rangoon and Singapore.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1889a.
30 October 1889 - 15 January 1890 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship "Seine 1889".
John Seymour's 19 year old son, William F E Seymour, a mechanical engineering student, accompanied this voyage.
Voyage: "London to Monte Video &/or any ports or places ...".
Cable
: 184 miles between Monte Video and Chuy, and 77 miles near Santa Catharina. Part of the Para - Pernmabuco - Rio de Janeiro - Maldonado - Montevideo cable.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1890a, 1890b.
11 November 1889 Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Home address recorded as Dunkeld, Newlands Park, Penge, SE London.
References: Royal Geographical Society 1889.
02 April - 14 July 1890 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship "Same ship 1890". Voyage: "London to Penang and Madras &/or any ports or places ...".
Cable: Probably the Madras, India - Penang, Malaya cable.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1890c.
13 November - 08 December 1890 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship "Same 1890".

Voyage: "London to Marstrand, Norway &/or any ports or places ...".
Cable: Probably the Newbiggin by the Sea, England - Marstrand, Sweden cable or a section thereof.
More voyage information
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1890d.
24 January - 26 April 1891 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1890 Seine". Voyage: "London to Aden, Madras, and Penang &/or any ports or places ...".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1891a.
05 April 1891 Census: Family at home, 49 yo John abroad on Seine. "Dunkeld", Newlands Park, Beckenham, Kent.
References: Census (England) 1891a; Seymour 1891a.
1891 - 1892 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Voyage(s): Details not known.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1892a, 1892b.
07 May - 01 August 1892 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1892 Same" Voyage: "London to Aceen &/or any ports or places ...", Port Said 20 May 1892 and Singapore 24 June 892.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1892b.
04 February - 06 March 1893 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1892 Seine" Voyage: "London to any ports or places ..." and "North Atlantic cable repairs".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1893a.
07 August - 13 September 1893 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1893 Same" Voyage: "London to Lisbon &/or the Azores &/or any ports or places ...".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1893b.
1893 - 1894 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Voyage(s): Details not known.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1894a, 1894b.
14 March - 01 July 1894 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1894 Same". Voyage: Ports at Hong Kong (05 May 1894), Singapore (16 May 1894), and Penang (24 May 1894).
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1894b.
1895 No voyages.  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1896 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Voyage(s): Details not known.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1896a, 1896b.
25 April - 30 May 1896 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1896 Seine". Master's home address 27 Clements Lane (along with First Mate, Richardson).
Voyage: "London to Havre, thence to St Johns &/or any ports or places ...".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1896a, 1896b.
15 August 1896 - 05 January 1897 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1896 Seine". Master's home address: Dunkeld, Sydenham".
Voyage: "London to any ports and places ...", "W. Indies", and visiting ports at Calais (17 August 1896), Halifax (18 September & 07 October 1896), and St Thomas(03 December 1896).
Cable: The Coney Island - Cap Haitien, Haiti cables for La Société Générale des Téléphones / US-Haiti Telegraph Company, which according to the Timeline opened for service on 3rd December 1896. CS Silvertown and Francois Arago worked on the main run early in 1897.
Confirmed by the (French) memoirs of "M. F.G de NERVILLE, Engineer in charge of the manufacture and laying of the transatlantic cable from DEOLEN - CAP COD, "LE DIRECT", 1896–1898", in translation.
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1897a.
26 May - 24 August 1897 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1897 Same". Voyage: "London to North Atlantic &/or any ports and places ...".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1897b.
28 August - 13 November 1897 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1897 Same". Voyage: "London to North Atlantic &/or any ports and places ...", and St Pierre (Discharging Joseph Potter to hospital with urinary troubles).
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1897c.
20 November - 11 December 1897 'Seine' (ON 28736), as Master. Previous ship: "1897 Same", and "Remains".
Probably last voyage.
Voyage: "London to North Atlantic &/or any ports and places ...".
References: Lloyd's 1987; Seymour 1897d.
1898 - 1901 No voyages.  
References: Lloyd's 1987.
1899 Death Recorded on Royal Geographical Society Fellowship election form.
References: Royal Geographical Society 1889.
31 March 1901 Wife widowed and living in Beckenham, Kent. 41 Newlands Pk, Beckenham, Kent.
References: Census (England) 1901a.

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