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Uncatalogued: Sheasby, Sidney Frederick, Master Mariner, 1889-1978


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Biographical details Sheasby was born in Northampton and first went to sea as an apprentice on the barque EARL CADOGAN in 1906-1910. He was second mate on the FRANKDALE when this vessel was seized at Hamburg by the German authorities in October 1914. With many other British merchant seamen, he was detained briefly in hulks at the docks and then spent the rest of the First World War in the civilian internment camp at Ruhleben racecourse in Berlin. While imprisoned, he gave instruction and acted as librarian in the Nautical Department of Ruhleben Camp School. He married Nellie Paynter at Swansea in 1918 and qualified as master in the following year (certificate number 042131). His career at sea continued throughout the Second World War and after.
Description Apprenticeship indenture and letters of recommendation, 1906-1911. Private log made as an apprentice and able seaman on board the barque EARL CADAGON, 1909-1911. Notebook on ship construction made at Ruhleben civilian internment camp (Barrack 4), Germany, 1914-1918. Certificate confirming his duties as instructor and librarian in the Nautical Department, Ruhleben Camp School, 1915-1918. Two diaries dedicated from Ruhleben internment camp to his future wife Miss L. Paynter, 1915-1918. Board of Trade Continuous Certificate of Discharge, 1919-1921. Notebook recording details of voyages, cargo handling, port procedures, 1946-1960. Eleven personal diaries from 1941, 1943, 1946-1948, 1950-1954 and 1958. Loose papers including typescript copies of letters written to a school in Alfold, Surrey, participating in a ship adoption scheme, from the PENDEEN and MENASTONE, circa 1950-1955. Please contact archive staff for more information about ordering from this collection.
Date made 1906-1958

Finding Reference MSS/76/137
Access conditions Please contact archive staff for more information about ordering from this collection.
Catalogue section Uncatalogued material
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Extent 2 boxes
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