Able Seaman Edward Willis …at the Battle of Trafalgar?

Edward WILLIS (abt 1778 – 1854) – Possibly the same Edward Willis listed as being present at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, fighting under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. Edward was aged 27 and an Able Seaman on board the HMS Dreadnought, although the records show he was born in Faversham. I have been unable to …

Harry Jenner (1868-1930) – seconded to the Greek navy!

Harry JENNER (1868-1930) – Harry joined the navy after doing a boilermaker’s apprenticeship at Chatham dockyard, and achieved the same rank – chief engine room artificer. He was seconded to the Greek navy in 1913 as part of the naval mission to Greece. After WW1 he went back to Greece and worked for a company there which dealt in locating …

Lionel Greenstreet – one of Shackleton’s Antarctic explorers

Lionel GREENSTREET (1889-1979) – was the 1st officer aboard the Endurance, which was Ernest Shackleton’s boat during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17), also known as the Endurance Expedition. Lionel Greenstreet served in the merchant navy and joined the Endurance just 24 hours before it left Plymouth, England. The original first officer had resigned in order to join the war effort …

Captain Herbert Greenstreet (1851-?) – sailed the world!

NINETY TIMES ROUND THE WORLD – NEW ZEALAND COMMODORE’S RETIREMENT [The Times, Saturday, August 4th 1917] Captain Herbert Edward GREENSTREET (b1851) – who is believed to have made many more voyages round the world than any other man, has, after bringing into port this week one of the finest liners in the New Zealand service, retired from the sea. Captain Greenstreet …

Smuggling in Dover in the 18th and 19th Centuries

The white cliffs soaring high above Dover form a landmark that is visible on all but the darkest of nights. Smuggling was rife in Dover, and by 1745 there were reported to be 400 men involved in the business, with no other obvious source of income. There had been a Customs House in the town since the thirteenth century, and …