Shipping Timber to Whitby
from Stirling, 1834.
This is a very interesting letter to me as it gives information about shipping a cargo of timber from Stirling in Scotland to Whitby in Yorkshire, including the cost of freight. The letter was written by Mr Hosie, addressed to P Scott Esqr Sneaton Castle, Whitby. |
It has four postal markings:
The letter is in two parts, written on different sides of the letter sheet. Inside there are two paragraphs of Mr Hosie’s letter, the first being the invoice for the cargo to be shipped on the sloop ‘Catherine’.
Stirling Shore, 7th Feby 1834
Underneath this is the information about the shipment.
The following is on the other side of the letter, written in a different hand writing
Shipped on board the Sloop Catharine of Stirling whereof is Master this voyage Thomas Morrison and now lying in the Port of Stirling and bound for Whitby nine hundred & fiftyfive peices Scotch Fir Wood from William Ramsay Esqr Sauchie to P Scott Esqr Whitby all Dangers of the seas accident and navigation of what ever nature excepted
’Note: Whitby is a port in North Yorkshire with a history of boatbuilding and fishing. Captain James Cook's ship Resolution was built here in Whitby where he served his apprenticeship, and he sailed from here on his voyage to the Pacific in 1768. So perhaps this cargo of Scottish timber was destined for the boat building yard.
I have been unable to find any information about the sloop Catharine or any of the people mentioned in the letter, so if any visitor to our website knows any more I would be really pleased to hear about it.
Reference: Great Britain Post Roads, Post Towns and Postal Rates 1635-1839 by Alan W Robertson|
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