Richard Greaves Logbook
The book is from 1907-1908 and details the expenditures for the Richard Greaves.
An inventory listing of expenses incurred during repairs and restocking is given from each port of call. The contents of the book gives one a better understanding of items that would have been typically found aboard of a vessel in the early 20th century.
The Richard Greaves sailed in the Newfoundland trade between Wales and Labrador for twenty years and was sold around 1906 to the Ryan Brothers. The vessel was lost in 1907. The Captain of the vessel was Daniel Connolly of Carbonear.
Insurance for the vessel was registered at Lloyds for 12 months till April 24, 08 cost ₤128 10. 2. for ₤700 on the hull; ₤400 on the freight and ₤100 on disbursements
As example of freight on board one should note that on page 10 the vessel was at Orleans, Labrador where she took on $51.47 worth of supplies.
On October 18th the Richard Greaves was in Gibralter and on November 20 in Malaga.
The ship was damaged on its visit into Malaga as a carpenter and tinsmith were hired and paid as outlined on page 12. A survey of the hatches, damages and seaworthiness and repairs were also carried out. An account of this voyage is detailed in the Statement of General Average.
December 4, 1907 the ship was in Cadiz, Spain.
Pages 16 and 17 details the amounts paid out to the crew for wages during the last voyage of the vessel and outstanding bills to the end of 1908.
Excerpt from Ryan’s Diary on Tuesday, 18 February 1908. This diary was kept by William McGrath who was the bookkeeper for Ryan Brothers in Trinity.
“News today of the “Richard Greaves” being abandoned at sea. Crew and captain taken off by Norweigon SS “Oscar the Second” and landed at Christiania, Norway.”
According to the expenses book for the vessel it must have sank on February 10, 1908 as the men’s wages were paid up until that time.
1908 Amount Brt Forward
J.J. Langley, Liverpool
Febry 10 Wages for crew
To Amount Brt Forward $5,684.93
May 6 Cheque #22 from
Dec 31 R. Pittman’s bill at
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