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William Berey

1910 approx

The William Berey was built and registered in the Isle of Man in 1871 but the registration transferred to Kirkwall in 1908. Around that time, two of my grandfather’s brothers, Tom & Jock Sinclair, worked on this vessel, which was owned then by William B Firth of Finstown. Can anyone tell me where she sailed and what she carried while she was based in Orkney? (Apparently she was sold again and disappeared in the English Channel in 1917.)
Picture added on 10 May 2013 at 14:24
According to the late Sinclair Ross's Booklet "Orkney's wrecked Ships", on Tuesday 16th June 1908 the ketch William Berey ran ashore on Quanterness Skerry where she remained until towed off by SS Orcadia and SS Fawn,on Monday the 30th June.
No mention of ports of call or cargo
Added by Peter Burges on 11 May 2013
The William Berey ended her career registered at Plymouth and was probably bought to operate the Cross Channel trade.
The William Berey departed Newcastle for Dieppe with a cargo of coal on 13th Nov. 1917 and never seen again. She was formally listed as "Overdue" at LLoyd's in February 1918 and her British ship registration was closed that year.
She is not listed in LLoyds "Casualties to Shipping through enemy causes 1914-1918". Presumably the loss was ascribed to 'stress of weather or collision'
Added by Neil Johnstone on 14 May 2013
I have seen an old photo showing this boat lying at Maitlands pier Finstown, I believe she carried in coal and general stores, while in the ownership of W B Firths
Added by Eddie Fraser on 15 May 2013
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