Sailor’s Grievances

A life at sea is not an easy one on many different levels. But when the crew of a ship fail to deliver on their contracts it is harder still. Edward Weddall had spent over half of his life at sea when in July 1883 he wrote to the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. His writing was in response to a Mr. W. Clark Russell’s letter who wrote to the publication about hard working life of sailors. 

Edward Weddall was aggrieved at this and wrote immediately to give his opinion on the matter. From Sailors jumping ship to tardy firemen and errant doctors, the captain experienced all of the above on one voyage.

Mr Clark Russell responded to the captain’s letter, this time he was more sympathetic to the sea captains. Emily’s husband was well able to make his point.



Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 26 July 1883
Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 02 August 1883