Firth of Forth

Remembrance

to David Stevenson and his two sons

 who were drowned at sea in the Firth of Forth

in the Storm of 14 October 1881

 

Remembrance to David Stevenson and his two sons who were drowned at sea in the Firth of Forth in the Storm of 14 October 1881

         Reproduced by courtesy of John Stevenson, Trinity, Edinburgh

Remembrance

 to David Stevenson and his two sons

Thank you to John Stevenson for allowing me to reproduce this Remembrance, to his Great Grandfather David Stevenson, a Forth River Pilot, and his two sons.  All were drowned off Dunbar in the Firth of Forth, in the storm of 14 October 1881.

John tells me.

The Storm

"David Stevenson was a Forth River Pilot who owned two boats.  One was 'Stormy Petrel' which he sailed with two of his sons as crew, piloting ships on the Firth of Forth between Dunbar in East Lothian and Leith Roads, the stretch of water between Inchkeith and Leith Harbour entrance.

David and his crew all drowned off Dunbar in the Storm of 14 October 1881.

 

David Stevenson (above) and his family came from Newhaven.  His wife was a Newhaven Fishwife at the age of seventeen. 

Another of his sons was David, a ships carpenter and later an undertaker, living at 19-21 Ferry Road, opposite Leith LIbrary.  David is the grandfather of John Stevenson who owns the Remembrance  reproduced here.

(This Remembrance is about 12 ins x 9 ins in a frame 18ins x 16 ins.)

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Remembrance to David Stevenson and his two sons who were drowned at sea in the Firth of Forth in the Storm of 14 October 1881

 

 

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