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 three were amongst the 139 who were drowned in the Great Storm of 1881.

John Stevenson explains:

The Storm

"David Stevenson was authorised to act as Pilot between the Tay and the Tweed, but spent most of his time 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.

He owned two boats.  One was 'Stormy Petrel' in which he and his crew, two sons, all drowned off Dunbar in the Great Storm of 14 October 1881. "

 

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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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   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

 

Family

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.

 

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