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Title: Letter to Mr. Davis, from Wm. Moore re Sailing Ships.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMoore, William (1)/30
SenderMoore, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBuncrana, Co. Donegal, N.Ireland
RecipientMr Davis
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2015/1/26: Presented by C. L. Davis, Esq., 59 Maryville Park, Malone Rd., Belfast 9
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9706232
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 25:06:97.
Word Count459

Hon. Secy,:
Wm. Moore, Buncrana,
Dunottar, Buncrana, 20 . 9. 1938.

Dear Mr. Davis.
Thanks for yours of 19th. I fancy the old [tubs?] you
mention came ashore "Stocker" since our arrival Buncrana (1900)
as I can distinctly remember an old Hull lying about midway in
the bay some time about 1908/10.
You mention being interested in our old Merchant
Sailing ships out of Belfast & Londonderry as really they were
the 2 centres for such on our N & E. coast. I can remember as a
boy going to school in the 1880s (I am now in my 68th year) the
lines of sailing ships, Derry owned, lying abreast at Derry
Quays. I can also recall my father & mother telling us all our
uncles & aunts who went to U.S.A. went in these sailing ships
all which were barque rigged. Each Emigrant had to take straw
bed, tin cup & plate & knife fork & spoon for the voyage & many
a Home made scone & sack potatoes went with them. Many a
canning I got being late for school or home to dinner climbing
up the rigging. The principal owner was McCorkell & Co still
largely in the grain trade in Derry. Their crack ships were
the "Minnehaha", ["Nokoun's"?], "Harvest Home" ["Wenonah"]. Then
there was Allan & Major who had the "Twilight Star" &
"Harvester" & I think the "Maori" but they are all dead or away
one of Allens sons was a crack Half for years at international
Rugby & at school with me. They (boats) made the return journey
sometimes with grain & very often with large logs discharged
from a square Porthole well down in bows of ship &
man hauled out of hold with chain & tackle.
I often wondered >why< no journalist in Derry
papers or free lance did not write articles on these
old times as I am sure McCorkell could supply photos
of their craft & possibly have old ships logs from which to
glean "copy" which would make interesting reading to old
Derrymen like my self.
Rumour had it Culdaff Bay used to be a favourite
spot to lie to in & drop & buoy an odd hogshead of tobacco or
a keg of rum at least so I often used to hear my parter [sic]
say who lived at Culdaff.
It was always a race down to Inishowen Head
by ship chandlers & purveyors to watch for incoming Derry
ships to secure their orders & many a day & night was so
spent Times are changed. When Derry shipyard started, I am
not sure of date, it turned out steel barques & full rigged
ships such as "Wm. [William?] [Tillie?]", "John Cook" Wm
[William?] Mitchell etc but they belonged to a younger
yours sincerely
Wm. [William?] Moore

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