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Sea Captains' Mutual Benevolent Society Insurance 1853 - shorehambysea.com February 12, 2020
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Kim Matthews February 20, 2019
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Hi, I thought I might be able to help Keith Brown if he sent me the names of his ancestors. I do have good access to newspaper reports, ships records, all Drake Hunt’s excellent Census books, etc. What I will need soon will be photos of late 19 th century oyster smacks, oyster beds in Shoreham and Southwick. I have picture of ketch GEM from Cheal’s book, and one of beds near Norfolk Bridge. There are plenty of pics of larger sailing ships, but nobody seems to worry about the fishing smacks - a shame, as the oyster industry made as big a contribution to Shoreham as shipbuilding.

keith brown February 8, 2019
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I have been researching my ancestry and found that I have at least 5 relatives, all from Brightlingsea and close proximity, who were either masters or crewmen on vessels in Shoreham Harbour at the time of the 1861 census. Having gone through the list included in this document I cannot find any log of the vessels or the people on board. I only came across those I have found by chance but there seems a high probability that there are others and hence I am looking for any help possible in finding other records which would give me other possible relatives. If anyone is able to point me in the right direction I would be most grateful.