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Hi all!
M trying to find out what the name of the ship that James Small owned in 1824 at Portaferry? Can anyone help me please?
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Posted Tue 13 Nov 2018 1:43 AM
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Hi Sandra,

There are many of us, who would love a chance to reconnect with our Irish roots, but sometimes it can be a little tricky to figure out exactly where to start. 

I have had a quick look for some information and there is a reference to a James Small being a shipowner in the document, Sailing Ships and Sea Captains of Portaferry but it doesn't specify the ship name!

Have you tried tracing James through the normal National Archives office? The county-based office for County Down is the Ulster Historical Foundation.

There is also a lovely community post on Tracing your Irish Ancestors - Three Step Guide that you may wish to take a look at. It has some wonderful tips by Brain Mitchell.

Hopefully, some of our fellow members and industry partners can offer some additional advice.

Speak soon,

Martin

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Hi Sandra
Portaferry was indeed once a ship building town and was a centre for commerce and trade so lots of ships would have started here.

Newtownards Visitor Information Centre is based just 20 miles from Portaferry and there is a seasonal Visitor Information office open in Portaferry.

In the years 1812-1822 thirty ships were built, including the largest ship in Ireland at the time. These ships sailed from the ports of Portaferry and Strangford and took passengers, emigrants and cargo to North America and many other areas. Ships' captains from Portaferry were known all over the world. The grand houses along the shore are testament to the shipbuilders, merchants and master mariners who lived there. Sailors, ferrymen and boatmen lived on every street.Local family names such as Curran, Murray, Tweedie and Brown are all associated with building smaller craft such as creel fishing, boats, to collect dulse, for leisure and for racing. “The St. Brendan”, built by John Murray, is well known as a heritage tour boat on Strangford Lough.Hugh Tweedie was a Portaferry cobbler and boat builder. His expertise was later used by Billy and Dickie Brown who designed and built boats at Ballyfoundry.Some contacts that may be able to assist further are listed below:

http://www.downcoastalrowing.org/portaferry

https://www.facebook.com/portaferrypast 

https://www.portaferryandstrangfordtrust.org/


This is another site to browse although the name “Small” does not appear – http://rosdavies.com/WORDS/Ships.htm.

I hope you have success in tracking the name down.


Let us know how you get on.

Kind Regards Alex


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