1862

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Born in Banff, Scotland, son of Capt. John Strachan, Master Mariner, and Isabella Whyte.

1880/1883  

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Apprenticed to John Walker Simpson, shipowner, Banff. Sailed on the 'Norseman'

1884 

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Sailed to Adelaide as able seaman on the 'Fleetwood' of Glasgow, under the command of Capt. James Smith

1884/1885  

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Sailed to Brazil on the 'Edith Mary' of Dundee, as bosun under the command of Capt. Strachan (his father).

1886

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Sailed to Jamaica on the 'Coppenhame' of Glasgow as able seaman under Capt. James Buchan.

1886/1887 

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Sailed to Melbourne on the 'Loch Rannoch' of Glasgow as able seaman under Capt. Robert Arnott. see his Discharge Papers (pdf) and Letter of Recommendation (pdf)

1887/1888  

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Sailed to the West Indies on the 'Guyana' of Glasgow as able seaman under Capt. James Leslie.

1888/1889   

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Sailed to Melbourne on the 'Loch Garry' of Glasgow as an able seaman under the legendary Capt. Horne (master of the Loch Garry for 26 years). see his Discharge Papers (pdf) and Letter of Recommendation (pdf)

1889/1890 

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Sailed to Santa Fe on the 'Speedwell' of Banff as mate under Capt Alex Milne

1890/1891   

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Sailed to the West Indies and Falkland Islands on the Speedwell as mate under Capt. Andrew Taylor

1891/1892  

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Sailed 'foreign trade' on the 'MacBain' of Dundee as mate

1892   

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Sailed Bremen to Burnt Island on the MacBain as mate.

1893   

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Married Jane Anne Geddie, daughter of Banff shipbuilder William Geddie

1893   

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Daughter Jeannie Strachan born in Banff

1895    

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Son James Cameron Strachan born in Banff.

I have no record of his sea-going career between 1892 and 1900 - can anyone shed any light?

 

1900/1901

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Sailed to Adelaide and Melbourne on the 'Loch Long' of Glasgow as Captain, making a 97 day passage out, and 105 days back to Hull with wool.

1901/1902 

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Again as master, took the 'Loch Long' on the return trip to Australia - 103 days out, 115 days back to Hull again with wool.

1902/1903

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Same trip again with the 'Loch Long', but could not find a cargo of wool to bring back. Sent to load nickel ore in New Caledonia, sailed 29th April 2003, wrecked with the loss of all hands on the Chatham Islands. See the report of the loss of the Loch Long in the Banffshire Journal (pdf file)

     
     
Captain Strachan with his wife and children
before his last voyage
   
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