The portraits at the bottom of this page are the Captain of the Northfleet and his wife, who are both mentioned in the song. I don’t yet know the significance of Mr Braud (or ‘Brand’ – see comments) pictured at the top I’ve been interested in the story of the loss of the emigrant ship … Continue reading The Northfleet disaster – who drowned and who was saved, and who was Mr Braud?
The Northfleet Edgar March’s book Inshore Craft of Britain: In the Days of Sail and Oar, volume 2 explains a little more about the famous collision off Dungeness that wrecked the Northfleet, and the rescue that followed it. (See an earlier post on this topic here.) I had no reason to imagine that the story … Continue reading The wreck of the Northfleet revisited
Several decades ago, I learned the song The Wreck of the Northfleet from the singing of an elderly south-coast fisherman called Johnny Doughty. In addition to hearing him singing in public on a few occasions I was also lucky enough to meet Johnny socially a few times, as he was a family friend of one … Continue reading The story of the Northfleet begins to be explained