William Beswick - Master Mariner
The original of the certificate shown below is unique, in that it is the Certificate of Membership of The Company of Master Mariners. William Beswick became a member in 1927, this was but a year after the Company was founded and before it became the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (a livery Company of the City of London).
The certificate shows that William Beswick was Admitted to Freedom 5th October 1932 and Admitted to Livery 21st March 1934. I purchased this document from an antique shop in Dartmouth some 15 years ago. On the back is printed in ink 25 AUGUST 1973 M.P Miles. In the top left hand corner appears a number 69 which looks as though it could have been an auction lot number.
I would like to know more about William Beswick, before I part with this certificate, for part with it I must. It needs a better home than being hidden away in my study. I think it should go to a maritime museum as a gift. But the right museum , perhaps in a port where Captain Beswick once traded regularly or where he was born. Perhaps a museum that could put a copy of his Masters Certificate alongside (To show the two are quite different ). However, to start my enquiries rolling I am writing to the Clerk to The Company.
Is there anybody else out there that knows more about this Master Mariner?
From David Bailey
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I have heard of a William Beswick, Son of William Senior, who was a gardener working at Fota House in Cork, Ireland between 1900 and 1910. I have heard that William Jr "went to sea" so perhaps it is the same William Beswick who is the captain in your document. I have copies of photographs taken of the Beswick family by William Jr's younger brother, Charlie, who was killed in France in 1917. Do any of these names or dates match up?
I am currently investigating a link between the family of William BESWICK and my own WAKELING family. William BESWICK emigrated from England to Canada sometime prior to 1912 and there are several Master Mariners in that family. the research is continuing.
My question is, could someone living in Canada have registered as a Master Mariner in England?
Bognor Regis, Wrest Sussex
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My mate is called William Beswick, although he's not a master mariner, he says Hi!
I HAVE AN OLD BOOK BY JACK LONDON SIGNED BY WILLIAM BESWICK "TO N.Y. APRIL 12/23 THE OLD S? AK."
I sailed with a Captain John Victor Beswick in 1970. He would have been approximately fifty years of age then. He came from Runswick Bay, a short distance from the old fishing port of Beswick, Yorkshire.