List 4 (1865 – 1909)

Indication of Vessels in, or Voyaging to, Hudson Bay and Strait, Including Journeys into Ungava Bay, Foxe Basin, and James Bay (1865-1909)

Continued from Ship List 3

Reminder note: The symbol ‘↔’ indicates a round trip, completed that year. The numbers in the final column are indexed to the Sources for Ship List 4. The symbol ‘▪’ indicates ship’s log is available HBCA (Hudson’s Bay Company Archives); the symbol ‘*’ indicates vessel is listed in HBCA “Book of Ships Movements.”

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Continued in Ship List 5 (1910-1920).


Proof-reading and up-dating will be on-going. I welcome any suggestions for corrections or for additional information.


14 Responses to List 4 (1865 – 1909)

  1. Matt Sawtell says:

    I would like to add my great grandfather to your list.
    Capt Samuel.H.Stockton St John. Captain and part owner of the “Fannie M”.
    Built 11th August 1877 Carleton St John. One poop and two half poops, three masted Barque.
    Sank 15/6/1885 off Kingscote Kangaroo Island South Australia.

    • hallnjean says:

      Thanks Matt — always happy to find new sailors and ships, I’ll add them once I’ve got info together.

  2. Maata says:

    I am interested in a relatives;;;

    Alexander Murray
    Austin Murray
    John Murray

    Any info deeply appreciated…eg photos, places of birth, lives, etc, etc….

    I live in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island

  3. Donald B. Le Messurier says:

    Ran across your site today 8/7/2011 while doing research for an article on a sealing voyage off Nfld in 1890 aboard the SS Neptune. You show the vessel in Hudson’s Bay in 1884 in your table. That is the only reference I can find in your tables of this vessel. I have found two photographs of her in Hudson’s Bay taken during a voyage of 1903-1904. She was sailing on an expedition to discover the fate of the Franklin Expedition. The photos are at the following URL:
    The Site is the Maritime History Archive at the Memorial University of Newfoundland which I’m sure you are familiar with.

    The Neptune was owned by the Job Brothers of Saint Johns and sank in 1943 off the coast of Newfoundland. I’ve been unable to determine the reason for her loss though 2 photos of her while she was going down would seem to rule out a wartime loss as she was settling quite evenly and without any apparent battle damage.

    Your site is fascinating!

    Donald B. Le Messurier
    4859 East Skinner Drive
    Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

  4. Donald B. Le Messurier says:

    Well, upon further examination of your site I see that you already knew that the Neptune was in Hudson’s Bay in 1903-1904 so… never mind! You say the records show that she was owned by Avalon, in which case she must have been operated by Job Brothers. My problem in using your site was in searching for the “SS Neptune” but I should have searched for “Neptune”. It makes a difference.


    Donald B. Le Messurier

    • hallnjean says:

      Hi Donald,
      So I’m curious — do you know if SS Neptune usually had a particularly northern sealing ground? Or did the vessel’s trips vary according to the year?


  5. Donald B. Le Messurier says:

    Thanks for your reply.
    I suppose it means what you would call “northern”. I am by no means an expert on the history of sealing, but it is certainly my understanding that most of the sealing done from steamers were done along the “front” which is off the Eastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. How far North they went would be very much determined by the extent of the annual ice flow moving South out of the arctic. The particular voyage about which I am researching (1890) travelled as far North as the vicinity of latitude 50’33” which Google Earth shows to be about one half way up the coast of Newfoundland. That’s really not very far, but other years may be different. Of course these voyages could be quite a bit East as well.

    Interestingly, I recently discovered that the Neptune hit an iceberg in 1885 while on the sealing grounds and badly damaged her bow.

    I wish I could find the logs of the Neptune, especially those before 1900. Any ideas?


    Don Le Messurier
    Cave Creek, Arizona

  6. Bernie Uluadluak P.O. box 741, Rankin Inlet, NU. X0C-0G0 says:

    Yahoo! I finally found my great great great grandfather, according to the stories told from son to son, yah! alright! Capt. Mokko (Marco) Vessel: Soowoomba (alias Fort Churchill) schooner, Owner: Depot Island, Inuit Whaler, He was Commander/ Master/ Pilot in charge. yeah! i can’t wait to discover his stories, according to my great grandfather Donald Olibaq Ishomatargjoaq Oloalook, he said Mokko was also making map & went around North and South America 3 times in his life time, In early spring went from Labrador to Alaska by dog team, Labrador was a place to anchor his schooner for winter time. Thank-q for this very important information.

  7. Lesley Desai says:

    My grandfather, was one of the men that lost their lives on a whaling ship “Psedusante, not sure of the spelling. He was a ship’s carpenter. Last name was Batty. Any information on this would be much obliged.

  8. Kenn Harper says:

    Hi Lesley,
    This was probably the Seduisante, owned by Clare Osbert Forsyth-Grant. I’d like to know more about your grandfather. You can contact me at
    Kenn Harper

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