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William Joseph Reeds,Sail-maker,b1902;of the ship wrecked crew of the Garthpool, 1929

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Hello,

I wonder if anyone here can help me; I am researching a ship wreck, the loss of the Garthpool in 1929 off the Cape Verde Islands.

Two of the crew were Australian; here are the details of the sail-maker.

William Joseph Reeds, b.1902, Unknown area, Australia

William was 27 when he joined the Garthpool; he was nick named 'sails.'
I'd love to learn more about him and his family, & hopefully contact his descendants or relatives; I'd love to discover who he was, and what became of him.

The one clue I have about him, is he was recorded in the Australian Voter register list along with his wife in 1930:

William Joseph Reeds, Seaman, & Margaret Helena Reeds, wife,
of Warringah, New South Wales. (*Source Ancestry search.)

Any information, help or advice would be most appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Fox
 
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Hi Jessica

In case you haven't seen this one.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
Name: William Joseph Reeds
Birth Date: abt 1902
Age: 27
Port of Departure: River Plate, South America
Arrival Date: 7 Dec 1929
Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England
Ports of Voyage: Rio de Janeiro
[Buenos Aires]
[Montevideo]
Ship Name: Deseado
Search Ship Database: View the 'Deseado' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Shipping line: The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company
Official Number: 132022

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Proposed Address in the United Kingdom: Sailorsโ€™ Home, Liverpool
Class, Profession: 3rd Seaman
County of last permanent residence: England

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The West Australian (Perth,... Thursday 10 April 1930
SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR.
One ui Hi*- two Austraini: sf. -iTifct- ??; the sailing vessel Garthpool. wh-ch was wrecked recently en route to Australia. is W J Reeds *ho reached rremsptle from Scotland yesterday on thp tanker Phasianella. The Garthpool was the last British windjammer afloat.
One ui Hi*- two Austraini: sf. -iTifct- ??; the sailing vessel Garthpool. wh-ch was wrecked recently en route to Australia. is W J Reeds *ho reached rremsptle from Scotland yesterday on thp tanker Phasianella. The Garthpool was the last British windjammer afloat.

cheers
crankypants
 
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Dear Crankypants,

Thank you very much for your email; yes, I have read the passenger lists, (my great grandfather was on the Avelona Star) but thanks for looking that up anyway....and I thought maybe I had read the article before at the Australian Newspaper Archive...I have read lots of snippets from there....

But to my surprise I had definitely not seen this one before and I know why; I noticed that they are still digitizing some articles and they clearly appear in pink. This must be new because it has a photo of Reeds, which I've never seen before!

Thanks very much for pointing me to this...I now know what Reeds looked like!

It's fascinating, starting to get the bigger picture and putting faces to names, is always quite magical.

Thanks,
All the best,
Bye for now,
Jess
 

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