Barrett J. Gr RMA
Born Scotland, later resided in Co. Durham, was recorded as age 19 aboard the HMS Cossack in the 1871 UK Census. His rank was ordinary seaman. Before his sister married in March, 1876 in Co, Durham, he was reported “lost at sea”.
His father’s name was John Black, resided in Cassop Colliery, Durham previously lived Northumberland
Discharged to HMS Bullfinch 6 June 1870 whilst COSSACK was moored in Port Victoria Harbour Maki.
Chief Engineer. Joined 29 January 1871 at Trincomalee
Bowler . George
Able Seaman fell overboard at 1335 on 12 August 1871 Ship stopped; heaved to and picked up man and Life buoy.
Fell overboard at 1730 28 February 1871 and was recovered by cutter.
Colonel . On board at April 1871.
Ordinary Seaman. Sentenced to 30 days imprisonment on 13 September 1870.
Burrell. James H.
Ordinary Seaman, found Guilty at his Court Martial held in November 1866 on board HMS Hibernia, of using threatening and obscene language and attempting to stab Daniel Denny, Master at Arms. He was sentenced to 48 lashes, 2 years imprisonment, and to be dismissed the service with disgrace
Ordinary. Sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour on 16 August 1870 whilst the ship is in the Navy dock at Coopers Island
Sub Lt. Discharged to NYMPH 8 April 1870 Whilst moored in the Barachois at Maki
Punished with 12 cuts of birch on 4 September 1869. Cause unknown
Musician Loss of 1 GCB 29 January 1870
Master at Arms. On board during 1866
Douglas. Robert Gordon
Captain – onboard at 12 August 1871. Superseded Captain Parish 1 October 1971
Chief Engineer Discharged ( Invalided) to mail ship for passage to England. 8 June 1870
Boatswain. Fell overboard at 0450 Tuesday 2 November 1869 (Air temperature 720F) whilst ship was at anchor off Johanna. Cutter sent to recover him and he was brought back onboard at 1500
Cockburn. James Horsford
Captain 21 August 1855
Fanshaw. Edward Gennys
Captain 19 August 1854 – 1855
Punished on 5 April 1869 with the birch. Cause unknown
Midshipman – 2300 15 April 1870 jumped overboard and when brought back on board was found to be drunk and so violent as to be placed under restraint. Court of Enquiry held at 1100 the next day and he was discharged to NYMPH at noon for passage to FORTE
Gale. Henry W
Private RMSM 1st Light infantry. Died from disease of the heart 6.45 pm 3 August 1870 and buried at sea 4 August 1870
Punished with 24 cuts of the birch at 0500 29 January 1870.
Boy. Punished with 24 cuts of the birch – 31 August 1869. Cause unknown.
Able Seaman. Fell from under the maintop at 1730 on 27 June 1870 whilst the ship was at anchor off Zanzibar. Died at 1800. Was buried the next day at Chappancy
Able Seaman. Died of heart disease 19 April 1871 at 2335. Ship at sea off Rangoon in the Bay of Bengal. Taken ashore for burial at Port Mergui on 20 April 1871
Able seaman. Read warrant for reduction to 2nd class and imprisonment 9 June 1870. Cause unknown. Whilst at Trincomalee committed to 42 days imprisonment with hard labour. 1 February 1871 cause unknown. ( Classed as an Ordinary)
Assistant Paymaster. Discharged Monday 11 July 1870 whilst at anchor at Maki.
De-rated to Seaman 2nd class 29 January 1870
Died 0420 24 July 1872. No reason given
Hall Captain Onboard for Wednesday 6 January 1868
Hallett E.O Navy Lieutenant. Onboard in January 1872 and plotted the accurate position of Richies Reef also known as Tryal Rocks, sometimes spelled Trial Rocks or Tryall Rocks, the Greyhound’s Shoal, is a reef of rock located in the Indian Ocean off the northwest coast of Australia
Hawky .W Reduced AB. to 2nd class 12 August 1870
Ingram. Peter Able Seaman. Sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour on 16 August 1870 whilst the ship is in the Navy dock at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
Hopkins. C. RM. Discharged to mail ship 25 August 1870 at Coopers
Island, Mauritius for passage to England.
Jones J. Master at Arms. Sent home by mail steamer from Maki
as an invalid 14 April 1870
Joy. J Discharged to HMS Bullfinch 6 June 1870 whilst
COSSACK was moored in Port Victoria Harbour Maki.
Lacy, Chas. Ordinary. Whilst at Trincomalee committed to 42 days
imprisonment with hard labour on 1 February 1871 cause unknown.
Lee. J Bosun in Charge. Discharged to mail ship 26 August 1870 at Coopers Island Mauritius for passage to England.
Lee. Jno Punished with 24 cuts of the birch at 0500 29 January
Lewis Tom Crewman fell overboard 1410 3 December 1870 and
recovered by cutter at 1430.
MacLean Mr – Clerk. Joined the ship 29 January 1871 in Trincomalee
Magrath. John Able Seaman. Whilst at Trincomalee committed to imprisonment for 42 days with hard labour on 1 February 1871. Cause Unknown
McDonogh Doctor. Joined the ship 29 January 1871 in Trincomalee
Matthews. J. Boy First Clas. Sent home by mail steamer from Maki
as an invalid 14 April 1870
Moorman. Richard Captain 16 June 1859
Macpherson. Duncan, Midshipman: 28/07/1869
Date of Navy List – Appointment and date: June
1870:133 – Cossack 28 Jul 1869
Mitford. Mr Paymaster. Attempted to swim ashore on 11 July 1869
just after Midnight. Although the gig was lowered they
only found his clothes with the body being found at 0800. He was buried the same day ashore at Trincomalee Harbour.
Muriston. J QM to Captain M S Knight Carpe RMLI de-rated to
private 29 January 1870
Nedham Charles. S. Midshipman 1868 – 1871. See personal log in archives
Printed appointment completed in manuscript of Charles S. Nedham as Acting Navigating Sub-Lieutenant of HMS Cossack, 1870 and dated HMS Rattlesnake at Simons Bay 26 August 1871.
Neville. Acting navigating Lieutenant joined at Maki on 12 January 1870
Newton. A. Boy First Class .Punished. with 24 cuts of the birch as per Warrant on 15 September 1870 whilst at single anchor off St Denis. Reunion
Neville. Josiah Tailor. Died. 1240 5 December 1870 and was committed to the deep 0720 6 December 1870
Norton. W. Warrant for reducing – Ordinary Seaman – to 2nd class for conduct was read out at 0900 29 July 1870.
Ommany Mr E. M. Assistant Paymaster. Subject of a Court of Inquiry on 15 July 1869. Discharged to shore Tuesday 11 January 1870 as per Admiralty order.
Palmer. Thomas Ordinary. 1 July 1870 placed in cells for 10 days for drunkenness .
Parish. John Edward Captain 9 December 1868 until 1 October 1871
Parsonson Charles 1871
As far as my great grandfather is concerned, his name was Charles (Frederick?) Parsonson. At age 21 on the 1861 census the Cossack was in Portsmouth Harbour, England. He was listed as “Ord. 2nd Class”, a single man born in Greenwich, Kent. I don’t know what ship he was on when the 1871 Census was taken but from some of the information you gave me it said the Cossack was in Australia Station in September of 1871 so my ancestor may have still been on the Cossack.
In the 1881 census my great grandfather was listed as a crew member on the “British Commerce”. He was 40 years old and married and his rank was “Master”. I have discovered that the Commerce sank in the English Channel following a collision with the SS “County of Aberdeen” in 1883. Only two survived – the captain and the boatswain. So I believe that my great grandfather went down with that ship and I have a document showing a death registration for him in 1884.
Pope. W. De-rated to Seaman 2nd class 29 January 1870
Invalided home from Maki via the French mail steamer EZMINE for passage to England 23 November 1870. ( Rated AB at time of discharge)
Porter. J Discharged to mail ship for passage to England 26 August 1870 at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
Ordinary Jn Thomas.
Purcy Ordinary. Warrant read for imprisonment 27 august 1870 at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
Rellie 1855 Also served in H.M.S. Shannon which was involved with the Indian Mutiny. Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-59.
Reynard Acting Sub Lt. came onboard from the NYMPH8 April 1870 Whilst moored in the Barachois at Maki
Roberts. Robert Quartermaster. Sent home by mail steamer from Maki as an invalid 14 April 1870
Roberts, Thos C. 6.11.1872 Painter, born at Plymouth, Devon, on the 27th August, 1848; 5’ 3″, light brown hair, grey eyes. 19.3.1873 arrested. Sent onboard HMS Clio.
Roberts W. Boy First class. Punished with 24 cuts of the birch at 0700 27 July 1870
born at Westminster, on the 5th May, 1848; 5’ 7″, brown hair, hazel eyes.
Sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour on 16 August 1870 whilst the ship
was in the Navy dock at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
The log spells the name as “Roddan”
Rolland. William Rae Captain 19 May 1863
Rugon. Pierre Francois
Sea-breeze. Tom Krooman (Crewman) Died in hospital10 November
1870 in Mauritius
Spry Mr S. M Navigator. ?
Saunders A carpenter. Came back drunk from leave at 0715 on 11 October 1869 in the Seychelles and was placed under arrest.
Sanderson. J De-rated to Seaman 2nd class 29 January 1870
Symond Thos. Master at Arms joined from DRAYAD 15 July 1870 at Port Victoria
Shill Mr Discharged to England with three invalids at Mali, Seychelles 19 January 1870
Skibsted? Lt Discharged for Mediter? 19 January 1870 at Mali, Seychelles
Sullivan. Charles 2nd master 1857
Taylor. Lt. Onboard in 1869
Taylor. Received from HMS Bullfinch 6 June 1870 whilst COSSACK was moored in Port Victoria Harbour Maki.
Thomas Jas. B.I. C. Punished with 24 cuts of the birch at 0500 29 January 1870
Thomas. Jn. Ordinary. Warrant read for imprisonment 27 August 1870 at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
Tom. Peter Krooman (Crewman) Died 0015 Sunday 5 September
1869 and was buried ashore at 1700 in Trincomalee
Mr Tout Engineer. Joined at Port Victoria 14 July 1870.
Reprimanded 19 September 1870 for committing a nuisance in his mess. Refusing to get it cleaned up. Cautioned as to his future conduct.
Wade. Michael. Punished on Wednesday 17 February 1869 with 21 cuts of the birch
Received from HMS Bullfinch 6 June 1870 whilst COSSACK was moored in Port Victoria Harbour Maki. This may be the Ward that was reduced to second class and 30 days imprisonment on 19 August 1870 whilst the ship was moored at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
White Richard Dunning
Captain 26 May 1865
Arrested onboard at 0945 Tuesday 13 April 1869. Cause unknown.
Private RMLI. Reduced to second class and 30 days imprisonment on 19 August 1870 whilst the ship was moored at Coopers Island, Mauritius.
Ropemaker Invalided home from Maki via the French mail steamer EZMINE for passage to England 23 November 1870