Ship’s Company 1854 – 1875

Barrett J.                                 Gr RMA

Black. James                          

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

Baloam. J  

Discharged to HMS Bullfinch 6 June 1870 whilst COSSACK was moored in Port Victoria Harbour Maki.

Beston                                    

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.

Brooks. William                     

Fell overboard at 1730 28 February 1871 and was recovered by cutter.

Brown 

Colonel  . On board at April 1871.

Burnham. Chas.                     

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

Cane. Jno                               

Ordinary. Sentenced to imprisonment  with hard labour  on 16 August 1870 whilst the ship is in the Navy dock at Coopers Island

Chalmers.                               

Sub Lt. Discharged to NYMPH 8 April 1870 Whilst moored in the Barachois at Maki

Clarke J 

Punished with 12 cuts of birch on 4 September 1869. Cause unknown

Cousins. C

Musician   Loss of 1 GCB 29 January 1870

Denny. Daniel

Master at Arms. On board during 1866

Douglas. Robert Gordon        

Captain – onboard at 12 August 1871. Superseded Captain Parish 1 October 1971

Driver

Chief Engineer Discharged ( Invalided)  to mail ship for passage to England. 8 June 1870

Edge. Oswald 

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

Ferns. Jas                               

Punished on 5 April 1869 with the birch. Cause unknown

Flood                                

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

Gibson. Abra                          

Punished with 24 cuts of the birch at 0500 29 January 1870.

Gibson, G                                

Boy. Punished with 24 cuts of the birch – 31 August 1869. Cause unknown.

Goggin. J                               

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

Gould Thos.                           

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

Green. Thomas                       

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)

Grant   H.M.D                        

Assistant Paymaster. Discharged Monday 11 July 1870  whilst at anchor at Maki.

Grey. Thomas                         

De-rated to Seaman 2nd class 29 January 1870

Grindy. S.                              

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.

Mr Honey

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

                                                  1870

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

Rodden, Wm.                          13.11.1872 AB, 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

                                               (Ceylon)

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

Ward. J                                   

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

White.                              

Arrested onboard at 0945 Tuesday 13 April 1869. Cause unknown.

Wilmot. Ed.                           

Private RMLI. Reduced to second class and 30 days imprisonment on 19 August 1870 whilst the ship was moored at Coopers Island, Mauritius.

Wright. Robert                       

Ropemaker  Invalided home from Maki via the French  mail steamer EZMINE for passage to England 23 November 1870