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Old 08-03-2017, 10:10 PM
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Here's a newspaper piece about Jonas Claxton, who appears on the Amble East headstone as being lost at sea on 9 June 1905.
Shields Daily News, 14 June 1905:
SOUTH SHIELDS CAPTAIN LOST AT SEA

A MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR


News has reached South Shields that Captain JC Claxton, master of the Newcastle steamer Glenmorven, is reported by cablegram from Savona to be missing. The Glenmorven, which is owned by Messrs Copeland and Co., Newcastle, was on a voyage from the Tyne to Savona, and it was while she was off the latter port that the master was missed about 12.10 o'clock on Friday night last. This was Captain Claxton's first voyage in the steamer, but he had previously commanded another vessel belonging to the same firm. He is married, and his residence is in Salisbury Street, South Shields. Captain Claxton is well known on Tyneside, and held in high esteem.
(From the "Daily Telegraph")
MILAN, Monday Night,
The English steamer Glenmorven, which left Newcastle on May 29 for Savona, carrying a crew of 25 men and loaded with coal, reached that port yesterday. The chief mate, on coming ashore, reported to the authorities that on the evening before, as the vessel was quietly proceeding on her voyage, her young commander, Captain Claxton, mysteriously disappeared from the ship. So far as was known, there was no ill feeling between the captain and any member of the crew, and how he came to go overboard is entirely unknown. An enquiry has been ordered.
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