NameCharles Frederick Leake HOMER , 1C3R
Birth7 Jan 1863
OccupationMercantile Marine
FatherFrederick Augustus HOMER (1828-1901)
MotherEliza WATERFALL (1832-1897)
Notes for Charles Frederick Leake HOMER
In the 1871 census “The Villa”, 17 Dudley Street, Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Head Frederick A. Homer, age 41, proprietor of lands and mines, born Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Wife Eliza Homer, age 39, born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.
Daughter Alice Mary Lewis Homer, age 12, adopted child, born Worcester, Worcestershire.
Son Charles F. L. Homer, age 8, born Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Son John Twigg Homer, age 6, born Sedgley.
Son Frederick A. Homer, age 4, born Sedgley.
Daughter Ann Mary Homer, age 3, born Sedgley.
Son Paul A. Homer, age 2, born Sedgley.
3 servants. cook nurse and housemaid

An officer on board the Knowsley Hall which was lost at sea in 1879
Knowsley Hall. Iron ship, 1860 tons. Built at Liverpool, 1873. Lbd 260 x 42.3 x 23.9 ft. Left London for Lyttelton {New Zealand] in June 1879 carrying fifty-five passengers and crew of thirty-five, dropped the pilot, and was never seen again. Posted missing on 7 January 1880 when 214 days out. Speculation concerning her loss circulated for many months. Towards the end of the year a message found in a bottle near Portland, Victoria said that Knowsley Hall had struck the Crozets [Islands] and all except three had been drowned. The survivors were living on shell fish. It was thought to be a hoax as the date on the paper showed the ship to be then 269 days out and her fate would have been decided many months before. In August 1881, portion of her bulwarks with the letters ‘Know’ and ‘s’ painted on them were found at Point D’Entre-casteaux, south-west Western Australia.  

from Evening Post - 22 November 1879

It is now 171 days since this fine ship left Gravesend for Lyttelton, and we regret to state no tidings have been heard of her. The Knowsley Hall is almost a new ship; having been built in Liverpool in 1873 for the Sunderland Shipping Company, and classed 100 Al. She is an iron vessel, and her registered tonnage is 1774 tons, but she was capable of carrying a cargo of 3000 tons. She was under charter to though New Zealand Shipping Co. for the voyage to Lyttelton, but that company will not lose anything if she does not turn up as the freight is insured. The various insurance companies will be heavy losers if anything has happened to this ship, her cargo being such a large one and also very valuable. We hear the live stock for Lyttelton is insured for £5000 or £6000. She is under command of Captain J. N. Jackson.

From the Shipwrecked Mariner
Search for Shipwrecked Crews by HMS Comus
A special cruise, recently undertaken by H.M.S. ‘Comus’ is search of the crews who might have been landed from some missing vessels - the ‘Knowsley Hall’ and others, which are supposed to have been shipwrecked among the groups of uninhabited islands in the South Indian Ocean - has now been brought to a close, unfortunately without avail as regards the desired object. etc

from A Digest of Judgements in Board of Trade Inquiries into Shipping Casualties
“Knowsley Hall”
Inquiry held 6th April and 13th July 1880.
The Knowsley Hall was an iron ship of 1773 tons net register. She left London on the 30th of May 1879 with a general cargo, consisting chiefly of iron rails and agricultural machines, some wine, spirits, cement and a few explosives, the total being about 2650 tons; she had a crew of 35 hands and 54 passengers. From that time nothing more was heard of her. She was a thoroughly good substantial vessel etc.
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