In 2001 I set out upon a journey, sailing if you will, upon an incredibly vast sea called the Internet. What began as a mild curiosity into a story about my family's history has grown into what you see here .. a website.

My great grandfather was a ship's captain whose ship was tossed upon an atoll somewhere in the South Pacific in 1906. We were mistakenly told by my grandmother that it rode a tsunami caused by the San Francisco earthquake. With little more than that, I began searching the Internet and was soon caught up in a tidal wave of information. This website is a collection of that information, put together for the enjoyment of my family. It is by no means an exhaustive research and is certainly open to correction by those concerned with maritime history. My great grandfather was not the only man to captain the County of Roxburgh. He was however the last, and it is his story I am relating. But if by some remote chance some other interested relative of another captain or crew member happens upon this website ... wonderful!

Actually, I welcome any visitors to this site who have knowledge of the County of Roxburgh to please share your knowledge.

On this page I want to acknowledge certain people and their websites. I am so appreciative of the individuals who took time to respond to my e-mails and snail mails. I am also including links to sites with suggestions on how and where to research maritime history, in case any other family members have the desire to dig deeper. For now at least, I must put the story to rest. My own home port needs attention.

Barbara Hutchison Seeley
November 30, 2001
revised June 2014


UPDATE 2017

The remote chance I hoped for in 2001 has happened. The grandson of William Miller discovered this website and contacted me. Now a new page has been added to the website: First Mate Miller.

I am grateful to Sue and Geoff Miller of Sydney, Australia for sending me their photographs, documents and the history of Geoff's grandfather.

Could Captain Leslie and First Mate Miller ever have imagined that their lives would be brought together again more than 100 years later by decendants living 7,500 miles apart?



ROBERT VECCELLA
http://archeonavale.org/

BILL CUMMING
http://www.ScottishClipper.com
Maritime historian and author of "Gone"
A Chronicle of the Seafarers & Fabulous Clipper Ships of R & J Craig of Glasgow

GEOFF & SUE MILLER
Sydney, Australia - Grandson of First Mate William Miller

THE LATE CAPTAIN ARTHUR M. KIMBERLY
http://www.squaresail.com/romance.html

GREG & CAROL ALLRED
http://www.leolani.net/Tahiti/02%20Takaroa.html

INA KOYS
http://www.tallshipstales.de/90s/Christmas_1997.php

HARRY KILBRIDE

BRITISH MARITIME RESEARCH
http://www.barnettmaritime.co.uk

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL
http://photopolis.dundeecity.gov.uk


THE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
http://www.com.univ-mrs.fr/IRD/atollpol/ukintro.html




I hope you have enjoyed this story. Thank you for visiting.


http://www.barbaraseeley.com

barbaraseeley@me.com