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With the majority of the Mucklestons living in and around landlocked Shropshire and Bedfordshire it is not surprising that we did not have many sailors in the family. Researching sailors is also quite difficult. There were also two types of sailor those belonging to the “Royal Navy” and those who worked on the merchant ships and were known as “Merchant Sailors”. In 1844 Regulations were introduced in order to establish a Register Ticket system; each British Seaman leaving the United Kingdom had to have a Ticket. The register covers the years 1845 – 1854. Thanks to this register we have information on two members of the family who were born in London who became sailors.

Thomas Muckleston


The first ticket was numbered 102368 and was for Thomas Muckleston. This is most likely to be Thomas Muckleston the son of Joseph Muckleston and Eliza Pinks, who married Anne Lovejoy in 1850. He was working as a Dock Labourer in 1851.


The description given on the seaman's ticket was “Thomas Muckleston born Holborn 23 May 1826 a Seaman, Aged 19. Can Write. Five feet 3½ inches tall. Brown Hair, Fair Complexion. Blue Eyes. Marks on left Hand. First went to sea as a boy in 1840. Has not served in the Royal Navy. Ticket Issued at Liverpool 11th June 1845”.


Charles Muckleston


The second ticket was numbered 347502 and was for Charles Muckleston. This is most likely to be Charles Muckleston baptised at St Pancras London on 27th May 1832, the son of Charles Muckleston and Ann (nee Grice), who married Mary Ann Taylor in 1857, we do not have a death recorded for him at present.


The description given on the seaman's ticket was Charles Muckleston born London 4th December 1831. Capacity – Apprentice. Height – growing. Hair – Brown. Complexion – fair. Eyes – Hazel. First went to sea as an apprentice in 1847. When unemployed resides at Bishopsgate. Issued London 15th January 1848.


Frederick and Joseph Muckleston


The 1861 census shows two more sailors in the family. The first was Frederick Muckleston age 16 born London who was on board the “Impregnable” at Devonport Cornwall. He was a Boy 2nd Class. The second was Joseph Muckleston aged 18 born London who was on board the “Cambridge” also docked in Cornwall. He was a Boy 1st class.


We have a Frederick Muckleston born in 1844 in Holborn London, the son of William Joseph Muckleston and Elizabeth (nee Hawkins). This is the last information we have on this Frederick and we do not know what happened to him after 1861. He may have died at sea or decided to settle overseas. Joseph is Joseph John Muckleston older brother of Frederick also born in Holborn. He became a Railway Porter (in 1873), a Brewers Labourer (in 1881) and then a Brewers (Tunman from 1892). A Tunman was “A General Brewer's Assistant, Cleaner and Caretaker.”


Their father William Joseph worked as a Solicitors Clerk which was a relatively well paid occupation in 1861 so we could assume that the boys went to sea because they wanted to rather than because family poverty made it essential.  William had three sons as well as Joseph and Frederick he also had Alfred Thomas born in 1846. Alfred was a railway porter, then an engineer in a factory and then a warehouseman. It is also possible that the person mentioned in “A Fishy Tale” (chapter 51) is this William who may have been in the Navy in his youth and maybe his children decided to follow in their fathers’ footsteps.


Charles William Amos Muckleston

Charles William Amos Muckleston was another family member who also went in to the navy this time the Royal Navy. He was born in 1907 in Holborn London the eldest son of Charles Amos Muckleston who was a gold and silver chaser who had six other children. When he went into the navy aged 15 or 16 he lost touch with his family. Charles was serving with HMS Repulse at the time of his marriage and his residence on the marriage certificate is given as 167 Balls Pond Road. The witnesses to the marriage were W J Skinner and AW C Jeffery. When his daughter Eileen was born on 1st January 1935 Charles was serving as a steward in the Royal Navy and the family address was given as 25 Percy Road, Wallington Surrey. When Eileen married in 1956 his occupation is given as Sales Manager.


Charles Christian Muckleston


Charles Christian Muckleston (1903 – 1983) was appointed Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy on 26 March 1941 during WWII. He would have had to have had a naval career prior to this to have been appointed to such a high position and was almost certainly a career mariner. After the war he continued his sailing career. In 1954 he was captain of a ship laying cables under the Atlantic (see chapter 65 Oops).



I am sure there are probably more family members who sailed the high seas yet to be found. If you know of any please let me know.