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Successful Career of a Fishguard…


Successful Career of a Fishguard Man. The "Holyhead Mail" for June 24th last contained the following very interesting article on the successful career of a Fishguard man: Captain Clay, commodore of the L. and N.-W. Railway fleet of steamers, and now in command of the magnificent twin-screw express steamer Scotia,' retires from the service next week. He was born in 1836 at Fishguard, and belongs to a very old and highly-respected family. His first experience of sea-faring life was when, as a lad of eleven, he was on board the Fame,' of Youghal, com- manded by his father, and carrying supplies of Indian corn and flour to Cork, Limerick, and Youghal, during the time of the distressing and heartrending Irish famine. During the Crimean campaign, Capt Clay was on board the 'Ulreka,' of Sunderland, which was employed by the Commissariat De- partment in carrying supplies and provisions from Constantinople to Balaclava, and during the two years he was thus engaged he was witness of many stirring and thrilling scenes of war. For 3U years, Capt Clay has done his duty in a manly and courageous way to the L. and N.-W. Railway Company. He was on the Greenore station for 10 years, and the first ship he captained on the L. and N.-W. service was the 'Admiral Morsom,' a paddle steamer, running to Dublin with passengers and cargo, which he took charge of in the year 1881. Since that date he has crossed the Irish sea over 13,000 times, and since 1873 has made the passage over 20,000 times, so that he has navigated the boats on the service almost 11 million miles. During his career he has had ontire charge over the lives of 1} million passengers, and Capt Clay is to be congratulated upon a record which can show entire immunity fron accidents of a serious nature. That this is so proves he is a man of iron nerve, cool-headed, and poss- essed of all those qualifications which fit a man for the honour of holding valuable lives in his charge. Capt Clay has not only kept lives in safety but he has rescued others from what must have been certain death but for his timely aid. In the year 1883, he picked up six of the crew of the 'Brothers of Arklow,' who must have drowned but for his help. About ten years ago, he rescued the captain of the ship Captain Parry,' of Dublin, who had been in an open boat at the mercy of the waves for nineteen hours, he being the only survivor out of the whole of the ship's company. Our readers will remewber that Capt Clay was in command of the Scotia' when the illfated Primrose Hill' went down with 32 of her crew. The gallant captain heroically endeavoured to rescue the Primrose Hill' from the cruel destruction towards which she was rushing, but owing to the terrible sea running, and the dangerous rocks on that part of the coast, the attempt was not successful. For his courage Capt Clay's name was placed upon record at the Board of Trade inquiry into the disaster. But although Capt Clay could not rescue the unfortunate crew from their sad fate, he was anxious that they should not lie in a nameless grave and be for- gotten, and it was mainly through his efforts that the beautiful monument which now covers the dead was erected. Capt Clay will be missed by everyone who was in any way connected with the railway steamers, and his familiar figure will be eager- ly looked for by those passengers who have not heard of his retirement, for he was loved and respected by all who came into contact with him, and a great friend of many who crossed the channel regularly. It is no hyperbole to say that he was almost worshipped by his crew, who, in token of their regard, have presented him with an address express- ing their appreciation of his qualities as a master. Capt Clay informed our representa- tive that he valued it highly on account of its having come from the men thercsslves as a mark of their sincere regard for him person- ally. During the time he has been in the service Capt Clay has commanded all the vessels on the station in their turn, and has frequently had Royalty under his charge. He will bo greatly missed by all who are connected with the steamers, and many are the expressions of regret from notable people at the severance of the ties which bound him to them. Throughout his career the gallant captain has done his duty faithfully and well, has treated rich and poor with a courtesy which could not be excelled, and is now going to rest upon his well-earned laurels, followed by the heartiest wishes for a happy and peaceful old age from those who knew, and therefore respected him."

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