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Captain John Edwards
Captain Edwards an old Cape Horner gave up the deep sea voyages and took a position of able seaman on one of the tugs owned by Captain Peter Whiteside. He worked his way up to mate and in 1889 he was master of the Stag . On the 28th May 1895 the Britannia Steam Towing Company was incorporated by Peter Whiteside, Francis Albert Alpin, John Edwards and others. John Edwards became the first manager of the company and continued until his death in 1911. He and his wife Elizabeth had shares in the tugs the Digby Grand, the Stag and others.
Below are copies of the 1901 census showing John as a Master Mariner and his son Peter T Edwards listed as a mariner

John Thomas Edwards son 1863 - 1935

On the left is a photo of John T Edwards wearing
a heavy waterproof coat suggest he worked
outside, he could have been employed on the tugs

In the census Capt Edwards son Peter Edwards is listed as a mariner, at the date of the census 1901 he was living in 20 Jones Terrace. It is possible his father Capt John Edwards gave him a job in the Britannia Towing Company. If anyone has pictures of crew members of the Britannia Towing Company or their tugs from 1895 to the 1930s please let us know
John Edwards 1909 - 1980 Grandson
Above are two letters sent to John Edwards one confirming his apprenticeship and the other a reference for a future employer. In the picture below John Edwards is on the far right of the picture kneeling down After completing his apprenticeship he worked for the Prince of Wales Dry Dock for 3 years.

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