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Can anyone help David Paterson?


I was so very excited to find the website of the Newhaven Action Group and I wish you all success in your efforts to re-establish the Newhaven Heritage Museum.


For some time I have been trying with little success to find information on a group of Newhaven fishermen who, I understand, in 1889 were contracted to work as boatmen at Port Elizabeth in South Africa and was hoping that you might be able to give me more information on this event.


My grandfather, David Paterson, a Newhaven fishermen died at the age of 40 in 1901 and my late cousin Tom McGowran, in his history of “Newhaven, Port of Grace”, suggests our grandfather died as a result of malaria picked up in South Africa.


This was a surprise to me as, other than working at the fishing, I had never heard tell of our grandfather having ever been outside of Newhaven, far less South Africa.  Unfortunately Tom had died before I had an opportunity to discuss this with him.


However finding a reference to Newhaven Fishermen in South Africa in the 19th December 1889 issue of The Aberdeen Journal lends some credence to Tom’s suggestion and I’m hoping you can add to the story or suggest any avenue of research.

David Paterson

Paterson Kinfolk


I have only just discovered your website and I read the item regarding David Paterson with great interest.


My great grandfather, Boreas Lyon Hall, also went out to South Africa to work as a boatman, but not with the original group of 50 men mentioned in Tom McGowran's excellent book "Newhaven on Forth" (pages 68/9).  This book must be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the history of Newhaven.


"The Society of Free Fishermen of Newhaven - a short history" (1951) is another interesting read.


Boreas was one of 20 men from Newhaven who sailed from Southampton on 28 March 1896 on board "Harlech Castle" bound for Algoa Bay ( Port Elizabeth). The passenger list shows their occupations as "boatmen", which was the occupation-to-be of the earlier contingent.


The 19 others as shown on the passenger list were:











Boreas died whilst in South Africa.  According to my mother, he drowned, according to my Aunt, he died of pneumonia. I am still trying to find out exactly what happened, but without success.  His death was not recorded by the Port Elizabeth authorities.                                                                                                                                   David Evans, Crosby