Noteworthy People of
The first professional Sea captain of the Yacht 'Pearl' was Captain
William H.J. Ham who married the daughter of Philip Sainty, Elizabeth.
He lived at St. Kilda in the High Street, Wivenhoe.
Grand-daughter Rene Ham was due to marry Sub-Mariner John W.
Fleming during the last war but he was lost at sea with all hands in 1940.
She subsequently married a Maldon man by the name of Wenlock. She had two
sons one of whom has a business in Eld Lane, Colchester.
Wivenhoe Rangers, having won the Blake Amos Charity Cup for the third
time between 1948 - 54, Blake Amos, a local horticulturist, named a
new daffodil 'Wivenhoe Ranger' that he had produced.
Richard (Dick) Husk CBE of the family of Husks who for 100 years built
some outstanding yachts revealed to
Peter Green that during the Earthquake of 1884, his father's mother was
killed when a chimney fell on her head. In the national press of the day,
it was said that there were no fatalities. The Husk boatyard was taken
over by Vospers during the second world war and afterwards sold to James
Captain Albert Turner was the last professional
skipper for King George 5th. He lived in the High Street, in the house
below Malting Yard. He died in 1948. He skippered the Britannia which won
over 200 races in her racing career. The Master Headsman was his nephew Johnny
Turner for the 10 years up to the scuttle of the boat on orders of the
King at his death. As Master Headsman, Johnny Turner sailed aloft during
races, and his brother, Fred, was the boatman. 'Monkey' Byford was another headsman on her.
Green's Grandfather, James (Friday) Green was also a selected
crew member on the Britannia. At the age of 23, he crewed on the yacht 'Genesta'
in the America's Cup in
1885. It was in New
York Harbour that Genesta collided with the American yacht Puritain, with
Puritain ruled in the wrong, giving England the Cup. But the owner of
Genesta said that he could not accept it on a technicality. After repairs,
they re-sailed and lost, so the America's Cup never returned to England.
Captain George Pittuck,
another Wivenhoe skipper, was at the helm of 'Volante' the British entry
in the first ever America's Cup race in 1851.
last sailmaker in Wivenhoe for the old sailing smacks was Hector Barr who had the premises on
the Quay now occupied by the Nottage Institute. He sold up at auction in
Bayard Brown, American Millionaire. His steam
yacht was kept at the ready for going to sea , but never did. This
eccentric recluse who, when he did come ashore, would throw gold coins to
the young lads and lasses on the Quay. His yacht was the 'Valfreya' which
stayed at anchor at Wivenhoe, opposite the Fingringhoe sand works, for 40 years without moving. Bosun on her was
Mr sainty who also ran the Wivenhoe Fingringhoe Ferry. He lived in Paget
Road (Paget is the family name of the Marquis of Anglesea)
2002, Wivenhoe's oldest resident was Mrs Ham at 101 years, and
lived with her daughter, Shirley, in Alresford Road, Wivenhoe. Her brothers Claude
and Edward Percival were international sailors. Claude served on the
SY Rosabelle and Ted on Shamrock II, built for Sir Thomas Lipton for the
1901 America's Cup Challenge, and one of three Shamrocks eventually built.
Claude played football for Wivenhoe Rovers in the 1920s with Peter Green's
father, Alec Green.
Contributions by Peter Green.