THOMAS M. M. HEMY (1852-1937) - PAGE 12


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This is page 3 on the subject of 'And Every Soul Was Saved' or 'Every Soul Was Saved'. More data about this work & subject are available on these pages: 10 & 11. This page is devoted to Captain Hamilton Murrell, the good captain of the Missouri.

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What I next provide is a composite image that records the ceremony at the Mansion House in London, England, on May 25, 1889, at which the efforts of Captain Hamilton Murrell of the Missouri were honoured. The image comes from the Jun. 1, 1889 edition of Illustrated London News.

The caption under the image reads 'Presentation of testimonials to Captain Murrell, of the steam-ship Missouri, at the Mansion House' - all in block letters in fact. I read that it was the Lord Mayor of London who in fact presented the testimonials, not just to Captain Murrell but also to other officers & crew of the Missouri. So that must be the Lord Mayor of London, at right. And the Mayor read a letter of praise from Prince Bismarck. You can locate my source for that data in the New York Times articles linked on page 11, under the date of May 25, 1889. And within the most extensive text at that link, it is stated (April 23, 1889), that Captain Murrell was then 28 years of age, but a most experienced Captain indeed. But we now also have (below) the words that were printed in the London Times of the same date.

And next the words about that Mansion House presentation as they appeared in 'The Times' of London on Saturday, May 25, 1889. With one exception - I rearranged what was one long column into sections for ease of viewing & reading on this page. I trust that you will be able to read every word!

I see with interest that the Captain was born in Colchester, England, & below, thanks to Sally Lloyd of Wales, U.K., I now have some biographic data on site about Captain Murrell who was, I understand, Sally's great uncle. The Captain's name was, I learn, correctly 'Frederick William Hamilton Murrell' but he was known as Hamilton, maybe to distinguish him from his father who was also named Frederick.

I see also that the Captain was to meet with the President of the United States in Washington upon his next trip to the U.S. - amongst other festivities planned during his stay there. That next Missouri trip left Swansea, Wales, for the U.S. on May 31, 1889. The U.S. President the Captain would have met was Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), who served as President from Mar. 4, 1889 to Mar. 4, 1893 (source), having defeated Grover Cleveland in 1888.


'Our' Captain Murrell was born on Jun. 15, 1862 in Colchester, Essex, England, the oldest of seven children born to Frederick Murrell(s) (1834 - 1909) & Catherine Chapman. A sea faring family by all accounts, as ship builders & ship owners in West Hartlepool, & as captains and master mariners. Hamilton's father served for a number of years as the captain of cable laying steamers that laid deep sea telegraph cables throughout the world.

Hamilton Murrell's fame re the Danmark/Missouri rescue was wide spread. He was single at the time of that rescue, but later emigrated to the United States & there he met & married Mary McCormick in Baltimore. They had 5 children. Hamilton died, from heart trouble it would seem, on Sep. 6, 1916 at the young age of 54. The family was then residing at 1419 Eutaw Place, in Baltimore.

The above data appears here courtesy of Sally Lloyd, but principally originates, I learn from the Jun. 1996 issue of 'Murrells Miscellany', published twice a year by Mr. Donavan J. Murrells of 'Murrell(s) Family History Society' (428 Bedonwell Road, Abbey Wood, London SE2 0SE, England). Donavan wrote the article from material lent to him by Sally's aunt Barbara Murrell, who passed away in Dec. 2004.

Hamilton Murrell's youngest son was Alan Hamilton Murrell, who created the State of Maryland's 'Office of the Public Defender' in 1971, served there for 19 years, & passed away in 1999 at the age of 97. He was the 'Lawyer for the Poor', fought with legislators for sufficient funds to run the public defender's office, & was considered by many, I read, to be the greatest criminal defence lawyer in Maryland history.

Thank you so much, Sally Lloyd & Donavan Murrells! And Barbara Murrell also - who surely could not have ever imagined her family data ending up gracing this page!

More about the above when I have more to tell you!

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