Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Hugh Chaffey Bennett
Who died March 16th 1890,
Aged 51 Years
"Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling"
Late Captain S. S. "Oratova"
Who died May 4th 1904
Aged 37 Years.
Interred at Lewisham Cemetery, London
"Ever in loving memory"
Hugh Chaffey Bennett was born in 1838 in Thorncombe, Dorset
He married Maria POOLE on 05 Jun 1865 in Bathealton, Somerset
He is listed in the 1871 census living in Cornwall, where he is an innkeeper and farmer, living with his wife and their two children, Hugh Chaffey junior and Emily Poole.
Also resident were his sister, brother-
The Bankruptcy Act, 1869. ln the County Court of Devonshire, holden at Barnstaple.
In the Matter of Proceedings for Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition with Creditors, instituted by Hugh Chaffey Bennett, of Stratton, in the county of Cornwall, Hotel Keeper and Farmer.
NOTICE is hereby given, that a Second General Meeting of the creditors of the above-
R. I. BENCRAFT, Attorney for the said Hugh Chaffey Bennett
By 1881 he is living at 53 Cambridge Rd, Hastings, with his wife, daughter Emily, then aged 13, and a servant. He died in 1890 in Hastings
1891 census shows his widow at 25 Eversfield Place, Hastings. Emily, aged 23 is living with her, and there is a ‘lady help’ and two servants.
Hugh Chaffey Bennett 1869 -
Hugh Chaffey BENNETT the younger was born in 1866 in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. He married Louisa BABBAGE in 1898 in Bridgewater, Somerset. (Before this, he was involved in a writ for breach of promise. See p.2)
In the 1901 Census they are living in Lambeth, and his occupation is shown as Master Mariner R.N. Reserve
Hugh Chaffey Bennett junior was the Captain of the SS Orotava according to his memorial. (For a possible explanation, See p.2)
A record of Mariners and ships in Australian Waters, 27th March, 1885, lists as crew on the Port Adelaide, sailing from the Port of London to Sydney.
CHAFFEY BENNETT, HUGH -
A New Zealand paper reports in February 1897
THE S.S. OROTAVA.
THE VESSEL'S POSITION SERIOUS. London, Feb. 27.
A report from Perim states that a heavy sea is running, and the s.s. Orotava has heeled seaward and is now bumping heavily. The vessel has sprung a leak and her position is serious. The steamer Ninto is removing the passengers and mails. A message has been despatched to Aden for farther assistance.
In March 1897 The Mercury (Hobart) reported
THE S.S. OROTAVA AFLOAT.
The steamer Orotava is again afloat. It has been found that her doublebottom keeps her water-
The following brief history of the S S Orotava does not mention the “the sinking of the British S.S. "OROTAVA," in the Tilbury Dock, Thames”
Orotava was built by Barrow Shipbuilding Co, and was launched in 1889 for the Liverpool-