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Pelican Badly Damaged

From the Hastings News of14/11/1879

The well-known sailing coaster the Pelican, a brigantine, came ashore at the Fishmarket on Tuesday 11 November to discharge her coal.  In the evening when a stiff breeze was blowing she was being hauled off when the hawser broke.  She was knocked broadside and waves dashed against her.  After the tide receded it was found that she was much strained, with her bulwarks on one side washed away, and the water pouring through her in streams.  It then emerged that the hawser had almost certainly been cut, and the police issued a notice offering £10 reward on convicting the villain.

The vessel was further damaged on Wednesday, and it was feared she would become a total wreck.  But on 14 November she was successfully launched and towed to Rye Harbour for repairs - “very lucky craft”. She was nearly 40 years old and was owned by Messrs Ginner & Co.

Will Ginner Dies

From the Hastings News of 04/07/1873

The well-known former mayor Will Ginner JP died on 30 June in his 74th year at his High Street home.  For 30 years he was on the Council, alderman 13 years and mayor 1854, 58, 62, 68.  He became manager of the Gas Company soon after it was formed in 1830, until 1856.  He was an unpretending but genuine Christian gentleman.


His son and family are at AB D01/2. [Below] His son was also Mayor but known as William, the father is usually referred to as Will.