Alice Ann Adamson
The webmaster is
1st cousin three times removed.
was born in Shildon, Co.Durham to parents Daniel Adamson and Mary
Adamson (nee Pickard)
sister Lavinia (16) were christened at St.Mary's Church,
1868 December 15 :
Alice married Joseph Leigh,
spinner / mill
owner of Stockport, Cheshire
: At Whitehaven, in
English Lake District, Alice
launched a ship which carried
her own name "Alice A Leigh".
It was a four masted barque owned by the Alice A Leigh
Shipping Co. of Liverpool, and capable of an England-Australia voyage
in about 100 days at speeds
to 330 miles / day.
ALICE A LEIGH "
In her final year ( of 33 ) she was renamed " REWA "
The webmaster sought expert advice over what in this photograph seem to
be gun ports.
Apparently the cosmetic 'ports' are painted on as a deterrent to
pirates and the like.
What goes round comes round, as the saying goes. The webmaster attended
Stockport Technical School
which in its first manifestation was founded by Alice's husband Sir
As was the custom the scholars were tasked with projects for the summer
Sixty years ago the webmaster's project was to research the
decoration of British warships in the 1800s !
After 33 years service her last voyage ended August 1922
in Auckland, New Zealand were she spent the
next eight years moored at Northcote Point.
Later a plan to set her
as a breakwater failed when she ran
aground at Shipwreck
Bay, Moturekareka Island.
She was the last of her kind on the British Register.
1889 Nov 8 Alice officially opened The Stockport
Technical School, now
Alice and her family lived at Tabley House, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 0EZ. There were 9 family members; 3 visitors &
Joseph was knighted, hence the couple were then
Sir Joseph and Lady Alice .
1908 September 22
Alice's husband Joseph died at The Towers, Didsbury [link] , Manchester, M20
father-in-law Daniel Adamson died there in 1890.
1911 census. Lady Alice A
Leigh, at 26 Kent
Road, Harrogate, HG1 2LE, with
children : Alice Mary; Joseph Egerton; Oswald Bowes.
Alice Ann Leigh died, aged 81yrs.
was 'Duneside' 115, South-promenade, St.Anne's-on-Sea,
There was a sea-view.
The titles 'Lady' and 'Dame' are defined at
latter is, in modern times normally only used on legal documents.
For example 'Dame' in Alice's case is in a solicitors' notice
in the London Gazette of 17 July 1928.
More about 'Alice'
(as linked to above)