A Mariners Certificate of Discharge book, James Easson, with signature of Captain Edward Smith,
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A Mariners Certificate of Discharge book, James Easson, with signature of Captain Edward Smith,
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A Mariners Certificate of Discharge book, James Easson, with signature of Captain Edward Smith,
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A Mariners Certificate of Discharge book, James Easson, with signature of Captain Edward Smith,
whilst master of the RMS Baltic, from Liverpool to New York, 18 July- 9 August 1906. With later records of voyages, including service on two voyages as extra 3rd Cook on board the RMS Carpathia, including the voyage from February 9th- May 31st 1912, when the vessel resuced the survivors from the RMS Titanic.

Footnotes

  • James Easson was born in Liverpool in 1887. He signed on the RMS Baltic as Scullion, a lowly kitchen servant or pot washer and served on board until 1907. Only the first signature by Captain Smith is in manuscript, the others are ink stamps as was common. The RMS Baltic was built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast and launched in November 1903. At the time she was the largest ship in the world and was commanded by Captain Edward Smith from her maiden voyage in 1904. Easson then continued in service with other White Star Line vessels, including the Lusitania, rising slowly through the kitchen hierarchy, joining the RMS Carpathia as extra 3rd Cook in August 1911. The RMS Carpathia famously resuced the survivors from the RMS Titanic after the sinking, picking up 705 people in the early hours of Monday April 15th 1912. This Discharge document continues to record Easson's nautical career until June 1912, when he was discharged from the SS Caronia.
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