I have a small bit of info on Blair. He was born on November 11, 1874 in Newport, Isle of Wight. In 1896, having failed an exam for his second mate's "ticket" months earlier, Blair wrote to the "Examiner of Master and Mates-Dundee" for permission to retake his exam. His three month wait to retake the exam was not yet up, he explained in his cramped script. He was granted permission and passed his exam, for which he was awarded a second mate's certificate or "ticket".