News from 1904 Death of Capt Armstrong


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MAB note: I have only come across Capt. Armstrong as a commander on the White Star/Occidental & Oriental transpacific service and have no information about any other aspect of his career at sea.

The San Francisco Call, 9 November 1904
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Coptic's Commander Dies
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The Occidental and Oriental steamship Coptic, which will arrive here Friday,
is in command of First Officer R. Lobez. The vessel's captain, F. H.
Armstrong, was left at Yokohama when the Coptic called there bound this way.
The skipper was sick and not only unable to handle his ship, but too weak to
continue on the voyage to the Pacific Coast. He died after the Coptic
sailed - October 26. The first news of the commander's death will be told
the Coptic's crew when the pilot boards her off this harbor.

Captain Armstrong had been in the employ of the Occidental and Oriental
Steamship Company for many years as mate and master. He came from the
Atlantic to succeed Captain Rinder on the Coptic and this was his third
voyage on that vessel. He was unmarried. The cablegram received from London
telling of his death did net give any details of the sad occurrence.

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The San Francisco Call, 12 November 1904
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OCCIDENTAL LINER COPTIC COMES IN FROM ORIENT WITH HER FLAGS AT HALF-MAST
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CAPTAIN ARMSTRONG OF VESSEL IS LEFT DEAD IN JAPAN

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With her flags at half-mast, the White Star liner Coptic, sailing under
charter to the Occidental and Oriental Company, came into the harbor early
yesterday morning from the Orient. Slowly the handsome vessel steamed up the
bay and into her place at the Pacific Mail dock. Her commander, Captain
Frank Armstrong, is dead in Yokohama and the steamer was in charge of First
Officer Ralph Lobez. Captain Armstrong has been a sufferer from malarial and
typhoid fevers for many months. On the passage out from this port he was
hardly able to attend to his duties but manfully stuck to his post and
navigated the ship over the ocean. When the Coptic reached Yokohama on her
return voyage he was almost delirious from weakness and reluctantly
relinquished his command and left the ship forever. Captain Armstrong was a
thorough seaman, a careful commander, a good shipmate and the Occidental and
Oriental Steamship Company lost a faithful and efficient mariner when he
slipped his moorings and sailed out on the shoreless sea. Captain Armstrong
was a widower and is survived by two young children, who live in England.

It is thought Captain Finch of the Gaelic will be transferred to the Coptic.
After the present voyage the Gaelic will return to England and as Finch
desires to remain on this station, and moreover is known to be a skillful
commander, there is a strong possibility that he will be Armstrong's
successor.

The Coptic brought about 1300 tons of freight, a part of which was
$2,000,000 worth of raw silk.

Her cabin passengers were as follows: J. E. Gibson, A. E. Ross. Mrs. Chun
Doi, Mrs. Lew Lin, Mrs. Juan Ah Moey, Master Chun Mung Fung, Miss Ching Gum
Moy, C. E. Jansen, George C. Taulbe, Otis A. Poole, C. Nagahasi.

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The San Francisco Call, 15 November 1904
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Beadnell to Command Coptic
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Captain Frank E. Beadnell is on his way from England to this port to take
command of the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company's liner Coptic.
Captain Beadnell was formerly chief officer of the Coptic. He was in command
of the liner during the interval between the time Captain Rinder resigned
and the arrival here of Captain Armstrong, whose recent death in Yokohama
has once more created a vacancy on the "kid" ship, as the Coptic has been
known during her service out here. Captain Beadnell is one of the youngest
skippers in the White Star service and has won his promotion demonstrating
his capacity for command and showing his ability to fill the exacting
requirements of the highest rank in the merchant marine with dignity and
skill.

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