News from 1927 Retirement of Capt Beadnell


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The New York Times, 16 April 1927

SHIP CAPTAIN TO QUIT AFTER 42 YEARS AT SEA
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Commander Beadnell of Adriatic Starts Last Voyage Today--Started in
Clipper Vessels
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After forty-two years continuous service at sea, including twenty-three
years in command of White Star Line ships, Captain Frank E. Beadnell
will take the White Star liner Adriatic from New York this afternoon for
his last crossing as a commander. He will retire to his home on the Isle
of Man after he docks his ship at Liverpool. Having reached the retiring
age in his company's service, he said, he did not wish to stand in the
way of promotion for other officers.

Captain Beadnell is one of the few remaining ship masters in the
Atlantic trade whose active service began in the famous clipper ships of
England. He was a junior officer on the Titania, trading between London
and the Pacific Coast, one of her cargoes being steel rails for the
western extension of the Canadian Pacific.

He has served as master of the following ships: Coptic, Gaelic, Cymric,
Persic, Armenian, Baltic, Cufic, the original Majestic, Romanic, Celtic,
Cedric, Olympic, Megantic and Adriatic. He was second officer of the
Coptic when that ship took to Honolulu the news that the Hawaiian Island
had been annexed by the United States.

During the World War Captain Beadnell was engaged in transport service,
in which he was torpedoed in the Cymric. He rendered distinguished
service, especially in the Mediterranean, for which he was commended in
dispatches and thanked by the Admiralty. He has been honored three times
by different governments for rescues of crews at sea.

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Copied and saved to the file, thanks, MAB!

Curiously, his name doesn't ring much in the way of bells, although given his resume I would have expected to have encountered him before. I'll have to check the database, as I'm sure I must have run into him.
 

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His greatest claim to fame, if you can call it that, is that he was in command of Cymric when she was sunk, as the article states. He does appear a few other times in my White Star History, as follows:
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12 July 1907: Romanic, commanded by Capt. Beadnell, strikes and sinks
Natalie B. Nickerson, a 128 ton fishing schooner, in fog off Nantucket.
Three of the schooner's 18 fishermen are lost; the rest, together with
the captain's dog, are rescued by Romanic and brought to New York.
(Source: The Boston Daily Globe, 13 July 1907; The Boston Herald, 13
July 1907; Eaton and Haas' Falling Star.)

17 October 1913: About half-way through a New York-Southampton crossing,
Majestic I (Capt. F. E. Beadnell) encounters the French fishing schooner
Garonne, flying distress signals. After setting Garonne on fire, Capt.
Duval and his crew of 18 leave on their ship's dory and are met by one
of Majestic's lifeboats, in the charge of second officer Simonson. Once
aboard Majestic, Capt. Duval tells Capt. Beadnell that heavy weather had
opened Garonne's seams, and that she was less than a day from
sinking at the time of the rescue. (Sources: The New York Times, 31
October 1913; Haws' Merchant Fleets; Anderson's White Star.)

24 September 1922: Baltic II arrives in New York, where the public
health officer discovers that eleven of the first 200 steerage
passengers examined are infested with "vermin". As a result all 477
third-class passengers are ordered to Hoffman Island for examination and
cleansing, but the 157 U.S. citizens among them refuse to comply. It
takes seven hours for Capt. F. E. Bedanell and the ship's crew,
reinforced by New York City police and the head of IMM's private
detective force, to convince them to comply. (Source: The New York
Times, 25 September 1922.)
(The spelling of his name in the 1922 item will be changed in the next go-round.)

Since coming across the retirement article, I've run his name thru The New York Times' index and came across a few references, which I need to check out, but nothing of any particular significance appears at first blush. Compared to some of his colleagues, he seems to have maintained a fairly low profile.​
 

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The Times, 26 April 1927

WHITE STAR COMMANDER'S RETIREMENT
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When the White Star liner Adriatic arrived at Liverpool from New York on
Sunday evening, after covering 30,000 miles in Mediterranean cruises,
with New York as her base, her commander, Captain Frank Beadnell, handed
over his command and retired from the sea. His official retirement from
the White Star Line takes place on June 4, his 56th birthday. The
retiring age is 60, but Captain Beadnell voluntarily retired in order to
give younger men an opportunity. He joined the White Star as a junior
officer in 1895, and since 1904 has commanded the first Majestic, the
Laurentic, the Megantic, the Celtic, the Baltic, and the Adriatic.

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