There passed away on Friday at 51 Kingsway, Goole, Captain Alfred Watson Braham, who was one of the best known ex-master mariners of the port.
He was a native of Knottingley and was born 66 years ago to a seafaring life, his father being a sailor and commanding one of the old schooners of his day.
In 1913, The Goole Times wrote: falling out with school at a very early age, (Capt. Braham) took a berth as call boy on the s.s. Lord John Russel, a trader between London and Dunkirk, at 7s.6d. a month. He subsequently served under his father and later sailed in the Excelsior of Goole, under Capt. Cole. The Richard and Emily, of Goole, was another vessel in which Capt. Braham sailed for a period and, after a series of somewhat adventurous voyages, he settled down for a couple of years with the late Capt. John Wethererall.
Capt. Braham returned to Goole about 1877 and commenced to serve in the weekly steamers between Goole and the Continent, his first steamer being the Dinnington.
After serving on a number of other ships, his final ship was the Dearne, from which he retired in September 1913, for health reasons.