CAPTAIN SHERWOOD Death of Goole’s oldest master mariner
By the death of Captain Charles Sherwood, of 14 Pasture Road, Goole has lost its oldest master mariner. Captain Sherwood, who was 86 years of age, died on Thursday night, after an illness extending over 15 months. For over a year he was blind.
Born in Goole, Captain Sherwood left school at the age of seven years and went to work at Potter Grange Farm. However, after four years on the farm, he decided upon a seafaring career. The schooner Friendship was his first ship.
At the age of 21 years, Sherwood had achieved his ambition by becoming a captain. His commands included the Jenny Lynn and The Five Sisters, in which he sailed to South Africa on two occasions. He also owned two vessels of his own, the schooners Aliosa and Tiger.
During this time, he was employed by the Co-operative Wholesale Society but, when they sold their vessels to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, he was transferred to the railway company and sailed in the Cambrian and Marianne Briggs, both steam vessels.
He retired at the age of 68 years, when in command of the Unity.