Our congratulations, and we feel sure those of the towns people of Goole generally, are extending to Captain T. W. Kitwood, master of the Goole steamer s s Berlin, who has just completed his twenty fifth year on the Goole to Hamburg route, and who, by the completion of his last voyage to Hamburg on Tuesday, made his 740th voyage to the German port. It was on April 20th 1875, that Captain Kitwood made his first voyage from Hamburg to Goole in charge of the s s Dinnington, belonging to Messrs Alexandra Meek and Co, who had, at the time, just commenced to foster the Hamburg trade. He celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of the day in Hamburg, where he had arrived in charge of the Berlin the previous day. Upon reaching the dock he was accorded a most hearty reception by a large number of friends, who had come down to the quay to await his arrival. The Captain had perforce to hold a sort of informal reception on the dock, being quickly surrounded by a larg body of persons, consisting of gentlemen connected with the shipping and his own personal friends in the town, all anxious to extend their congratulations. In addition to this, he was the recipient of about fifty cards of congratulation from persons in various parts of Germany. To use the captains own phase he never had such a hearty reception in his life, and that the Hamburg people have a most friendly and kindly regard for the English. Not, however, that he had ever found it otherwise, for he had always known it to be the same, and therefore it is not surprising to hear that he does not believe in all the ill feeling that is said to exist between the two countries. On the evening of his arrival he was invited to diner, given in his honour by the agents and his personal friends in the town, where he again had the most hearty welcome, and his health was cordially drunk. On Friday evening after again dining with his friends, the party attended the Barnum and Baileys show, which was visiting the town. Captain Kitwood has received many presents from his friends at the other side of the North sea, only one of which he has yet brought home. This is a beautiful crystal goblet, where on is cut the occasion, the date and the captains initials. We may mention, as showing the manner in which Hamburg trade has increased since Captain Kitwood commenced on this route, that his first ship to Hamburg was one of 400 tons, whilst his present charge, the Berlin, is a fine vessel of over 1000.
Goole Times 27April 1900
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