Captain W.A. Prentice retired on Saturday after 42 years’ service with the Goole Steam Shipping fleet, 29 of which have been as master.
In 1915, Capt. Prentice was in charge of the Hodder, laying telegraph cables in the Scapa Flow. He then went on to take over prisoner transport between Harwich and Rotterdam. He subsequently started the Hull-Zeebrugge three trips per week service in charge of the Duke of Clarence. The service called for six night voyages each week, each of 13 hours duration and Capt. Prentice had a very hard time. So well and regularly did he manage the service that people in Zeebrugge said that they could almost set their clocks by the Duke poking her nose round the old Mole at 6.45 a.m.
Capt. Prentice was an excellent seaman and the seafaring community of Zeebrugge and crews of other vessels in port had greatly admired the way he had handled the Duke of Connaught. He was wished a long and happy retirement by colleagues at his retirement evening on Tuesday and hopes were expressed that he would have many happy memories of his years in the Goole-Continental steamers.
Goole Times 13 Aug ,1937 GOOLE CAPTAIN INTERRED
MANY REPRESENTATIVES OF PORT’S TRADE
COLLEAGUES’ LAST TRIBUTE
Representatives of every branch of shipping in Goole attended the funeral of Captain W. A. Prentice at Goole Cemetery on Friday.
Capt. Prentice had been connected with Goole ships all his life and had for 42 years served with the Goole Steam Shipping Co. He was an ardent worker for Carlisle Terrace Methodist Church. His death on Wednesday at the age of 67, robbed the port of one of the best known seamen.
Prior to the interment a service was held at his home 39, Westfield Avenue, conducted by the Rev. H. Ogden, who also officiated at the graveside. Former colleagues of the G.S.S. preceded the cortege.
The family mourners were Mrs. Prentice (widow), Mr. Tom Prentice, Mr A E Prentice, Mr W Prentice, Mr Roy Prentice, (sons), Mrs A Jackson, Mrs H Gill, Miss Madge and Miss Mable Prentice, (daughters) Mrs Gaskin, Mrs Waddingham, Mrs Raine (sisters), Miss Connie and Miss Irene Jackson (granddaughters), Mr A Jackson, Mrs T Prentice, Mrs A F Prentice, (son- in- law and daughters-in-law), Mrs T Prentice, Mrs Chiltern, Mr and Mrs R Prentice (cousins), Mr and Mrs Hatcliffe (nephew and niece), Mr and Mrs Lagg, Mr and Mrs Pettinger , Miss Pettinger, Mr Readshaw, Mr and Mrs Clarke, Mrs J C Jackson, Mr. J West, Mr G Cotter, Mr A Thompson.
Representatives of the G.S.S. were Commander W B Clementson R.D, R.N.R., Mr F Woodhead, (representing Mr J Mapplebeck), Mr H E Steele (representing Mr E Davies), Captains R H Sherwood, R B Hodgson, J J Barker, W Rockett, G Thorpe, J Blackburn, C ETree, J W Laverack, J A Collier, W E King, J Cole, J Smith, E Willmott, W Cook, Mr W A Tree (Marine Engineer), Mr F Hilling, Mr E R Wheldrake, Mr C R Ingleby, Mr C W Bellwood, Mr A Butterick, Mr H Burnitt, Mr J Story, Mr D Weather, Mt G W Thompson, Mr W A Wilson.
The Royal Arch Chapter of the Aire and Calder Lodge of Freemasons were represented by Companions J F Chambers MEZ, A H L Glew IPZ, S B Atkinson, H Tasker, J W Cooper, A Tree, J A B Milner, and A E Smith.
Representatives from Carlisle Terrace Methodist Church were Mr H D Moore, Mr H Fish, Mr H Smith, Mr R Sherburn, Mr R Penistone, Mr A J Oates, Mr C E Ramsey (Sunday School) Mrs Howitt, Mr J W Fennellow,
Represented the Pilotage Examination Committee and others present were Pilot E Ashton, Mr W Yonhill, (representing A Lacey and Co.) Mr C Flower, Mr T May, Mr J E H Thompson.
Floral tributes were from “His sorrowing wife” “Hilda, Mable and Madge”, “Tom, Edith and Cathryn”, “Ted and Dorothy”, “John and Doreen”, “Roy and Maud”, “Baby Joan”, “Nellie, Albert, Connie and Rene”, Commander and Mrs W Prentice Liverpool, Mr and Mrs A Gaskin and Family, Mr and Mrs R Prentice, Mr and Mrs Raine, Sister Annie and Family, Mr and Mrs H Hatcliffe and family, “Billy and Ada”, Mrs Readshaw and family, Mr and Mrs F Prentice, Mrs T Prentice and Mrs Chilton, Capt and Mrs J R Sykes, Capt G E Lea and family, Mr and Mrs H Smith, Mr and Mrs E B Timm junr, “Cousin Bob and Edith”, Mrs J Cecil Jackson, A Thompson and G Cotter, “Nellie and Clara”, Mr and Mrs J W Pettinger, Mrs White, Frank and Kathleen, Mrs Storr and Lilly, Mr and Mrs W Clarke, Capt. And Mrs Stevens, “Mary”, Mr and Mrs H Levy, Capt and Mrs Trigg, Capt and Mrs A E Tree, The neighbours of Bournville.
Wreaths were also received from the following organisations - Carlisle Terrace Church Trustees, A Lacey and Co. Hull and Goole, Carlisle Terrace Primary Dept., Members of the Goole branch of the British Legion, The officers and companions of the Aire and Calder Chapter of Royal Arch Freemasons No.458, Port agent and staff of the Goole Steam Shipping Co., The Marine Supt., staff, captains, officers and engineers of the Associated Humber Line, Goole steamer.