Date of Birth- 16th January 1855, Wisbech St Peter, Cambridgeshire.
Parents- William Denby of Cowick, Yorkshire. Mary Ann Cann of Upwell, Norfolk.
Spouse- William married Mary Moody of Goole at the parish church in Goole 31st March 1875, William was 21 years of age and Mary was 20 years.
William Denby's "Mate's Ticket" was issued 22nd October 1880,
"Master's Ticket" was issued 1st August 1855. Census information shows the following:-
1861 aged 6 living at number 2 Queen street, Wisbech St Peter.
1881 "Second Mate" aboard SS China (67824) in Goole.
1891 "Mate" aboard SS Navarra (86675) in Nelson bay dock Rotherhithe.
1901 Residence 30 Sotherton? street Goole, occupation "Master Mariner"
According to Captain Denby's service record the vessels on which he served throughout his career included amongst others:-
Elizabeth Kilner-65579 Tiger- 50416 Young Hudson- 65562 Ocean Spray- 18256 Ann& Jane- 24476 India- 67820 SS Africa SS Mopsa
Captain Denby died 5th April 1919 at 7 Spring Gardens Goole and is buried in Goole cemetery along with his Wife Mary, his death was mentioned in the "Hull Daily Mail" under the heading:-
"DEATH OF HUMBER MASTER MARINER" "A well known Humber Master Mariner,Captain William Denby, died suddenly at his home, 7 Spring Gardens, Goole on Saturday. Latterly he had not enjoyed good health, and for a month had been an in-patient at the Hull infirmary, returning from that institution five weeks ago. On Friday he was out and about but during the night had a seizure from which he did not rally. He was 64 years of age and commenced going to sea as a boy of ten. Practically for fifty years he was sailing out of Goole. He was first in the service of the late Mr James Hudson, a former Goole ship owner, about 30 years ago he joined the Bennett Steamship company and becoming Master commanded in turn all of their ships. He retired a few years ago when he was commodore of the fleet. He was twice married and leaves an upgrown family of four sons and three daughters."
Information kindly submitted by Frank Ridgway, Great Great Grandson of Captain William Denby