Appleton family of Tollesbury

A collection of photographs and documents, mostly loaned by Jenny Bibby née Scott of Tollesbury.
Her Great Grandfather was Stephen Appleton, born c1852 and lost overboard from his smack EMILY 18 December 1913. He was one of those charged with piracy in the 1894 Culch War.
Ernest Stephen Appleton was the son of Stephen Appleton, born c1876. At the age of 13 in 1889, he was apprenticed to his father for 4 years.
Photographs show Ernest in the crew of the steam yacht ROMOLA, the gaff cutter WEST WIND, and in 1910 as Mate of the yacht SUNSHINE.
Ernest Appleton was booked on TITANIC to join a yacht in the States but there was a delay and he was rebooked on the OLYMPIC. He was also knocked overboard from a yacht in the Atlantic and was in the water a considerable time before being picked up.
For many years, Ernest was paid hand on the yawl SAUNTERER owned by Thomas Belt and based at Blyth in Northumberland.
James Robert Appleton was twin brother of Ernest and he also crewed on the yachts. A photograph shows him on the steam yacht MENA.

Atlantic Crossings on passenger ships
A further series of images from Jenny Bibby's collection covers a number of Atlantic crossings by Ernest Appleton and other Tollesbury men, as passengers going to America to crew yachts. Ships included are OCEANIC, PHILADELPHIA and ST. PAUL.
From Peter Bibby: I found the 1912 passenger lists for the OLYMPIC online and the April 3rd sailing (7 days before TITANIC sailed) 1912 from Southampton had the following Tollesbury men listed:
Henry Pettican age 42 second class to New York
Ernest Appleton age 35 third class to Hartford Connecticut
Clifford Rice age 23 third class to Hartford Connecticut
Albert Riley age 28 third class
Charles Smith age 18 third class
Walter Howe age 25 third class

There are also papers relating to the Aberdeen Line DEMOSTHENES 1914/1915. Thomas Henry Bossence Batten sailed on her as a Baker, before joining the Australian Army and eventually getting killed in action in France. See IYS_050
Jenny Bibby's grandmother Emily was a Batten.


Related Images

 Wedding of James Robert Appleton and Maggie Carter. To the right is his father Stephen Appleton (one of the culch war pirates). Ernest Appleton (twin brother of James) is back left.
 Back of photo also says Margaret Appleton's Mother and Father. Also, Dec 1901 Maldon 4a 1107. (registration of wedding ?).  PBIB_APP_065PBIB_APP_065
Wedding of James Robert Appleton and Maggie Carter. To the right is his father Stephen Appleton (one of the culch war pirates). Ernest Appleton (twin brother of James) is back left.
Back of photo also says "Margaret Appleton's Mother and Father". Also, Dec 1901 Maldon 4a 1107. (registration of wedding ?).
cDecember 1901
 Mr Appleton, Yacht Sunshine, Ryde, I.W.
 Ernest Stephen Appleton sailed as Mate on the yacht SUNSHINE for four seasons in the years before WW1.  PBIB_APP_008PBIB_APP_008
Mr Appleton, Yacht "Sunshine", Ryde, I.W.
Ernest Stephen Appleton sailed as Mate on the yacht SUNSHINE for four seasons in the years before WW1.
10 July 1910
 In Ever Loving Memory of Stephen Appleton, the dearly beloved husband of Emma Appleton, who died 18th December 1913 aged 61 years. Interred in St. Mary's Churchyard, Tollesbury.
 Stephen Appleton owned the smack EMILY and was fishing on his own, when he went overboard and was lost.  PBIB_APP_003PBIB_APP_003
In Ever Loving Memory of Stephen Appleton, the dearly beloved husband of Emma Appleton, who died 18th December 1913 aged 61 years. Interred in St. Mary's Churchyard, Tollesbury.
Stephen Appleton owned the smack EMILY and was fishing on his own, when he went overboard and was lost.
18 December 1913
 The Aberdeen Line Triple S.S. THEMISTOCLES. She was built 1911 for the service to South Africa and Australia. 1932 taken over by Shaw Savill & Albion. June 1947 laid up in River Blackwater, and scrapped later that year. 11,231 tons gross. Official No. 129349. Manager Geo. Thompson & Co.
 From papers relating to Ernest Appleton.  PBIB_APP_259PBIB_APP_259
The Aberdeen Line Triple S.S. THEMISTOCLES. She was built 1911 for the service to South Africa and Australia. 1932 taken over by Shaw Savill & Albion. June 1947 laid up in River Blackwater, and scrapped later that year. 11,231 tons gross. Official No. 129349. Manager Geo. Thompson & Co.
From papers relating to Ernest Appleton.
c1914
 In Loving Memory of My Dear Son Lce.Cpl. Thomas H.B. Batten,
 26th Battalion Australian Imperial Force, Aged 19 years.
 Killed in Action in France, 29 July 1916.
</p><p>His farewell o'er, his battle fought,
 His victory won, though dearly bought,
 His fresh young life could not be saved,
He rests now in a soldier's grave.  IYS_050_005IYS_050_005
In Loving Memory of My Dear Son Lce.Cpl. Thomas H.B. Batten,
26th Battalion Australian Imperial Force, Aged 19 years.
Killed in Action in France, 29 July 1916.

His farewell o'er, his battle fought,
His victory won, though dearly bought,
His fresh young life could not be saved, He rests now in a soldier's grave.
29 July 1916

 Yawl SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide. RNLI lifeboat in the background on the left.
 SAUNTERER was built 1900 by C. Sibbick & Co., Cowes, Official No. 111368. At this time she was owned by Thomas Belt, who was the proprietor of a rope and canvas business in Bigg Market, Newcastle. She had previously been owned by Captain B.W.G. Oates of Antarctic fame. Ernest Stephen Appleton was the paid hand on the SAUNTERER for many years.
 Thomas Belt sold SAUNTERER in 1944.
 See Royal Northumberland Yacht Club website <a href=https://rnyc.org.uk/historic-yachts/2013/09/saunterer/ target=rnyc>rnyc.org.uk/historic-yachts/2013/09/saunterer/</a>
 for some more history of the SAUNTERER. She is still [2011] in sailing.  PBIB_APP_020PBIB_APP_020
Yawl SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide. RNLI lifeboat in the background on the left.
SAUNTERER was built 1900 by C. Sibbick & Co., Cowes, Official No. 111368. At this time she was owned by Thomas Belt, who was the proprietor of a rope and canvas business in Bigg Market, Newcastle. She had previously been owned by Captain B.W.G. Oates of Antarctic fame. Ernest Stephen Appleton was the paid hand on the SAUNTERER for many years.
Thomas Belt sold SAUNTERER in 1944.
See Royal Northumberland Yacht Club website rnyc.org.uk/historic-yachts/2013/09/saunterer/ for some more history of the SAUNTERER. She is still [2011] in sailing.
1919
 Yawl SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide.  PBIB_APP_021PBIB_APP_021
Yawl SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide.
1919
 Yacht SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury was paid hand on the SAUNTERER for many years. She was owned by Thomas Belt. SAUNTERER is still [2011] in service.  PBIB_APP_023PBIB_APP_023
Yacht SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury was paid hand on the SAUNTERER for many years. She was owned by Thomas Belt. SAUNTERER is still [2011] in service.
1919
 Yacht SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury was paid hand on the SAUNTERER for many years. She was owned by Thomas Belt.  PBIB_APP_024PBIB_APP_024
Yacht SAUNTERER ashore approaching North Berwick. She refloated on the next tide. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury was paid hand on the SAUNTERER for many years. She was owned by Thomas Belt.
1919
 Peldon. The wedding took place at the church on Monday of Miss Alice Mary Frost, third daughter of Mr & Mrs W. Frost of Peldon, with Mr Ernest Arthur Poole, third son of Mr and Mrs E. Poole of Fulham. The Rev. A.A. Giles, rector, officiated. Miss Mollie King was at the organ ...
 Miss Dorothy Cragg and Miss Yvonne Frost, her nieces, were her bridesmaids ...
</p><p>From Essex Chronicle  ECR_1933_NOV09_001ECR_1933_NOV09_001
Peldon. The wedding took place at the church on Monday of Miss Alice Mary Frost, third daughter of Mr & Mrs W. Frost of Peldon, with Mr Ernest Arthur Poole, third son of Mr and Mrs E. Poole of Fulham. The Rev. A.A. Giles, rector, officiated. Miss Mollie King was at the organ ...
Miss Dorothy Cragg and Miss Yvonne Frost, her nieces, were her bridesmaids ...

From Essex Chronicle
9 June 1933

 Letter to Ernest Stephen Appleton from Thomas Belt, Newcastle, about yacht SAUNTERER. Ernest crewed on the yacht for many years and Thomas Belt was the owner.  PBIB_APP_052PBIB_APP_052
Letter to Ernest Stephen Appleton from Thomas Belt, Newcastle, about yacht SAUNTERER. Ernest crewed on the yacht for many years and Thomas Belt was the owner.
11 March 1935
 James Robert Appleton. Photo by Oscar Way, Colchester.  PBIB_APP_067PBIB_APP_067
James Robert Appleton. Photo by Oscar Way, Colchester.
April 1936
 Letter to Ernest Stephen Appleton from Thomas Belt of Newcastle. Ernest was crew on yacht SAUNTERER and Thomas Belt was the owner.  PBIB_APP_053PBIB_APP_053
Letter to Ernest Stephen Appleton from Thomas Belt of Newcastle. Ernest was crew on yacht SAUNTERER and Thomas Belt was the owner.
13 October 1937
 Ernest Appleton (front row on the left) amongst a group of workers employed by Gowens in Tollesbury during WW2. They made rope ladders, scramble nets etc.
 Back row L to R. 1. Jim Appleton, 2. Jimmy Lewis, 3. Will Frost, 4. Dick Holder, 5. Charlie Pettican, 6. Dick Lewis, 7. Silas South.
 Front row L to R. 1. Ernie Appleton (twin of Jim), 2. Bob Appleton (brother of Jim and Ernie), 3. Ken Gowen, 4. Amos Fisher, 5. Jimmy Lewis.
 Names left in note by Enid Rice Aug 2013. She also says Back Right Jack Wombwell.  PBIB_APP_060PBIB_APP_060
Ernest Appleton (front row on the left) amongst a group of workers employed by Gowens in Tollesbury during WW2. They made rope ladders, scramble nets etc.
Back row L to R. 1. Jim Appleton, 2. Jimmy Lewis, 3. Will Frost, 4. Dick Holder, 5. Charlie Pettican, 6. Dick Lewis, 7. Silas South.
Front row L to R. 1. Ernie Appleton (twin of Jim), 2. Bob Appleton (brother of Jim and Ernie), 3. Ken Gowen, 4. Amos Fisher, 5. Jimmy Lewis.
Names left in note by Enid Rice Aug 2013. She also says Back Right Jack Wombwell.
c1943
 Captain Ernest appleton, Dalkieth, Tollsehunt D'arcy, Maldon. Posted Newcastle upon Tyne.  PBIB_APP_054PBIB_APP_054
Captain Ernest appleton, Dalkieth, Tollsehunt D'arcy, Maldon. Posted Newcastle upon Tyne.
10 July 1944
 Letter to Ernest Appleton from Violet Bowes saying.
We have sold SAUNTERER to Major Kyle and feel it is the last we want to see of her again. It is sad for us parting with our own dear boat - we loved her so much. ...  PBIB_APP_055PBIB_APP_055
Letter to Ernest Appleton from Violet Bowes saying. "We have sold SAUNTERER to Major Kyle and feel it is the last we want to see of her again. It is sad for us parting with our own dear boat - we loved her so much. ...
10 July 1944
 St Peter & St Paul West Mersea. Ring of Six Bells. Fitted for chiming
 1. 1987 Whitechapel (New Bell)
 2. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717 recast 1987 Whitechapel
 3. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717
 4. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717
 5. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717
 6. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717 recast 1966 Whitechapel
 Old oak frame of 1717 restored June 1987
</p><p>List is by T.B. Millatt, in the church tower.  TM7_4070TM7_4070
St Peter & St Paul West Mersea. Ring of Six Bells. Fitted for chiming
1. 1987 Whitechapel (New Bell)
2. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717 recast 1987 Whitechapel
3. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717
4. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717
5. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717
6. Tho. Gardiner Sudbury Fecit 1717 recast 1966 Whitechapel
Old oak frame of 1717 restored June 1987

List is by T.B. Millatt, in the church tower.
28 April 2016

 Crew members from SUNSHINE R.V.Y.C. - Royal Victoria Yacht Club, based at the time in Ryde, Isle of Wight.  PBIB_APP_006PBIB_APP_006
Crew members from SUNSHINE R.V.Y.C. - Royal Victoria Yacht Club, based at the time in Ryde, Isle of Wight.
 SUNSHINE - unidentified. Photo from Harold Nicholls, Union, Ryde.  PBIB_APP_007PBIB_APP_007
SUNSHINE - unidentified. Photo from Harold Nicholls, Union, Ryde.
 WEST WIND.  PBIB_APP_012PBIB_APP_012
WEST WIND.
 Crew of WEST WIND, RWYC. Ernest Stephen Appleton is right in front row, next to the wheel.  PBIB_APP_013PBIB_APP_013
Crew of WEST WIND, RWYC. Ernest Stephen Appleton is right in front row, next to the wheel.
 Yacht WESTWIND - Ernest Appleton was the Mate.
 Cutter WESTWIND 123306 Built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1906 owner Percy Ashton, London [ LRY 1914 ]
 Cutter WEST WIND Built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1906, owner Walter A. Mackinlay Calle Reconquista, Buenos Aires, registered Buenos Aires [ LRY 1926 ]  PBIB_APP_014PBIB_APP_014
Yacht WESTWIND - Ernest Appleton was the Mate.
Cutter WESTWIND 123306 Built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1906 owner Percy Ashton, London [ LRY 1914 ]
Cutter WEST WIND Built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1906, owner Walter A. Mackinlay Calle Reconquista, Buenos Aires, registered Buenos Aires [ LRY 1926 ]
 Steam yacht ROMOLA, built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1903. Official No. 116187. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury crewed on the ROMOLA.  PBIB_APP_015PBIB_APP_015
Steam yacht ROMOLA, built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1903. Official No. 116187. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury crewed on the ROMOLA.
 Thought to be on board steam yacht ROMOLA. Ernest Stephen Appleton is on the right.  PBIB_APP_016PBIB_APP_016
Thought to be on board steam yacht ROMOLA. Ernest Stephen Appleton is on the right.
 Steam yacht ROMOLA, built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1903. Official No. 116187. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury crewed on the ROMOLA.  PBIB_APP_017PBIB_APP_017
Steam yacht ROMOLA, built Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, 1903. Official No. 116187. Ernest Stephen Appleton of Tollesbury crewed on the ROMOLA.
 Ernest Stephen Appleton, born c1876. Uniform not recognised.  PBIB_APP_018PBIB_APP_018
Ernest Stephen Appleton, born c1876. Uniform not recognised.
 Crew of unknown yacht. Ernest Stephen Appleton is arrowed, just to the left of the wheel.  PBIB_APP_019PBIB_APP_019
Crew of unknown yacht. Ernest Stephen Appleton is arrowed, just to the left of the wheel.
 Yawl SAUNTERER at Blyth. She was owned by Thomas Belt. Ernest Stephen Appleton was paid hand on her for many years.  PBIB_APP_030PBIB_APP_030
Yawl SAUNTERER at Blyth. She was owned by Thomas Belt. Ernest Stephen Appleton was paid hand on her for many years.
 View from Harwich looking across to Shotley ? Nothing further known.  PBIB_APP_032PBIB_APP_032
View from Harwich looking across to Shotley ? Nothing further known.
 Unidentifed yacht and location.  PBIB_APP_035PBIB_APP_035
Unidentifed yacht and location.
 On board SAUNTERER. Ernest Appleton on the foredeck.  PBIB_APP_040PBIB_APP_040
On board SAUNTERER. Ernest Appleton on the foredeck.
 Ernest Appleton on board SAUNTERER, Royal Northumberland Yacht Club.  PBIB_APP_042PBIB_APP_042
Ernest Appleton on board SAUNTERER, Royal Northumberland Yacht Club.
 On board SAUNTERER. Ernest Appleton on the counter.  PBIB_APP_043PBIB_APP_043
On board SAUNTERER. Ernest Appleton on the counter.
 Ernest Appleton on SAUNTERER.  PBIB_APP_045PBIB_APP_045
Ernest Appleton on SAUNTERER.
 Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, Blyth.
The large sailing ship is thought to be the auxiliary schooner SUNBEAM built 1874 for Lord Brassey, Official No. 70573, broken up 1929.  PBIB_APP_050PBIB_APP_050
Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, Blyth. The large sailing ship is thought to be the auxiliary schooner SUNBEAM built 1874 for Lord Brassey, Official No. 70573, broken up 1929.
 Import Dock, Blyth. Yawl SAUNTERER in the centre.  PBIB_APP_051PBIB_APP_051
Import Dock, Blyth. Yawl SAUNTERER in the centre.
 Christmas Card [to Ernest Appleton] from Mr & Mrs Thomas Belt, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Ernest had crewed on the yacht SAUNTERER for the Belt family for many years.  PBIB_APP_057PBIB_APP_057
Christmas Card [to Ernest Appleton] from Mr & Mrs Thomas Belt, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Ernest had crewed on the yacht SAUNTERER for the Belt family for many years.
 Steam yacht MENA. James Appleton, looking at the camera, on the foredeck. He lived in Tollesbury and crewed on the yachts.
 Thought to be MENA composite Screw Schooner, 48.61 tons gross, built W. White Cowes 1893, Official No. 98485. Owner Lt-Col F.W.J. Dugmore. [LRY 1900]  PBIB_APP_062PBIB_APP_062
Steam yacht MENA. James Appleton, looking at the camera, on the foredeck. He lived in Tollesbury and crewed on the yachts.
Thought to be MENA composite Screw Schooner, 48.61 tons gross, built W. White Cowes 1893, Official No. 98485. Owner Lt-Col F.W.J. Dugmore. [LRY 1900]
 A Sea Poem - Beauty and grace expressed in this study at the Northumberland Yacht Club regatta at Blyth.
 SAUNTERER, owned by Thomas Belt, Ernest Appleton paid hand.  PBIB_APP_081PBIB_APP_081
A Sea Poem - Beauty and grace expressed in this study at the Northumberland Yacht Club regatta at Blyth.
SAUNTERER, owned by Thomas Belt, Ernest Appleton paid hand.
 Yachtsman of the Nortumberland Club, Blyth, preparing a boat for the season.
 Yacht SAUNTERER and Ernest Stephen Appleton, paid hand.  PBIB_APP_083PBIB_APP_083
Yachtsman of the Nortumberland Club, Blyth, preparing a boat for the season.
Yacht SAUNTERER and Ernest Stephen Appleton, paid hand.
 Graceful Sails - An entrant in the Northumberland Yacht Club Regatta, held at Blyth.
 Owned by Thomas Belt, Ernest Appleton paid hand.  PBIB_APP_085PBIB_APP_085
Graceful Sails - An entrant in the Northumberland Yacht Club Regatta, held at Blyth.
Owned by Thomas Belt, Ernest Appleton paid hand.
 Northumberland Yacht Club Regatta was delayed at the week-end owing to bad weather. The boats are seen laid up in Blyth harbour, with Lord Runciman's SUNBEAM in the background. Top picture shows Lord Runciman and Miss Richardson, his niece, during a walk on the pier.
 Thought to be SUNBEAM II built for Walter Runciman in 1929. Her Captain in 1930 was Sydney Leavett from Tollesbury.  PBIB_APP_087PBIB_APP_087
Northumberland Yacht Club Regatta was delayed at the week-end owing to bad weather. The boats are seen laid up in Blyth harbour, with Lord Runciman's SUNBEAM in the background. Top picture shows Lord Runciman and Miss Richardson, his niece, during a walk on the pier.
Thought to be SUNBEAM II built for Walter Runciman in 1929. Her Captain in 1930 was Sydney Leavett from Tollesbury.
 Yawl SUNSHINE. Ernest Appleton standing.  PBIB_APP_091PBIB_APP_091
Yawl SUNSHINE. Ernest Appleton standing.
 SAUNTERER, owned by Thomas Belt and based in Blyth.  PBIB_APP_093PBIB_APP_093
SAUNTERER, owned by Thomas Belt and based in Blyth.
 Thomas Belt and Ernest Appleton  PBIB_APP_095PBIB_APP_095
Thomas Belt and Ernest Appleton
 Ernest Appleton. Yacht unknown.  PBIB_APP_097PBIB_APP_097
Ernest Appleton. Yacht unknown.
 Farne Islands, probably from SAUNTERER.  PBIB_APP_099PBIB_APP_099
Farne Islands, probably from SAUNTERER.
 Steam yacht QUEEN OF SCOTS. Probably in this collection because Tollesbury people crewed on her.
 QUEEN OF SCOTS was Official No. 119131, twin screw steam yacht, built 1904 by Fairfield,  PBIB_APP_283PBIB_APP_283
Steam yacht QUEEN OF SCOTS. Probably in this collection because Tollesbury people crewed on her.
QUEEN OF SCOTS was Official No. 119131, twin screw steam yacht, built 1904 by Fairfield,
 The Harbour, Blyth.  PBIB_APP_285PBIB_APP_285
The Harbour, Blyth.
 Robert Stephen Appleton, Sub Lieutenant Malta.
 1879 - 1953  PBIB_APP_401PBIB_APP_401
Robert Stephen Appleton, Sub Lieutenant Malta.
1879 - 1953
 Robert Stephen Appleton 1879 - 1953  PBIB_APP_403PBIB_APP_403
Robert Stephen Appleton 1879 - 1953
 Walter and Betty Bibby on TAFFY.  PBIB_TAF_071PBIB_TAF_071
Walter and Betty Bibby on TAFFY.
 MERRYMAID dislodged from her berth at Ricus, Tollesbury after winter gale.  PBIB_TOL_159PBIB_TOL_159
MERRYMAID dislodged from her berth at Ricus, Tollesbury after winter gale.
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Source: Mersea Museum