Capt Charles Ritch

E-mail 30/11/2007

My Grandfather Charles Ritch 1868-1949 was a captain with the King Line sailing mainly off the west coast of South America in WW1  his brothers George Robert Ritch 1867-1945, and Magnus Ritch 1877-1956 where also captains and other family members served on the same line

The photo show Charles Ritch about 1900 at sea I may be able to locate one of him and his crew around 1910

Robert Whitton,

Edinburgh, Scotland


Service Record

From

To

Born

Stromness

Orkney

1868

Master’s Certificate

Leith

1898

King Bleddyn

Master

11/1898


King Frederick

Master

9/1901


King David

Master

8/1903


King Gruffydd

Master

4/1905


King Edward

Master

3/1906


Don Cesar

Master

6/1906

1917

War Anemone

Master

1/1918

1919

Tannenberg/Ardover

Master

9/1919

1922

King David

Master

6/1922

1923

King Frederick

Master

7/1923

1924

Died

11 January 1949


Captain Charles Ritch was the middle one of three brothers who were masters in the King Line in the early twentieth century.   

They had all started their careers before the mast in sail.   

He was master of the Don Cesar from 1906 to 1917, whilst his younger brother Magnus commanded the Don Benito.  

The major part of the trade was carrying live cattle to the Argentine.   

He was the more gentle mannered of the three but could still rise to the occasion when circumstances demanded.   In one incident he found himself obliged to shoot the cook who had run amok with a cleaver.   

In retirement inStromness he enjoyed a bit of sea-fishing and sailing his traditional Orkney dinghy Bonito in local regattas.

Capt Charles Ritch with the dog

Don Cesar c1910

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