Commodore J W Creaghe

We know relatively little from direct sources about John W. W. Creaghe and even less about Julia Rae, his wife of forty-two years.  However, the data we do have, plus interferences and extrapolations from indirect sources, can lead to a reasonable representation of their lives.

John was born the sixth of nine children to Richard F. H. Creaghe and Anna Maria Archer-Butler at either Clonmel or Waterford, Ireland on September the 13th, 1853.  The family referred to him as “Jack.”  

There is no direct information about his childhood, but it must have been very active with so many siblings so close in age.  His level of formal education is not known, but it probably ended in his late teens.

The family appears to have been reasonably well to do as can be inferred from family photos.  However, the source of Richard’s income was not the kind of thing that could be passed on to his sons.  Of the six boys who reached adulthood, only one remained in Ireland; four chose the new world, and Jack chose the sea.

It has not been determined just when he first became a sailor, but he was certified as a Second Mate on June the 22nd, 1875 at age 21.  He was undoubtedly serving as an ordinary seaman for at least several years before that.  

A high level of competence and ambition can be assumed in that he was certified a First Mate one year later and made Master at age twenty-five in 1878. This was an accomplishment


Information from The Creaghe Family Historical Society

Service Record

From

To

Roslin Castle

Master


12/1887

Florence

Master

12/1887

11/1889

Dunkeld

Master

11/1889

12/1889

Venice

Master

12/1889

1890

Warwick Castle

Master

4/1890

8/1895

Penbroke Castle

Master

1/1896

8/1896

Doune Castle

Master

6/1897

9/1897

Roslin Castle

Master

10/1897

2/1898

Braemar Castle

Master

8/1898

6/1901

Briton

Master

7/1901

5/1906

Kenilworth Castle

Master

6/1906

10/1906

Saxon

Master

12/1906

2/1907

Walmer Castle

Master

3/1907

6/1909

Kenilworth Castle

Master

7/1909

9/1909

Walmer Castle

Master

10/1909

12/1909

Armadale Castle

Master

2/1910

4/1910

Edinburgh Castle

Master

5/1910

8/1914

Llandovery Castle

Master

11/1914

5/1915

Balmoral Castle

Master

1915

1916

Retired

1916


Died

November 1931

Aged 78

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