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Local Lad made good
Many thanks to Christine Hemsworth for this interesting article.


William Turgoose lived in Goole for much of his mature life but he clearly wanted to come home to be buried amongst his ancestors. He is buried in Hatfield cemetery because there was no cemetery in Stainforth at that time. His memorial reads:-
"In memory of William Turgoose of Goole ship owner, born May 10th 1813 died July 5th 1873. Also Ann widow of the above Born March 20 th 1815 died May 7th 1896 Also Susannah the beloved daughter of William and Ann Turgoose born December 5th 1841 died February 23rd 1843. Also four children who died in infancy".


This grave is surrounded by those of his beloved wife Ann, the Hastings family of Stainforth.
William and his brother Robert (mentioned before) were born in Whitgift, (their mother's home) but grew up in Stainforth. William married a local girl Ann Hastings, her father was Stainforth lock keeper for a number of years, and their association with Stainforth can be traced back many generations. As a young man William like his brother Robert was a Stainforth Keelman, but he was also a great businessman and was soon investing money in land based projects. He built the Great Northern Hotel in Goole (still extant) and a number of properties in Hook near Goole. He eventually acquired a large house and gardens, complete with servants in Hook. The daughters of this family married well, and for many generations the children carried the name Turgoose as a middle name.

Some of the ships owned by The Turgoose family of Stainforth NSG refers to Beverley Archive. ( I have removed the name of other subsequent owners of these ships unless the names are familiar such as Clegg and Warfolk) The ships were owned by different people and were always being sold on or bought in partnerships.

Name Masts vessel Ton when and where built reg no.
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ABEONA 2 schooner 74 Wakefield 1865 54501
NSG 8 1/1866 William Turgoose Goole **
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AIRE 2 schooner 86 Yarmouth 1871 58748
NSG 9 1866 William Turgoose Goole **
foundered at sea 30/3/1901
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ALABANNA 2 schooner 84 Goole 1863 47116
NSG 8 12/1863 William Turgoose Goole **
Thomas Clegg Goole
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ALICE 1 sloop 53 Mexboro 1842 21524

NSG 5 45/1853 Thomas Clegg Goole
William Turgoose Goole **

cancelled in 1885 became non going sea vessel, last entry in 1865.
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ALKANET 2 Ketch 54 Wakefield 1858 25191

NSG 7 49/1858 George Blagdon Middlesex
William Turgoose Goole **

cancelled August 1883 converted to Tyne Dredger
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ANN 1 Sloop 45 Silkstone 26544

NSG 4 26/1846 William Turgoose Stainforth
NSG 7 11/1860 Richard Silvester Stainforth

18 February 1863 transferred to Yarmouth
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ANN AND ELIZA 1 Ketch Wakefield 1854 John Scholey 43787

NSG 5 2/1855 William Turgoose Goole **

12/2/1855 tranferred to London
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ANN TURGOOSE 2 Schooner 92 Wakefield 1855 4940

NSG 6 30 /1855 William Turgoose Goole **
George Blagden London
Nathaniel Colbridge Thorne

cancelled 15/3/1889 - employed in land navigation
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ANNE 1 sloop 56 Wakefield 1845 James Craven 11823

NSG 8/1866 William Turgoose Goole **
19/10/1876 transferred to Hull
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Black Cat 2 schooner 98 Thorne 1869 58733

William Turgoose, Goole **
Currier 1 sloop 44 Worsbro Dale 1842
NSG 4 7/1848 William Turgoose, Stainforth

23/1/1855 transfered to Scarborough
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Currier 1 sloop 44 Worsbro Dale 1842 Abraham Windle

NSG 4 7/1848 William Turgoose, Stainforth

23/1/1855 transfered to Scarborough

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Defence 1 sloop 37 Louth 1837 15/1854 at Hull
7711
NSG 6 23/1856 Robert Turgoose, Stainforth

left Hartlepool 3/10/1860 with coal for Southwold - not heard of since

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Edward 1 sloop 62 Thorne 1844 NSG 9 26/1871 William Turgoose, Goole **
cont. NSG12 p63,141

6/12/1873 transferred to Grimsby

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Eliza Blagden 2 schooner 81 goole 1856 15189

NSG 6 62/1856 George Blagden, Tollington Park, Middlesex
cont. NSG 10 p206 William Turgoose, Goole **

lost 15/4/1882 - St Abbs head bearing west distant 20 miles

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Forager 1 sloop 40 sheffield 1839 61/1839? at Hull

NSG 4 6/1847 Robert Turgoose, Stainforth

cancelled 21/1/1858 - employed in Inland navigation

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George & Eliza 1 sloop 48 Masbro 1846 Collis & Waddington

NSG 4 5/1846 William Turgoose, Stainforth
George Blagden, Warmsworth

Ran down of Cromer 27/2/1854

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Honour 2 Brigantine 95 Bill Quay, Co Durham 1856
18067
NSG 6 74/1856 George Blagden, Tollington Park
William Turgoose, Goole **
William Hawkesworth, Goole
NSG 8 19/1863 William Turgoose, Goole
George Blagden, Middlesex

lost with all hands 19/3/1869

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Industry 1 sloop 38 Wintringham 1836 9/1841 at Hull 4961
NSG 7 22/1859 William Turgoose

lost at sea 14/2/1862

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Leeds 2 schooner 94 Selby 1837 Samuel Gutterley 459

William Turgoose, Goole **

lost of Lowestoft 12/2/1869

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Mary & Ann 1 sloop Knottingley 1838 Thomas Cliffe 4931

NSG 7 15/1861 Thomas Clegg, Goole
William Turgoose, Goole **

lost at sea 28/11/1861

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ODDFELLOW 1 sloop 49 Doncaster 1842/ Henry Stead 4732

NSG 3 21/1842 Willaim Dyson, Stainforth
Samuel Skin?, Stainforth
14/4/1848 transferred to Hull 11/1848

NSG 5 6/1853 Robert Turgoose, Stainforth (Innkeeper)

20/9/1862 transferred to Gainsboro

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Olive 2 schooner 73 Stainforth 1848 John Benson

NSG 4 1/1849
William Turgoose,Stainforth

lost at Stoneham 4/4/1849

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Olive 2 schooner 100 Selby 1849 Samuel Gutteridge
343
NSG 4 42/1849 Willaim Turgoose, Stainforth

NSG 6 16/1855 above 2 + James Alsop of Goole
cont. NSG 13 p25

cancelled 1/1895 - dismantled & sold for a lighter

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Olive 2 schooner 58 Stanley Ferry 1860

NSG 7 6/1860
William Turgoose, Goole **

lost off Cleethorpes 19/10/1869

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Peace 2 schooner 93 Burton Stather 118/1858 at London
228
NSG 9 14/1872 William Turgoose, Goole **
cont. NSG 9 p65

Founded of Dudgen Light 27/1/1883

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Prudhoe Steamer Paddle Wheels 30 Low Waker, 1865 9/1865 at North Shields 49785
Northumberland
NSG 8 21/1866 William Turgoose, Goole **
cont. NSG 9 p158+
3/4/1874 transferred to Hull (M 9/1874)
NSG 9 2/1877 Goole & Hull Steam Co
(last reg at Hull)
named Goole No.4 in 1877 (see reg no.4/1877)

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Richard 1 sloop 60 Kilpin Pike 1852 John Ward
4839
NSG 5 40/1852
William Turgoose, Goole **

cancelled in 14/5/1875 transferred to Inland Navigation

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Sarah & Martha 2 schooner 85 Deptford 1836 transferred from London
58
NSG 7 16/1861 William Turgoose, Goole **

lost on long sand 24/9/1871

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Scovell 2 schooner 95 Selby 1838 Samuel Gutteridge
95
NSG 2 56/1838
NSG 7 5/1862 Thomas Clegg, Goole
William Turgoose, Goole **
NSG 9 9/1875 same as 2 above

cancelled 30/5/1881 transferred to a keel

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Superior 1 sloop 55 New Regin 1844 Thomas Smith & Son
23702
NSG 3 42/1844 William Turgoose, Stainforth
cont NSG 11/187

lost off Munsley, nr Cromer 16/11/1866

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Swan 1 sloop 60 York 1844 Robert Green and Son

NSG 3 22/1844
NSG 8 5/1864 William Turgoose Goole **

lost off Norfolk coast in November 1866

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Thomas & Ann 1 sloop 48 Agbrill 1842 Edward & Samuel Womach
4934
NSG 3 13/1843
NSG 7 38/1839 Thomas Clegg, Goole
William Turgoose, Goole **

10/4/1867 transferred to Lynn

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Tynemouth Steamer Paddle Wheels 22 North Shield 1860
28582
NSG 2 /1861 William Turgoose, Goole **

burnt in Hull Roads 12/5/1867

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NSG 3 44/1843 William Turgoose, Stainforth cont NSG

26/3/1857 transferred to Wells

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William & Alice 2 schooner 107 Goole 1862 Mark Fewson
44034
NSG 7 22/1862 John Alsop, Goole
cont NSG 9 p171 William Turgoose, Goole **

NSG 9 6/1874

30/5/1906 transferred to Hull

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William & Ann 1 sloop 43 Doncaster 1841 George Jallan
4715
NSG 3 29/1841 William Turgoose, Stainforth

NSG 4 46/1849 Isaac Warfolk, Knottingley
cont.NSG 11 p62
NSG 6 6/1856

29/1/1866 transferred to Sunderland

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William & George 2 schooner 72 Selby 1852 Samuel Gutteridge
836
NSG 5 30/1852 William Turgoose, Stainforth
cont NSG 12 p149 &
"As late as 1870 the name of Goole was carried as the home port on 457 craft, of which 439 were sailing vessels. Many of the ship owners were local men who were in other business too. Of the fifty or so shipowners who lived in Goole then the principal owners were William Turgoose (16 ships) the real number seems to be 23) William Cass, the town Doctor
(10 ships) William Wood William Holdsworth, Robert Briggs, Israel Jackson Robert Hickman Thomas Clegg, Eli Jackson and John Sayle"

William Turgoose was a Captain listed with the firm France Fenwick in Goole.

William's daughter Ann married John Silvester of Stainforth, and with an eye to family history called their children William Turgoose Silvester and Henry Portington Silvester.
The Portington family became Lords of the Manor of Barnby Dun, but that's another story.


 

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