Hugh Ross. I only needed to mention that name and my father would say something along the lines of: “He was colour blind so he never passed out higher than bosun.”
With that background, it was quite moving in a way to find his First Mate’s certificate.
In fact my father was wrong, to some extent. Hugh took the First Mate exams on 31 December 1879 and failed but then sat them again on 13 January 1880 and passed. His certificate is proof of that. However, at some point, his colour blindness came to light and the certificate was revoked.
One of his ships
This photo was on a wall at home for years. I did not like it, but now, knowing more about the man, Hugh Ross, who sailed on the Benares, it is of value. A card from Hugh to his brother John perhaps?
The Benares (official number 76765) was first registered in Glasgow on 12 June 1877. Hugh sailed on her after failing his 1st Mate exams as she is not in his service record 1877-1879.
A post on the theme “Random fact” for the #52Ancestors challenge.