Does anyone in Hockwold know how the SS
Hockwold got her name? The
SS Hockwold was a collier owned by William Cory.
My mother who
died a few years ago remembered her mother travelling to Falmouth to identify
the body of her brother Thomas David Jones who was the Captain of the ill-fated
ship. As a young lad I remember my
mother telling me how her uncle's ship was in a collision in the fog off the
More recently, I
have carried out my own research into the sinking of the Hockwold and now have
the grid references for where she still lies and is listed as an official
wreck. Captain Jones, I was told, was
the last to leave his ship and my mother told me that he apparently hit his
head when jumping from his stricken ship.
The family were told he was probably unconscious when hitting the water,
which might have been as well as he was unable to swim. His body was later
recovered and landed at Falmouth. Captain David Thomas Jones came from a family
of mariners and he is buried in a family plot in the East London cemetery.
show that my mother's uncle was Captain of the Hockwold. The ship was on admiralty business and had
left Wales with a cargo heading for the Dover Straights. She now lies about six miles off the Lizard
I would be
interested to know how the Hockwold Tapestry lists someone else as the Captain
of the Hockwold ???
John Cootes (e-mail JFC1944@hotmail.com)