Albert Philip Marie Sinnott[1]

Male 1870 - 1912  (41 years)


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  • Name Albert Philip Marie Sinnott 
    Born 7 Jun 1870  Collingwood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Address:
    Fitzroy 
    Christened 8 Jun 1870  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Address:
    St Patrick's Cathedral 
    Gender Male 
    _UID FE8664D1C09B484895E4EB558E322C70B975 
    Died 23 Jan 1912  [1, 5, 9
    Buried 24 Jan 1912  Bombay, Bombay, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 9
    Person ID I90  Treefive
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2017 

    Father William Sinnott,   b. 1815, Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1898, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Sarah Jane Richardson,   b. 31 May 1837, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1872, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 4 Nov 1854  Geelong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Albert Philip Marie was born on 7 Jun 1870, the 12th and last child of William and Sarah Jane to be born alive. On two ship crew lists, Albert gives his place of birth as ‘At Sea’. The Victoria Births Index has a section for ‘Events as sea only’ which records many births, but Albert’s is not among them. However, he is the ‘Historical Events’ section, with the birth place given as Fitzroy, which is where the family lived. It seems that Albert had been misled about his birth place.

      If in fact he was born at sea, the ship must have been close to Melbourne at the time, as Albert was baptised the following day, 8 June, at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. The 2 sponsors were his uncle Albert Richardson (no doubt the source of the child’s name) and Mary C. Richardson. She may have been Mary Ellen Richardson, Sarah Jane’s half-sister.

      The practice of giving a child a female name occurs in Christian families if it falls on a Marian feast day, but Albert’s birth date of 7 Jun 1870 is not one of the generally recognised Roman Catholic feasts. The date may have had religious significance for the family, or it may simply honour Albert’s other sponsor, Mary Richardson.

      Family sources say that Albert Phillip was the favourite uncle of Estella Jane Hockin, who was born in 1881 in Melbourne - this places Albert in Australia about 1885-1900.

      1900

      An “Alb. Sinnott” aged 29 was on the list of crew and passengers on the ship ‘Ortona’ from London, arriving at Sydney via Melbourne on 28 Apr 1900. It shows him as AB (able-bodied seaman) and as British. The crew list gives his name as Albert Sinnott, age 20, born at sea. His home address was “Sailors H. Well St’, meaning the Sailors Home at Well Street, London. According to the Illustrated London News of 29 May 1858:

      ‘SAILORS’ HOMES were first established in London. In the year 1835 one was opened in Well-street, close to the entrance of the London and St Katharine Docks. The Well-street Home is a large establishment, containing accommodation for 350 seamen, giving to each a comfortable, well-furnished, and well-aired cabin. The regulations under which the London Sailors’ Home is governed has been found to suit the taste and predilections of seamen so well, that they have been adopted at all other Homes, with slight modifications required by local and other circumstances. Homes for seamen are now becoming general, and, indeed, no port can be said to be complete without one.’

      Albert signed on to the ‘Ortona’ on 10 Mar 1900 at Tilbury, and was required to be on board on 16 March. He was discharged at Sydney on 10 May 1900. His previous ship was the ‘Delphic’. The seaman listed next to Albert on the crew list, J. Michell, had the same address and previous ship.

      1902

      In 1902, Albert Sinnott, was on the crew of the ship ‘Alcinous’. He gave his age as 31, place of birth ‘At Sea’, and home address Melbourne. He was still an AB (able-bodied seaman). He signed on to the Alcinous on 3 Feb 1902, and was to be on board on 3 Feb. His previous ship was ‘Isle [illegible]’
      Albert Sinnott aged 29 was a crew member on the ship Ortona from London, arriving at Sydney via Melbourne on 28 Apr 1900. The crew list shows him as AB (able-bodied seaman) and as British. His monthly wage was £5, and he received an advance of £2-10s on engagement. Albert was discharged on 3 Apr 1902 at Liverpool, and was paid the balance of his wage owing, £6- 4s-6d.

      Albert died in Bombay on 23 Jan 1912, and was buried the following day. At the time of his death, he was a third engineer on the “S.S. Nadri’ - possibly the ‘Naderi’, built in 1891 and owned by the Bombay and Persia Steam Navigation Company (later renamed Mogul Line Ltd which was taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India in 1963).
      There is a curious coincidence regarding the ‘Naderi’. When Albert’s brother John Joseph married Louisa Marian Stoddart in Calcutta in 1892, the witnesses were Jno McQueen and Francis Ruffin. The latter was possibly Francis John Raffin, Master Mariner and commander of the steamship ‘Naderi’, said to belong to the Port of Bombay. Perhaps there was a connection between Raffin and Albert Sinnott?
      Dorothy Gunn, daughter of Maude Miriam (Sinnott) Page Hanify, said in 1980 that William Edmund had told her (Dorothy) that he was a sea captain and had 2 brothers who were also sea captains. One would be John Joseph - the only other one was Albert Philip. It now appears that Albert progressed only as far as third engineer.

      Dorothy may have mis-remembered her conversation with her uncle William - after all, she was very young at the time, and quite old when recalling her uncle’s words. Dorothy was born in Wellington, NZ, in Apr 1904; William left New Zealand, not to return, in Jan 1916.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1078] TRE099 Family tree (gedcom) - Ward database 17 May 2013 (Karel Saint), TRE099.

    2. [S186] BIR063 Birth Sinnott, Albert Philip Marie, BIR063.

    3. [S1052] BIR076 Birth Sinnott, Albert Philip Marie, BIR076.

    4. [S3126] BAP Baptisms St Patricks Cathedral, Melbourne, BAP Baptisms, St Patricks, Melbourne., 8 Jun 1870.

    5. [S5714] Ancestry.com India, Select Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948, Albert Sinnett, died 23 Jan 1912, bur Bombay 24 Jan 1912, age 40, born 1872.

    6. [S5715] Ancestry.com Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861–1919, Albert Sinnott, on the crew of the 'Alcinous', 1902.

    7. [S5715] Ancestry.com Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861–1919, Albert Sinnott, on crew of 'Ortona', 16 Mar-10 May 1900. Age 29, born at sea.

    8. [S3126] BAP Baptisms St Patricks Cathedral, Melbourne, BAP Baptisms, St Patricks, Melbourne., Albert Philip Marie Sinnott, 8 Jun 1870.

    9. [S5716] BUR Sinnett, Albert 24 Jan 1912.

    10. [S293] MAR014 Marriage Sinnott, William and Richardson, Sarah Jane, MAR014.