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10th May 2011, 08:55 PM
I am looking for any information about my Great Grand Father Peter Cain. He was born in 1879 and lived in Leith. He was married to Jane Wallace. Peter was a fireman on a ship out of Leith. A family letter states that Peter was lost, along with a brother and some cousins when his ship caught fire and was sunk in December 1911. Peter was a last minute addition to the crew, and the insurance company never paid the claim. Would anyone have some information about the accident, or, would you be able to direct me where to look? I cannot even find any information regarding the name of the ship.

Any information, even the smallest bit, would be ever so much appreciated.

Thank you,


10th May 2011, 10:11 PM
Hello Karen and welcome,

The Furness liner 'AMANA' left Leith on December 1, 1911 for Philadelphia. Her Master was Captain Cone. The ship carried a crew of thirty.
I have a Peter Cain, a Fireman of 1 Citadel, Leith as one of the missing crew is this your gt grandfather? I can name the other members of the crew some time tomorrow when I get home from work.


11th May 2011, 06:03 PM
Further to my last. Details from The Scotsman of 1911.

'AMANA' official number 105324. Built in 1895 by the Palmers' Shipbuilding and Iron Company (Limited), Jarrow-on-Tyne, and was registered in Liverpool. She was owned by Messrs Furness, Withy & Co

Crew - all presumed lost.

Captain H.E. Cone of Sleights, near Whitby.
Chief mate F Gladstone, West Hartlepool.
Second mate Geo Jones, Priory Street, Cardigan.
Chief engineer R Roper, Llandough, Preswylfa.
Second engineer J.W. Coding, 32 Topcliffe Street, West Hartlepool.
Third engineer E Appleton, West Hartlepool.
Fourth engineer W Collins, Hartlepool.
Steward A French, 87 South Palmerston Street, South Shields.
Cook W Smith 49 Dundee Terrace, Edinburgh.
Carpenter Robert Rendall, 7 Pilrig Street, Edinburgh.
Bo'sun and lamps Geo Dick, 11 Portland Place, Leith.
Donkeyman L Klein, 49 Shore, Leith.
Fireman W Millar, 56 Bridge Street, Leith.
Fireman Peter Cain, 1 Citadel, Leith.
Fireman P Walker, 7 Citadel, Leith.
Fireman R.S. Gardiner, 3 Corunna Place, Leith.
Fireman J Mackenzie, 7 Corunna Place, Leith.
Engineer's steward Jas Raeburn, 20 Coatfield Lane.
Cabin boy Michael Murphy, 29 Coatfield Lane.
Fireman A Hunter, 1 Citadel.
Fireman H Kane, 25 Dock Street.
AB James Durrand, 26 Admiralty Street, Leith.
Sailor A Durrand, 26 Admiralty Street, Leith.
AB Wm Miller, 133 Easter Road.
AB G Esper, 23 Page Street, Swansea.
AB W White, 2 Johnston Street, Leith.
AB A Collins, 78 Leith Walk.
Sailor J Hogg, 3 Anderson Place, Leith.
Galley boy J Oliver, 11 Morton Street, Leith.


20th June 2011, 04:25 PM
Thank you so much for this information. This is the first time in a century that we have learned this information. I shared the information with the family this past weekend, and all were amazed.
thank you again.