Glimmer O Garmach Dec ’05

It is four years since I began this series and this time for sure the barrel is dry.    However, rather than let our stalwart, hardworking editor down, I thought I might muse a little on my own roots

Great, Great, Great Grandfather Thomas Hustwick was born in Hull in 1751 where he served his apprenticeship as a shipwright, probably with his father (Shipwright Thomas Hustwick Senior, 1720-1797).  As a major seaport Hull offered plenty work for shipwrights, but by 1784, aged thirty-three, young Thomas was in Dover, with his common law wife Jane Rapely, daughter Frances and son Robert, building large ships for the Navy and the East India Company.