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Thanks to Dean Maxwell for sending us his maritime story.

My great grandfather, James Hinchcliffe Crossland, born 1868 and lived at 2 Ebenezer Place, Hessle Road.

His father-in-law, of the Gamecock fleet, Hull was John Pyne and was born 1839 and from Black Awton, Devon. He was a skipper with the Gamecock fleet.

His son-in-law, James Crossland, from Huddersfield was on a training ship, The Clio, as a boy. He served in both the GB and US merchant navies, ending up in Hull. He was the classic, unflappable old salt. My grandmother was horrified to see mouse droppings on his kitchen table but he was wholly untroubled.

His son, Arthur Crossland, my grandad, born 1908, was brought up at 2 Ebenezer Place, Hessle Road, Hull. As a youth he went on a trawler to Greenland with his father but it was too tough a career. He got a job in a bakery instead.

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