Seventh Generation

68. Captain Stephen Sayer MOWLE was born on 19 January 1804 in Deal, Kent, England, United Kingdom.8,31 He was baptized on 8 February 1804 in Deal, Kent, England, United Kingdom.83 On 21 March 1848 he was a Sea Captain (2nd Class) in Plymouth.84
He was granted his certificate of competency (2nd Class) in Plymouth on 31.03.1848 and it was noted on this certificate that "We further certify that he is a good coasting pilot and understands the management of steam ships and their machinery".
On 21 January 1851 Stephen was a Sea Captain (Master) in Cork, Ireland.84,85
He was granted his full Master's Certificate by The Board of Trade on 21 January 1851 and exchanged his 2nd Class Certificate for the full certificate on 5 February 1851 in Cork. Lloyds Captains Register lists the following as his commands:- Ajax 1851-3; Nimrod 1855-6, 1859; Albatross 1856, 1861; Falcon (409), 1857-8, 1859, 1867; Osprey (856), 1858, 1859; Preussischer Adler (8,321), 1858, 1859; Cormorant (23,045), 1859, 1860: Bittern (11,600), 1860: Halcyon (27,994), 1860-61, 1861-7, 1868.

Researched and documented by Dr. Richard Mowll, assisted by Roger Mowll (June 2001)

Stephen Sayer Mowle, a resident of Cork in Ireland, was for a time the regular captain of the paddle-steamer Sirius.
The Sirius made history when she arrived in New York on the 22nd of April,1838 and became the first vessel to make the Atlantic crossing under continuous steam power albeit with her sails set throughout the voyage. This was the beginning of the story of the Blue Riband Trans-Atlantic Trophy which started in earnest in 1838 between two rival shipping lines. The Great Western Shipping Company in Bristol saw themselves as a "railway across the Atlantic", and the British and American Steamship Company had their eyes on the lucrative trans-Atlantic mails contract. At the very last minute, the B&ASC found themselves without a vessel to compete with the planned launch of the "Great Western", so they entered a little Scottish schooner-rigged paddle-ship called "Sirius 1837", whose Captain was the afore-mentioned Stephen Mowle. For the race, the Sirius was commanded by a Lt. Richard Roberts RN who, after winning the Blue Riband, handed the Sirius back to Capt. Stephen Mowle to resume coastal duties. The Atlantic crossing was completed in 18 days at an average speed of 13.5 knots, and her coal fuel supply just sufficed to complete the voyage. The Revd. William Mowll has built a model of the Sirius which was sold to the Sirius Brokerage Inc. in New York and is probably on display in their offices.
On 14 July 1852 he lived 5, Waterloo Terrace (off Wellington Road) in Cork, Ireland.86,87
The Griffith's Valuation of 1852 (printed 14th July 1852) for the Parish of St Anne Shandon shows Stephen Sayer Mowle as an occupier of No.5 Waterloo Terrace (off Wellington Road) and that he is leasing the property off a Richard Exham (Immediate Lessor).
Interestingly the valuation also shows Stephen S Mowle as the immediate lessor for Nos. 1-5 Waterloo Place and for the Gate Lodge, Coach House and Nos,1-4 Waterloo Terrace.
Additionally, No 5 Waterloo Place is occupied by a George Robinson - Possibly a relation to Stephen's Wife, Margaret Anne Robinson?
In 1853 he lived in Waterloo-terrace, St Anne Shandon, Cork, Ireland.88 Stephen died On board his ship, Halcyon on her voyage from Cork to Liverpool. on 17 April 1872 at the age of 68 in Cork, Ireland.89,90
Death of Captain Mowle

All who have ever known or met him will deeply regret to hear of the death of Captain Mowle of the Cork Steamship Company, Halcyon.
A fine life of the brave simple sailor, and of the true hearted courteous gentleman Captain Mowle has been sailing Commander out of Cork for thirty years. He was Captain in the old St George’s Company and since the new formation, the Cork Steamship Company has still been Captain and in both services had always treated with respect and confidence that have never diminished up until the moment of his death. It would be impossible to meet with a more thorough, or a finer specimen of a seaman he was at home in his ship. The many perilous adventures of the coasting trade were a mere bagatelle to him. Owing to his care and seamanship an accident of any kind rarely over took the craft under his command. He was familiar with nearly every port of the British coast and few have ever excelled him as a judge of purely nautical matters.
There was a bluff hearty friendliness about his manner which made him a favourite with all to whom he has known and we are sure the regret at his death will be wide and general.
He left Cork yesterday morning in the Halcyon for Liverpool , so far as we can learn, in his usual health and spirits. On the voyage he had an apopletic seizure by which he had been attacked, and before the arrival of the steamer at the destination he was dead.
From our own part we cannot help expressing a hearty sorrow for this veteran onto this as it were died in xxxxx
Cork Advertiser April 1872
I cannot read the last word, I imagine Mary was very upset at the time and this shows in the writing.
He was buried on 22 April 1872 at Blackrock Cemetry in Cork, Ireland.91 The Picture shows Captain Stephen Sayer Mowle (back right) pictured with his wife Mary (nee Robinson) and two Daughters: Anna Maria (centre) and Mary Elizabeth with her husband Thomas Herbert Kendal.

Captain Stephen Sayer MOWLE and Margaret Ann ROBINSON92 were married in 1829 in Cork, Ireland.90,92 Margaret Ann ROBINSON was born in 1801.93 She died on 6 January 1879 at the age of 78 in Cork, Ireland.93,94

Captain Stephen Sayer MOWLE and Margaret Ann ROBINSON had the following children:



Anna Maria MOWLE.



Mary Elizabeth MOWLE.