TAMH: History


People: David Wightman Cargill

David Wightman Cargill was a master of Baltic traders out of Arbroath in the late 1800s and later, of the SS Elgiva of Glasgow.

This vessel was run down and sunk in the English channel. The crew got away in boats and Captain Cargill retired to Arbroath as Grocer but died the following year aged 57.

The spoons, in the second picture, are a souvenir of one of his Baltic voyages. The German inscription of, 'Herrn Dirk Schmidt Pernau 1871' probably relates to a merchant with whom he dealt in the now Estonian port of Pärnu.


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