Hamilton Pym Freer
Smith, FREER-SMITH of Benwell (Roy. Lic. 4 Dec. 1905 H. Coll.). Quarterly, 1 and 4. azure, a dolphin naiant between two chess-rooks in pale or (Smith); 2 and 3. argent, a saltire between two martlets in pale and as many mullets in fesse all azure (Freer). Mantling azure and or. Crests -1. on a wreath of the colours, in front of a dolphin as in the arms, an anchor in fesse azure (Smith); 2. on a wreath of the colours, in front of waves of the sea thereon a swan both proper, two mullets azure. Motto- "No sine periculo." Son of Adam Freer-Smith of Galston, Ayrshire, m. Clara Jane Lyne, d. of Capt. Edmund Denman, R.N., of Egg Buckland, Devon:-Sir Hamiiton Pym Freer -Smith, Knt.' (1905), CS.I. (1910), Commander (ret.) R.N., served at occupation of Vera Cruz 1861, at bombardment of Kagosima 1863, and Simonoseki 1864. and as Acting Comrnander of Daphne,in suppression of slave trade 18872-3, b. 1845; m. 1st, 1879, Constance (d 1885), d. of late G. F. Bagnall of Chelten-ham; 2nd. 1891, Selina Kingsford, d. of late George Wilson of Tapton Hall, Sheffield; and has issue -Denman Freer Freer-Smith. Esq., Capt. Inniskilling Dragoons b. 1892 (m. 1992, Phyllis Marion, d. of Lt.-Col. F. Mulliner, of Dallington); Constance Emily Mary; and Florence Freer (m. 1920, Charles John Chaytor, Nigerian C.S.) Seat - Benwell, Sunbury, Middlesex. Clubs Army and Navy, Royal Southern Yacht, Bembridge Sailing. http://www.swmaritime.org.uk/article.php?articleid=7&atype=a "THE STEAM YACHT ELEANOR 1892-1940 Our last meeting of 1998 was at the Topsham Sailing Club. It was Member's Artefact Day and was a great success. I took along a brass bell and compass from the steam yacht Eleanor. We were all given five minutes to talk briefly on our acquisitions and I explained how, in the 1970's, I had purchased the 9" bell in a Torquay antique shop and, shortly afterwards, the boxed compass appeared in a sale of maritime antiques in the same town. Inside the box with the compass was an envelope containing a tattered postcard advertising the Eleanor as an excursion vessel in St Brieuc. "Vous avons fait une charmante promenade a bord d'Eleanor." There were also four small photographs showing the Eleanor in 1940 anchored off the higher ferry in the river Dart. Notes on the back of the photographs told me that the owner was a J. F. Bewley and he lived aboard with a tender called Bluebell to take him ashore. As the bell was inscribed R.D.Y.C. I took him to be a member of the Royal Dart Yacht Club. I called at the club and was allowed to look through their copies of Lloyd's Register of Yachts to trace the Eleanor's history. She was built in 1892 by Summers & Payne of Southampton. Her length was 99 feet, her breadth 15.25 feet and depth 8.5 feet. Her sails were by Ratsey & Lapthorn and she had a 40 hp engine by Willans & Robinson. Her first owner was Sir Gilbert Clayton-East Bart. In 1903 she was sold to Percy Lankester an officer of Lloyd's Register. In 1913 she went to Cappeln in Germany but was back in Southampton two years later owned by Commander Sir Hamilton P. Freer Smith R N. In 1932 she was sold to France and then came into the ownership of J. F. Bewley...."