You have some pictures and postcards relating to Albert
Cowan (Ashley Villas, 418 Upper Beersbridge Road).
His name (along with those of his brothers, James and William Joshua) appear
in the PCI Roll of Honour for Megain Memorial Church – all three survived
small folder with these photographs in it, only one has any writing on the
back, it says:-
Aug. 1936 Ballyferris, that's the picture with the 3 ladies and the little
girl sitting down, in the middle
Is Albert the gentleman in
the 2 top left hand photos?
Board of Trade
the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade"
Certificate of Competency
Master for Foreign-Going Steamships only
To Albert Cowan
Whereas it has been reported to us that you have been found duly qualified
to fulfill the duties of Master of a Foreign-going Steamship
in the Merchant Service, we do hereby, in pursuance of the Merchant Shipping
Act, 1894, grant you this Certificate of Competency.
By Order of the Board of Trade
this 9th day of January, 1917
Countersigned Registrar General (can't make out signature)
Address of Owner - Ashley Villa, Bloomfield, Belfast
Date and Place of Birth - Eighteen hundred and eighty six, Belfast
Signature - Albert Cowan
This certificate is given upon an Examination passed at
Belfast on the 2nd day of November, 1914.
Issued at the Port of Belfast on the 11th day of January, 1917
Deputy Superintendent (can't make out signature)
Continuous Certificate of Discharge
nothing inside but says
"Blenheim", Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
dates 18th July 1919
This is to certify that Lieutenant A. Cowan has served under my command as
Assistant Shipping Intelligence Officer
from 10th May 1918 to present date and has given me entire satisfaction. a
thoroughly reliable trustworthy & zealous officer.
signature might be Wardin or Warkin, Commander R.N.
418 Upper Beersbridge Road, Belfast (no date)
Toyo Kisen Kaisha
Mar 24, 1924
Received from Mr. Albert Cowan
En route from Kobe to San Francisco Per S.S. Tenyo Maru Voy. No. 76 Sailing
Mar 27, 1924
Receipt for Payment of Taxes
stamped - Seaman
Collector's Office at New York, N. Y. Date Aug 26, 1924
Mr. Albert Cowan
368 West 23rd Street
New York City
National Health and Pensions Insurance Card
This is to certify that Albert Cowan the holder of
National Registration Identity Card No XXXX
is employed in the under mentioned Department of the Government of Northern
Ireland in the Temporary situation of T.M.C.,
Ministry of Agriculture, Stormont. 31.8.44
Address 418 Beersbridge Road, Belfast
from Albert to various family members and friends as he sailed the high
Miss Eva Cowan, Rev. Walter Cowan,
B.A., Thomas Johnston, James Cowan