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update: Thank you to Nigel Henderson for sending this information re: Albert Cowan and his brothers :-

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 the war.

Father: James (Marine Engineer)  -  Mother : Susan
1901 Ireland Census: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Down/Pottinger/Martinez_Avenue/1220920/
1911 Ireland Census: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Down/Pottinger__part_of_/Beersbridge_Road_Upper/227520/

Albert Cowan
born 1886

A 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

"By 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)

other side
Master (S.S.)
Number 0,010,517
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)

Folder - dark blue
Continuous Certificate of Discharge
nothing inside but says
"Blenheim", Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.


Letter dates 18th July 1919

Collingwood Buildings,
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.

Medical Card
Albert Cowan
418 Upper Beersbridge Road, Belfast (no date)

Alien Tax Receipt
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
amount none

National Health and Pensions Insurance Card 11.7.32

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

Street Directories
Beersbridge Road
418. Cowan, Albert, Civil Servant


Postcards from Albert to various family members and friends as he sailed the high seas...shipping coal?

Miss Eva Cowan, Rev. Walter Cowan, B.A.,  Thomas Johnston, James Cowan

there are many more postcards, this is just a selection from the album

click to enlarge




Norah Haughton   ~   Robert Morrow - Ballyjamesduff   ~   Albert Cowan - Donaghadee and Belfast