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ON THE 140th anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of Capt John Gray, master of Brunel's SS Great Britain The SS Great Britain was the first ocean-going ship to have an iron hull and a screw propeller and, when launched in 1843, was the largest vessel afloat. She originally carried 120 first-class passengers (26 of whom were in single cabins), 132 second-class passengers and 130  inbound to Liverpool from Australia, on November 25-6, 1872, one of his descendants contacted Shipping Lines.

SS Great Britain Trust, custodians of the original ocean liner, preserved in Bristol, asked readers for help in tracing any of his Merseyside relatives.

Cynthia Boskett, from Exeter, Devon, wrote saying: "Capt John Gray was my great, great uncle or cousin, from Unst, Shetland Isles. I am descended from Charles Harper Charles Harper (15 July 1842–20 April 1912) was a pastoralist, newspaper proprieter and politician in colonial Western Australia. Biography
The son of Church of England minister the Reverend Charles Harper and Julie Gretchen Harper née
, born 1810, and John Gray is related to Charles''s brother William Harper William Harper could refer to:
  • Bill Harper, Scottish football (soccer) goalkeeper
  • William A. Harper (1873-1910), an Afro-American sculptor and painter
  • William Allen Harper, JFK assassination witness
, born 1806, also at Unst.

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MYSTERY: Capt John Gray's home
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 3, 2012
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