Bruce, Alexander - I2007

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Officer 
Captain
Alexander Bruce
Born 1848
Capt. Alexander Bruce
Capt. Alexander Bruce
Nationality  Scottish
Born 1848
Perth
Genealogy Data
Person ID I2007
Birth Family
Bruce Family - F2001
Father David Bruce 
(b. Jul 1816)
Mother Janet McIntyre
Marriage Family/Families
Bruce Family - F2008
Spouse Unknown
Nationality Unknown
Married 1875
 
Bruce Family - F19015
Spouse Jane Spankie Buik 
(02 Dec 1856 – 19 Aug 1925)
Nationality Unknown
Married 29 Nov 1876

Children:  
Kenneth John Bruce (13 Jul 1889 – 7 Jul 1951)
David Bruce (1877 – 1941)
Hubert Alexander Bruce (1878 – 1917)
 
Voyage Data
Voyage to Adelaide in 1864
Personal role Apprentice
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 17
Last ship Indentured
Joined date 02 Jul 1863
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1865
Personal role Apprentice
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 17
Last ship Indentured
Joined date 02 Jul 1863
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1865
Personal role Apprentice
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 18
Last ship Indentured
Joined date 25 Jul 1863
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1866
Personal role Apprentice
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 18
Last ship Indentured
Joined date 25 Jul 1863
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1866
Personal role Apprentice
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 18
Last ship indentured
Joined date 25 Jul 1863
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1867
Personal role Apprentice
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 18
Last ship indentured
Joined date 25 Jul 1863
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1867
Personal role 3rd Mate
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 19
Wage 3-0-0
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 17 Jul 1867
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1868
Personal role 3rd Mate
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 19
Wage 3-0-0
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 17 Jul 1867
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1875
Personal role Master
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 27
Last ship Lionel
Joined date 24 Jun 1875
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1876
Personal role Master
Name on list Alexander Bruce
Age on voyage 27
Last ship Lionel
Joined date 24 Jun 1875
Joined place London
Left date Remains

Captain Alexander Bruce was at the helm of the City of Adelaide for approximately two years. He was the son of her first master, Captain David Bruce, and brother of Captain John Bruce who was also master of the 'City' for a time, and served as a junior officer under both his father and as an officer under his brother before taking on the City himself.

Alexander Bruce was born in Perth, Perthshire in 1848. During the 1860's the family lived at number 19 Alexandra Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne. In 1863, at the age of 15, Alexander became apprenticed to his father, and served a year in his service aboard the barque Irene before transferring to the City of Adelaide, again in his father's service, in 1864, where he served another three years. In 1869 he was an officer under his brother John, who was then the master of the City of Adelaide, and in 1872 he passed his examination and received his own Master's Certificate. He became master of the 'family' ship in 1875.

In addition to the captaincy of the City of Adelaide, Alexander Bruce was also the master of the South Australian and had also captained a number of steam ships plying the trade routes between London, Sydney and Melbourne.

Alexander Bruce married Jane Buik (b. 2 Dec 1856) in Port Adelaide SA on 29 November 1876.

After serving his time at sea, he took up the position of wharfinger at Port Adelaide in about 1881. He settled in South Australia and built a home on Military Road at Semaphore.

Capt. Alexander Bruce's grave in West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide
Capt. Alexander Bruce's grave in West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide

Alexander Bruce passed away at Semaphore SA on 3 September 1891 aged 43 after a short illness, leaving a widow and four children. He was buried at West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide, an account of the funeral was given in the local papers.[1] His wife Jane is buried with him and the headstone also memorialises their son, gunner Hubert Alexander Bruce who died in Belgium in 1917. Their son David William Bruce is buried in the adjoining grave.


Obituary[2]

DEATH OF CAPTAIN A. BRUCE - We much regret to announce that Captain Alexander Bruce, wharfinger for the South Australia Company, died, at the age of forty-three years, at his residence, Military Road, Semaphore, early on Thursday morning. His death was due to an attack of inflammation of the lungs. Captain Bruce, who had apparently a long lease of life before him, by his genial disposition had endeared himself to all with whom he came into association. Prior to his appointment as wharfinger, which took place ten years ago, he had had charge of the ship South Australian, the command of which he relinquished in order to take the captaincy of a large steamer running between London and the Eastern ports. After having charge of several steamboats engaged in the Mediterranean and Indian trade, he decided to give up the sea life, owing to the health of his wife. His brother and his father are also well known here as masters of vessels that traded to the colonies in the days of the sailing clippers. in the service of the South Australia Company he was distinguished for his ability and zeal in the management of Port affairs. The late Captain Bruce married a daughter of Mr. W. C. Buik, and has left her a widow with four children.

Our Shipping Reporter writes:- The deceased gentleman served his time in the early wool liners with his father, Captain David Bruce, and in 1869 he was one of the officers of the City of Adelaide under Captain John Bruce, his brother. He was soon after promoted to be master, and on the death of the South Australia Company's wharfinger, Mr. John Anthony, he was selected to fill the position, and has carried out the duties for a long period with credit to himself and profit to the Company. He settled down to the enjoyment of shore life, having built a pretty house on the Military Road, where he was bringing up his family. During the last few days he had an attack of pleuro-pneumonia, which at first was very lightly treated, but subsequently the symptoms became worse, and after a couple of days in a semi-conscious state, he passed away on Thursday morning at 4 o'clock. He was a sterling specimen of a seaman, whose word was his bond, and those who had the privilege of his friendship appreciated his good qualities, and recognised in him one of the good men we can so ill afford to lose. In the Port especially he was highly esteemed by all sorts of and conditions of men, and it would be hard to find one word of antagonism for the memory of Captain Bruce. He was identified with the Masonic Fraternity, and was an active member, having for two years held office in the Lodge of Harmony. In whatever capacity the late Captain Bruce was met he had the confidence and regard of those having dealings with him, for he possessed a genial, happy, and generous disposition. Without doubt he will long be missed by every class of society with which he came in contact.


Sources

Mrs. Pam Whittle

References

  1. "HE SAVINGS OF THE PEOPLE.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 5 September 1891. p. 4. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. "Death of Captain A. Bruce". The Adelaide Observer (Adelaide). 5 September 1891. 
Ship Commands
Preceded by
Llewellyn Bowen
Master of the City of Adelaide
1875 – 1876
Succeeded by
Edward Alston
Preceded by
John Bruce
Master of the South Australian Succeeded by
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