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Officer 
Captain
David Bruce
Born Jul 1816
Painting of Capt. David Bruce c 1864
Captain David Bruce, 1864
Nationality  Scottish
Born Jul 1816
Perth
Genealogy Data
Person ID I2001
Birth Family
Bruce Family - F2002
Father Alexander Bruce
Mother Janet Maule
Marriage Family/Families
Bruce Family - F2001
Spouse Janet McIntyre
Nationality Unknown

Children:  
Isabella Bruce
Jane Bruce
David Bruce
Helen Bruce (d. 1935)
John Bruce (1839 – 17 Aug 1915)
Janet Bruce (b. 1843)
Alexander Bruce (b. 1848)
Mary Ann Bruce (b. 1851)
James Bruce (1857 – 1918)
Irene Bruce (b. 1859)
 
Bruce Family - F2003
Spouse Unknown
Nationality Unknown
Married 1864
 
Voyage Data
Voyage to Adelaide in 1864
Personal role Master
Name on list David Bruce
Age on voyage 49
Last ship Irene
Joined date 01 Aug 1864
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1865
Personal role Master
Name on list David Bruce
Age on voyage 49
Last ship Irene
Joined date 01 Aug 1864
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1865
Personal role Master
Name on list David Bruce
Age on voyage 50
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 26 Jul 1865
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1866
Personal role Master
Name on list David Bruce
Age on voyage 50
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 26 Jul 1865
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to Adelaide in 1866
Personal role Master
Name on list David Bruce
Age on voyage 47
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 23 Jul 1866
Joined place London
Left date Remains
Voyage to London in 1867
Personal role Master
Name on list David Bruce
Age on voyage 50
Last ship City of Adelaide
Joined date 23 Jul 1866
Joined place London
Left date Remains

Captain David Bruce (1816-1903) was a master mariner and was at the helm of the City of Adelaide for approximately three years. He was also the father of later masters, Captain John Bruce and Captain Alexander Bruce, who served as junior officers beneath him for a time.[1] [2]

Description

Old David Bruce was one of the good old breed of sea dog - a sturdy, weather beaten, grey whiskered Scot. He always dressed in black broadcloth, topped by a straw hat and puggaree. He possesed a merry wit - also a lame leg, which had been crushed by a run-away cask during a storm.

The Colonial Clippers, Basil Lubbock, James Brown & Sons, Publishers, Glasgow, 1921[3]

Ship Ownership

The City of Adelaide is always referred to as Devitt and Moore's, but they were only the managing agents in London. Devitt senior had just died, and Joseph Moore held a quarter share. Captain Bruce had a further quarter share. Henry Martin, with the third quarter, had emigrated to South Australia in 1839 and became established with his brother Thomas as a butcher in Hindley Street.

Joseph and Daniel Harrold, jointly the fourth owners, were also resident in London. They were better known as the Hindley Street ironmongers Harrold Brothers. They had retired to London to establish a branch of the colonial firm now conducted by Joseph's sons. Daniel had married Mary Ann Church, and it seems clear that in these two cases David Bruce had made valuable contacts through the passengers of his previous ship Irene.


References

  1. "Family Notices.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1903. p. 4. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. "CONCERNING PEOPLE.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1903. p. 5. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. The Colonial Clippers, Basil Lubbock, James Brown & Sons, Publishers, Glasgow, 1921.
Ship Commands
Preceded by
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Master of the Irene Succeeded by
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Preceded by
New Ship
Master of the City of Adelaide
1864 - 1867
Succeeded by
John Bruce
Preceded by
New Ship
Master of the South Australian Succeeded by
John Bruce