William Tinney
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William Tinney (1859 - 1930)

Capt William Tinney
Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1881 in Nelson, New Zealandmap
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Died at about age 71 in Patea, South Taranaki, Taranaki, New Zealandmap
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Capt. William Tinney (Master Mariner ) Was born in Cheltenham, Gloucs, in 1859. He went to sea in 1871, in the training ship “Warsprite,” and, after page 775 serving three months, joined the Navy, in which he remained for several years. Arriving in Nelson in the ship “Chili,” in 1874, as an ordinary seaman, he obtained employment in the coastal and intercolonial trade, first as ordinary seaman, then as mate, and finally as master of the schooner “Sisters.” After that he had charge of the steamer “Elsie” trading between Nelson and Rewaka for three and a half years. In 1889, he entered the employ of the Anchor Company, as second mate of the s.s. “Waverley,” and eighteen months later was made first mate, which position he filled for three years. In 1894, Captain Tinney was appointed to his present command. Is buried at Patea Cemetry , Taranaki NZ


William Tinney Death Age: 74 Burial Place: Taranaki, New Zealand Cemetery: Patea

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  • Fact: Birth Registration (1859) Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Fact: Residence (1871) St Andrew, London, Middlesex, England
  • Fact: Arrival (1874) Arrival in New Zealand Nelson, New Zealand
  • Fact: Probate (1930) New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
  • Fact: Burial (1930) Patea, South Taranaki, Taranaki, New Zealand


  • N.Z. MARRIAGES - 1881/1863 - Emma Whiting & William Tinney
  • N.Z. DEATHS - 1930/6245 - Tinney William aged 74 years


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I assume you got the biography from the Cyclopedia Volume 1. His "present command" was s.s. Aorere. He lost her "sister" Aotea at Patea in 1904. No blame attached, he was following the pilot's instructions.

Here's a para from the Manawatu Standard, 13 October 1930, page 6, that fits your photo of the Captain with a dog - Captain Tinney was one of the best-known master mariners in the Dominion and was harbourmaster and pilot at Patea for the past 24 years. He was also a well known breeder of black retriever dogs.

posted by M. Warman

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