|Birth: ||unknown, England|
|Death: ||unknown, New Zealand|
A Blockade Runner for the Confederacy during the American Civil War,Edwin Sinel Babot was born in Southampton, England was educated at Greenwich College; today known as the Old Royal Naval College on the River Thames. In 1846 as an apprentice he went to sea and made his first voyage as an apprentice in a vessel trading to South American ports and just four years later was appointed Second Mate of the "Catherine" involved in the Indian trade. Captain Babot subsequently joined the ship "John Bunyan" in Liverpool as second mate, but before leaving the Mersey had to take the position of chief officer. After just one voyage Babot passed his naval examination and was issued his Master's license; taking command of the "John Bunyan" in 1855, a command he held for two years. He then resigned and became a coach, training marine sailors. He continued at that for two years and then resigned again, to become Chief Officer of the "Wild Duck"; which was when he first arrived in Wellington, New Zealand.
He remained in the colonial trade as a mate and Master until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Then, as part owner and Commander of the Clipper Ship "Lovebird", he sailed with a contraband cargo of rifles and ammunition destined for the Confederate Armies; for the Mexican coast. The voyage, however, had a disastrous ending as his ship and cargo was seized by the French Government and Captain Babot was imprisoned for twelve months. Upon his release, Babot soon chartered a Spanish steamer and again ran the Cuban blockade with still more firearms. Soon after, he recovered his ship the "Lovebird", her detention having been ruled illegal.
He then returned to New Zealand waters, in charge of the "Water Nymph"; the first direct ship to land cargo at the ‘Bluff' and afterwards he wrecked his ship off Oamara Beach. The "Hydaspes" was Captain Babot's next ship and for thirteen years he sailed between the old country and the Australasian colonies. After that the "Hydaspes" was cut down in the channel and in 1880 Captain Babot supervised the building of the big steamer "Kent" in England. Upon completion he commanded the "Kent" for two voyages to Australia and New Zealand and was then appointed to be Marine Superintendent at London for the Shaw, Seville and Albion Company. Four years later, in 1884, he was appointed as the companies Superintendent in New Zealand and held that position until 1903 when he finally retired.
Captain Babot was a familiar figure around Wellington, New Zealand, always being connected to the shipping industry of the port of Wellington and the early colony.
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Apr 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68502274
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