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Wor. Bro. Alfred Elliott

Did you know the final captain of the famed coastal steamer, SS Clyde was a member of Twillingate Lodge? Wor. Bro. Alfred Elliott (1900-87) started his maritime career serving as a mate on the Gulf of St. Lawrence run. He was asked to assume command of the Clyde following the sudden death of its long-serving master, John “Jack” Batcher. Bro. Elliott captained the vessel until its was retired in 1948. He then commanded other coastal steamers, including the Glenco, Springdale and finally, MV Bonavista. Captain Elliott retired from the sea in the mid-1960s. Married to Eva Miles of Durrell, he spent his final years at a retirement residence in Lewisporte. Bro. Elliott was first installed as WM of Twillingate Lodge on 3 October, 1968.

by Dr. David Clarke

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