Born April 15th 1845.
Married March 30th.1875 in Queenstown.
to Edith Josephine daughter of Philip Scott.
Died July 7th.1925.
George's commemorative inkwell
George went to Dartmouth Naval College and
entered the Navy in 1860. He became a sub-lieutenant in 1865 and full lieutenant
He was appointed to the Zealous, an armour-plated screw vessel serving as
flag-ship in the Pacific. In 1871 he was made Flag-lieutenant in the Revenge at
Queenstown. He received a "haul-down" promotion to Commander in
After studying at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich he became Inspecting
Officer of Coastguard at Moville in 1877 and later at Folkstone. It was there
that he received the thanks of the German Emperor together with a Berlin vase
bearing the Emperor's portrait for his assistance during the loss of a German
iron clad warship. In 1880 he was appointed to the Queenstown Coastguard and
served there for three years. In
1883 he joined Cork Harbour Board as Deputy Harbour Master, becoming Pilot
Master in 1893 and Harbour Master in 1922.
He was Hon Secretary of the Lifeboat
management committee for 40 years and received a silver commemorative
inkwell when the station was closed in 1920. He
retired from his position as Harbour Master in May 1925 owing to ill health and
died two months later.
Obituaries in the Irish Times and Cork Examiner praised his long career of public service and noted
that he had carried out his work with the “utmost zeal and efficiency” and
that he was “a very upright and kindly gentleman, who made innumerable friends
amongst those who had the pleasure of his cultured and refined acquaintance”.
They lived at Dunlea, and later at Carndonagh, Queenstown. His grand-daughter Vivian Mary
I remember the sirens of the huge liners hooting as they left port when, aged 3
or 4, I went to stay in his house on the hill overlooking the harbour"
Queenstown reverted to its former name Cobh (Cove) in 1922.
His father in law, Philip Scott, was a wealthy shipping merchant who built Westbourne
Place and the
adjoining square which, for many years, was known as Scott's Square.