George Usborne                            

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 in 1867.
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 1874. 
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 recalls: " 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.                    


Westbourne Place, Cobh   

Harbour 1910

Now read what life was like for the middle classes in Queenstown in the 1880's and 1890's