|Administrative History||Edward Blackmore originated from St Austell in Cornwall. Although little is known about his early life and career, by the age of 20 he was serving as a junior officer on a merchant ship.|
His career as a shipmaster apparently commenced under Peter Denny of Dumbarton and he subsequently became a large shareholder in several steamers, including the Carthage and Viscount Channing, which carried troops to the Crimea and later to India. He later settled in Greenock, Scotland and established an engineering firm with Daniel Rankin in 1863 under the name of Rankin and Blackmore. He also became involved in local politics, government and other public affairs.For example, he was a member of the first Greenock School Board, 1873-76; he served on the Harbour Trust and was a member of the Town Council; and was involved in the election campaign of the Conservative candidate, Sir James Fergusson, who contested the seat of Greenock in 1878.
In the later 1880s, he removed to London where he became involved in the work of the Shipmasters' Society and the Shipmasters and Officers Federation and served as President of both institutions. He was also author and editor of several works which were published in the 1890s, largely by the Shipmasters' Society, including 'Discipline and Duty in the British Mercantile Marine' (1894), 'The British Mercantile Marine: a short historical review' (1897) and 'The Evolution of Shipmasters Societies' (1898).
He died at his home in Portman Square, London on 31 January 1900.
Most of the above information has been extracted from an obituary published in a Scottish newspaper: see below MS 3/2