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This is a portrait of James Laming (b. 27 Dec 1790,  d. 23 Sept 1864), reproduced, and enlarged, from the pages of the Dutch publication  Nederland's Patriciaat  [Netherlands Patricianship].  Nederlands Patriciaat, informally known as Het Blauwe Boekje [The Blue Book], is a book series published annually since 1910, containing the genealogies of important Dutch patrician non-noble families. It is issued by the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (CBG) in The Hague. The Publication Commission of the CBG determines which families are included. A family must have played an important role in the Dutch society for at least 150 years. 

The following exerpts from newspapers and contemporary books attempts to shed some light on family matters at Margate before and during his lifetime.

Hall's New Margate and Ramsgate Guide of the Isle of Thanet, 1790

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Universal British Directory 1791    Open PDF

Traders etc.:
Laming Richard, sen. Land-waiter.
Laming Richard, jun. Packet-master
Laming James, Linen-draper and Packet-master

Robert and Jane, Capt. Kidd
Dispatch, Capt. Laming
Prince of Wales, Capt. Finch
Francis, Capt. Goatham
Endeavour, Capt. Kennard
Diligence, Capt. Sandwell
Prince of Wales, Capt. J. Laming
Diana, Capt. Boxer
The above vessels sail every day, alternately, from Margate to London.

Collectors of the Salt Duty
R. Laming, Waiter and Searcher

The Times 1792
This cutting from The Times dates before James's borth, and refers to another
Laming in this extended family. As can be seen there was considerable rivalry
between the various masters of the hoys plying between Margate and the City.
Richard Laming of Margate was known Captain in the years 1784 and 1794,
and may have been the Captain, or Master, of the Dispatch.
(Kew: Certificate of goods landed Ref: EK-U1453/B5/4/764  1784, 1794)
The Times, ??July 1813
The Times, Wednesday July 30th, 1813
James Laming
did have a son, also called James (1818-1851), but he cannot
be the James mentioned below.  As yet untraced, was this James Laming junior,
or was he 'junior Master'?? The boat is called the Royal Charlotte.
The Times, July 31st 1813
This is believed to be the Richard Laming (b. 1757) who married Susannah
Gibbs, his second wife, with whom he had six children.
The ship was called the British Queen.

The Times, September 25th 1813


The Times, September 1st 1814
James Laming
obviously purchased the Royal Charlotte, the Sale of
which is the subject of the preceding extract from The Times.

The Times, September 29th 1814
The Times, July 1st 1818
By 1818 the service had been extended from the City to Rotterdam with the
use of 'fine Cutter Packets'; James Laming either owning, or Master of,
The Earl of Clancarty, 120 tons. But, as always, competition was fierce.
The Times, Wednesday May 24th, 1820
It would appear from this cutting that James Laming now owned both the
Earl of Clancarty, 120 tons, and was Captain of the Earl Bathurst, 122 tons
Record of documents held at the National Archives (Access to Archives)
Laming, J. of London  EK-U1453/B5/4/763  1820, 1822, 1851
3 docs
Accounts for salvage of Princess of Wales
The Times, April 25th 1821
The Times, April 21st 1823
The Times, November 23rd 1823
The Times, July 22nd 1824
The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893)
Saturday 28 December 1850

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)
Saturday 19 April 1851

The following is a transcriptionof the entire article, the top part of which was omitted from the on-line extract:


Mails will close at the Post Office as follows:

For London.-By the Glenbervie, on Wednesday evening, at 6.

For England via Mabkas.-By the Scotia, this evening, at 6.

For Calcutta.-By the Sir Edward Paget, this evening, at 6.

Newcastle. -Thursday morning, April 17. Sailed-George Buckham, barque, for China, with coals. Friday, 18. Rebecca Jane, brig, for Adelaide, with coals.

The Wanderer, from Geelong, passed a barque off the Rockadunda, on the 14th instant, apparently bound for this port. (This vessel was reported off the heads last night.)  The Picard, schooner, left Port Phillip heads in company with the Wanderer.

The cargo of the Wanderer consists of 50 casks beef, Order [?].

The Jane, whaler, reported as having sailed yesterday, brought up in Watson's Bay late in the evening. The vessel will, we believe, sail this morning.

The Almeda, schooner, cleared the Heads yesterday morning, but returned to port and anchored in Watson's Bay in the evening,

The barque Sydney, for London, cleared out at Melbourne on the 8th instant. Cargo : 471 bales wool, 556 casks tallow, 8 bales leather, 30 hides, and 901 bags copper ore.

The Port of Auckland has four barques, three brigs, nine schooners above 50 tons, three above 40 and under 50, eight above 30 under 40, seventeen above 20 and under 30, and twenty-six above 10 tons. Total-vessels registered, 87 ; tonnage, 3563 ; men, 296. Lyttleton Times.

Departure of the Cape of Good Hope Mails from Plymouth.  Monday witnessed the dawning of a new era to this important port, and we have too high an opinion of the enterprising spirits of the inhabitants of Plymouth, Devonport, and Stonehouse (consisting of upwards of 100,000,) to suppose for one moment that they are not alive to the boon which has been conferred upon their district, in its selection by the Admiralty authorities, at the particular suggestion of James Laming Esq., the managing director of the Company which has taken the contract to convey the mails and passengers to Madeira, the Cape de Verd Islands, and the Cape of Good Hope, as the point from which a monthly departure will take place to the ports, and in time wc have every reason to believe the communication will lie extended to the Mauritius, Ceylon, India, China, New South Wales, and New Zealand. The mails were embarked on board the Bosphorus at noon of Monday, and placed in charge of Commander Wolrige, R.N. A procession of the local authorities of the three towns was formed, and were present on board the ship at the time of the embarkation, when congratulation speeches were delivered. The . 6hip, however, was detained from proceeding until Wednesday. During Monday afternoon a deputation from Plymouth Chumber of Com- merce, headed by the Right Hon. the Earl of Morley, waited upon the directors, Mr. Laming, and Mr. Fox, M.P. for Longford, to welcome them at the Port, and to assure them of their hearty interest, co-operation, and support in the service ; and in the evening about 100 of the principal gentlemen of the three towns assembled at the Royal Hotel, and entcrtained Mr Laming and Mr Fox in a most handsome and gratifying manner. Atlas for India, December 24.

What is to be done with the General Screw Steam Shipping Company's fleet of ships when no longer needed for the Government service? Answered, by showing that the trade with India may be re-opened with advantage. By J. Laming, the Founder of the Company, in an address to his fellow shareholders, etc  
By James LAMING           6 June 1855         Open PDF
Steam Communication with Australia. A letter addressed to ... the Lord Mayor ...
By James LAMING         12 June 1856         Open PDF