LOWSEY, Benjamin Longley

1837 - 1901

Benjamin Longley Lowsey was born at Southwold, Suffolk in 1837, son of John Lowsey (10 March 1799-April 1864), a river pilot, and his wife Mary née Barber (1801-1868), who married at Southwold on 25 December 1823. In 1851, Benjamin was a 12-year-old, living at Green Lane, Southwold with his 46-year-old mother Mary, and four of his several siblings. He did military service in the merchant navy 1853-1857 and during his mariner life by 1883 had reputably sailed round the world some 25 times. In 1891, a 53-year-old mariner, lodging at North Green, Station Road, Easton Bavents, Southwold, the home of 72 year old widow, Elizabeth Peck. He operated the camera obscura, a Victorian sea-front attraction, in which surrounding scenery was reflected onto a table by means of a lens and painted pictures and exhibited at the Southwold Mutual Improvement Society in 1886. Like many former fishermen, Benjamin Longley Lowsey died in the workhouse at Bulcamp near Southwold in September 1901 and was buried in St Edmund's churchyard, Southwold where there is a monument to him and his parents. An amateur artist with three of his paintings at Southwold Sailors' Reading Room.

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