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The papers relating to the Struggler consist of a manuscript record of the experiences of, presumably, Robert William Carr Senior, between 9 May 1857 and November 1859 and three versions, in verse, recounting the loss of the Struggler, brig of Aberdeen which foundered off the coast of Lapland shortly after leaving Archangel in October 1856 bound for Grimsby.
The remainder of the papers are receipts for payments made by Ronald Carr-Webb's father, William Webb of 7, Wellington Road, Bow and 145, Kingston Road, Ilford.
Further details concerning the papers and the Carr family, by Ronald Carr-Webb are held on file.
The papers relating to the Struggler came into Mr. Carr-Webb's possession following the death of his grandmother, Emma Jane Carr in 1943. It would appear that the Robert William Carr, sailmaker, the supposed author of the verses on the loss of the Struggler, was Emma Jane Carr's father-in-law. Arthur William Carr whose name appears in P/CWB/1/3 was probably the brother of Robert William Carr. The marriage registers of St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green, show that on 8th July 1852 Robert William Carr, described as a sailor of 3, Eastfield Street married Sarah Woodhouse of 7, North Street. Robert William Carr's father is shown as Robert Carr, sail maker, and Sarah's as James Woodhouse, coal whipper. They had a son (Emma Jane Carr's husband) who was also called Robert William Carr, on 25th June 1854.