Friday, 30 November 2012

Captain John Gravill

A brief account of the life of my ancestor, Captain John Gravill. He commanded the Diana, the last whaling ship to sail from Hull. He died 99 years before my birth, bar one day. He was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and some sources suggest was a lay preacher. 15,000 people attended his funeral.


  1. My name is Tom Gravill he was my great great grandfather, there are some oil paintings of the Diana and sister ships trapped in the ice pack most of which are still in my family others in the hull maritime museum.

    1. Hi Tom
      I've only just picked up your comment. Nice to hear from you on here. We must be cousins somewhere along the family tree!