Newry, Co. Down
At the age of thirteen he sailed with his mother and sisters to New York and shortly afterwards began his working life at sea. When he joined the Cygnet in 1836 his marine skills were soon noticed and he was promoted to second mate before the end of the voyage. Quin brought much needed maritime experience to the new Colony, becoming at first a river pilot, then superintendent of the Government tug, and finally a long-serving and much beloved harbour master at Port Adelaide. He was known as the ‘Grand Old Man of the Port’ having served for almost fifty years. Captain Quin was a key witness at the Coronial Inquiry into the Star of Greece wrecking in 1888.
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“Hugh Quin,” Irish Place Names in Australia, accessed November 20, 2017, http://irishplaces.flinders.edu.au/items/show/364.