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The Shipping Gazette and Sydney general trade list; 1844
From the digitised version of the Sydney Shipping Gazette found at the National Library of Australia website.

Mar 23 to May 25 | Jun 01 to Aug 10 | Aug 17 to Oct 05 | Oct 12 to Dec 28

See also, the companion page(s) Shipping News Items, Australia 1844 for the longer shipping related news items, extracted from this newspaper. Many thanks to Lina Moffitt for these contributions. Most of the ships carrying immigrants, also carried cargo. Details of some cargo can be found listed here with a few of the ships, however, to learn of the cargo carried by all the ships, visit the National Library of Australia link above, and find the "Imports" and "Exports" section in the same issue of the publication in which you found the ship.

THE PORT OF SYDNEY IS a free warehousing port, AND ENJOYS THE PRIVILEGE OF IMPORTING goods into the Colony according to the following provisions;

IMPORT DUTIES on all Spirits, the produce of the United Kingdom or of British Possessions in the West Indies, or North America, (via England), 9.s per gallon imperial; on all other Spirits, 12s. per gallon; on all Wine, 15 for every 100 value; on all Tea, Sugar, Flour, Meal, Wheat, Rice, and other Grain and Pulse, 5 for every 100 value; on all unmanufactured Tobacco, 1s. 6d. per lb, and on all manufactured Tobacco and Snuff, 2s. per lb.; on all other Goods, Wines, or Merchandise, not being the produce or manufacture of the United Kingdom, 10 for every 100 value.

GOODS are generally sold for Cash, or at a short Credit; the term being arranged at the time of contract. The quotations given are in British sterling money, English weight and measure, excepting Flour, which is sold at per ton of 2000 lbs. Spirits and Tobacco are usually sold in Bond; all other articles Foreign Duty paid.

Vol. 1, No. 1 - 23rd March 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Port Phillip Shipping
Mar.11 Jane Goudie barque 234 tons Goudie the Clyde 14th Nov Passengers-Messrs John Leech Hamilton, HM Pearson, GD Cummin and W Manson; a considerable part of her cargo is for Sydney.

March 9, sailed the Royal Consort for Guam. The Wallace cleared outwards on the 15th instant for Lima.

Cutter Resolution upset - Life lost. On Sunday last the cutter Resolution, 50 tons, McKeigh, master, bound for Sydney, with eight hundred bushels of wheat and forty bags of potatoes on board, proceeded down the river under charge of Mr Scott the pilot. Whilst in stays, beating through Swan Bay, a squall threw her on her beam ends; the wheat which was stowed in bulk, is supposed to have shifted, when she filled and sunk. There were about nine persons on board, one of whom, a steerage passenger, named James Cotton, was in the forecastle at the time of the accident and was unfortunately drowned; the others took to the boats and were saved-Launceston Examiner March 6.

Arrivals Sydney
Mar 16 Martha brig 121 tons Capt Livingstone Launceston, 12th with grain, potatoes, &c. Passengers—Mrs Wood and servant, Master Wood, Mrs Courtenay, Mr Harvie and three in the steerage.
Mar 17 Magnet barque 148 tons Capt Lewis Loyalty Islands, 2nd 90 tons sandal-wood. Passengers-Mr Noble and Mr Blamy.
Mar 18 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape Moreton Bay, 15th with wool, &c. Passengers Mr E. Mackenzie, Mr McConnell, and eight in steerage; two prisoners, two soldiers, 99th regt
Mar 20 Piscator schooner 111 tons Capt Innen Moreton Bay, 13th with wool. Passengers-Mrs Innen, Mr Last, and seven in steerage.
Mar 21 La Grange American barque 273 tons Capt Stetsom From the Whale Fishery, left Fairhaven thirty-three months since with oil
Mar 22 Diana brig 163 tons Capt Tulloch Launceston, 16th with grain &c Passenger-Mr Perkins
Mar 22 William brig 149 tons Capt Grant Launceston, 17th with grain &c
Mar 23 Arachne barque 319 tons Capt Pearce London, having left the Downs on 1st Dec with a general cargo. Passengers-Mr and Miss Bidwill, Mr J Houghton, Mr Macdonald, and Mr John Crew.
  ENGLISH SHIPPINGHMS Vindictive, hence, via Tahiti and Valparaiso, arrived at Gravesend on 25th Nov. The Cremona put into Dartmouth on 26th Nov, having encountered a gale of wind in the Channel, in which she sprung her main topmast. The Achilles left the Downs, for Sydney, the same day as the Arachne. The Ganges would be the next vessel; to be followed shortly after by the Mary Nixon.

RIO JANEIRO SHIPPING—The barque Fama, Capt Bennett, hence the 21st August, for London, met with very heavy weather off Cape Horn, in which her decks were swept of boats, water-casks, and bulwarks. She put into Rio Janeiro, on 26th Nov, in a leaky condition, where she would have to be repaired. The barque Chelydra, Wishart, hence for London 27th Aug, had also touched there, but left again about 5th Nov.

Departures (from) Sydney
Mar 16 Midlothian barque Capt Morison for London with colonial produce. Passengers-Dr Murdoch, Mr and Mrs McLean, Mr F Barton, Mrs Khristolphon and four children, and Mr A Campbell
Mar 17 Mary Ann schooner Capt Brown for Hobart Town with sundries. Passengers-Messrs W & T Amner, and Andrew Aitken
Mar 17 Cheerful schooner Capt Patrick for Guam in ballast
Mar 17 Sylvanus schooner Capt Wardell for Hobart Town with sundries. Passengers-Mr Spurling, Mr P Clinch and child, Mr Wilson and Mr Balfour
Mar 20 Bright Planet barque Capt. Kyle for the Whale Fishery with whaling gear &c.
Mar 21 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers-Mr and Mrs Isaacs, Mr Last, and six in the steerage
Mar 22 Vanguard schooner Capt Pelfold for Port Nicholson with sundries. Passengers-Mr J Christian and Mr J Asher
Mar 22 Herald ship Capt Coubro for London with colonial produce. Passengers-Mrs Coubro, Mrs Dudgeon, Dr Sullivan, Miss White, Mr Rohde, Mr Wemyss, Major William Hunter, Mr D Hunter, Master J Hunter, Miss Hunter, Mrs Hunter, Miss D Hunter, Miss J Hunter, Miss A Hunter, Lieut Christie 80th Regt. Steerage—Michael Neagle, Mrs Neagle, John Neagle, Thomas Neagle, Mary Neagle, John Henderson, Mrs Henderson, James Horgan, Patrick Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Michael Condon, Mrs Condon, Thomas Gray, Robert Beander, James Dunn, Edmund Birch, Jonathan Birch, Daniel Leckie; 5 sergeants, 1 corporal, 21 privates, 80th Regt; 1 private, 28th Regt; 9 privates, 99th Regt; 7 women and 19 children
Mar 23 Juno barque Capt Hayes for the Whale Fishery with whaling gear
Volume 1, Number 2 - 30 March, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Mar 23 Shamrock steamer 200 tons Capt Gilmore from Port Phillip and Launceston, the former on the 16th, and the latter on the 21st with sundries. Passengers-Mr Walker, Mr Kiddle, Mr Olifant, Mr Carfrae, Mr Holdsworth, Mr RH Brown, Mr Campbell, Major Wentworth, Capt Mackenzie, Capt Moriarty, Mr J Boyd, Mr and Mrs C Boyd, Mrs Campbell, Dr Robinson, Messrs Kennedy, Ximenes, Crispin, Lloyd, Cornwall, Cubbard, Thomson, Wood, Damen, Mrs Smth and Mrs Purcell.
Mar 24 Maitland steamer Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie, the 22nd with 94 bales of wool, &c. Passenger – Mr P Cohen.
Mar 26 Governor Phillip brig 188 tons Capt Boyle from Norfolk Island, 16th with 87 prisoners of the Crown. Passengers—Captain Reid, 99th Regt, 21 rank and file of the 80th and 96th Regts, 6 women and 10 children.
Mar 29 Tobago brig 136 tons Capt Pockley from Launceston, 22nd with grain, &c. Passengers—Mrs Foster, Mr CD Thomas, and Mr James Casley.
Mar 29 Caroline brig 113 tons Capt Loten from Hobart Town, 23rd with grain, &c. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Goodman, Mr T Hopkins, Mrs James Webb, Capt Paterson, Mr King, Mrs Brown and son, Mrs Crawford, Mr and Mrs Lee and daughter, Mr Maguy, Mr White, Mr John Moorhead, Mr Beeson, Mr Absom, Mr Castello and Mr Demarris.
Mar 29 William the Fourth steamer Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River, 27th with wool, &c. Passengers-Mr Perry and six in steerage.
Mar 30 Coolangatta steamer 89 tons Capt Jacks from Launceston, the 24th with grain, &c. Passengers—Mr J Fortune and Mr Kind.
Departures (from) Sydney
Mar 26 Sir Archibald Campbell brig Capt Keppell for Singapore via New Zealand with sundries. Passengers-Mr J Smithers, Mr D Macfarlane, and Mr W Porter.
Mar 27 HMS Fly   Capt Blackwood for Torres Straits, via Port Stephens and Moreton Bay  
Mar 27 HMS Prince George   Lieut Aird, commander for Torres Straits, via Port Stephens and Moreton Bay  
Mar 28 Falcon schooner Capt. Chape for Tahiti with general cargo
Mar 29 Louisa brig Capt Tucker for Hobart Town with sundries. Passengers—Mr Munro, Masters F & V Prout, Mrs Dill, Mr James McKenna, and three children. Mr H Comyn, Mr J Davies, Mr Mansfield, Mr and Mrs Milliner, and three children.
Mar 29 Shamrock steamer Capt Gilmore for Twofold Bay, Port Phillip and Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Tegg and child, Mr Howe, Mr RH Browne, Mr Bicknell, Mr Lang, Mr Blackey, Mr Ross, Mr Cuthbert, Mr Studder, Mr Hindle, Mr E Slatterie, Mr McLean, Mr Lowe, Mr S Jones, Mr Hart, and Mr Moss.
Mar 29 Martha brig Capt Wells for Newcastle in ballast
Mar 30 Diamond barque Capt Fowler for Liverpool with colonial produce. Passenger – Mr Williams.
Mar 30 Piscator schooner Capt Innen for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers-Mr R Roland, Mrs Day and child, Mr and Mrs Chapman, Messrs Quinn, Holmes, Thompson, Drew, Cowley, Freeman, Kelliggett, Turner and Barnes.

The ship Brankenmoore cleared out at Launceston for London on the 14th instant. Passengers—Mr Sweeney, Mr and Mrs Downs, Mr and Mrs Newport and child, and Mr H Greenwood. Cargo—80 tons bark, 408 bales wool, 12 bales leather, 564 bales wool, 1 cask seal skins, 17 tons bark, 2 portable green- houses, 2 cases seeds, 2 cases fossils, 1 package opossum rugs, 1 box curiosities, 2 hogsheads gin, and 4 pieces blackwood.

The RATTLESNAKE—Her Majesty’s troop ship Rattlesnake sailed for England on Thursday last, having on board a party of invalids from Hongkong, under the care of Dr Allen late of the Minden hospital ship. We are sorry to learn that great mortality prevailed on board the Rattlesnake, both on her passage from Hongkong and during her stay in the harbour here. In the former period, between the 10th and 21st ultimo, nine men, and in the roads, twelve men died, and thirteen were so dangerously ill that they were not expected to recover.—Singapore Free Press, 4th January.

PORT PHILLIP SHIPPING – arrivals – March 28, Abercrombie, brigantine, 144 tons, Petley, master, from the Mauritius, 18th Feb. Passenger—James Philip Hunter, Esq., of the firm of Hunter, Scott and Co, of Melbourne with 25 bales canvas, 4 gunny bags, 10 bales twine, 80,000 corks, 37 casks brandy, 532 bags salt, 5 hogsheads claret, 30,000 Manila cigars, 30 barrels rosin, 5 barrels molasses, 25 tierces tobacco, 200 empty bags, 84 bags sugar, Hunter, Scott and Co.

We could not ascertain the rest of the cargo of this vessel, as her manifest had not come up when the latest Port Phillip paper went to press.

March 28. Hawk, schooner, Capt Brown, from Sydney, 8th March. One cabin and one steerage passenger. The Aden, Capt Waddell, sailed for London on 28th March. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Andrews, four children and two servants; Mr and Mrs Erskine; Mr and Miss Rose; Messrs Jamieson, Bacon, McKinnon, Montgomery, Milner. Arden, Enscoe and son. Intermediate—Mr and Mrs Knight, and two children; Messrs R and T Howitt, and Haliburton. Cargo—315 bales wool, 27 casks tallow, 8 casks 1 case preserved meats, 1 cask seal-skins, 283 tons mimosa bark. The barque Mary Lloyd had cleared for Liverpool. Passengers—Mrs Hill, Mrs Sheerer, Mr Besnard, John Bolster, John Sawyer, and John Miller. Cargo—731 bales wool, 99 casks tallow, 37 firkins butter, 35 tons mimosa bark, 250 gunny bags, 291 hides. Neither the Christina nor the Isabella had arrived on the 30th ultimo.

Volume 1, Number 3 - 6 April, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Mar 30 Amitie French ship 378 tons Capt Follen from Hobart Town the 20th March with timber &c. Passengers—Mrs Stuart and servant.
Mar 31 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay the 29th March with 70 bales of wool &c. Passengers—five in steerage
Apr 03 Wanderer R.Y.S. schooner, 10 guns   From Boyd Town, Twofold Bay, the 2nd instant B Boyd Esq. Passengers—Capt Tallan, Mr O W Brierly, Mr James Campbell and Mr Langley.
Apr 03 Edward schooner 87 tons Capt Grey from Boyd Town, Twofold Bay, the 2nd instant with 110 bales wool. Passengers—Mr T Bonner, Mr Rayworth and Mr Allison.
Apr 05 Augustus barque 372 tons Capt Duff from Port Adelaide, 30th ult. with flour wheat &c. Passengers—Mr F Dutton, Mr B Nixon, Mr R Smith and Mr W Alleyne.
Apr 06 Arabian barque 287 tons Capt Collins from the Whale Fishery, having left Sydney 23rd August 1843 with 110 barrels sperm oil.
Departures (from) Sydney
Mar 31 Urgent ship Capt Thompson for Port Nelson via Newcastle with cattle. Passengers—Mr and Miss Beit, Mrs Thompson, Mr and Master Acres, Capt J Nichols, Mrs Bennett, Messrs W Culley, J Nolan and W Newman.
Mar 31 Harlequin schooner Capt Cooney for Boyd Town, Twofold Bay with sundries. Passengers—Forty-three emigrants including children.
Mar 31 HMS Bramble   Lieut Yule, Commander for Port Stephens, Moreton Bay and Torres Strait Passenger—Mr McGilvray
Apr 02 Alfred barque Capt Brett for Valparaiso with sundries. Passengers—Mr, Mrs and Master Francis, Mr and Mrs Harvie, Miss Griffin, Mr and Mrs Macdermott and child, Mr and Mrs Aharum, Mr and Mrs Dawson and son, Mr A Martin, Mr and Mrs Lemerick and three children, Mr and Mrs Hand, Messr Connelly, T Atkinson, R Lemming, Wendell, J Cleris, C May, J Thompson, L Cavanagh, J Barton, W Palmer, R Cummings, P Kennedy.
Apr 05 Adrastus barque Capt Chaplin for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr Bell, Mr Mrs and Miss Griffith, Mr James Scott, Mr Richard Kelly, Messrs Armstrong, Collidge and Mrs Murphy and infant.
PORT JACKSON, Arrivals and Departures in 1843-4
Jan 1 – Mar 31      
50 ships, 26 brigs, 26 schooners,
8 cutters, 9 steamers
Apr 1 – Jun 30      
43 ships, 32 brigs, 38 schooners,
7 cutters, 6 steamers
Jul 1 – Sept 30      
35 ships, 35 brigs, 24 schooners,
7 cutters, 4 steamers
Oct 1 – Dec 31      
37 ships, 27 brigs, 25 schooners
3 cutters, 4 steamers
Jan 1 – Mar 31      
17 ships, 20 barques, 32 brigs,
17 schooners, 2 cutters, 4 stmrs
Jan 1 – Mar 31      
51 ships, 26 brigs, 30 schooners,
10 cutters, 10 steamers
Apr 1 – Jun 30      
45 ships, 34 brigs, 30 schooners,
5 cutters, 6 steamers
Jul 1 – Sept 30      
33 ships, 26 brigs, 25 schooners,
6 cutters, 3 steamers
Oct 1 – Dec 31      
31-38 ships, 36 brigs, 26 schooners,
2 cutters, 5 steamers
Jan 1 – Mar 31      
16 ships, 31 barques, 27 brigs,
22 schooners, 6 cutters, 4 stmrs

THE EXPLORING EXPEDITION – HMS Fly, and the cutter Prince George, hence the 27th ultimo, arrived at Port Stephens on the night of the 28th. The former got ashore on a sand bank, in about two fathoms water, when entering the harbour; but the Prince George having let go both anchors in six fathoms, a hawser was carried from her to the Fly, by which she was soon warped off, with no damage. The Bramble, hence the 31st ultimo, arrived at Port Stephens the following day, and the three would leave in a few days for Moreton Bay.

THE R.Y.S. SCHOONER “WANDERER”—The Wanderer returned Wednesday from Twofold Bay, having on board B. Boyd, Esq., and several other gentlemen. In the passage from the bay she has well maintained her character of being a fast vessel, having run the distance from Heads to Heads in the space of twenty-four hours, part of which time she was scudding almost under bare poles. She saw the schooner Harlequin last Tuesday at 5pm lying to off the Dromedary, from this port, bound to Twofold Bay. The first mail from Boyd Town has been brought up by the Wanderer; and as a post-office has been established at that township, great advantages will be derived by persons living in the Maneroo district from having a regular communication with Sydney.
The following account of Boyd Town shipping has been kindly furnished us:
Arrivals:--March 20th Edward, schooner, Tallan from Sydney; 29th Shamrock, steamer, Gilmore, from Sydney, for Port Phillip and Launceston. 31st Mary Ann, Brown, from Sydney, for Launceston;--this vessel had proceeded on her voyage with favourable winds until arriving between the Ram Head and Wilson’s Promontory, when she encountered an adverse gale of wind for several days, and then bore up for Jervis Bay, since which has again put into Twofold Bay. She reported the Hobart Town whaler Maria Orr having put into Jervis Bay for wood and water, six weeks out, with sixty barrels sperm oil on board.
Departures:--March 30th Shamrock, steamer, for Port Phillip and Launceston. April 2nd, Wanderer, R.Y.S. schooner, for Sydney; Edward, schooner, for Sydney. The Mary Ann was still in the bay when the Wanderer left.

SEIZURE OF THE BRIG “MUNRO”—Information having been lodged with Captain Browne, that spirits had been illegally landed from the brig Munro lying at Gosling and Browne’s wharf, he kept watch on her in his boat for three nights consecutively, but until last Tuesday night nothing occurred. At sundown, having pulled in between two of the vessels lying at Jones’s wharf, a boat was two hours after seen alongside the Munro when something was lowered into her and she shoved off, quickly followed by Captain Browne, who found two men in her, named Beard and Couch, with six kegs, each containing ten gallons of brandy. The men were immediately taken into custody, and upon proceeding on board the brig it was found that three hogsheads of brandy, entered at the Custom-house as non-disposed of cargo, had undergone considerable leakage. The men are still in custody, and an officer holds possession of the vessel.


March 28 Abercrombie, brigantine, 144 tons, Petley, master, from the Mauritius, 18th Feb. Passenger-James Philip Hunter, Esq, of the firm Hunter, Scott, and Co of Melbourne, with 25 bales canvas, 4 gunny bags, 10 bales twine, 80,000 corks, 37 casks brandy, 532 bags salt, 5 hogsheads claret, 30,000 Manila cigars, 30 barrels rosin, 5 barrels molasses, 25 tierces tobacco, 200 empty bags, 84 bags sugar, Hunter, Scott and Co. We could not ascertain the rest of the cargo of this vessel, as her manifest had not come up when the latest Port Phillip paper went to press.

Hawk, schooner, Captain Brown, from Sydney 8th March. One cabin and one steerage passenger.

The Aden, Captain Waddell, sailed for London on 28th March. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Andrews and four children and two servants;Mr and Mrs Erskine; Mr and Miss Rose; Messrs Jamieson, Bacon, McKinnon, Montgomery, Milner, Arden, Enscoe and son. Intermediate—Mr and Mrs Knight and two children; Messrs R and T Howitt, and Haliburton. Cargo—315 bales wool, 27 casks tallow, 8 casks 1 case preserved meats, 1 cask seal-skins, 283 tons mimosa bark.

The barque Mary Lloyd had cleared for Liverpool. Passengers—Mrs Hill, Mrs Sheerer, Mr Besnard, John Bolster, John Sawyer, and John Miller. Cargo—731 bales wool, 99 casks tallow, 37 firkins butter, 35 tons mimosa bark, 250 gunny bags, 291 hides.


The markets during the week have been so remarkably quiet, as to afford little scope for comment; but in prices there is no alteration, excepting wheat, which has declined, several large parcels having been sold at 3s. 6 ½ d. to 3s. 9d. per bushel.

Sugar—the cargo ex Magnet from Manila, was submitted to public competition, and realized from £17 5s. to £18 per ton, which, considering the condition, were full prices; the samples were of the ordinary kind and moist without colour.

Rice – Two hundred and fifty-nine bags Manila brought £8 per ton.

Volume 1, Number 4 - 13 April, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Apr 08 Union brig 155 tons Capt Grainger from Launceston, 2nd April with grain &c, Passenger—Mr Beverley Suttor
Apr 08 Cremona ship 400 tons Capt Bulley from London, 16th Nov, and Dartmouth, 10th Dec with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr SA Donaldson, Miss Donaldson and servant, Mr JL Evans, Mr Elliott, Mr F Elliott, Master and two Misses Elliott, Mrs Unthank, Miss Unthank, Miss SM Unthank and three brothers, and Mr John Edwards.
Apr 09 Resolution cutter 49 tons Capt McVeigh from Launceston, 23rd March, and Port Albert the 4th Apr with wool, &c., Passenger—Mr Marmaduke Tysard.
Departures (from) Sydney
Apr 06 General Hewett ship Capt Hart for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr JT Armitage, Mr FW de Salis, Mr J Black, Dr Romer, Mrs Casey and two children, Mrs Gunter, Mrs Moreland and son, Mr and Mrs Paulus, Mrs Williams, Mr Healy, Mr Shewring, Mr Armiston, Mr Hallier, Mr Durran, Mr Glennie, Mr J Jones, Mr Sheave, Mrs T Sedley, and Capt Beadon, R.N.
Apr 06 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr E Mackenzie, and two in steerage.
Apr 11 Bull Swedish brig Werngren, master for the South Sea Islands with sundries. Passengers—Mr AW Lindgren, and Capt Joseph Moore, jun.
Apr 12 Caroline brig Capt Loten for Hobert town with sundries. Passengers—Mr JT Waterhouse, Mr Hopkins, Mrs Smith, Mrs Myers, Mrs Harrison, Master Harrison, Mr J Drummond and Mrs Wheatley.
Apr 12 William brig Capt Grant For Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Lieut Thompson, Mrs Thompson and seven children, Mrs Kerby, Mrs Colyer, Mrs Courtney, Mr Levey, Mr and Mrs Davidson, Mr and Mrs Goold, Mr and Mrs Thompson, Mrs Barnett, Miss Gillan, Messrs Conner, Guilem, J Thompson and T Atto.

April 2--Arrived: Cecilia, barque 274 tons, Burrell, Master, from London via Leshenault, Western Australia. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Groves and two children, from Leshenault.

April 5—Sailed: Jane Goudie, barque, 233 tons, Goudie, master for Sydney. Passengers—Cabin, Capt Howey, Dr Falloon, Mrs Mickleburgh, Messrs JM Chisholm, Dare, Cameron, Rutledge, Roach and child, Schwonbergh, Innes, and Lillie; nine adults and three children in steerage. Cargo—1 case hosiery, 100 bags potatoes, 2 tierces tobacco, 2 trunks, 1 box apparel, 1 box bedding.

April 4—Cleared: Platina, barque, for London. Passengers—Cabin, Lieut Ross, and six children; steerage, Miss Askum, John Waland, John Henderson, Thomas Rosken, JC McArthur, and John Jones. Cargo—498 bales wool, 178 tons mimosa bark, and 21 casks tallow.

The Dawson—This vessel will be withdrawn from the Launceston trade for some time to come, as she has obtained the charter to convey stock to Nelson, New Zealand.

  A NEW VESSEL—A new vessel, of about 170 tons burthen, has been built by Mr Russell, in his yard at Pyrmont, and is now nearly ready for launching. She is of a peculiar construction, and is adapted, from her length, for fetching spars from New Zealand; and, from her small draught of water, would answer well for bar harbours. Her dimensions are—87 feet on deck, depth of hold 8 feet 6 inches, and 22 feet beam; and it is not expected that she will draw more than 6 ½ feet water when loaded. It is worth of remark that the expense of building her will not exceed what a vessel of seventy tons would have been a few years since. In the event of her not being sold, she is intended for the Richmond and McLeay trade.
Volume 1, Number 5 - 20 April, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Apr 11 Johnstone ship 436 tons JB Harrison, commander from Liverpool 10 Dec Passengers—Mr Richard Uniacke, Mr William Buchanan, Mr Richard Hubberson, wife and two daughters, Mr WY Mayne and three boys, Mr George Lane, and Mr Samuel Needham.
Apr 13 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie with wool and grain. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Cheers, Mrs Chapman, Miss Gower, Mr Middleton, Mr Henderson and seven in steerage.
Apr 14 William the Fourth steamer 58 tons Capt Wiseman from Clarence River with wool and tallow. Passengers--Mr Robinson, Mr Kelso, Mr Ryan, Mr Lotts, and three in steerage.
Apr 14 Mars American barque 270 tons Capt Brownell from the Whale Fishery with 1400 barrels sperm oil.
Apr 14 HMS Thalia 42 guns Honorable Capt Hope from Bombay 18th Feb  
Apr 16 Jane Goudie barque Capt Goudie from Port Phillip the 9th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Mr JM Chisholm, Capt Howey, Mr Dane, Mr Cameron, Mr Rutledge, Mr John Roach and son, Mr Schwonbergh, Mrs Nickleburgh, Mr Moses, Mr D Jillie, Dr Falloon, and Mr Charles Conner, Mr G Stevens, Mrs Williams. Mr John Kennedy, Mr A Graham, Mrs Graham, two daughters and son, Miss Riley, Miss Lloyd and two Malays.
Apr 16 Mary Nixon barque 391 tons Capt McDonnell from the Downs, 8th Dec with sundries. Passengers—Mr Birkett, Mr Day, Mr Lowe, Mr Appleton, Mr Burgess, Mr Hodges, Mr Layton, Mr Kerr, and Mr Caldwell. C Appleton, agent.
Apr 16 Dorset brig 82 tons Capt Walsh from Port Adelaide, 1st inst. with sundries. Passengers—Messrs Wright, A Young, A Harriott, A Silver, J Lenny, E Harris and A Lazar.
Apr 16 Ocean Queen brig 192 tons Capt Freeman from Mauritius 28th Feb and Hobart Town 11th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Assistant Commissary-General Swan, Mrs Swan, and servant, Mr F Swan, Mr and Mrs Hogg, and daughter. Campbell and Co, agents.
Apr 17 Emma brig 121 tons Capt Fox from Port Adelaide, 7th inst. Passengers—Mr Duff, two daughters and female servant, two Misses Nihil, Mr Field and Mr JB Neales
Apr 17 Shamrock steamer 200 tons Capt Gilmore from Port Phillip the 10th, Launceston the 14th and Twofold Bay the 16th inst. with sundries. Passengers from Port Phillip—Mr Mitchell, Mr Gardner, Mr Mollison, Mr Southey, Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, Mr Westgarth, Mr Thomas, Mr Crews, Mr Steele, Mrs Bennett, Mrs Rattray, Mr McKay. From Launceston—Mr Macnab, Mr Atkins, Mrs Atkins and child, Mr Munday, Messrs J Hyde, R Wood, M Cameron, M Adams, McIntosh, Barnett, and Gray. From Boyd Town—Messrs J Smith, Farrott, Mathers, Blake and James.
Apr 17 Sovereign steamer 113 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay, 13th inst. with wool. Passengers-Mr Wilson and Mrs Dowse.
Apr 18 Coquette steamer 72 tons Capt Cummins from Port Phillip, 18th inst. with potatoes, &c. Passengers—Messrs GH Hamilton, JH Macarthur, Thomas Gordon, Butts, Tobin and Ingram.
Departures (from) Sydney
Apr 17 Bintang barque Capt Wright for Singapore via Port Essington with sundries. Passengers—Mr Windsor Earl, Mr Ressden, and four female Malays.
Apr 17 Amitie French ship Capt Follen for Bourbon with sundries. Passengers—Mr Stuart, Mr Rose, Mr Welch and Mr Rosette.
Apr 18 Medusa ship Capt Purdie for Madras with horses. Passengers—Capt Mackenzie, Dr Baiki, Messrs Mark Dixon, Horace Gooch, William Bunny, James May, Middlecoat and two native servants.
Volume 1, Number 6 - 27 April, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Apr 21 Achilles barque 389 tons Capt Veale from the Downs, 1st Dec with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr Borthwick, Mrs Rich, two daughters and son, Mrs Rees, son and daughter, Miss Barnett, Mr Duncan, and Mr J King.
Apr 21 Louisa brig 186 tons Capt Tucker from Hobart Town the 17th inst. with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr H Smith, Monsieur Verreux, and servant, Lieut Hay of the 58th Regt, Messrs Garraway, White Connolly, Kennedy, Thompson, H and W Burn, Nelson, Lewis, Nickerson, McCarville, Mrs Weldon, 32 rank and file of the 58th, and 15 rank and file of the 80th Regts, with two deserters from the latter, two women and a child.
Apr 23 Lady Leigh schooner 118 tons Capt Reid from Port Nicholson the 17th with three tons flax and three tons sperm oil. Passengers—Mr Burleigh, Mr Butler and Mr Murray.
Apr 23 Harlequin schooner 71 tons Capt Coonie from Boyd Town, Twofold Bay, the 19th inst. with 26 bales wool, and 4 bales hides.
Apr 24 Wanderer schooner 131 tons Capt Brown from Port Nicholson the 27th March, and Queen Charlotte’s Sound the 7th April with oil &c. Passengers—Mr Bannatyne, Mr Asher, Mr Joseph, Mr Fraser, Monsieur Duvachelle, Capt Macfarlane, Mr Miller, Mr Jones, Mr Roberts, Mr Pearce, Mr E Jones and Mrs Phillips.
Apr 25 Maitland steamer Capt Maitland from Port Macquarie with wool &c. Passengers—Major Innes, Capt Jobling, Mr Doyle, and three in the steerage.
Apr 26 William the Fourth steamer 53 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River 24th inst. with wool &c. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Coutts and three children, Miss Bloodsworth, Mr Miller, Mr Ray, Mr Wilkin, and eight in the steerage.
Departures (from) Sydney
Apr 20 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr McConnell and fourteen in the steerage.
Apr 20 Governor Phillip brig Capt Boyle for Norfolk Island with stores. Passengers—Mr Chapman, Capt Reid, a sergeant, corporal and 10 rank and file of the 99th Regt and 11 prisoners of the Crown.
Apr 23 Shamrock steamer Capt Gilmore for Broulee, Boyd Town, Port Phillip and Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mr W Walker, Mr Riddle, Mr S H Levey, Mr Simpson, Mrs Simpson and two children, Mr Westgarth, Mr Thomas, Mr Brown, Mrs Brown, two children and servant. Mr C H Huxtable, Capt Oldrey, Capt Thom, Mr Oliver, Mr Sparks, Mr Langley, Mr Mulholland, Mrs Mulholland and two children; Mr James Kennedy, Miss Jacobs, Mr and Mrs Atkinson, Mr and Mrs Wightman, Mr and Mrs Madder, Mr and Mrs Chaffey, and child. Mr and Mrs Carr, and child, Mr and Mrs Ellison, and three children, Messrs Cashmore, Simmons, Farrell, Malhoun, Fellowe, Samuel Lord, W Campbell, E Coltar, and P Hennessy.
Apr 24 Gannett brig Capt Nicol for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr John Swain, Mr C Eastmure, Mr Sproul, Mr Thomas Franks, Mr James Hunter, Mr George Coke, Mr William Simmons, Mr W Simmons jnr, Mr Daniel Cameron, Mr John Crawford, Mr John Crampire, Mr Francis Nicholls, Mr W P O’Neill, Mr and Mrs Cock, Mr E Rater, Mrs Buchan, Miss Ramsay, Mr E Suiton, and Mr John Crampin.
Apr 24 Arachne barque Capt Pearce for Newcastle to load with wool for London. Passengers—Messrs Houghton, McGrevy, Lingard and Stevidore.

ARRIVALS—April 15, Sea Queen, barque, 465 tons, Martin, master, from London 29th Nov, and Cork 4th Jan, with 219 immigrants. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Wickham, Mr Edminstone, and Dr Curtis, surgeon superintendent.—Christina, brig, Capt Pearce, from Sydney 14th March.

DEPARTURE—April 15, Ellen, barque, for Hobart Town.

CLEARED OUT—April 17. Thomson, cutter, Birkinshaw, master, for Sydney via Port Albert. Passengers—William Dee, Charles Harvey, and William Cook.—Tyne, barque, 427 tons, Robertson, master, for London. Passengers—Mr Horncastle, Mr Stead, Mr Dodds and daughter, Alexander McBeth, John Parker, Ronald McKenzie, and Mr Pritchard.

SHIPS FOR LONDON—The Sultana will positively sail tomorrow, and her mail will close at six this evening. The Penyard Park will be a full ship in about a fortnight. The Caledonia is fast filling up, and will get away about the 9th proximo.

The Louisa—This brig, which has long been a regular trader between Hobart Town and Sydney, is at the Queen’s Wharf, where the joiners are actively employed in fitting up new accommodations for passengers. The cabin will be fitted up with eighteen sleeping berths, and the part sest aside for the steerage passengers will afford accommodation for fourteen persons. The alterations are expected to be completed on Wednesday next, and she will sail a few days after.

The Louisa arrived on Sunday night, after a fine run of four days. The barque Tenasserim, from Calcutta the 22nd Jan, and Madras the 13th Feb, arrived at Hobart Town on 13th instant, with a general cargo for Sydney. Passengers—Messrs N Noble, R Ogilvie, G T Hicks, A R Buchee, one female and sixteen male convicts; she was to sail for Sydney on the 18th instant. The Marion was taking in horses at Hobart Town for India. The brig Caroline had not arrived there.

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Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Apr 28 Sultana schooner 120 tons Capt Scott from Tahiti, 16th Feb, Navigator Islands, 31st March with cocoa nut oil, arrowroot, &c. Passengers—Mrs Scott and child, Capt Carmichael, Miss Osmond, and Capt Hay—two in steerage.
Apr 28 Leonides American ship 231 tons Capt Nye from the Whale Fishery, twenty-seven and a half months out with 600 barrels sperm oil
Apr 29 United Kingdom ship 1267 tons Capt Teulon from Liverpool, 23rd December, and Cape of Good Hope 12th March with 360 bounty immigrants and merchandise. Passengers—Mr Hudson, Mr Darby, Mr Hair, surgeon superintendent, Mr Harper, assistant surgeon; steerage—Mr and Mrs McClenagan, Mrs Galloway and daughter, Messrs Mason, Caunce, Crooks, Lowe, and Mrs Johnstone.
Apr 29 Thomson cutter 49 tons Capt Birkenshaw from Port Phillip 21st instant with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr Charles Harvey and Capt W Orr.
Apr 29 Elizabeth barque 437 tons Capt Morrice from Cork 1st Jan with merchandise and [222] bounty emigrants. Passengers—Dr Myers, surgeon superintendent—Griffiths, Gore and Co agents.
Apr 29 Ganges ship 430 tons Capt McDonald from Portsmouth, 29th Dec, and St Jago, 3rd Feb with merchandise. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Moffitt, three daughters, and a female servant, Mr E Severne, Miss S Douglass, and Mr C Kean, surgeon; and two in the steerage.
Apr 29 Christina brig 126 tons Pearce from Port Phillip, 26th Apr with sundries. Passengers—Mr R Andrews, Mrs Collins and three children, Miss Collins, Mr W Manson, Mrs Donovan, Mr and Mrs Dwyer, and three children, Mrs Smith, Messrs J Short, J Buckley, and B McShean.
Apr 30 Tenasserim barque 230 tons Capt Fox from Calcutta 22nd Jan, Madras 13th Feb and Hobart Town 23rd Apr with rice &c. Passengers—Mr G J Hicks and servant, Mr L Macalister and servant, and Mr Donald McLennon.
May 02 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay, 27th ultimo with wool, tallow &c. Passengers—Mr Alford, Mr Adams; Messrs Mass, Home, Harrington, Sullivan, three soldiers and a prisoner.
Departures (from) Sydney
Apr 28 Martha and Elizabeth schooner Capt Devlin for Port Phillip with sundries. Passengers—Mr A Innes, Mr G R Caldwell, Mr W Webster, and Mr James Daplin.
Apr 30 Dorset brig Capt. Walsh for Adelaide with sundries. Passengers—Mr and Mrs E Solomon and servant, Miss and Master Solomon, Mrs Phelps, Messrs Collins, Barnett, Jacobs, Young, Herriott, Cook, Clealy, and Miss Hannan.
May 01 Edward schooner Capt Tallan for Boyd Town, Twofold Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr Orr, Mr Taylor, Mr and Mrs Williams, Mr and Mrs Daws, Messrs Heberton, Mason, Crankton and Cabella.
May 02 Ranger cutter Capt Rogers for Auckland with a general cargo. Passengers—Messrs Hobson, Keesing, and Pattison.
May 02 Dawson brig Capt Carder for Port Nelson with sheep &c. Passengers—Mr Stafford, Capt Hay, Messrs Prenderly, Jones and Burnel.
May 02 HMS Thalia   Capt Charles Hope for Tahiti  
May 02 Coquette schooner Capt Cummins for Port Phillip with sundries. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Howell and child, two Misses Agnew, Mr James Ritchie, and Mr P Marshall.
May 03 Mars American barque Capt Brownell for the Whale Fishery  
May 03 Mary Ann schooner Capt Brown for Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Messrs J Fortune and A Atkin.
May 03 Emma brig Capt Fox for Adelaide via Port Fairy with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr P Gray, Mrs Home and child, and Mr John Moorshead.
May 03 Union brig Capt Grainger for the Mauritius with sundries. Passenger—Mr George Munday
May 04 Sultana barque Capt Lyell for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr Charles Sutherland, Mr Bowers, Mr Burke, Mr Ryan and Mr Legg.

SHIPWRECK AT MOONLIGHT HEAD—A rumour has been prevalent during the last two days, that a large vessel had been wrecked near Moonlight Head, between Cape Otway and Port Fairy. The report is, we are afraid, too true, the intelligence having been brought by a party of blacks, who could have no inducement to make false statements on such a subject. It is said by some that the crew and passengers have been massacred by the blacks, while others assert that only two human beings reached the shore, a lady and her child. All such particulars, however, must be conjecture, and we must be content with the simple fact that a vessel has been wrecked on the coast to the westward—Geelong Advertiser, April 15.

NEWCASTLE—Thursday May 2: the brig Martha is loaded and will sail for Sydney the first fair wind. The schooner Ariel from Sydney, arrived here this evening at five p.m., she will in all probability be loaded by to-morrow. The cutter China, bound to Broulee, and which put into this port in distress, sailed this morning after having received the necessary repairs. The cutter Traveller’s Bride arrived here on Sunday last, having encountered a very severe gale, in which they were blown off the land for several days, and obliged to broach a portion of the cargo for the support of the crew; she has since proceeded up river. Friday May 3: the barque Arachne has at present on board 155 bales wool, 195 hides, 133 logs of cedar; she is loading fast.

The UNITED KINGDOM—This vessel left Liverpool with 388 bounty emigrants and a considerable quantity of merchandise, but was taken to the quarantine station on Monday, owing to twenty-eight deaths having taken place on the passage—twenty-five children and three adults. Upon Dr Savage going alongside, it was found that sundry diseases (which had been caused by atmospheric changes) had carried off the children, none of which were contagious. One of the adults died of apoplexy, another of dysentery, and a third of hysteria. The immigrants now on board consist of 118 men, 115 women, 65 boys and 62 girls, all of whom appear in a very healthy condition, and the ship was therefore towed up to off the Flour Company’s Wharf on Monday evening, by the steamer Thistle.

She reports having spoken the Trusty, from London, on the 24th January bound to Swan River, in lat. 10o 54” N, long 24 o 10’ W. January 25 the American whaler Barclay, of New Bedford, clean. Feb 4, Theodocia from Liverpool to Calcutta in lat 5 o 48’ S, long 30 o W.

Nearly a hundred of the immigrants have been engaged. She has hauled in to Bott’s Wharf, from whence a convenient stage has been erected to the ship. The immigrants appear all to be of a very useful class, there being also comparatively fewer mechanics and a greater number of agricultural labourers than in other ships.

  THE “ELIZABETH”—The Elizabeth left Cork with 222 bounty emigrants on board, since which, eight deaths and six births have taken place. Those who have arrived consist of 78 men, 60 women, 35 boys and 46 girls; they appear to have been well selected, but were seen at a disadvantage, owing to the severity of the weather on Sunday night. She spoke nothing on the passage connected with these colonies; but reports that the Royal Saxon was fitting up for emigrants for Sydney direct, to leave London on the 1st and Cork on the 14th March. Up to yesterday evening the following immigrants had been engaged on board this vessel:--Ten single men as farm labourers, at from £10 to £15 per annum; all the single women as general house servants, at wages averaging from £10 to £14; and also two families to proceed into the interior. The immigrants now on board comprise an equal number of farm labourers and mechanics.


Coasters, 3d. per ton register, payable every 12 months
Every vessel registered at Sydney, and trading to Van Diemen’s Land, 3d. per ton per annum.
For every vessel trading to any other Ports, 3d. per ton every 4 months.
For every stranger arriving in the Port of Sydney (whalers excepted) 3d. per ton.
All whalers, whether British, Colonial, or Foreign wholly exempt.


Coasting vessels exempt.
Vessels registered in Sydney, and trading to Van Diemen’s Land exempt.
Vessels registered in Sydney, being under 50 tons, half pilotage.
All other vessels 10s. per foot, in and out.


For every vessel trading to Van Diemen’s Land, above 100 tons, 20s.
For every removal, 10s to 20s, according to tonnage.
For every coaster of 50 tons, or upwards, 5s.
For every coaster under 50 tons, exempt.

One shilling per tun.


Every vessel not registered in Sydney, entry and clearance, £1 10s.
Vessels registered at Sydney, above 100 tons, coastwise £1.
All vessels not registered in Sydney are considered Foreign, and pay the full dues and lights, whether under 50 tons or not, or whether coastwise or Foreign.
All vessels registered at Sydney above 50, and not exceeding 100 tons, coastwise, entry clearance, 8s.
For all vessels not coastwise, entry and clearance, £1 10s.


All vessels not registered in Sydney, 2d. per ton.
Vessels registered in Sydney under 50 tons, coastwise, exempted.
Vessels registered in Sydney above 50, and not exceeding 100 tons, coastwise, 2s.
100 tons and upwards, coastwise or foreign, 2d. per ton, inward light.


Customs’ dues, entry and clearance coastwise, 2s. 6d.
Lighthouse dues, 4d. per ton.
For every other Port, same as other vessels.
Coasting vessel in ballast not to be charged.

Printed and Published by CHARLES KEMP and JOHN FAIRFAX, at the Morning Herald Printing Office, Lower George Street, Sydney New South Wales, Saturday May 4 1844.

Volume 1, Number 8 - 11 May, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
May 05 Tryphena brig 136 tons Capt Horn from Auckland, 14th April with manganese, &c. Passengers—Mrs Wright and two children, Mr Joseph, Mr Bradbury and Mr A W Keen.
May 05 Piscator schooner 111 tons Capt Innen from Moreton Bay, 2nd instant with 92 bales wool. Passengers—Mr Archer, Mr Marchand and one in steerage.
May 07 Waterlily schooner 155 tons Hayle, master from Auckland, 19th Apr with sundries. Passengers—Capt Lockhart and Dr Grammie of the 80th Regt, 30 rank and file of the 80th Regt, 5 women and 12 children.
May 07 Jane and Emma cutter 33 tons Capt Irvine from Launceston, 1st May with potatoes. Passengers—Mrs Irvine.
May 07 Thomas Lord schooner 72 tons Capt Brown from Auckland the 12th, and the Bay of Islands, the 24th April with oil &c. Passengers—Mr Sims, Capt Bulger, Mrs Bulger, two daughters and son, Miss Clendon, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mrs Thompson and Mr J Haywood.
May 07 Shamrock schooner 85 tons Capt Daldy from Riatea 6th March, Auckland the 12th, and the Bay of Islands the 24th April with sundries. Passengers—Rev. Mr Quaife (Independent Minister), Mrs Quaife and two children, and nine in steerage.
May 08 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie with 78 bales wool and 6 horses. Passengers—Mrs G Innes, Miss Innes, Major Innes, Dr Dawson, Mr Todd, Dr Carlisle, Mr Middlemas, Lieut Gorman, Lieut Montgomery, of the 99th Regt, 24 rank and file of the 99th Regt, 4 women, 9 children, a constable, a prisoner, and two steerage passengers.
May 08 Star of China schooner 112 tons Capt Ward from Nelson 11th April, and Taranaki 26th April with sundries. Passengers—Mr Giblett, Mr Hind, Mr and Mrs Dixon and two children, Mr and Mrs Hall and three children, Mr and Mrs Brown and two children, Mr and Mrs Brooking and two children, Mr and Mrs Paul and two children, Mr and Mrs Robb and two children, Mr G Brown, Mr E Marshall and Mr Benlen.
May 09 Marian Watson schooner 146 tons Capt Saunders from Auckland, 19th April with sundries. Passengers—Major Bunbury, and Lieut Wellman, 80th Regt, Mr Shephard, thirty-two rank and file of the 80th Regt, five women and ten children.
May 11 William the Fourth steamer 58 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River on Wednesday last with 32 bales wool, 25 casks tallow, &c. Passenegers—Miss Hamilton, Mrs Blakeway, Mr McMillan, Mr Coventry and Mr McTear and three in steerage.
May 11 Shamrock steamer 200 tons Capt Gilmore from Port Phillip, the 2nd, Launceston, the 6th and Twofold Bay, the 9th instant with sundries. Passengers—Mr Sheriff Young, M.C., Dr McCrea, Mr Allen, Mr Graham, Mr J Macarthur, Mr D Campbell, Mr Bogue, Major Macan, Mr S Darling, 51st Regt, Mr Hebbard, Mr Rixon, Mr and Miss Western, Mr Wren, Mr Baddully, Mr Langley, Mrs Lord, Mrs Sutton, Messrs Singleton, Oldridge, Roberts, Goebert, Coulter, Chambers, A Mackenzie, H Carrington, Burgess, Browne, Thom, McKail, S Holmes and Terton.
Departures (from) Sydney
May 06 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr Howell, Mr Lesslie, Mr Ritchie, Capt Grant, and Ensign Masters, of the 80th Regt, twelve steerage passengers, 52 rank and file of the 58th Regt, 6 women, 7 children, and 16 prisoners of the Crown.
May 06 Tobago brig Capt Pockley for Port Phillip with sundries. Passengers—Mrs E Foster, Miss E Waterton, Mrs AP Southey, and Mr CD Thomas.
May 09 William schooner Capt Freeman for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Graham and family, Mr W Griffin and Mr R Booth.
May 10 HMS North Star   Sir Everard Home for Hobart Town  
May 11 John and Charlotte schooner Capt Peterson for Hobart Town, via Port Albert with sundries. Passengers—Mr John Reeve, Mrs Brooks and child, Mr John King, Mr and Mrs Davis, Messrs M Windebela, W Thompson, C McDonald, E White, and C Palmer.
May 11 Neptune ship Capt Ferris for Madras with horses. Passengers—Lieut Donville, 58th Regt, Dr Birtwhistle, Messrs Adams, Spears, Duff, Frost, Hassell, 16 grooms and 16 Lascars.
May 11 Caledonia barque Capt Liddell for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Capt SA Perry, Mr J Henderson, Mr Gardner, Mr James Melville, Mr G Bowman and Mr James Mathias.
May 11 Navigator American ship Capt Graves for Guam with sundries. Passengers—Messrs JF Uredenburgh, Samuel Hotchin, MW Sand, JF Sand, Asleworth and Holdforth.

DEPARTURES—May 2, Diana, brig, Tulloch for Portland Bay. May 3, Gilmore, barque, Mann, London. Passengers—Mr and Miss Rose, Capt and Mrs Langdon, two children and a servant. Mr Stoddart, and three in the steerage. Cargo-289 bales wool, 164 casks tallow, 416 tons bark.


ARRIVALS—April 30, Renown, barque, from London 3rd Jan, with merchandise; Tuscan, barque, from London, 10th Dec, with merchandise, on her way to New Zealand. May 1—Equestrian, ship, from London, 28th Jan with 281 convicts.

DEPARTURE—Lady Franklin, for Norfolk Island with 100 convicts.


ARRIVALS—March 21--Comet, brigantine, Cork, from Twofold Bay, with 62 heifers and calves. Bolina, barque, Johnson, from Twofold Bay, with cattle and horses. April 4, Shamrock, schooner, Daldy, from Tahiti 8th March—Passenger—Mr Jeffray.

DEPARTURES—Feb 26, Nereus, Fedarbe, for London with 1200 barrels sperm. April 1—Comet, schooner, Cork, for Hobart Town via Twofold Bay, in ballast. Passengers—Mrs Cork, Messrs Gimble, Harris, Williamson, the convict Ellis and two constables. April 12—Shamrock, schooner, Daldy, for Sydney via Russell; passenger on board the latter Mr Jeffray.

THE “SOPHIA PATE”—This wreck has caused more speculation than most of the people of Auckland are aware of. She has been sold to five or six different parties, all of whom tried their best to raise her, but without success; the present owner Mr Morley, is likely to succeed better than any of the others, he has succeeded in cutting the cable, and we understand the vessel has risen by this act four feet. We trust as Mr Morley is a very enterprising man he may be rewarded for his labour, and the poor fellows who toil night and day with him in his undertaking—Auckland Chronicle April 18.

The Sovereign left the Hunter’s River Wharf, on Monday evening, with a considerable quantity of cargo on board, for Moreton Bay. Two officers and fifty-two rank and file of the 58th Regt have proceeded by her to relieve a detachment of the 96th which has been stationed in that district.

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To sail positively on Wednesday next.
The regular trader Waterlily

John Hayle, commander. Has superior accommodations for passengers and will sail as above. For freight or passage apply on board, at the Queen’s Wharf, or to John Macnamara, Queen-street.

Will be towed to sea on Saturday, 1st June at twelve o’clock precisely,
THE FINE A1 SHIP Cremona, J. Bulley, commander. Passengers are requested to be on board at eleven o’clock on the morning of 1st June. J.T. Armitage and Co.
To follow the Sultana
The fine fast-sailing brig OCEAN QUEEN, A1 for twelve years, 200 tons register, H. Freeman, commander, will meet with immediate dispatch, having all her dead weight engaged. For freight or passage apply to the Commander, on board, or to CAMPBELL AND CO. Campbell’s Wharf, April 20.
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
May 12 Governor Phillip brig 188 tons Capt Boyle from Norfolk Island, the 5th instant with sundries. Passengers—Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson, 99th regt, Mr Lackey, Mrs Farrell and two children, Miss Burrows, 61 prisoners of the Crown, and 13 rank and file of the 99th regt.
May 12 Sir Archibald Campbell brig 205 tons Capt Bawtree from Port Nicholson 28th April with sundries. Passengers—Capt Richmond and servant, Miss Souter and Mr Smithers.
May 15 Arachne barque 319 tons Capt Pearce from Newcastle 14th instant with wool, tallow, &c.
May 16 Caroline barque 194 tons Capt Hunter from the Whale Fishery with 700 barrels sperm oil, having left Sydney 7th Aug 1842.
May 16 William brig 149 tons Capt Grant from Launceston the 6th and George-town the 9th instant with grain &c. Passengers—Mr W Cozens, Mr and Mrs D’Arcy and four daughters, Mr Hitchcock, Mr Clayton, and Mr Flavelle.
May 17 Johnstone ship 436 tons Capt Harrison from Port Phillip, 8th instant with part of original cargo, &c. Passengers—Mr Spence, Mr Power, Mr and Mrs Hibberson and two daughters, Mr Buchanan, Mr Needham, Mr Mayne and three children and one in steerage.
May 17 Velocity schooner 138 tons Capt Bogue from Swan River, 28th March and Adelaide 8th May with flour, wheat &c. Passengers—Mr Lefroy, Mr Nicoll, Mr and Mrs Kirland, Mr Stockley, Mr Levi, Mr Reed, Miss Fulton, Mr and Mrs Thompson, and child, Mr and Mrs Macpherson and two children, Mr Oliver and Miss Fox.
May 18 HMS Hazard 18 guns Capt Bell from San Blas in Mexico, 11th Jan, Sandwich Islands 4th Mar, Tahiti 3rd and Navigator Islands 27th April.  
  **The Equestrian, from Hobart Town, with troops, entered the heads at one o’clock and was beating up Watson’s Bay when we went to press.
Departures (from) Sydney
May 12 Louisa brig Capt Tucker for Hobart Town with sundries. Passengers—Mr MC Stephen, Mr Byron, Mrs Reuton, Mr R Wighton, Mr Munro, Mr H Fowler, Mrs B Wighton, Mrs Coleman, the Misses Mary, Margaret and Bridget Wighton, Mr James Wighton, Mrs Poole, Mr Henry Mason, Mr and Mrs Smith, Mr J White, Mr Connolly, Miss M Dillon, Mr T Wright and son, and Mr J Rose.
May 16 Lady Leigh schooner Capt Reid for Port Nicholson with sundries. Passengers—Messrs R Murray, M. Asher Johns, T Frazer, Bryant, Chambers, E and G Johns, and Mrs Turton and child.
May 17 Shamrock steamer Capt Gilmore for Boyd Town, Port Phillip and Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, Mr Macarthur, Mr Macnab, Mr Mollison, Mr and Mrs Atkins, Miss Steel, Mr BL Wood, Mrs Wood, Mr Blaxland, Mr McIntyre, Mrs Owen and two children, Messrs J Rawson, J Flannigan, J Brown, Satton, F Thompson, Badderly, Rixon, Hebbard, Roberts, Brooks and son, Chisholm; Mr and Mrs Holliler and three children, Mr and Mrs Plumridge and four children, Mr and Mrs Keenon and three children, Mr and Mrs Groves and three children, Mr and Mrs Munday and three children, Mr and Mrs G Jones and two children, Mr and Mrs Hurley and three children, Mr and Mrs Clarke and Mrs Singleton.
  THE “HAZARD”—The Hazard touched at Tahiti, and sent an officer and boat’s crew on shore, when they were all taken prisoners by the French, and kept in custody for several hours, but were subsequently sent off again with an intimation that no British subjects would be allowed to land on the island, as it was then in a state of siege. The Hazard reports the Navarino and Glenswilly at Mazalan on the 5th January, taking in dyewood for England. The Frances and Sarah Birkett, hence, had arrived at Valparaiso, at which place the schooner, Faith, with Mr Dunlop on board, was lying. *M

TAHITI—About eight or ten days prior to the arrival of the Hazard in Tahiti, a party of the French were defeated by the natives, and compelled to retreat, after losing 80 men, who with their arms and accoutrements were left on the field of battle. The engagement took place on the peninsula which separates the northern from the southern part of the island, and commenced by the French (who have a fortified camp there) endeavouring to prevent some of the natives passing across. The action began in the afternoon by a species of skirmishing or bushfighting, and ended in a regular set-to, when the gallant Tahitians rushed on with their clubs, knocking many of their enemies on the head, and putting the remainder to a disorderly flight, it is even said that many of the French threw away their arms to facilitate their escape. There were lying in Papiete harbour, L’Uranie, and La Chartis, 60 gun frigates, a French war steamer, and a large armed store-ship; on the other side of the island, abreast of the peninsula, was L’Embuscade, a frigate of 32 guns; on shore there were upwards of 1000 soldiers.

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Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
May 18 Equestrian ship 801 tons Capt Cromorty from Hobart Town, the 13th instant with sundries. Passengers—Lieut. Cookson, Lieut. Simons, Messrs J Hart, J Hayes, J and G Osborne, 52 rank and file of 58th and 80th regiments, 8 women and 8 children. Ford, agent.
May 19 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay the 16th instant with wool &c. Passengers—Messrs Russell, Glover, Dennis, McConnell, Wise, Campbell, Underwood, Harris, Le Breton, McCoy, Woods, Toole, Mann, Richards, Burns, Lieut. Johnston, and 32 rank and file of the 99th Regt, and 3 women.
May 21 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie with wool &c. Passengers—Mr H Cohen, Mr D Jones, three Misses Paterson, Mr and Mrs Middleton, and five children, Mrs and Miss Farrel; and five in steerage.
Departures (from) Sydney
May 20 Wanderer schooner Capt Burns for Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mr Hughes, Mr Colter, Mr Burgess, Mr Moss, Mr J Shea, Mrs Shea, Mr John Cassidy.
May 20 Corsair steamer Capt Taggart for Port Phillip and Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Erskine and two children, Mr James Flanagan, Mr E Bundle, Mr James Roberts, Mr F James, Miss Neil, Mr Dunn, and Mr Charles Howe.
May 20 Jane and Emma cutter Capt Irvine for Launceston with sundries. Passenger—Mrs Irvine.
May 21 Penyard Park barque Capt Weller for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mrs Weller, Master FL Duguid, Messrs Milne, Cox, Croft, Gardner, Allen, Osman Cresswell, Alleyne, Field, Marnham, Beattie, White, Pinsonhalt and Burke.
May 21 Sir Archibald Campbell brig Capt Milne for Singapore with sundries. Passengers—Capt Richmond and servant, Miss A Soutar, Mr JH Macarthur, and Mr J Smithers.
May 21 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr Adams and twelve in steerage.
  PORT MACQUARIE—The schooner Mary Ann, Capt Williams, from Sydney, arrived on the 16th instant. At the time she hove in sight off the bar, the sea was running very high; but the pilot (Mr Watson) after great exertions boarded her and brought her safe to an anchorage. His boat, however, whilst returning, was driven on the rocks, and dashed to pieces; the crew reached the land after being dreadfully bruised.

THE SCHOONER “HARRIETT”—The Harriett has long been known as a collier between Newcastle and Sydney, and was always considered a very sea-worthy vessel, but owing to her long absence since her departure from Sydney, there is too much reason to believe that she has been lost. The Harriett left for Newcastle about six weeks since in company with the John and Charlotte and Coolangatta, both of which arrived there just as the gale commenced. The other was seen a little to the southward of the port, hove to, but before night had drifted so far off the land as to be indiscernible. It will be remembered that in the same gale, which continued from the westward above a week, the schooner William, from Moreton Bay, and the schooner Robert Burns, from Port Macquarie, were blown a great distance off the land, and the latter was on her beam ends for some time. The steamer Sovereign was on her passage from Moreton Bay at the same period, and was compelled to lie to for two days fifty miles off Port Macquarie, when a small vessel was seen dismasted to leeward, to which they were unable to render assistance. As the Harriett is the only vessel missing which was bound to the northward, there is every probability of her being the one reported by Captain Cape; and, in the event of the crew still being alive their sufferings must have been great, both from the want of water and provisions.

The cutter boat China, bound to Broulee which was reported to have been dismasted and towed into Newcastle, where she remained some time, arrived safely at her destination last Sunday fortnight. The ketch Stranger also arrived at Broulee last Friday. The schooner Selina, belonging to Mr Mackenzie, which left Sydney for Broulee six weeks since, had not arrived there on Sunday last; neither has anything been heard of her since her departure hence; fears are entertained of her; but it is to be hoped, that having been blown off the land by the westerly gales which prevailed at that time, she stood away for New Zealand.

SHIPS FOR INDIA—We have been informed, in the event of vessels arriving here of sufficient tonnage, four or five will be chartered for the conveyance of horses to various ports in India.

ISLAND OF ASCENSION—The Tortoise, 12, store ship, is fitting at Chatham as a guard and store ship for the Island of Ascension. From the position of this island in the South Atlantic, and its great importance as a midway station between Madeira and the Cape of Good Hope, and as a rendezvous for ships of war on the coast of Africa and the South American station, the Government have been induced to put their establishment at that place on a different footing than hitherto. A naval officer is to be the governor, and a marine officer the commandant. We understand that the Tortoise will be fitted with the greatest dispatch, and that Commander William Finlaison is to be governor, and Captain John Frazer, R.N., the commandant—English paper.

  BRIG “JOSE MARIA”—Supposed to be lost—this vessel was built in France, under the auspices of the friends of Catholic Missions in the Pacific. She sailed on the 15th Nov, 1842 having as passengers the Bishop of the Sandwich Islands, seven missionaries, seven mechanics, and ten nuns. “All told”, were 42 persons on board. One nun died on the passage to the Island of St Catherine’s, S.A., and was buried when the vessel arrived in port. During their detention at that island a native Sandwich Islander died, who had been educated in France, and was returning to his native land. The Jose Maria left St Catherine’s on the 23rd February, and was spoken a few days after at sea, but otherwise she has not since been heard of. The opinion is generally entertained that she must have foundered at sea, probably off Cape Horn. The American brig Delaware, from Boston, touched at St Catherine’s about a month after the Jose Maria had left. On board the Delaware was Mrs Sullivan, wife of Capt Sullivan, master of the vessel, concerning which no satisfactory intelligence has been heard since the above mentioned 23rd February. The Delaware arrived at this port, via Tahiti, on 23rd july. The hope has been cherished that the brig must have been compelled to put back in distress, or that she had been detained in visiting intervening ports; but the length of time already elapsed, and the repeated arrivals from Valparaiso, Tahiti, &c, leave but a slender foundation for the belief that she will ever be heard of—Sandwich Islands Paper, Feb 15.
  BILL TO REGULATE STEAM-BOATS IN THE CANADAS—A bill of this nature, and likely to become a law, is now before the Provincial Legislature. It provides that officers shall be appointed to inspect all boats plying on the Canadian waters, as to their seaworthiness, &c—certificates of inspection to be posted on the vessel—steam-boats carrying passengers to be provided with sufficient boats, anchors, and cables—steam-boats over a certain tonnage to be steered forward, and the wheel connected with the rudder by iron rods or chains—high-pressure engines not to be used in any passenger boats except ferry-boats after a certain day—racing and challenging to race forbidden—when the head way of the vessel is stopped, the safety valve to be opened. It also provides for the punishment of those by whose misconduct fatal accidents shall happen on board steam vessels, such accidents to be prima facie evidence of misconduct—English paper.

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