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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 Shipping News Items, Australia 1844 for the longer shipping related news items, extracted from this newspaper. Many thanks to Lina Moffitt for these contributions.

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. 11 - 1 June, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
May 25 Terror schooner 110 tons Capt Douglas from Auckland 10th May with manganese &c. Passengers-Messrs Riley and Devlin.
May 26 Lady Franklin barque 295 tons Capt Willett from Norfolk Island 17th May with 150 convicts. Passengers—Ensign Singleton of the 51st regt, Dr Agnew, 23 rank and file of the 51st and one of the 96th regt.
May 28 Caroline brig 123 tons Capt Loten from Hobart Town, 21st May with grain &c. Passengers—Mrs Fraser, Mr T Hopkins, Mr Latham, Mr Watkins, Mr and Mrs Miller and five children, Mr George Blakestone, Mr and Mrs Strickland and five children, Mr Neilson, Mr Broadzaic, Mr and Mrs Deane and eight children, Mr W Butter, and Mr J Smith.
May 30 Martha and Elizabeth schooner 81 tons Capt Devlin from Port Phillip 24th May with potatoes &c. Passengers—Mrs Dobson and son, Mr W Rawson, Mr Empson, and Ellen Fitzroy.
May 31 Martha brig 121 tons Capt Walker from Newcastle with coals
Jun 01 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay, the 28th ultimo. with 19 bales wool, 4 casks tallow &c. Passengers—Mr J Solomon, Mr and Mrs Ward and three children, Messrs Pendergast, Wright, Blakey and Davies.
Departures (from) Sydney
May 26 Waterlily schooner Capt Hayle for Hobart Town with sundries.Passengers—Mr and Mrs Bridgen and four children, Miss Durdon, Mr E Clayton, Mrs M Dillon and Mrs E Wilshire.
May 27 Augustus barque Capt Duff for Adelaide with sundries. Passengers—Mr Dark, Mr J B Neales, Mr Dutton, Mr Smith, Mr and Mrs Brown and three children, Mr and Mrs Hall and two children, Mrs Duff, two children and servant, Mr L Joseph, Mr Nixon, Mr and Mrs Hutchings and three children, Mr and Mrs Thomas, Mr and Mrs Hannet and three children, Mr R Candry, Mr W Denis, Mr and Mrs Coile and two children, Mr and Mrs Sherwood and child, Mr and Mrs McSheen and child, Mr and Mrs Crocket, Mr and Mrs Jones, Messrs James Williams, David Williams, R Shane, H Hughes, Charle Pearce, and William Alleyne.
May 27 Mary Nixon barque Capt McDonell for the Bay of Islands and Valparaiso with sundries. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Dwyer and three children, Mrs Donovan and one child, Mr and Mrs E Strange and three children, Mr and Mrs Boyd and one child, Miss Donovan, Messrs F South, S Adams, J McCarthy, McKellar, C Seaman, C Day, Butler, Nichol, Lefroy, Lacourt, T B Hine and M Browne.
May 28 Sultana schooner Capt Scott for Tahiti with sundries. Passengers—Mr T L Evans, Mr T Bischoff, and Mr M Challender.
May 29 Lady Franklin barque Capt Willett for Hobart Town with 150 prisoners. Passengers—Ensign Singleton of the 51st Regt, Dr Agnew, 23 rank and file of the 51st and one of 96th regt.
May 31 Star of China schooner Capt Tinley for Port Nicholson with sundries. Passengers—Mr C Perry, Mr J G Bidwell, Mr J Christian, Messrs M & R Mullens, and J Browne.
May 31 William brig Capt Thom for Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Capt Best of the 80th Regt, Lieutenant Wellman, Miss Taylor, Mrs Kerby, Mrs May and child, Messrs James, Goigle, Martin, Ryan and L Bushby.
May 31 William Stoveld brig Capt Davidson for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Miss Jane Scott, Master T Scott and Mr F Kennedy.
  CHEAP PASSAGE—On the arrival of the Dublin, Captain Duniam, at the Cape, on the 8th January last, having left this port on the 18th October, one of the passengers, who had given bills for his passage, brought an action against the Captain for assault and battery. The plaintiff was successful, and was furnished with a passage to England in another vessel, at the expense of Captain Dunian, who was obliged to raise funds on a bottomry bond to defray the expenses incurred by his imprudence—Port Phillip Gazette, May 22.

IMPORTANT TO PASSENGERS—On the 15th April last, the ship Broxburnebury, bound from Bombay to London, put in here for repairs nearly at the same time with about six other vessels which had suffered in the same gale. She was detained, and was abandoned to the Insurance; and Captain Brunett, the Commander, refusing to provide a passage for, or return any passage money to his passengers, a suit was instituted by the Rev. Henry Frey, to compel the Captain to fulfill his contract, of giving a passage to London. It appeared from evidence on the trial, that the passenger had paid 900 rupees for his passage by the ship, bound to London, and in this port she had been abandoned, and subsequently sold for £850;--that her remaining stores had been sold by auction, and that she was insured. A discussion ensued as to the unseaworthiness of the vessel before she left Bombay, but as that had not been alluded to in the libel, the evidence of the witnesses in the prosecution was not proceeded with. The decision was, that a vessel abandoned or condemned in any port being considered as lost, the passengers who had prepaid their passage money had no claim whatever upon the captain or agent of the vessel. The plaintiff was therefore nonsuited—Mauritius Watchman, July 29.

The Strathisla has now all her cattle and sheep on board for Auckland; they have been taken in at the Queen’s Wharf. The tame cows were all slung in canvass slings, whilst the others were hoisted in by a strap round the neck and one of the fore legs, which prevented strangulation. By this method not one received the least injury, thus proving it far preferable to the barbarous system of slinging them by the horns. The only purchase used was a luff tackle suspended from a pendant made fast to the main-topmast head, with an out-haul tackle on the main-yard; the fall being taken through a lead on board, and made fast to a dray on the wharf, which ran the cattle up with a single horse. The time occupied in hoisting in and lowering each beast did not average more than half a minute.

The Marion left Hobart Town on the 6th ultimo with horses for India. May 11—arrived at Hobart Town the ship Bella Marina, Asbridge, master, from Plymouth 5th Feb with a general cargo. Passengers for this place—R C Bishop, Wilson, Rev W Hall, Rev W P Bond, Mr Livermore, Mr Hunter, Mrs Raby and servant and Mr Orr. Passengers for New Zealand—Mr and Mrs Wakefield two children and servant, Mr Chetham, Mr Bateman, Mr Rowlands and brother, Mr Gledhall, Mr Robertson, Mr Corser, and Mr Richards.

The barque Rebecca which went ashore at King’s Island, six or seven months back, and was reported lost, having been sold for the benefit of the underwriters, the purchaser succeeded in getting her off, but she was subsequently blown from her anchors. She has, however, arrived safe at Twofold Bay, where she was taken by the assistance of Capt Cork of the schooner, CometHobart Town Gazette

Volume 1, Number 12 - 8 June, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Jun 01 Shamrock steamer 200 tons Capt Gilmore from Port Phillip the 26th and Launceston, the 20th ultimo with sundries. Passengers—Dr Palmer, Mr McCrew, Mr Berwich, Capt McPhee, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mr and Mrs Conner, Miss Woodroffe, Mr Benson, Mr Stacy, Messrs J Browne, T Clayhorn, A Tharpay, J Aikens, and J Tait.
Jun 02 Hawk schooner 115 tons Capt Brown from Port Adelaide, the 23rd ult with flour grain &c. Passengers—Mrs Brown and son, and Mr G M Eddie.
Jun 04 Jane schooner 42 tons Capt Steele from Moreton Bay with 21,000 feet cedar
Jun 05 Calypso brig 105 tons Capt Harrold from Port Nelson 14th May with sundries. Passengers—Mr Ogilvie, Mr Chapman, Mr Betts, Mr Beit, Mr Johnson, Mrs Bowen and son, Mr and Mrs Nock, two sons and two daughters, Mr and Mrs Moulder, son and daughter, and Mr and Mrs Reitz.
Jun 05 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie with wool, &c. Passengers—Mrs Emery, Mrs Howe and two children, Mr Solway, Capt Ditmas, Mr Parties, Mr McInnis, and one in steerage.
Jun 06 Governor schooner 147 tons Capt Williamson from Port Nicholson, the 23rd May in ballast. Passenger—Mr Boulcott
Jun 07 Louisa brig 186 tons Capt Tucker from Hobart Town 30th May with sundries. Passengers—Miss Taylor, Miss Lovecraft, Mr Young and son, Mr C Broad, Mr S Gibson, Mr Clinch and daughter, Mr Thompson, Mr Lewis and Mr W Madson.
Jun 07 William the Fourth steamer 53 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River, 6th inst. with wool &c. Passengers—Mr Hurry, Mr Gale, Capt Coutts and nine in steerage.
Departures (from) Sydney
Jun 01 Cremona ship Capt Bulley for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr Robert Andrews, Mr C M Slocombe, Mr F W White, Mr J Malkinson, Mr J Christopherson, Mr J Canty, Mr and Mrs Waring, Mr and Mrs Dixon, and Mr Abrahams
Jun 02 Oratava schooner Capt Hay for New Zealand with sundries. Passenger—Mr G S Johnstone.
Jun 03 Strathisla barque Capt Simpson for Auckland with cattle, sheep &c. Passengers—Messrs Mars, Lassiter, Mullins, Smith, Hill and Elsington.
Jun 04 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr McConnell, Mr Laird, Mr Dennis and eight in steerage.
Jun 04 Arachne barque Capt Pearce for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Bean and two children, Lieut Rose of HMS Hazard, Dr Myers, Master Pollard, Mrs Tellatt, and Mr W H Hallett; Messrs T Brough, J Hackett, Todd, and Johnson invalids from HMS Hazard.
Jun 07 Thomas Lord schooner Capt Brown for Auckland and the Bay of Islands with sundries. Passengers—Mr L M O’Brien, Mr H Fligg, Capt Daldy, Mr T Simes, Mr John Hayward, Mr and Mrs J Carfude and two children.
Jun 08 Johnstone ship Capt Harrison for Valparaiso Passengers—Mrs Macdonald, Mr Cormier, Mrs Ward and three children, Mr John Rosson and Mr Platt.
Jun 08 Tryphena brig Capt Hindmarsh for Auckland with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Rich and three children, Mr and Mrs Harvey, Mr William Hart, Mr and Mrs Buchanan, Mr J Murray and Mr W Jones.


ARRIVAL—May 28, Ellen, barque, 380 tons, Wilson, master, from Hobart Town. Passengers—Mr Charles Williams and son, Mr C Orr, Mr Howe and two in steerage. Cargo-50 cases claret, 40 tons coals, 45 tons pig iron, part of original cargo; cargo shipped at Hobart Town, 5 tons flour, 3 boxes apples, 2000 palings, 8000 feet timber, 20 chests tea, 1366 bags sugar, 4 baskets apples, order.

DEPARTURES—May 27, Tobago, brig, Capt Pockley for Launceston. May 30, Corsair, steamer, 186 tons, Taggart, master, for Launceston and Sydney. Passengers (for Launceston)—Messrs Henry and Charles Napier; and in steerage, John Smith, George Haskett, John Sells, John Williams and Arthur Fahir. Cargo—2 bales cotton, 6 casks beef, 40 salted hides, 1 bundle leather, 1 parcel deeds, 4 cases merchandise, and original cargo shipped at Sydney for Launceston.

NEWCASTLE—The barque, Giraffe, Capt Grant, had taken 300 tons of coals on board, and would leave for Launceston this morning.

WHALING NEWS—The Clarkstone has put in at Port Stephens to obtain medical assistance, a number of her crew being laid up with scurvy; she left Sydney on the 13th September last, since which 900 barrels sperm oil have been procured by her.

THE STEAMER “SOVEREIGN”—When the steamer Sovereign left Sydney for Moreton Bay, last Tuesday evening, fifteen convicts, without a guard of any description, were sent on board from Hyde Park Barracks. Soon after clearing the Heads they began quarrelling among themselves and with the seamen, and the disturbance was with difficulty quelled by Capt Cape. Whilst the steamer was taking in her coals at Newcastle, a sailor luckily overheard a deep laid scheme for seizing the vessel, which was, to throw the captain and crew overboard as soon as they cleared Nobbie’s Island, and then steer for New Zealand. The plot having been made to authorities, eight of the convicts were lodged in the gaol at Newcastle, and the others were taken to Moreton Bay.
Volume 1, Number 13 - 15 June, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Jun 09 Hindoo barque 310 tons Capt Beard from the Downs 22nd Jan, and Porto Praya 14th Feb with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr W J Brown, Mr G J Frankland, Mr John Thomas, Mr S B Garratt, Mr and Mrs Coy, Mr and Mrs Owen, one daughter, and four sons, Messrs Grey, King and Noura.
Jun 11 Mary Sharp barque 328 tons Capt Mills from Deal 5th Feb, and the Cape of Good Hope 20th Apr with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr P Scott, Mr and Mrs Edmonds, Mr Donogh, Mr Walsh, Mr Buck and Mr Belarney
Jun 13 Corsair steamer 460 tons Capt Taggart from Port Phillip 30th May, Launceston the 7th inst, and Twofold Bay the 11th with wheat &c. Passengers—Mr McRae, Mr C Brittanie, Mr J Burgess, Mr J Parsons, Mr W Bryant, Mr Horn and Mr McFahir.
Jun 14 John Dalton brig 254 tons Capt Denton from Manila 7th Apr, and Anjer, 12th May with sugar &c. Passengers—Mr Weldredge, Mr and Mrs Marks, four daughters, and a son, and Capt Orr.
Jun 15 Surprise ship 460 tons Capt Miller from the Whale Fishery, having left London 20th May 1841, and Copang 27th Apr 1844 with 250 barrels sperm oil.
Jun 15 Coolangatta schooner 89 tons Capt Jacks from Launceston the 5th inst. with wheat &c. Passengers—Mrs Pearson and daughter, and Mr and Mrs Crawford.
Departures (from) Sydney
Jun 09 William Metcalfe ship Capt Phillipson for Calcutta with horses &c. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Middleton, five children and servant, Mr A Dickson and servant, Mr Shepherd and servant, Mr Wilkins, Mr Beaumont; steerage, Messrs Spencer, Ximenes, Newhorne, Slowley, Lawbourn, Adams, Littlejohn.
Jun 10 Caroline brig Capt Loten for Hobart Town with sundries. Passengers—Mr Thomas Hopkins, Mr Brodigrack, Mr Bennett, Mr and Mrs Dunsmore, Mr Hayes, Mr and Mrs Falchon, Mr Riley, Mr Leiseborough, Mr G King, and Mr J G Osborne.
Jun 08 Magnet barque Capt Lewis for New Zealand with sundries. Passengers—Mr J J Curtis and Mr Sea.


The Cecilia, barque, had cleared out for London on 3rd June, with a cargo of 380 bales wool, 18 casks tallow, 43 logs timber, 400 hides, 108 tons mimosa bark. Passenger-Mr G Arden. She sailed 5th June.


The following is the average rate of freight for articles of colonial produce from this port to England:--Wool from 1d. to 1 ½ d. per lb.; Tallow, from £3 10s. to £4 per ton; Oil from £4 to £4 10s. per ton. Bark from £5 to £5 10s. per ton; Manganese and Copper Ore, £2 2s per ton; Hides 50s. to 60s per ton; Horns 50s per 1000; Wheat 1s. 6d. per bushel; Sheepskins and Gum £4 per ton measurement.

THE “MARY SHARP”—The Mary Sharp, the first of the Post Office Packet Ships, arrived on Tuesday after a passage of one hundred and twenty-six days, having touched at the Cape of Good Hope, where she remained two days. Her mail is rather large, consisting of eight leathern bags, about five feet in length each, which have patent locks on them. This system of conveyance may be compact; but a query arises whether letters are not more safe from the effects of dampness when stowed in boxes.

THE “HINDOO”—This vessel arrived on Sunday, after a rather prolonged passage, occasioned by a continuation of light winds. After being three weeks at sea it was found that the vessel made a deal of water, and Captain Beard put into Porto Praya for the purpose of discovering the leak; when it was found that the rats had eaten a hole through the counter on the starboard side; this being stopped, she pursued her voyage, after a detention of two days. From Porto Praya to the Equator thirty days elapsed, after which they fell in with very light winds, until reaching St Paul’s, which was made four weeks since. The Hindoo is the first of a series of monthly packets to be dispatched by Messrs Marshall and Edridge, and Messrs Devitt and Moore, for these colonies to sail on the 15th of every month.

THE CUTTER “JANE SCOTT”—This vessel, which was reported ashore at the Bellinger, having been got off, took in a cargo of cedar for Sydney, and left there on the 26th May; but an easterly gale coming on, she was compelled to stand out to sea. The wind soon veered round to the westward, and increased to such a degree that she was driven out of sight of land, and did not make it again until fourteen days after, when they put into Broulee and obtained some provisions. There were four men and a woman passenger on board, and their sufferings must have been extreme, having been eight days with only a biscuit and half a pint of water each per diem. To add to their misfortunes, after leaving Broulee the whole of her canvas was blown clean away, and they arrived off the signal station yesterday at the mercy of the winds, when two of the pilots repaired to her assistance (Messrs Gibson and Bainbridge) and being joined by Mr Powell, in the Water Police Boat, they towed her safely into Watson’s Bay. One of the crew had swam through the surf at Bondi, upon whose arrival in Sydney the Sophia Jane was dispatched to bring her up to the Albion Wharf.

The brig Brothers sold at Singapore for 7000 dollars.

The barque Louisa, Capt Pallott, from London, arrived Launceston 29th May. Passengers—Mr Spry, Mr H Williams, and Mr W Williams.

  NEW POSTAL REGULATIONS, Conveyance of Letters and Papers to and from Great Britain and the Australian Colonies

Since our last publication, more definite intelligence has reached the colony relative to the establishment of a line of packets between Great Britain and Sydney than had formerly reached us, and the first of the packets, the Mary Sharp, has arrived in our port.

The contractors are, on the one part, the Commissioners for executing the office of the Lord High Admiral of Great Britain, for and on behalf of Her Majesty, and on the other part, Messrs Henry Toulmin and Calvert Toulmin, of George-yard, Lombard-street, ship-owners.

The substance of the contract is, that the said Henry and Calvert Toulmin, their executors and administrators, shall and will, during the continuance of the contract, diligently, faithfully, and to the satisfaction of the said Commissioners for the time being, and with all possible speed, convey her Majesty’s mails and dispatches, once in every calendar month, from Gravesend, in the county of Kent, or (subject to a proviso) from the port of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, to Sydney in New South Wales; and also, if the contract be extended beyond the period of twelve months, they will in like manner convey Her Majesty’s mails and dispatches once in every calendar month from Sydney to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the services to be performed by good, substantial and efficient vessels of not less than 250 tons burthen. One of the vessels is to leave Gravesend on the 1st day of every calendar month, and on the first or second day of every month, when sailing from Liverpool, the proviso empowering the Commissioners to detain any such packet-ship for twenty-four hours after the time appointed for sailing without cost to Her Majesty. Mails and dispatches in the United Kingdom are to be delivered at the Post Office of the first port at which the vessels may touch, or by pilot-boat or other safe and convenient means, without expense to her Majesty; and mails for Sydney are to be delivered by the captains of such vessels immediately on their arrival in the port, they making declaration at the time that they deliver all mails and dispatches forwarded by their respective ships, and for which receipts will be taken when put on board.

The contractors are to receive for the conveyance of these mails each month from Great Britain to Sydney, £100; and from Sydney to Great Britain, £150.

If a packet ship be detained more than one week after the appointed time, or if six weeks elapse between the sailing of any two packets, the contractors will forfeit the sum of £200; and in case of deviation from the direct route, or other delay, or neglecting to deliver the mails and dispatches immediately on arrival at the appointed port or place of delivery, the contractors, for each default, are to forfeit and pay the sum of £25.

The contractors are further bound not to convey or assign this contract, and not to admit any member of Parliament to participate in the contract or in the profits arising therefrom, and for the due fulfillment of their contract, in all its particulars, they are bound in the sum of £1000.

Further, on notice given to the Commissioners, the contract may be extended for the period of three years beyond the first period of twelve months, which so far as respects the conveyance of mails from England to Sydney, was to commence on the 1st day of January 1844.

Thus much we learn from official documents already published. We understand that the Postmaster-General of this colony has received further communications on the subject, and that in order to carry out the plan to its full extent a number of arrangements must be made in the post office departments of this and the neighbouring colonies, as it is intended to make Sydney the head packet station in these colonies.

Volume 1, Number 14 - 22 June, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Jun 17 William schooner 62 tons Capt Freeman from Moreton Bay the 9th instant with 30,000 feet cedar. Passenger—Mr Aitken.
Jun 17 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay the 10th inst. with wool, tallow &c. Passengers—Mrs Harris, Messrs Belfour, Scott, Hodgson, Eliott, Griffin, Lee, eight steerage, seven rank and file of 99th regt and three prisoners of the crown.
Jun 19 HMS North Star 26 guns Capt Sir Everard Home from Hobart Town 8th, and Port Arthur 13th June. Passenger—Mr Rossi of the 51st regt.
Jun 20 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie with 27 bales wool &c. Passengers—Mrs W S Parker, Miss McLeod, Mr Cheers and son, Major Innis, Mr W H Chapman, Capt Waugh and son, Mr W Dunn, Mr J Cohen, Capt Montgomery and thirteen rank and file of the 80th regt and five in steerage.
Jun 21 Abercrombie schooner 144 tons Capt Petley from Port Phillip the 16th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Willmett and daughter, Mr and Mrs Chisholm and daughter, Mr Peppercorn, Mr Selking, Mr Osborne, Dr Curtis, Mr R Turnbull and Mr R Lazey.
Jun 22 William brig 149 tons Capt Thom from Launceston the 16th inst. with grain &c. Passengers—Capt Clint, Miss Solomon, Miss Alford, Messrs James Speed, James Clarke and James Beale.
Departures (from) Sydney
Jun 16 Shamrock steamer Capt Gilmore for Boyd Town, Port Phillip and Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mr J Macarthur, Mr Graham, Mr H A Smith, Mr J W Howey, Mr Couzins, Mr G M Eddie, Mr Robert Spence, Mr, Mrs and Miss Willis, Mr Knowles, Mr Wren, Messrs A Mitchell, H Mandall, J Cantlin, W Power, L Levy, F Patterson, Mrs Ashford, Miss Webley and Miss Blacker.
Jun 16 Governor Phillip brig Capt Boyle for Norfolk Island with Holloway the bushranger and six other prisoners, and a military guard. Passengers—Mrs and Miss Farrell and Miss Burrowes.
Jun 17 Tenasserim barque Capt Mackenzie for Kamtschatka with sundries. Passengers—Mr A R Borcherds, Mrs Fitzpatrick, and female servant.
Jun 18 Skerne brig Capt Shell for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr W Walmsley, Mrs Bartlett and two children, Miss Rutherford, Mr Carey, Mr Fleming, Mr G Leeche, Mr Cowell, Mr James Mann, and Mr James May.
Jun 19 Louisa brig Capt Tucker for Hobart Town with sundries. Passengers—Mr Kemp, Lieut Warren of the 80th regt, Mr Young, Mr G Young, Master Young, Mrs Rose, Mrs Griffiths, Mr, Mrs and Miss Dunsmore and three children, Mr J Brennan, 7 rank and file of the 80th and 1 of the 51st regt, and 25 prisoners of the crown.
Jun 19 William barque Capt Bolger for the Whale Fishery with whaling gear &c. Passengers—Dr Robinson, Mrs and Miss Bolger and female servant, Miss Fisk, and Mr Bolger.
Jun 20 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with a general cargo. Passengers—Messrs Farquharson, Le Breton, C Campbell, Knapp, Macdougal, and ten in steerage.

ARRIVALS—June 10. Coquette, schooner, Cummins, master, from Portland Bay and Port Fairy. Passengers—Mr H Bell; steerage—Constable Adamson, Samuel Harris, Mary Ann Harris, John Lee and James Potter. The barque Isabella will clear out for London this day with the following passengers: Miss Scott, Messrs John Broadfoot, Alexander Campbell, H Davis, John Coffin and George Roach—Port Phillip Gazette, June 15.

The schooner William, from Moreton Bay, has had a very rough passage, having been compelled to put into Port Stephens, where she was detained for four days, through the heavy cross sea at the Heads. The barque Nimrod, Capt Sullivan, hence 17th Aug 1843 put into Port Stephens on Tuesday se’nnight, with 200 barrels sperm oil. Her expedition has turned out very boisterous the chief part of the time; she had also lost the third mate, his boat and crew, consisting of black men, which was supposed to have been occasioned by the line fouling whilst the whale sounded, as neither the boat nor men were seen afterwards. The name of the third mate which left Sydney was William Sharp; but as the chief officer was landed at the Chatham Islands, it is uncertain what was the name of the officer lost.

HMS “NORTH STAR”—The stay of this vessel in port is not expected to exceed a fortnight, as she is about to proceed to the Solomon, Loyalty and other islands in their vicinity, for the purpose of investigating the late outrages committed on different British vessels. She will then pursue her course through Torres Straits, touching at Port Essington, and return by the way of Swan River, Port Adelaide, and Port Phillip. This will probably occupy her above six months.

Volume 1, Number 15 - 29 June, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Jun 22 Georgetown barque 412 tons Capt Belle from the Downs 5th March and Cape of Good Hope 9th May with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr Hewitt, Mr and Mrs Mangin, Mr Ayrh, and Mr Warren.
Jun 23 Emma brig 121 tons Capt Fox from Port Adelaide the 13th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Rev J Weatherston (Wesleyan), Mrs Weatherston and three children, Miss Willan, Mr Joshua and Mr Fiedler.
Jun 23 William the Fourth steamer 53 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River with 7 bales wool, 555 sheepskins, and 36 casks tallow. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Pugh, Mr McGill, Mr Hewitson, Mr Craig, Mr Lotze and sixteen in steerage.
Jun 24 Waterlily schooner 155 tons Capt Hayle from Hobart Town, 19th inst with sundries. Passengers—Mr H Downer, Mr Campbell, Mr and Mrs Barrett, and two children, Mr Jones, Mrs Miller and child, Mrs Shaw, Messrs Hill, Brown, Mann, Watson and Hopton.
Jun 25 Enmore barque 280 tons Capt Ellis from the Downs, 22nd Feb, and the Cape of Good Hope 9th May with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr Silver, M.D., Mr Dangar, Mr Darby, Mr Reynolds, Mr and Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Garrett, Master Bell, Mr Richards and Master Dalgetty.
Jun 26 Briton barque 776 tons Capt Hall from Liverpool 15th Mar with emigrants and merchandise. Passengers—Mr C Carpenter, surgeon, Mr Stewart, assistant-surgeon, Mr and Mrs H T Bass, Mrs Mayne and child, Miss Greenwood, Mr Irvin, Mr A Roe, Mr L Markham, and Mr T Nicholson.
Jun 26 Royal Saxon barque 700 tons Capt Charlsworth from London the 2nd and Cork the 18th March with emigrants and merchandise. Passengers—Mrs and Master Towns, Miss Wentworth, Mrs and Master Bailey, Messrs C and J Beck, Mr R Back, Mr H Bloomfield, Mr Swifte, and Mr Gordon, Surgeon Superintendent.
Departures (from) Sydney
Jun 23 Calypso brig Capt Harrold for Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Wright and two children, Mr C Brantana and Mr P Burgess.
Jun 24 Hawk schooner Capt Brown for Adelaide via Port Phillip with sundries. Passengers—Mr G R Macrae, Mr Philip Levi, Mr F C Hayes, Mr and Mrs Kirkland and son, Mr J B Garrett, Mrs Brown and child, Mrs Latham, Mr John Power, Mr A Adams, Mrs Aitcheson and child, Mr J Gregg, and Mr H Baker.
Jun 25 William schooner Capt Freeman for Moreton Bay with a general cargo. Passengers—Mr McCorey and Miss Carrol.
Jun 28 United Kingdom ship Capt Teulon for Bombay with sundries. Passengers—Major McCann, Lieut Rutledge, 17th regt; Ensign Mare, 28th regt; Mr John Harper, Mr George Tarleton, three soldiers, 3 women and one child.
Jun 28 Munford schooner Capt Douglas for Guam with sundries. Passengers—Mr A Moses and Mr John Barnett.
Jun 29 Margaret brig Capt Thomson for the Marquesas with horses, &c. Passengers—Mr J Keene and Mr H G Alleyne.

ARRIVAL—June 18, Dorset, brig, 81 tons, Walsh, master, from Adelaide. Passengers—Mrs Debus, Miss Debus, Master Debus and Mr Gillies.

DEPARTURE—May 18, Isabella, ship, 422 tons, Hardie, master, for London and Leith. Passengers—Miss Scott, Mrs Hardie and child, Messrs Broadfoot, Campbell, Hunter, B Cotter, surgeon. Intermediate-Mrs French and child, Messrs Davis, Coffin, Roch, McNeel and Ewart.

CLEARED—June 18, Coquette, 72 tons, Cummins, master, for Adelaide via Portland Bay. Passengers—Capt Scott, Messrs Williamson and Tetley; three in the steerage. Cargo, 1150 bags potatoes, 2 bales sacks.


THE “ROYAL SAXON”—This vessel has made one of the quickest passages of the season, only 99 days having elapsed since her leaving Cork, but her English news does not extend to so late a date as that per the Briton. Her cargo is very trifling, about a hundred hogsheads of beer being the chief article. The emigrants and vessel have a cleanly appearance, and they all seem highly pleased with the treatment received on board; there are 56 single females, 30 unmarried men, 71 children, and 94 married persons. Five infants died during the voyage, but not from any contagious disease. She has spoken nothing connected with this place, but saw the schooner at anchor near Kent’s Group reported by the Briton, supposed to be the Mary Ann, for Launceston. She will have her emigrants mustered to-day, after which it is expected she will move to the Cove.

THE “BRITON”—This vessel arrived on Wednesday from Liverpool, with 269 bounty emigrants, after a fine run of 102 days, during which time only seven deaths occurred, six children and one adult. Shortly after leaving Liverpool the measles broke out among the infants, but no deaths occurred in consequence, the last case having been cured on the 16th April. The cargo on board is small. The emigrants appear to have been well selected, and consist of 41 single women, 26 single men, 86 married persons, and 116 children, all of whom are in good health. The ship presents an appearance of cleanliness throughout highly creditable to the surgeon, captain, and officers, more especially as nothing but wet weather has occurred since leaving the Cape of Good Hope. It may be worthy of remark, that there are only nine mechanics on board; four blacksmiths, four carpenters, and one mason; the others consist of agricultural labourers. She spoke nothing connected with these colonies; but on the 23rd June, saw a schooner anchored under the lee of Kent’s Group, during a gale wind from the westward. The emigrants were mustered yesterday, after which she was removed to off the Flour Company’s Wharf, where parties wanting servants can engage them.

THE “GEORGETOWN”—The arrival of this vessel on Saturday was unexpected, her name not having been published in any of the London papers as being laid on for this port. It appears that she is the second of the Post Office Packets, having taken the place of the Superior, which vessel had been taken off the berth. The Georgetown has made the passage out in 112 days, and in all probability, had she not broken one of her pumps, which compelled her to put into the Cape of Good Hope, not more than 100 days would have elapsed from the time of her leaving England. The mail by her is very large, comprising eleven large leather bags full of letters and newspaper. English news had been received at the Cape to the 6th March, by the Poictiers, Magnificent, and Anna Robertson, from London, bound to India. The Haidee, from Liverpool 20th February, was at the Cape of Good Hope bound to Sydney, she was to leave the same afternoon. The Prince Albert was still at the Cape, loading for Sydney to sail about the 20th May. The Lady Keane, from Port Phillip for London, was at the Cape on the 9th May.

The John Dalton, which arrived a short since from Manila, reports that the vessel which conveyed the Honorable Mr Murray and several other to the coast of Borneo, for the purpose of forming a settlement there, was attacked, shortly after her arrival, by the natives; and during the affray, Mr Murray and nine of the crew were killed. The vessel arrived at Manila a short time before the John Dalton left, where those who were wounded received medical assistance.

NEWCASTLE, JUNE 28—The ship Urgent sailed for New Zealand on Tuesday last, with horses, cattle and sheep. A barque was off the port yesterday afternoon and gave her name Avon; she stood off again to the eastward, it was blowing very hard. Nothing more can be said about her, as there is neither Marryatt’s Code of Signals or books allowed here at present; had there been, every information might have been rendered, as the vessel seemed to stand in for the purpose of communicating with the shore. There was also a large barque off Bird Island at two pm yesterday, standing to the southward; she was spoken by a schooner bound to this port, but owing to its blowing so hard the schooner was obliged to stand off.

  DEPARTURE OF IMMIGRANTS FOR NEW SOUTH WALES—The Royal Saxon, 510 tons, Capt William Charlsworth, the first chartered ship this season by government, has sailed from the London Docks for the colony of New South Wales, touching at Cork, with a complement of 212 emigrants, consisting of hardy agricultural labourers and experienced mechanics, with their wives and families. The Dale Park, 410 tons, Capt Snell, will leave the London Docks this week with a second portion of emigrants, for Port Phillip, calling at Cork on the 31st instant. The St Vincent, 600 tons, Capt John Young, is fitting out in London Docks for emigrants, and is entered to sail on the 27th March for New South Wales, calling at Cork on the 16th April. The Lord William Bentinck, 444 tons, Capt Sainthill, is expected to sail from the London Docks on the 9th April, with emigrants, for Port Phillip, touching at cork on the 28th April, or as near as possible about that period—English paper.

HOBART TOWN—June 12—Arrived the schooner John and Charlotte, Patterson, master, from Sydney via Port Albert. Left Sydney 10th May and Port Albert 6th inst, with cattle. Passengers—Mr King and Mrs Munro of the Royal Engineer Dept.

June 14, arrived the schooner Sylvanus, Taylor, master, from Port Albert, with sheep and cattle.

June 16 Arrived the barque Eudora, McEckan, master from London, 6th March, with general cargo. Passengers—Miss J Watson, Mr W Watson, Mr A Smart, Mr J Underwood, Elizabeth Taylor and Charles Waugh. Spoke the Greenlaw with convicts on 13th March in lat. 40° north and long 41° 41’ west, bound to Hobart Town.


The Aden, from China, arrived at Gravesend on 21st Feb, the Belle Creole from the Mauritius, was off Falmouth on the 21st Feb. The barque Australasian Packet, hence 9th Oct, and the barque Exporter, hence 11th Oct, arrived in the Downs on the 26th Feb. The Lady Grey left for Hobart Town Feb 25th. The Ceylon, 400 tons, Capt Hurry, was advertised as a royal mail packet for Sydney to sail on the 1st April. The St Vincent was also to leave on the 1st April with emigrants. The Dale Park, 500 tons, Capt Snell, was to leave for Port Phillip the 16th Mar, and the Lord William Bentinck, 600 tons, Capt Santhill, on the 16th Apr. The barque Fama, Capt Bennet, hence 21st August, via Rio Janeiro, arrived at Gravesend 11th Mar, and was to be laid on berth again for Sydney. The Lloyds was to leave London for Sydney on 15th Mar. The London cleared outwards in London for Hobart Town and Lombock on 13th Mar. The St George, Capt Sughrue, from Callao, was off Falmouth on 9th Mar. The brig Ann, Capt Squires, hence 8th Nov, arrived at Gravesend 14th Mar.

Volume 1, Number 16 - 6 July, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Jul 01 Nimrod barque 232 tons Sullivan from the Whale Fishery, having left Sydney 17th Aug 1843 and Port Stephens on Wednesday last with 220 barrels sperm and 80 barrels black oil.
Jul 02 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay 27th ult. with wool, tallow &c. Passengers—Mrs Atkinson, Mrs Underwood, Messrs Richie, Adams, Gammie, Nichol, Cohen, Wilson, McConnell, Sheeham, Levi, Murphy, O’Rook, Brooks, Brennan, McIntyre and Burton
Jul 02 Vanguard schooner 61 tons Capt Pilfold from Port Nicholson, 6th and New Plymouth 16th June with sundries. Passengers—Messrs J D Greenwood, W Hay, H Henlings, W Donald, T Mills, J Miller, T Hardiman, C Niblett, T Bell, J W Atkinson, Marshall, Dixon, and Mr and Mrs Nathan.
Jul 04 William the Fourth steamer 52 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River, the 2nd inst. with 15 bales wool, 6 casks tallow &c. Passengers—Mr Burton and Mr Maconochie.
Jul 04 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie the 3rd inst. with grain &c. Passengers—Mr Solway, Dr Richardson, Mr H Tozer, Lieut Warren 80th regt, Mrs Betts, eight steerage passengers; and twelve rank and file of the 80th regt.
Departures (from) Sydney
Jul 01 Jane Goudie barque Capt Goudie for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr Skeate, Dr Falloon, Mr McMillan, Mr J C Coles, Mr and Mrs Locker, Mr Caldwell, Mrs Gemmer and child, Mr and Mrs Comyns, Miss Howarth, Messrs John Hawkins, James Wire, Robert Alexander, James Crawford, Francis Mason, J Marshall, Lateward, Anthony Thompson and Master W E Hallen.
Jul 03 Wanderer schooner Capt Croston for Launceston with sundries. Passengers—Mr Warren, Mr Mullens and Mr Allen.
Jul 04 William brig Capt Thom for Launceston via Twofold Bay with sundries. Passengers for Launceston—Mr D Campbell, Capt Milne, Mr and Mrs Lockett and child, Messrs G Powell, J Perry and W Bell. Passengers for Boyd Town—a whaling party consisting of C Carnsy, P Birmingham, J Johnson, F Able, F Simmons, C Holden, R Smith, M Maughan, T Smith, W Ross, D O’Donnel, W Thrift, W Gripture, J Johnstone, W Baker, W Thomas, G Manley, N Paul, M and N Dooley, G Rugrees, W Kelly and W Bryan.
Jul 05 Abercrombie schooner Capt Petley for Kamtschatka with sundries. Passengers—Mr Commissary Miller, Messrs Empson, Panton, Findlay and Turnbull.
Jul 05 Sovereign steamer Capt Cape for Moreton Bay with sundries. Passengers—Mr J Solomon, Mr Fitzpatrick, Mr Lee, Mr Coutts, Dr Morton, Mr McDougall, Mr Scott and sixteen steerage.
Jul 06 Equestrian ship Capt Cromarty for Madras with horses &c. Passengers—Hon. Judge Burton, lady and servant, Mr Sydney Smith, Mr G H T Hicks and Mr J Alcock, surgeon. Steerage—Messrs J W Bartlett, R Forsey, J Cox, W Good, W Mather, M O’Keefe, W Bridges, J Doyle, P Cowman, C Battington, W Barnes, W Harriett, and J Suzerstrang.
Jul 06 Regia barque Capt Morrison for the Mauritius with sundries. Passengers—Mr F B Johnson, and Mr G B Black.

ARRIVAL—June 28, Shamrock, steamer 200 tons, Gilmore, master from Sydney. Passeners—Messrs McArthur, Graham, Smith, J W Howey, Couzens, Eddie, Spence, Wallis, Knowles, Wren, Campbell, and Levi, Dr Palmer, Mrs Willis, Miss Willis, Miss McPhee, fifteen in steerage.

DEPARTURE—June 27, Dorset, brig 81 tons, Walsh, master, for Sydney. Passengers—L W Gilles, Esq., --Pohle, Esq, Mrs Debus, Master and Miss Denus, and Mr Part


The Lady Leigh, hence the 16th May, arrived at Port Nicholson on the 30th, where she was advertised to proceed on to Port Nelson. Whilst lying at Wellington, a serious accident happened on board her; the Capt had gone on shore to be married, and the mate loaded one of the cannons on deck to fire in commemoration of it; on applying the match, the gun burst and blew off his left hand, whilst he was almost deprived of sight by the gunpowder, and two of the men standing by were also severely wounded.

Volume 1, Number 17 - 13 July, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Sydney
Jul 08 Dorset brig 82 tons Capt Walsh from Adelaide 6th and Port Phillip 27th June Passengers—Mr R W Gilles, Mr V L Pohle, Mrs ,Miss and Master Debus, Mr Hart, Mr S Jones and Mr R Smith.
Jul 09 Christina brig 126 tons Capt Pearce from Port Phillip, having left the 1st inst. Passengers—Mr Hassell, Mr Pilbrou, Mr H Raphael, Mr and Mrs Matthews, Mrs Cooper and daughter, and Mrs Leado.
Jul 12 Haidee barque 335 tons Capt Marshall from Liverpool, 20th Feb and the Cape of Good Hope 10th May with a general cargo. Passengers—Mrs Marshall, Mrs Edward Lee and four daughters.
Jul 13 Shamrock steamer 200 tons Capt Gilmore from Port Phillip the 4th, Launceston the 9th and Twofold Bay the 11th inst. Passengers from Port Phillip—Mr McLeod, Mr Fenwick, Mrs Craig, child and servant, Mr and Mrs Cross, Mr Forrester, Mr C Gardner, Mr Neskill, Miss Wilson, Mr and Mrs Smith, Mrs Thornton, Mr Raphael, and Mr Whalen; from Launceston—Mr Southey, Mr Thomas, Capt Best and Liet Watman of the 80th regt, Capt Blaxland, Mrs Webb, Mr Bryant, Mr Simmonds, Mr and Miss Sutton, Mr Wade, Mr Wallis, Mr Ashford, and Mr Freeman; from Boyd Town—Mr Thompson, Mr Sexton, Mr Jennings and child and Mr Holland. Steerage—Ten prisoners of the Crown, six rank and file of the 80th regt and one constable from Port Phillip
Departures (from) Sydney
Jul 06 Emma brig Capt Fox for Adelaide Passengers—Mr C Chapman, Mr T Austin, Mr Joshua, Mr Garland, Mr P Sutton, Mr and Mrs Gee and child, and Mr Thompson.
Jul 06 Harlequin schooner Capt. Cooney for the Bay of Islands and Tahiti Passengers—Mr Williams and Mr W Ainsworth.
Jul 09 Waterlily schooner Capt Hayle for Hobart Town Passengers—Mr James Gibbons, two Misses and two Masters Prout, Mrs Brown and child, Mr and Mrs Bailey, Mrs Jacobs, Mr J B Solomon and Mr J Jones.
Jul 11 Achilles barque Capt Veale for London Passengers—Mrs Garrett, Mr Goodwin, Mrs Barnett and two children, Messrs Stephenson, Armstead, Lawes, Horry, Mr Dean and child, Mr Ogilvy, Mr Banbury and 39 Canadian emancipists.
Jul 11 Vanguard schooner Capt Pilford for Akaroa, New Zealand Passengers—Mrs and Miss Cooper, Messrs W Donald, Thomas Myles and Josiah Dickson.

ARRIVALS—July 5, Hawk, 115 tons, Brown, from Sydney 24th June. Passengers—G R McCrae, Esq, Mr and Mrs H Kirkland and son, Mrs Brown and child, Mrs Latham, Mrs Aitcheson and child, Messrs P Levi, E L Hayes, J B Garret, J Power, A Adams, T Gregg and H Walker.

Benjamin Boyd Esq has become the purchaser of the barque Rebecca for the sum of £800, the sale having been effected during Dr Palmer’s late visit to Sydney. Mr Boyd purposes adding the Rebecca to his whaling establishment, and she is now being fitted out with that view at Twofold Bay; the masts, spars &c which were brought up from King’s Island were forwarded to Twofold Bay by the Shamrock yesterday—Patriot, July 4.


Hobart Town

ARRIVALS—June 16—Lady Grey, J C Hawkes, from London, passengers—Miss Hawkes, Miss C Hawkes, Mr and Mrs Graham, and Mr Ellis. July 3—Greenlaw, barque, from Dublin 6th March with 115 female prisoners and 127 children.


ARRIVALS—June 21, Sir John Franklin, schooner, 52 tons, Campbell from Nelson, New Zealand; Campbell, agent; passengers—Mrs Bray, Mrs McHugh, Mr Daniels. July 2—Mary Ann, schooner, 51 tons, Brown from Sydney 3rd May, Kerr & Co, agents; passengers—Messrs John Fortune, Thomas Bell and A Atkin.


The steamer Rose arrived from Morpeth last night at nine o’clock, with a great number of passengers, amongst whom were Mr Manning, Chairman of Quarter Sessions, Mr Cheeke, and Mr Callaghan. There were also nine convicts sentenced to Norfolk Island, six of which were for life, being the men who piratically seized the cutter Brothers a short time since from Newcastle.

SHIPWRECK – On the 5th December 1840, as the Lady Ruffles, Capt Edward Hight, bound for Sydney and India, was beating out of the Channel, about 100 miles south-west of Scilly, a vessel was at daylight discovered in distress. Capt Hight immediately bore down towards her, and she proved to be the Russian barque , from Odessa to Falmouth. She had a sprung a leak in the night, and was in a sinking state, having 12 feet water in her. Capt Hight instantly lowered his quarter-boats, and sent them with his chief-mate to their assistance, although it was then blowing hard, with every appearance of a gale coming on. At the request of the Russian captain he was taken on board the Lady Raffles, together with all his crew, amounting to 16 men, but one of the boats was lost, and very nearly two of the crew of the Lady Raffles. As it was anticipated, the gale came on, and the Osilia was never after heard of. The Lady Raffles at the time had a number of convicts on board, who, together with her own crew, amounted to 400. Fortunately on the following day, Capt Hight fell in with a ship bound for Arendhal in Norway and the captain consented to take the captain and crew of the Osilia on board. The circumstances having been represented to the Emperor of Russia, he has been pleased to express his high satisfaction at the kindness and humanity displayed by Capt Hight, and has presented him with a massive gold medal bearing a suitable inscription, the medal to be worn round the neck suspended by a riband of the order of St Anne. Capt Hight is now in command of the City of Poonah Indiaman, bound to Madras, and has as good a character for seamanship as for humanity—Times, Feb 24.

LOSS OF THE “ISABELLA”—The Christina, which arrived on Tuesday from Port Phillip, spoke the brig Flying Fish on the 1st inst, bound to Melbourne, which vessel had then on board the crew and passengers of the ship Isabella, hence via Port Phillip, for London and Leith, which had been totally wrecked on Flinder’s Island during the night of the 22nd ultimo, all hands saved and taken off by the brig. It will be remembered that the Isabella arrived at Sydney from Hongkong on the 17th December, after a most disastrous passage, in which she encountered a typhoon, and damaged a considerable portion of her cargo. After discharging she underwent extensive repairs, and was then laid on the berth for London and Leith via Port Phillip. The cargo shipped from this place for England consisted of 10 bales wool, 228 tierces beef, 38 logs cedar, 1 case curiosities, 3 casks 2 cases stationery, 1 cask earthenware, 14 cases preserved ginger, 5 nests champhor-wood trunks and 1 case toys;--and from Melbourne; 260 bales wool, 212 casks tallow, 611 hides, 2 casks beef, 250 tons bark in bulk, 49 bags bark, 29 logs gun, 4 logs blackwood, 3 bales leather, 1 box swanskins, 2 bales sealskins, 6 boxes specimens, 1 box pictures, 1 cask hams, 1 cask sarsparilla bark 1 box birdskins, 34 kegs nails, 4 trunks 2 boxes apparel, 2 boxes documents, 7 cases wine, 9 hogsheads geneva.

The passengers from Port Phillip were—Miss Scott, Mrs Hardie and child, Messrs Broadfoot, Campbell, Hunter, B Cotter, surgeon. Intermediate—Mrs French and child, Messrs Davis, Coffon, Roch, McNeel and Ewart. She left Port Phillip on 18th June and shortly after had to contend with the gale from which so many vessels then in Bass’s Straits suffered. Providentially no accident occurred either to passengers or crew. We copy the following particulars from the Port Phillip Herald of July 2:

“We stop the Press to announce the total loss of this vessel and cargo under the following circumstances. The Isabella left Hobson’s Bay on the 18th ult, with a fair wind, bound for London and Leith. From the hour of her sailing up to the time of her wreck, the weather was boisterous and very hazy. On Friday week last, the 21st June, about half-past two pm she sighted land, which the captain took for Kent’s Group—wind SSW and blowing a gale. When close in shore and endeavouring to run through what the captain thought was a well known passage through Kent’s Group, the second mate gave the alarm of ‘breakers ahead’. The captain immediately ordered the anchors to be let go, when the vessel brought up with 110 fathoms of cable between Chapel and Badger Islands. She continued drifting till next morning, when she struck on a reef. The ladies and a few of the passengers were most miraculously landed in safety in the ship’s boats, and the remainder were lashed to the poop all night, expecting every moment the vessel would go to pieces; the next morning they fortunately succeeded in reaching the shore by means of a boat that had been swamped alongside the preceding night. Shortly after all were landed, the vessel went literally to pieces, not allowing the crew and passengers time to save an article of clothing more than they stood upright in, the mail, or any particle of provisions of cargo. The sufferers remained on the island three days, and destitute of fire and covering, subsisted on pumpkins that drifted ashore from the ship, and some crawfish they were fortunate in catching.

Not knowing where they were, the weather moderating, the party managed to launch the boats, and proceeded to a sealer’s settlement at an island distant four miles, when they learnt they were on Flinders’ Island, where the Flying Fish was lying. They succeeded in reaching this vessel just as she was on the point of sailing for Melbourne, and all were safely landed at Mr Liardet’s at the beach, late last night. We must not omit mentioning that the moment Dr and Mrs Milligan, who hold a government appointment at the Aboriginal Station, at Flinders’ Island, heard of the arrival of the shipwrecked party, they sent a supply of clothes and provisions, and behaved altogether in the kindest manner. The heroic conduct of the ladies under such trying circumstances is spoken of by their fellow passengers in the highest terms; their sufferings, though great, were endured with admirable fortitude.”

Volume 1, Number 18 - 20 July, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Port Jackson (Sydney)
Jul 14 Lloyds barque 402 tons Capt Lewis from the Down the 15th and Portsmouth the 28th March, and the Island of St Pauls 22nd June with general cargo. Passengers—Mr and Mrs James Simmons, three daughters and three sons, Mr and Mrs Hart, Mr J J Falconer, Mr E C Jackson, Mr and Mrs Graham, two sons and one daughter, Mr and Miss Cooper, Mr and Mrs Kinnear, two sons and one daughter, Mr Hordern, Mr Kintel and Miss Burn.
Jul 15 Alpha cutter 18 tons Capt James from Port Phillip via Port Albert, having left the latter the 3rd instant with bark. Passenger—Mr Richardson.
Jul 16 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay the 12th instant with 33 casks tallow. Passengers—Mr Mackenzie, Mr Knapp, Capt McCardell, and 17 of the crew of the brig Clarence, and 5 steerage passengers.
Jul 19 Maitland steamer 103 tons Capt Parsons from Port Macquarie with 200 bushels wheat &c. Passengers—Mr Fisher, Mr Pearson, Mr Denne, two Masters Chapman, five rank and file of the 8th regt and five in steerage.
Jul 20 William the Fourth steamer 52 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence 18th inst with 9 bales wool &c. Passengers—Capt Marsh, Mr Millan, Mr Baker and five in steerage.
Departures (from) Port Jackson (Sydney)
Jul 14 Ocean Queen brig Capt Freeman for London with colonial produce.
Jul 15 Eleanor brig Capt Macfarlane for Port Nicholson via Newcastle with sheep &c.Passengers—Mr J D Greenwood, Mr W Bannatyne, Mr Israel Joseph, Monsieur Devouchelle, Mr John Johnson, Mr W Brown, Mr M Davis, Capt J ones, and Mr A F Lee.
Jul 18 Dorset brig Capt Walsh for Adelaide with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Walsh, Mr Charles Beck, Mr John Beck and Mr Alexander Grant.
Jul 19 Shamrock steamer Capt Gilmore for Boyd Town, Port Phillip and Launceston Passengers—Messrs Wildredge, Jackson, Roff, Lord, Dalgetty, H Raphael, Downe, J Campbell, King, B Boyd, Sampson, Huntley, Wills, Southey, Stevens, Goddard, Capt Coghill, Capt Oldrey, Mr and Mrs Thompson and child, Messrs G Chidgey, J Lord, R Strickland, H Haghlings, W Bryan, J H Morrison, J Sexton, J Mitchell, J Holland, T Wylie and S Thompson.
Jul 19 Diana brig Capt Curphey for the South Sea Islands, via New Zealand with sundries. Passengers—Mr R Dacre, and Mr Peppercorn.
Jul 20 Guide brig Capt Addams for New Zealand Passengers—Mr J J Peacock, Mr J S Peacock, Mr John Beit, and Mr Isaac More.

Arrival ---July 12—Soondrapoory, brig, Capt R Espinasse, from Hongkong 10th Apr and Batavia June 6th. Passengers—Messrs Thom, Larkin and Cannon. Cargo—3,000 chests tea, 2,296 bags sugar.

The Sea Queen for Liverpool, will clear at the Customs tomorrow (13th inst) and is announced to sail positively early Monday morning. Passengers—Mrs Joyce, Mrs French and child, Messrs William McGrotty, James Cuthbert, T S Cooper, William McCarter, Charles Sherrard, Godolphin Arundell, John Hunter, ….Menzies and ….Kincaid—Port Phillip paper.


SALE OF VESSELS—This morning the following vessels were offered for sale by Mr Samuel Lyons—Elizabeth, barque, 157 tons, with her stores, but no bidders offering she was bought in at £230. The schooner, Marian Watson, 155 67.94 tons, with stores; the bidding was rather animated up to £450 and she was at length knocked down for £505 to Mr Alderman Flood. The barque Nelson, recently arrived from a whaling voyage was then offered, with about 100 tuns oil casks, whaling gear, stores &c., and was bought by Capt Fotheringham, at the low rate of £510.

The Briton, Royal Saxon, Enmore and Lloyds having been taken up for the conveyance of the 80th regt to India, are now getting ready for their reception, and it is expected they will leave about the middle of August. The tender of the Georgetown not having been accepted, she is about to proceed to Guam.

The cutter Resolution has been taken up by Government for the conveyance of sixty of the lately arrived immigrants to the Richmond River.

Volume 1, Number 19 - 24 July, 1844

The murder of the Hon. E Murray, which was reported some time ago, is thus confirmed by a letter addressed to Lloyd’s agent:--

Barque Cyrus, off North Island
Sunday April 14, 1844

Sir,--I beg leave to report the arrival of the Honorable Erskine Murray’s Yacht Young Queen, Captain Hait, and brig Anne, Captain Lewis, at Menado on the 1st of March, from Coti River. These vessels had been to try and form a settlement, and after twenty-one days negotiated with the Sultan, who led them to believe he was friendly to the expedition till he was prepared to attack them, which he did in the night, but failing of his purpose in surprising them, he attacked them next day, and they narrowly escaped being taken, being thirty-six hours fighting their way down the river. The Honorable Erskine Murray and several of the crew were killed, and many more badly wounded in the surprise at Menado.

The Cyrus passed close by the topmast heads of a vessel, apparently between 250 and 300 tons; they were about twelve feet above the water, and painted white, with rigging on. She spoke the following vessels: the Arun, off the North Natunas, fifteen days from Singapore, bound to China, all well; and the barque Clyde, whaler, twenty-seven months, full ship, bound to London, all well.

Should the above information not have reached you before, I beg leave to request it may be reported for the information of the merchants in China and elsewhere….SPRATLY, Master.

Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Port Jackson (Sydney)
Jul 21 Martha and Elizabeth schooner 81 tons Capt Devlin from Port Phillip on 16th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Rev W Schofield (Wesleyan), Mr Tuckfield, Mr Dunn, Mr Napper, Mr Johnson, Mr Elliott, Mr Sullivan.
Jul 21 Sarah brig 201 tons Capt Mossman from Singapore 18th May and Anjer 12th June with tea, sugar &c. Passengers—Colonel Breton, of HM 4th Regt, Capt Rolandson of the Madras Army, Mr Lee and 7 prisoners from India.
Jul 21 William schooner 62 tons Capt Freeman from Moreton Bay 16th inst. with 3000 feet cedar. Passengers—Mr Caffrey, Mr King, Mr Gregor and five in the steerage.
Jul 22 Louisa brig 182 tons Capt Tucker from Hobart Town 16th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Capt Mars, 58th regt, Messrs Lester, Perrie, Braithwaite, Connolly, Levy, Mr and Mrs Wilde and son, Mr and Mrs Maxted and son, 42 rank and file of the 58th regt, 14 rank and file of the 80th regt, and 6 prisoners of the Crown.
Jul 22 Caroline brig 113 tons Capt Loten from Hobart Town 13th inst. with sundries. Passengers—Mrs Willis and daughter, Miss Palmer, Mr Broadzaic, Mr Hopkins, Mr Brennan, Mr J Allen and Mr T Browne.
Jul 22 Mary Ann schooner 51 tons Capt Brown from Launceston, 13th inst. in ballast, Passengers—Mr Andrew Aiken, Mr Harslet, and Mr Hoffman.
Jul 25 Eagle schooner 108 tons Capt Hodges from Circular Head 19th July with potatoes &c. Passenger—Mr C Walker
Jul 25 Calypso brig 105 tons Capt Harrold from Launceston 19th July with a cargo of wheat &c Passenger—Mr A McNish.
Jul 26 Giraffe barque 264 tons Capt Grant from Launceston the 21st inst with wheat &c. Passengers—Mrs Preston, Mrs Goodon, Mr Hughes, and Mr Alexander Waddle.
Jul 27 Star of China schooner 100 tons Capt Tinlay from Wellington the 6th and Nelson the 14th July with oil &c. Passengers—Mrs Bidwell, Christian, Wallace, Bryant, Mr and Mrs Pelford and four children, Mr and Mrs Sheip and three children, Mr and Mrs Post and child, Mr and Mrs Goodard and three children, Mr and Mrs Goldsack and child, Mr and Mrs Howell, Mr and Mrs Nelson, Mr and Mrs Kelly, Mr and Mrs Lawson, Messrs Hopkins, Box, Trabo and Hunt.
Departures (from) Port Jackson (Sydney)
Jul 21 Wanderer RYS Capt Tallan for Boyd Town Passenger—Mr B Boyd.
Jul 21 Terror schooner Capt Menzies for Auckland Passengers—Mr R Abercrombie, Mr, Mrs and Master Parker, Mr W Mitchell, Mr Donald McLean, and Mr Andrew Martin.
Jul 21 Edward schooner [Capt Tallan] for Boyd Town Passengers—Mr W Veitch, Mr T McLeay, Mr J Cole, Mr D Mayhew, and Mr J Mitchell.
Jul 24 Christina brig Capt Saunders for Port Phillip Passengers—Mr and Mrs Willmott and child, Mr and Mrs McIntosh, Mr Jackson, Mr J Thomas, Messrs W Cullingford, E Fagan and G Tracey.
Jul 25 Tobago brig Capt Pockley for Port Phillip via Newcastle in ballast. Passenger—Mr J Thomas

The Sea Queen for Liverpool had cleared at the Customs, and was to sail positively on the 21st. Passengers—Mr Alexander Campbell; steerage, Messrs Pollard, Mason, and Roach. Cargo—300 tons bark, 116 bales wool, 17 tons cedar wood, 68 casks tallow, 18 hogsheads rum.


ARRIVALS—Hobart Town—July 9—Ship London, 612 tons, 2 guns, Atwood, master, from Portsmouth; sailed 23rd March with 203 male convicts. Passengers—Surgeon Superintendent, Dr Inches, R.N., Lieutenant Masters, 58th regt, Ensign Nerith, 51st regt, 51 rank and file of 51st 58th and 80th regts, three women and three children; Messrs Easterman and Bennett (Religious Instructors), Mr and Mrs Carthage and two children, James Carthage.

DEPARTURES—The Louisa sails tomorrow for Sydney, and we cannot allow her to depart unnoticed, as we have with great pleasure inspected her fittings up. The cabin has been repaired and enlarged, and her accommodations are in fact altogether of a very excellent order. Her rate of sailing too is very fast and to those who desire to save time, and yet to meet with comfort and attention, we recommend to try a trip in this beautiful brig under her present agreeable commander.—Courier, July 12.


March 6, 1844—Ratcliff, for London with part of the 55th regt. The Canton was announced to sail in a few days for London with the last detachment of the 55th regt.

NEW ZEALAND – on 25th June 1844 a severe shock of an earthquake was felt at Wellington.

PORT OF CALCUTTA—we are indebted to a correspondent who has kindly forwarded a document relative to the present state of trade with Calcutta, from which it appears that during the year 1843, 271 vessels have entered the port of Calcutta, the aggregate tonnage of which is 236,264 tons—Englishman, January 3.

WHALING—The brig Brothers, Leisk, from Bali the 7th, arrived here on the 26th ultimo. Capt Leisk reports having on the 12th ult spoken the whaling barque Proteus of Sydney, Capt Christie, Banue Wangie, in the Straits of Bali, twenty months out, with 110 barrels of sperm oil. The captain, third officer, and seven of the crew, were dangerously ill, the first and second officer and five of the crew had died of the Island of Rottz fever—Singapore Free Press, May 2.

THE BRIG “CLARENCE”—The boat’s crew which left this vessel with the chief officer arrived on Sunday on board the schooner William from Moreton Bay. They state that nine days after leaving the wreck they fell in with the whaler Woodlark, Smith, of Sydney with 750 barrels of sperm, hence 24th Sept 1843. About two days after that the Woodlark fell in with the barque, Lindsays, Williams, hence 15th June 843 with 750 barrels sperm on board. Mr Surtess, mate of the Clarence, remained on board the Woodlark with the understanding that he was to take the berth of chief officer on board the brig Genii, which they were cruising in search of. An offer was also made to the boat’s crew, which being rejected, the Woodlark steered for the mouth of Moreton Bay when they were taken on board by the William.

Volume 1, Number 20 - 3 August, 1844
Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Port Jackson (Sydney)
Jul 28 Wanderer schooner Capt Burns from Launceston 24th July with wheat &c. Passengers—Mr J Burgess and Mr J Fortune.
Jul 29 Lady Gray 324 tons Capt Hawkes from Hobart Town, 25th July Passengers—Mr J Fagan, Mr and Mrs Glassop and son, and Mrs Luckford and daughter.
Jul 30 Governor Phillip brig 188 tons Capt Boyle from Norfolk Island, the 4th July Passengers—Mr Selway (Commissariat Department) Mr and Mrs Macgregor, Mrs O’Brien and child, Mr and Mrs Cross, Mr Pinkington, eleven rank and file of the 99th regiment, and one prisoner of the Crown.
Jul 30 Blundell barque 521 tons Capt Hunter Downs 20th March and Norfolk Island 6th July with surplus stores &c. Passengers—Lieut Cooper, 58th regt, Ensign Coleman, 80th regt, Dr Bynoe, (originally HMS Beagle), 15 rank and file of the 58th regt, 4 women and 6 children.
Jul 31 St. Vincent ship 629 tons Capt Young from Deptford the 3rd and Cork the 17th Apr with bounty emigrants. Passengers—Mr and Mrs Ramsay, two sons and two daughters, Mr Marshall, Mr Grenfall; and Dr Kemball, Surgeon-Superintendent.
Aug 01 I Don’t Know schooner Capt Phelps from the Bay of Islands the 11th ult. with oil &c. Passengers—Mr H G Smith, Mr W E Murray, Mr J Malony, Mr W Russell and Mr Shepherd.
Aug 02 Sydney ship 345 tons Capt White from Auckland the 16th and the Bay of Islands the 19th Jul in ballast. Passengers—Mrs Stephenson, Mr Brooks, Mr Johnston, Mr John Wright and Mr Creighton.
Departures (from) Port Jackson (Sydney)
Jul 29 Wave schooner Capt Camroux for Howe’s Island with sundries. Passengers—Capt Poole, Dr John Foulis, Mrs and Miss Foulis, Mr J Duncan, Mr T Andrews, Messrs John Slade, Thomas Varney, George Thorne, and Thomas Plaister.
Jul 30 Ganges ship Capt Macdonald for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Mr J Dickson, Mr J S Niblett, Mr F G Hodgson, Mr Davis, Mr A R B Carter, Mr and Mrs Bloomfield, Mr Bloomfield jnr, Dr Hair, Mrs Miller and child, Mr and Mrs James Flanaghan and two children, Mr and Mrs J Aiken and child, Mr and Mrs K Hampson and two children, Mr Farodington, Mr and Mrs Grimes and child, Mr Auchterbonne, Mr T T Ball, Mr and Mrs Neal and three children, Mr J Sloman and Mrs and Miss Taylor.
Aug 02 Marian Watson schooner Capt Taggart for Hobart with sundries. Passenger—Mr John Allen.
Aug 02 Louisa brig Capt Tucker for Hobart with sundries. Passengers—Mr Blackwood, Mr L Brodziak, Madame due Molaing, child and servant, Mr Thomas Jefferson, Mrs Hayward, Mr Thomas Tarley, Mr W Haslett, Mr D Dryden and Mr John Bloomfield.
Aug 03 Caroline brig Capt Loten for Hobart Passengers—Mr Hopkins, Mr James Lang, Mr W Nelson, Capt and Mrs Rollins, Master Wilson and Capt Jones.

July 21—Dale Park, barque, 402 tons, Coombes, from London 17th March and Cork 30th. Passengers—Mr, Mrs and two Misses Barrow, Mr Shone and 221 emigrants, consisting of 82 married couples, 77 children, 32 single females and 30 single males; Dr Veitch, surgeon superintendent. Eight children died during the passage.

July 25—Shamrock, steamer, 200 tons, Gilmore, from Sydney 19th July. Passengers—Capt Coghill, Mrs and Miss Coghill, Mrs Goddard, Messrs Webb, S Stephen, Lord, Raff, Dossurer, King, Woolridge and Master Dalgetty; steerage, Messrs Raphael, Childrey, Hayghens Frayser and four military.


July 22—Sea Queen, ship, 413 tons Martyn, master, for Liverpool; passengers—Mrs Joyce, Messrs McCarter, McGrotty, Cuthbert, Conner, Arundel, Hunter, Sherrard, Campbell, Pollard, Kincaid, Menzies and two in the steerage; cargo—116 bales wool, 68 casks tallow, 300 tons mimosa bark, 24 logs cedar, 15 bullock hides, 18 hogsheads rum, 1 cask paint, 1 case stationery, and 1 box documents.

July 22—Hawk, schooner, for Adelaide. Passengers—Mrs Brown and child, Messrs Hayes, Levi, E Levi, J B Garratt and James Cain; steerage, Mrs Aitcheson and child, Mr O’Connor, William Brierlie and wife, Thomas Mathews, Mrs Reid and three children, Messrs Adams, Gregg, Henry Haley and James Gill; cargo—4 boxes wearing apparel, 11 hogsheads 6 tierces 2 quarter-casks brandy, 10 hogsheads gin, 1 case merchandise, 5 boxes candles, 1 tierce 2 kegs tobacco, 78 boxes candles, 17 boxes tobacco pipes, 5 cases cigars, 1 keg currants, 10 quarter-casks whiskey, 20 bundles iron, 26 kegs white lead, 40 kegs green ditto, 33 cases wine, 6 bales cotton goods, 6 bales hops, 78 boxes soap, 2 bales sacks, 24 boilers, 57 saucepans, 45 chests, 105 half-chests, 110 ten-catty boxes tea, and part of original cargo shipped at Sydney for Port Adelaide.

SALE OF TEA—Messrs Brodie and Cruikshank disposed of, on Friday last, the whole of the teas arrived by the Soundraporvy to Messrs Griffiths, Borradaile and Co and Capt Cain. The sale realized upwards of £8000, mostly cash, a proof that there is yet money in the province. Already 600 chests have been shipped to Adelaide and Van Diemen’s Land per Hawk and TamorPort Phillip Herald, July 23. (1844)

  THE “ISABELLA”—We are glad to learn that, finding that no decisive steps were being taken towards arranging for the distribution of the funds raised for the benefit of the sufferers by the wreck of the Isabella, the Committee of the Strangers’ Friend Society have appointed the following gentlemen belonging to their body, viz the Rev Mr Ham, Messrs Mortimer, Lush, Davis and Langlands, a Committee for the purpose of superintending the disposal of the funds already received, and to receive any further donations for the same purpose which may be handed over to them. The sum of £7.10s. collected by the Baptist congregation has been placed at the disposal of the Committee-Port Phillip Patriot.

LOSS OF THE SCHOONER “BESSY”—By the arrival of the Thistle on Monday evening we were made acquainted with the total loss of this vessel. It appears that she arrived off Newcastle on Friday sen’night, when the late southerly gale with thick weather set in, and she was then hove to, with her head off shore. At daybreak it was found that she had drifted into a bay, about fifteen miles southward of Port Stephens, when sail was set on her for the purpose of beating out, but having missed stays in attempting to wear, she struck between two rocks and within a quarter of an hour, scarcely a vestige of the wreck remained. All hands were saved; but the master is suffering from some severe bruises.

  The cutter Jane Ann left Broulee on Wednesday afternoon (July 24 1844) after which she put into Bateman’s Bay, and sailed thence the following Friday morning. On arriving off Jervis Bay, a melancholy accident occurred. The person who had command of her, named Joseph Beard, a native of Devonshire, had been relieved from the helm about half an hour and was sitting on a water cask, on the starboard side abaft, when the vessel fetched a heavy lurch, and he fell overboard. She was running under her mainsail and squaresail, and as there was a heavy sea on at the time, no assistance could be rendered to the unfortunate man.

The brig William met with some damage on her last passage from Sydney, in consequence of taking a rock when under canvas and going at the rate of seven knots. We learn from Capt Thom that the reef on which the vessel struck is not laid down in any chart—is about three miles off the land, 120 miles to the southward of Port Jackson and is about WNW by compass of the Pigeon House. The vessel struck about two o’clock in the afternoon, at dead low water and hung for about an hour, a nasty sea being on, she laid uneasy, but floated off as the tide made, having suffered the loss of her false keel; the vessel made some water afterwards, but was kept free with an occasional spell at the pumps. It is remarkable that the rock on which the William struck has never before been seen, notwithstanding it lies right in the track of vessels along the coast of New Holland. Its particular position should be carefully ascertained and publicity given to it—Cornwall Chronicle July 20

(We have since ascertained from Capt Grant of the Giraffe, that he fell in with the same rock about two years since in the Socrates, and was near striking on it. The above account has not been correctly reported, as it is barely 100 miles to the southward of Port Jackson, and the Pigeon House lies WNW of it. Several other persons who are acquainted with the coast have also known of its being there, and that it was not laid down in charts. The accident which has lately occurred to the William will show the advantages mariners would derive from any recent discoveries being made known through the press as soon as possible).

The Brigand which proceeded from Wellington to the Isle of Pines, where a part of her crew and passengers were barbarously murdered, had returned there from Sydney well manned and armed, and had severely punished the natives, and taken possession of the island. It is said Captain Paddon, master of the Brigand, had been declared Governor of the island; and Mr Murphy, late Police Magistrate of this place, the Colonial Secretary. We find the following notice in the Auckland papers—“Captain James Paddon begs to inform masters of whalers and traders that he has an establishment at the island of Anatam in long 170.15 and south latitude 20.20, where water and fresh provisions can be had at any time. Anatam, New Hebrides, April 1844”—Wellington Spectator, June 26.

The Sydney arrived yesterday from the Bay of Islands, having been dispatched by the Governor of New Zealand for troops, a symtom of rebellion having manifested itself among the natives. It appears that on the 7th ult, a native chief named John Hackey, of Waimatte, made his appearance on the beach of Kororarika with fifty or sixty of his tribe, and having committed different outrages on the settlers, at length cut down the flag staff, and then left for the interior. News being forwarded to the seat of government, Capt Fitzroy instantly dispatched the Sydney with thirty soldiers to the Bay, with orders for the vessel to proceed on to Sydney for further assistance, fearful that being a chief of great influence, Hackey would cause a general insurrection when measures were adopted to bring him to justice. HMS Hazard, hence the 4th July, arrived at Auckland on the 15th and it was expected that she would leave again for the Bay instanter.

THE ST. VINCENT—by the St Vincent 263 emigrants have arrived who all appear to be in a healthy state. Of these 157 embarked at Deptford viz 8 single females, 20 single men, 30 married couples and 69 children. At Cork, 107 more were taken on board—38 single women, 22 single men, 13 married couples, and 21 children. The passage has been completed in 105 days; during which five infants under the two years of age have died, chiefly from change of climate; and four births have occurred. The vessels spoken by her on the passage had no connection with the Australian colonies.

Volume 1, Number 21 - 10 August, 1844


The barque Arab, Capt Dalgarno, will clear at the Custom house, for London, in the course of tomorrow. Passengers—Mr and Mrs McClure and child, Mr and Mrs Lundy and family, Mrs Dalgarno, the two Misses Harper and Mr Wheeler. Cargo—116 bales wool, 375 casks tallow, 101 tons bark, 1 case pictures, 3 hogsheads Geneva, 2 boxes bird skins, 6 logs Port Phillip mahogany, 1 parcel patterns, 2 cases, 40 logs cedar, 1 trunk apparel, 90 bushels wheat, 1 cast spermaceti oil, 21 pieces red gun, 2 boxes sundries—Port Phillip Herald, August 2.

Date Vessel Rig Master From / For Comments
Arrivals Port Jackson (Sydney)
Aug 03 Phoebe schooner 90 tons Capt Bennett from Honolulu (Sandwich Islands) 22nd May with sugar. Passenger—Mr Suwerkrop.
Aug 05 Sir John Byng brig 167 tons Capt Meggett from Tahiti 7th April, Sandwich Islands 3rd June, and the Navigator Islands 9th July with sugar &c. Passengers—Dr Forbes, Mr Forbes, and a native of the Navigator Islands.
Aug 06 Thomas Lord schooner 70 tons Capt Brown from Auckland the 6th and Bay of Islands the 18th July with sperm oil &c. Passengers—Capt Harvey, Mrs Harvey, son and daughter, Capt Clendon, Mrs Day and daughter, Capt Crossley, Mrs Marshall and daughter, Mr and Mrs Bromley, son and daughter, Messrs W and J Edwards.
Aug 07 Greenlaw barque 430 tons Capt Edgar from Hobart Town, 28th July in ballast. Passengers—Dr Clarke, R.N., Mr Passingham, Mr and Mrs Davis, two children.
Aug 07 Shamrock steamer 200 tons Capt Gilmore from Port Phillip the 29th July, Launceston the 4th and Twofold Bay the 6th inst. with grain &c. Passengers—Mr B Boyd, Mr Craig, Mr Grice, Mr Oliphant, Mr McArthur, Miss Moriarty, Capt Scovell of the 96th regt, Mr Robinson, Mr and Mrs Newton, Mr Johnson, Mr Nathan, Mr Harding, Mr Levy, Mr Duncan, Mr Chadley, Mr Parsons, Mr Lever, Mr Sheridan, Mr and Mrs Sword, Mrs Cockram, Messrs Cameron, Lloyd, Capinell, Donelly, Killerman and McGrath.
Aug 08 Sovereign steamer 119 tons Capt Cape from Moreton Bay, the 5th inst. with tallow &c. Passengers—Mr McDougall, Mr Bigge, Mr Neale and Mr Harris.
Aug 09 William the Fourth steamer 53 tons Capt Wiseman from the Clarence River the 7th inst. with 29 bales wool &c. Passengers—Mr Morris, Mrs Blakewell, Mrs Dickson, Mr Ireland, Mr Humphrey, Mr Ryan and Mr McCrauley.
Aug 10 Waterlily schooner 155 tons Capt Hayle from Hobart Town the 31st ult. with flour &c. Passengers—Mrs Evans and child, Mr Moses, Mr Miles, Mr E Nathan, and Mr Louis Mudt
Departures (from) Port Jackson (Sydney)
Aug 03 Mary Sharp barque Capt Mills for London with colonial produce. Passengers—Messrs Job Wade, Daniel Bannan, James Gorgan, Edward Burke, H Noura, Mr W Forbes, Mr Thomas Duffy and Mr and Mrs Michael Cummins.
Aug 05 Sydney ship Capt White for the Bay of Islands in ballast. Passengers—Lieut-Colonel Jackson, Major Reeves, Lieut Leigh, Lieut Montgomery, Ensign Wright, and 200 rank and file of the 99th regt.
Aug 07 Eagle schooner Capt Hodges for Launceston Passengers—Mr and Mrs Shea and son.
Aug 08 Giraffe barque Capt Grant for Launceston via Newcastle in ballast
Aug 09 Wanderer schooner Capt Burns for Launceston Passenger—Mr Solomon
Aug 10 Star of China schooner Capt Tinley for Port Nicholson with sundries. Passengers—Mr Boulcott, Mr Eager, Mr E Bryant, Capt Hay, Messrs W Haglett and W Martin.
  The brig Portenia, called at Anatam, in March, with 30 tons sandal wood on board, being short of provisions, she left some for the adjacent islands, after which Capt Richards intended returning to the western coast of New Caledonia. News had reached Anatam, through the natives, that the French were forming a settlement at Port St Vincent, on the west coast of Caledonia. The chief mate (Mr William Brown) formerly of the Magnet, died at New Caledonia, on the 6th March and was buried on shore.

The steamer Sovereign has brought 50 casks tallow, 10 bales wool, and 100 hides from Moreton Bay. Her absence from Sydney has been much longer than in general--eighteen days; this has been occasioned by the prevalence of strong southerly gales along the coast to the northward, accompanied with a heavy sea. The Sovereign left the settlement at Brisbane Town last Monday week, but on approaching the bar, owing to the inclemency of the weather, it was found impracticable to get over and she was therefore brought to an anchor. The gale continued to rage until Saturday last; when having subsided a little, Captain Cape determined to make an attempt to get to sea, and got under way; but upon reaching the bar the vessel shipped a sea which washed the coals on deck into the engine room, which choked the levers, and stopped the engine. She then paid off, and being broadside on, the waves made a clean breach over her. The wind was baffling, but having set sail, they at length succeeded in getting back to her former anchorage, having lost part of her larboard paddle box and bulwark. There was no other vessel in the Bay, neither did the Sovereign speak anything on the passage down.

The barque Maria Somes from London 2nd May with female prisoners and the Robert Matthews from London with merchandise arrived at Hobart Town on the 30th ult. The Elizabeth and Jane cleared at the Custom-house London for Launceston on the 20th April.

The Phoebe has brought ninety tons sugar from the Sandwich Islands. She has met with very heavy weather during the last fortnight and having sprung the head of her foremast, put into Trial Bay to fish it, where she remained three days. The schooner Matilda reported ashore there a short time since, had gone entirely to pieces. The schooner Lady of St Kilda had been sold at Tahiti for £1200. Capt Jackson and family had proceeded on to Valparaiso.

ENGLISH SHIPPING—The Constant, hence 23rd December, arrived at Gravesend the 22nd April. The Mona from Launceston, arrived off Deal the 21st April. The Montezuma, hence 18th November, touched at St Helena on the 17th February and sailed again for London the following day. The Nelson left Gravesend for New Zealand on the 22nd April; same day, the Leander left Shields for the Mauritius and Hobart Town, and the Elizabeth and Jane sailed from Gravesend for Launceston. The Lord William Bentinck for Port Phillip arrived at Plymouth from Gravesend on 23rd April. Sir G F Seymour has been appointed to the Collingwood as a Rear Admiral on the South American station. The Eweretta, from London for Sydney touched at Portsmouth April 23.

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