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Much of the information on this page comes from
THE COLONIAL CLIPPERS by Basil Lubbock
 
Clipper Sailing Ships
 
The Power of Gold
Emigrant Ships to Australia in the Forties.
Report on Steerage Conditions in 1844.
The Discovery of Gold in Australia
Melbourne and its Shipping 1851-2
 
Aviemore 
Blue Jacket
Centurion 
Champion of the Seas 
Cutty Sark
Donald Mackay
Ethiopian
Heather Bell 
James Baines
Jerusalem 
John Bunyan
Maid of Judah
Nineveh
Orient 
Red Jacket
Schimberg
Thyatira 
 
Walter Hood
White Star
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tall Ships 2007 Wall Calendar

 

 

Emigrant Ships to Australia in the Forties.

Before the discovery of gold in Australia, the trade of that Colony was at a low ebb, suffering from want of enterprise and financial depression; whilst the emigrant ships running from Liverpool and other British ports, owing to the want of healthy competition, . were of a very poor description. The horrors of the long five-months passage for the miserable landsmen cooped-up in low, ill-ventilated and over-crowded 'tween decks, were fit to be compared with those of the convict ship. The few vessels with humane owners and kindly captains were in a class by themselves. These, indeed, thought of the health and comfort of the wretched emigrants and did not content themselves with merely keeping within the letter of ,the Government regulations, which might more fitly have been framed  for. traffic in Hell 

 For first class passenger the splendid Blackwall  frigates of Green, Money Wigram and Duncan Duqbar, and the beautiful little clippers of the ~Aberdeen'
White Star Line, provided excellent. accommodation and a comfortable and safe, if not a particularly fast, passage.  But the ordinary steerage passenger had to content himself as a rule with a ship that was little better than a hermetically sealed box: one as deep as it was long, with clumsy square bows and  stern, with ill"-cut  ill-set sa.ils-its standing rigging of hemp a mass of long splices; and with a promenade deck no longer than the traditional two steps and overboard .Report on Steerage Conditions in 1844

    These Colonial wagons were navigated by 'rum- soaked, illiterate, bear-like officers, who could not work out the ordinary meridian observation with any degree of accuracy, and either trusted to dead reckoning or a blackboard held. up by a passing ship for their longitude; whilst they were worked by the   typicalIy slow-footed, ever-grousing Merchant Jack " "Of the past two centuries.

 
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