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British Ships to South Africa in the 1800's - Coldstream

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British Ships to South Africa in the 1800's - Coldstream

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The Coldstream was built of solid teak in Moulmein, Burma in 1849, but her refit as an emigrant ship was not ideal. The accommodation was confined, the fittings defective and she was overcrowded.

A photograph was taken in Adelaide, Australia when the ship arrived in 1865. It was decommissioned in the River Congo 23-8-1885. From the Lloyds register it says; was sheeted with yellow metal. Dimensions: length 134.7, breadth 29.3. Captain William Kennedy took charge of the ship from 1860 to 1869 when it was owned by Teighe & Co who were ships chandlers and sail makers.


Coldstream (first voyage departed Plymouth 6.6.1859)
Ship 758ton ~ Arrived at Port Elizabeth, South Africa 3.8.1859 Capt. William Q Kennedy; SS: James E. Coward; M: Sarah Dickenson and Anne Blong; T: Octavius London

They sailed from Plymouth in very squally weather which resulted in much sea-sickness. The majority of the immigrants were Irish and gave a good deal of trouble, refusing to do the necessary cleaning and generally behaving in an insolent and rebellious fashion. There was very little illness and school attendance and progress was satisfactory.


Coldstream (second voyage departed South Hampton 15.7.1861)
Arrived Port Elizabeth, South Africa 27.9.1861 Capt. William Q. Kennedy; SS: John E. Dyer; M: Eliza Crouch and Eliza A. Isbel; T: Thomas Kydd, a cabin passenger (1/2 fare paid)

The behaviour of the immigrants was excellent - an orderly and well-conducted group. No illness was reported. A complimentary address was handed to Dr Dyer by the settlers.

Passengers in 1861

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