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

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  • Mary Skea (1849 - 1925)
    Mary was born at sea onboard the ship "ORIENT" or "ORIENTAL" 1849 or 1950 enroute from Plymouth, England to Port Elizabeth, Algoa Bay, South AfricaORIENTAL - 1841 Master: Captain W. Wilson Rigging: Shi...

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

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Orient 1812 Barque 596 tons

  • Not to be confused with the Clipper ship 'Orient' 1033 tons. The first Australian clipper of the Orient Line. Built in 1853 for the Melbourne run during the gold boom. A wooden ship, 1033 reg. tons (1183 gross)
  • Not to confused with The S.S. Orient which was a steel ship 'Orient', 1663 tons and was wrecked on Orient Beach at East London on 29 July 1907 Orient was built 1812 in Calcutta and registered in London, Capt Douglas Wales master. Lloyds Shipping Register Orient - numbered - first letter then names in order 1840 is o-111, S (ship), T White master, 596 tons, Calcutta 1814, White, London, Sydney, d, YM 38 1841 is o-120, S, Wales, 596, Calcut 1814, blank, London, blank 1842 is o-123 - same 1843 is o-126 1844 is o-117 1845 - only vessel named Orient is the schooner. 1846 - o-115 - changes - D Wales has purchased the Orient, it is configured as a Barque, and is doing a voyage London to Madras. It has had lrg- large repairs, 1845 1847 - o-117, same 1848 - o-124 - sold to J Griffiths, Captain not recorded, now doing London to East India voyage


from London 2 Aug and Plymouth 11 Aug, to Port Phillip arrived 13 Dec 1840, Surg Supt Grant, with merchandise, Staff gratuities are listed, for first time, Captain Douglas Wales, 1st Mate GD Pritt, 2nd Mate A Brooking and 3rd Mate William Maurice.

[assisted emigrant passengers] 18 cabin and intermediate passengers, and 243 steerage passengers (bounty immigrants) - Passage money has gone up to 19 pounds per adult, also paying for children under 7 - 5 pounds, and 10 pounds if over 7, nil for infants. 216 steerage passengers - 39 families with 116 souls, 59 single women, 40 single men "The Somerset Years", by Florence Chuk, page 48 is a chapter on the Orient, with a description of the voyage. This voyage was marked by the reported bad behaviour of 20 young females, 11 described as 'very turbulent and improper', accused of distracting the crew from their work and also provoking disturbance among the married couples.


Sailed 28-Dec Orient ship 596 tons Captain Wales for Sydney with part of original cargo Passengers Mrs Colonel Gwynne, Mr and Mrs Mason, Mr and Mrs Harrison, Messrs Gwynne, Pritchard, Dalrymple and 17 in the steerage Dec 31 cleared for Sydney The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Monday 18 January 1841 records the arrival of Orient From Port Phillip, Saturday 16 Jan, having left the 5th instant, the barque Orient, Captain Wales, with sundries. Passengers, Colonel Gwynne and lady, Mr. Sherwin, Mr. Pritchard, Mr. Dalrymple, and twenty-two in the steerage. Discovered departure in the Sydney Gazette - Thursday 26 or 28 January 1841 Departures on Tuesday last, the barque Orient, Capt Wales, for Calcutta, in ballast The Orient had arrived at Singapore from Sydney on 14 Aug 1841.


From Bremen to Galveston 30/09/1846 to 31/12/1846 with Verein immigrants to Texas USA


Master: George S. Hill Liverpool, England to New York burthen 1560 64/95 tons. 14 June 1859