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  • Charles Alfred Kellett (1818 - 1869)
    Charles Alfred Kellett (born 25 November 1818 in Plymouth, Devonshire) was a British Master Mariner famous for having sailed the Chinese junk Keying from China, around the Cape of Good Hope to the Unit...
  • Jane Kellett (c.1822 - 1865)
    Jane Kellett b. ~1822 in Ulverston, Lancashire, England (source: 1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census). m. ~1840 Charles Alfred Kellett in Liverpool d. 03/07/1865 in Calcutta, Bengal, India.
  • Charles Kellett (c.1855 - d.)
  • Louisa Jane Kellett (c.1855 - d.)
  • Sydney Stanford Kellett (1857 - 1936)
    Name: Sydney Stanford Kellett Birth Date: Birthplace: Age: Spouse's Name: Ellen Charlotte Hughes Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Birthplace: Spouse's Age: Event Date: 10 Aug 1881 Event Pla...

Project concerned with establishing the origins of Captain Charles Alfred Auckland Kellett, famous for having sailed the Chinese junk Keying from China, around the Cape of Good Hope to the United States and England between 1846 and 1848.

Charles Alfred Kellett

  • b. 25/11/1818 in Plymouth, Devon, England.
  • m. Jane Kellett in Liverpool, 1840
  • Living in Sydenham Hill, Lewisham, Kent, England 1851.
  • Departs: London, England 17/09/1853 aboard the Northfleet (Captain N. Pentreath).
  • Arrives: Auckland, New Zealand 02/02/1854.
  • Departs: Auckland, New Zealand 27/04/1854 aboard the Kestrel.
  • Arrives: Melbourne, Australia 06/1854.
  • Writes to Governer of NSW for assistance 09/08/1856.
  • d. 10/01/1869 in Calcutta, Bengal, India.

Particulars of Service

  1. H.M. Packet Spey Boy & Seaman
    • September 1833 - November 1839
      • HMS Spey
      • Spey, 1827
      • Type: Packet / Brig ; Armament 4
      • Launched : 1827 ; Disposal date or year : 28 Nov 1840
      • Disposal Details : Wrecked on Racoon Key ; Lieut. Robt Bastard James
      • Notes:
      • 27 Feb 1830 arrived at Rio Janeiro from Falmouth.
      • 11 Jun 1830 arrived Jamaica.
      • 15 Jun 1830 departed Jamaica for Carthagena.
      • 1 Aug 1830 arrived Falmouth from Jamaica (3d ult.)
      • 8 Dec 1830 arrived Falmouth from the Leeward Islands (8th ult.)
      • 18 Jan 1831 arrived Madeira, from Falmouth, and departed for Canaries.
      • 30 Jul 1831 arrived Honduras from Falmouth.
      • 24 Oct 1831 arrived Falmouth from Vera Cruz (1 Sep), Havannah (23d).
      • 29 Apr 1832 arrived Lisbon from Falmouth.
      • 13 May 1832 arrived Lisbon from Falmouth.
      • 17 Jun 1832 arrived at Plymouth, from Falmouth, to be paid off.
      • 30 Jul 1833 commissioned at Plymouth for the packet service.
      • 5 Sep 1833 In Hamoaze.
      • 10 Sep 1833 departed Plymouth for Falmouth.
      • 3 Dec 1835 departed Falmouth for Halifax.
      • At sea 9 Dec 1835 sustained severe damage in a storm between 20-27 Nov 1835, losing all her masts, spars and rigging and much damage below decks. The commanding officer, Lieutenant I Binney, and 13 of the crew were lost or killed during this period. The master, having rigged a jury mast on the remaining stump of the fore-mast set a sail and headed for the south and hoped to make Antigua in 3 weeks.
      • 7 Jan 1836 arrived Havannah and departed on 9th for Belize.
      • 26 Jul 1837 The First Hurricane.
      • 1 - 6 Aug 1837 The Second Hurricane.
      • 23-26 Nov 1840 the Spey arrived at the Crooked Islands ... and proceeded on her way to Havannah attempting a passage between the Racoon and Bona Vista Keys, instead of the old Bahamas channel, the vessel was lost after striking on a coral reef.
      • 11 Feb 1841 the packet Star arrived Falmouth from Tampico Havannah ( 5 Jan), with the crew of the packet Spey, recently lost on a reef whilst en route for Mexico.
      • 16 Feb 1841 the Star arrived at Plymouth, from Falmouth, with the crew of the Spey packet.
      • 22 Feb 1841 a court-martial took place on board the San Josef, at Plymouth, to investigate the charges laid against Lieutenant Bastard James, the officers and men over the loss of the packet-brig Spey November last. Blame was atributed to the commander and master : Lieutenant James to be severely reprimanded, and be placed at the bottom of the list of lieutenants ; and Mr. Barratt to be reprimanded, and be placed at the bottom of the list of masters. The rest of the officers and crew were acquitted. John Patterson, the gunner, and Mr. Carpenter, master's assistant were amongst those who gave evidence.
  2. Psyche 2nd Mate & Chief Mate
    • February 1841 - March 1843
  3. Emily Jane Chief Mate
    • May 1843 - June 1844
  4. Will o'the Wisp Chief Mate & Master
    • July 1844 - November 1845
  5. Corcyra Master
    • Dec 1845 - December 1846
  6. Chinese Junk Keying Master
    • December 1846 - December 1850