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Halifax Packet, arrived 11 Dec 1844

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Date: 1844 to 1845
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australiamap
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The Hallifax Packet was a barque that sailed between England and Australia in 1844. It was wrecked off Western Australia in 1845. Things can get confusing because a Halifax packet was the name of a class of a fast mail ship, but this page is about a specific ship by that name.

The name of the ship's master was Edward Smith[1].

1844/45 Timeline

We can trace the movements by the newspaper reports:

  • 10 August 1844: "The Halifax Packet, Smith master, was advertised to sail on 1st July for this port, but was not expected to sail before the 1st August."[2].
  • 12 October 1844, destinations: "Halifax Packet, 322 tons, was laid on in London on the 13th April for Swan River, King George's Sound, and Adelaide."[3]
  • 26 October 1844, expected in Sydney[4]
  • 7 December 1844: "(From Hardey's Shipping List, June 24.) Laid on to sail July 16, Halifax Packet 323 tons, Smith, for Swan River"[5].
  • 14 December 1844: Arrived, bearing news of the wider world[6].
  • 14 December 1844, Advertising goods for sale, and carriage of cargo or passengers for London direct: "THIS vessel having all her dead weight engaged will be dispatched with the least possible delay. Has good accommodation for passengers. For freight or passage apply to the Commander on board, or to L. & W.SAMSON, Agents."[1]. (Note that this is contrary to expectations that the ship would be continuing on to King George's Sound, Adelaide and Sydney.)
  • "In harbour" on Christmas day[7].
  • 9 January 1845, sailed "for Bunbury and the Vasse"[8].
  • 1 February 1845, returned from Bunbury[9]
  • 1 February 1845, returned from Bunbury without taking on board timber there for export[10].
  • 22 February 1845 "lying in Gage's Roads is rapidly filling" (with cargo)[11]
  • 1 March 1945 "has gone ashore on the South Beach, and it is feared will prove a total wreck, as there was five feet water in the hold, and the stern post seriously damaged. It is hoped the cargo may be saved."[12].
  • 12 March 1845 "Both the Halifax Packet and Merope are again afloat. The former was got off on Friday night; she was making only ten inches of water an hour on Saturday"[13]
  • 2 April 1845 Tenders called for to repair[14]
  • 12 July 1845 Repairs completed[15].
  • 20 August Struck by lightning[16].
  • 17 September 1844: on its way at last[17].

See also, Shipwreck database http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/wrecks/id-1222

Passengers from England, 1844[18]

  • Mrs. E. M. Smith,
  • Mr. Daniel Scott, and
  • Mr. MacCarthy (surgeon.)

Steerage,

  • Mrs. Wood and child,
  • Mr.C. King,
  • Mrs. Redmill and child, and
  • 18 Government juvenile immigrants.

The "18 Government juvenile immigrants" were Parkhurst Boys, see Parkhurst Boys 44 - History Tree

Passengers for Bunbury, 1845[8]

Passengers from Bunbury, 1845[9]

Passengers for London, 1845[19]

  • Mrs Smith,
  • Mrs Trimmer,
  • Mrs Souper,
  • Miss Irwin,
  • Miss Dane,
  • Mrs. Rutledge and 3 children, and
  • Mr. G. Irwin.

Steerage,

  • Mrs. Wood and son,
  • Mr. Miller, and
  • D. Syred.


Goods offered for sale

Cargo ex Halifax Packet included[1]:

  • Black tea
  • Bottled porter
  • Sherry in qr. casks
  • Draught ale
  • Champagne
  • Oats
  • Refined sugar
  • Liverpool salt
  • Tar, pitch
  • Hawes' soap
  • Slops
  • Gents blue navy caps
  • Children's caps
  • Pruning saws
  • Watches, jewellery
  • Anchors and chains
  • Hams, cheeses
  • Starch, &c., &c.

For a much more comprehensive list, see also 1845 'Advertising', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 1 January, p. 4. , viewed 07 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583566.

Outgoing cargo for London[19]

  • 498 bales wool,
  • 113 casks black oil,
  • 108 bundles whalebone,
  • 9¾ tons bark,
  • 17 packages specimens and curiosities, colonial produce;
  • 92 casks sperm oil,
  • 139 casks black oil,
  • 144 bundles whalebone, and
  • 4 packages sundries.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1844 'Classified Advertising', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 14 December, p. 1. , viewed 05 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645529
  2. 1844 'THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL.', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 10 August, p. 2. , viewed 05 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645243
  3. 1844 'ARRIVAL OF THE "JOHN HEYES" AND THE "YARE" FROM LONDON.', Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), 12 October, p. 4. , viewed 07 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158919212
  4. 1844 'VESSELS EXPECTED IN SYDNEY.', The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (NSW : 1844 - 1860), 26 October, p. 208. , viewed 07 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161168851
  5. 1844 'SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 05 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645515
  6. 1844 'THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL.', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 14 December, p. 2. , viewed 05 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645531
  7. 1844 'Shipping Intelligence.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 25 December, p. 2. , viewed 05 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583692
  8. 8.0 8.1 1845 'Shipping Intelligence.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 15 January, p. 2. , viewed 07 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583567
  9. 9.0 9.1 1845 'Shipping Intelligence.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 5 February, p. 2. , viewed 07 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583443
  10. 1845 'THE INQUIRER. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1845.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 5 February, p. 2. , viewed 07 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583442
  11. 1845 'THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL.', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 22 February, p. 3. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645702
  12. 1845 '"GAZETTE" EXTRAORDINARY.', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 1 March, p. 3. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645712
  13. 1845 'Shipping Intelligence.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 12 March, p. 2. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583021
  14. 1845 'Advertising', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 2 April, p. 1. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583064
  15. 1845 'Classified Advertising', The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), 12 July, p. 1. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article645996
  16. 1845 'THE INQUIRER. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1845.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 20 August, p. 2. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65769650
  17. 1845 'THE "HALIFAX PACKET."', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 17 September, p. 2. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65770224
  18. 1844 'Shipping Intelligence.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 18 December, p. 2. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65583942
  19. 19.0 19.1 1845 'Shipping Intelligence.', Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855), 24 September, p. 2. , viewed 08 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65769959




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