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Monsoon, Immigrant Voyage to Victoria 1858

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The ship Monsoon left Liverpool on 11 March 1858 and arrived in Hobson's Bay, Victoria, Australia on June 10 1858.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Mon 17 May 1858 Page 4 ENGLISH SHIPPING [1]

The Black Ball clipper ship Monsoon, which had been detained at Liverpool several days from the inclemency of the weather, was towed to sea on March 11, and it is anticipated that she will soon get out of the Channel, the wind having become favourable. The Monsoon was full of cargo, and had 200 passengers.

An account of this voyage was reported in the The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Fri 24 Dec 1858 Page 6 A WIZARDS VIEWS OF AUSTRALIA. [2]

A WIZARD'S VIEW OF AUSTRALIA.
The Aberdeen Herald in a recent issue publishes the following letter from Professor Anderson : —
Melbourne, Australia, 10th July, 1858.
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I left England, as I believe you are aware, on the 11th of last March, in the ship Monsoon. I sailed from Liverpool, and arrived in Hobson's Bay, Victoria, on June 10. A voyage to Australia had been pictured to me before starting as one of the most pleasant it was possible to make. I regret that I did not find it to be so, though I have no doubt that my disappointment in great part originated from my sailing in a chartered vessel.
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It was imperative that I should leave England at the date I did, so that I had no alternative : the vessel advertised was the one I had to go by, and I went. So far as the ship herself was concerned, or the sea faring qualifications of the captain, there was no cause of complaint. No better sailor, nor any more trustworthy ship, do I wish for when next I go to sea, than was our skipper and the vessel he commanded. But the lesson I learned was this — and it will be well for my northern friends who are intending to emigrate to remember it — never sail in a chartered ship. If you do, you will make the following discoveries : — First,. that the charterers care very little about the comforts of the vesel they charter ; secondly, that the owners of the vessel look after the ship, but have nothing to do with you ; thirdly, that the servants, being the servants of the owners, and not the servants of the charterers, look after the interests of their masters, or perhaps their own interest in preference, caring very little about that of the hirers of tho ship ; and, fourthly, that, between the two stools — charterers and owners — you are very likely to fall to the ground, and, paying first-class fare, find that you have third-class accommodation only. All the usual incidents and accidents of an Australian trip, of course, befel us as we sought across the seas for the continent of the South. We met ships in the Channel, were seasick in the Bay of Biscay, saw porpoises in plenty, sighted Madeira in the distance, sweltered on the line, were half frozen in lat. 45 deg. S., encountered a hurricane, and saw our ship with all her canvas furled, and her masts bending ready to break, about a fortnight's sail from our destination ; caught albatrosses, saw sharks, smelt icebergs in the distance, and beheld no sign of human life, except that which was to be seen in our our ship, from latitude zero to longitude 143 deg. E. If we had all the good things which were promised us at the outset we might have been better pleased ; and if we had not encountered two pretty respectable storms on the way, everybody, perhaps, would have assented to what I believe is a very popular belief at home — namely, that an Australian voyage is as smooth as was that of the barge of Cleopatra, described by Enobarbus, instead of being sometimes, as it was with us, more like the voyage of Ferdinand and his friends when they found Miranda on the Enchanted Isle.
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Passenger lists can be searched at the Public Record Office Victoria [3] [4]


Sources

  1. Trove, National Library of Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Mon 17 May 1858 Page 4 ENGLISH SHIPPING., https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13010075
  2. Trove, National Library of Australia, The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Fri 24 Dec 1858 Page 6 A WIZARDS VIEWS OF AUSTRALIA., https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154876094
  3. Public Record Office Victoria, Unassisted passenger lists, (1852-1923) Record Series Number (VPRS): 947, https://prov.vic.gov.au/index.php/explore-collection/explore-topic/passenger-records-and-immigration/unassisted-passenger-lists
  4. Public Record Office Victoria, SERIES:Unassisted Inward Passengers index, https://prov.vic.gov.au/search_journey/select?keywords=Monsoon%201858#search-top


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