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THE SHIP SUNDA

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Date: 23 May 1865 [unknown]
Location: Arrived Moreton Baymap
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THE SHIP SUNDA. The following particulars of the voyage of the ship Sunda from London and Queenstown to Moreton Bay have been handed to us for pub- lication, and may be relied on as substantially correct :— The Sunda, 1381 tons register, under the command of Captaiin Flynn, late of the Great Tasmania, left Gravesend on Thursday, the 9th of February and with a favourable breeze ar- rived of Queenstown on Sunday evening, making a splendid run of three days down channel. The captain and passengers who em- barked at London fully expected to have got into Queenstown Harbor early on Monday, morning, but during the night a snow-storm accom- panied by a strong gale from the N and N.E., set in, which obliged them to run out to sea again, and they were kept there beating about for several days and did not reach the anchor- age till the afternoon of the folowing Thursday. The passengers awaiting the ship at Queenstown were all embarked on Friday and Saturday, and on Monday the 20th, at 3 p.m., the tug steamer towed us out as far as Spike Island. The captain purposed sailing on the next morning but a strong headwind was blowing outside, and he deemed it more prudent to remain inside, and to await a more favorable opportunity. On Wednesday morning, the 22nd of February, we weighed anchor and were towed out to sea, and spreading our canvass before the breeze we soon lost sight of land. We had on the whole a favorable, although rather tedious, passage to the Line, which we crossed on the 23rd of March, thirty days from Queenstown. The passage from the Line to the Cape, winch occupied thirty-one days, was very monotonous owing to very light trades, head winds, and calms. We passed the meridian of the Cape on the 23rd of April, and after a splendid run of twenty-five days, rounded Tasmania on the 18th of May and sighted Moreton Bay Light- house on Tuesday afternoon the 23rd instant, making the passage from pilot to pilot in eighty- nine days. We had only three deaths during the voyage, two children and one adult, a girl, who was ailing when she came on board at Queenstown. We had three births, one still born, the other two living and doing well. The conduct of the passengers during the voyage was orderly and becoming, particularly the single females, who are a very superior class ; they are all without exception persons of the highest moral character, and most of them first class servants. The captain and the doctor, who have had consider- able experience on emigrant ships, declare that they have never seen a more useful or a more respectable body of young girls than those now amved. The Sunda, which has gained for herself unenviable notoriety on her last passage to Moreton Bay, will, we are satisfied, under the able management of Captain Flynn, become a great favourite with the colonists, par- ticularly if she brings to Queensland a few more ship loads of emigrants such as the present. Captain Flynn has made nine voyages to Mel- bourne—his character with the colonists of Victoria stands pre-eminently high, and must always command the respect and secure the friendship of the well disposed and orderly on board his ship. The Sunda brings 512 souls, exclusive of the crew and officers , of these 111 embarked at London and 401 at Queenstown, under the vigilant eye of Father Dunn, who deserves some public recognition for the signal services he has rendered to Queensland. There are 18 first-class passengers, 60 in the second, and 434 in intermediate and steerage , of the latter 110 are single women, under the care of a matron, and 105 single men. Most of the first cabin passengers and many of the second and intemediiate are taking with them a considerable amount of capital, and will be a great acquisition to the colony. The voy- age on the whole has been most fortunate and prosperous, the passengers have been well cared for, and they feel truly grateful for all the kind- ness that has been shown them. The utmost harmony and good feeling exist amongst all classes of the passengers, and complimentary addresses would have been presented to the captain, the doctor, and officers of the ship, only such things, unless accompanied by some- thing more substantial than mere words, are now-a-days too common, and often only a cloak to cover irregularities and misconduct. On Friday, May 26, the Government s s. Platypus went alongside the Sunda, as she then lay at anchor off the Pilot Station. An effort was made to tow the vessel up to anchorage in Brisbane Roads, but it failed owing to the strength of the wind, which was, in nautical parlance, "right ahead." The steamer then look on board the pas- sengers' luggage, and next morning she received the passengers and brought them up to town. The Sunda was towed up to the anchorage yesterday by the Kate, s. on the 28th May. THE SHIP SUNDA. (1865, May 29). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2.

'Sunda' was a ship of the Black Ball Line and was Thomas Colahan's ship of arrival.

First names Thomas (and Mary Colihan married age 24y 1841 Irish wife; and Mary Colihan single age 23y 1842 Irish Domesic Servant) Last name Colihan Sex Male Status Married Age 28y Birth year 1837 Nationality Irish Occupation F. Lab. Passenger or crew Passenger Arrival year 1865 Ship name Sunda Ship's master Matthew Flynn Ship's departure port Queenstown Departure year - Departure date 20 Feb 1865 Arrival date 29 May 1865 Arrival port Brisbane Comments The Sunda sailed from London (8 Feb 1865) via Queenstown to Brisbane List type Departure State Queensland Country Australia Record set Queensland Customs House Shipping 1852-1885: Passengers And Crew Category Travel & migration Subcategory Passenger Lists Collections from Australasia Thomas Colihan immigration record at Findmypast: Queensland Customs House Shipping 1852-1885: Passengers And Crew





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