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Ships that came to Port Phillip in 1840
Arrivals by each Month - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Notes on Vessels by name - Adelaide, Caledonia, Eagle, Harvest Home, James, Lord Goderich, Madras, Mary Ridgeway, Perseverance, Statesman, Vesper,

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Harvest Home


From Dundee 29 Sep 1839 with Captain Alexander Todd to Port Adelaide 29 Mar 1840 see Di Cummins Passenger List
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 6 May 1840, Harvest Home arrived at Sydney Sunday last, having left South Australia the 12th ultimo. Passengers Mr William Ducat sen, William Ducat jun, John and James Ducat, Miss Agnes Ducat, Misses Amsry and Ann Gray, Amelia Stevenson, Messrs Bell and Duff.
Reported by Sydney Commercial Journal, Sat 8 Aug 1840, Harvest Home, Captain Todd, departed for New Zealand on Wednesday last with sundries and passengers Miss Home, two Misses Nobles, Messrs Norman, Weeks, Brander, Thomson, Guthrie and 8 in the steerage.
Arrived 2-Dec Harvest Home barque 268 tons Captain Todd at Port Phillip from New Zealand. Imports 3129 pieces sawn timber, Thomas, Enscoe & James.

Henry

Arrived 6-Jan Henry brig, 107 tons, Captain Ruffle, from Launceston Dec 30. Cargo, sundries. Passengers Captain Thomas Ritchie, FD Wickham Esq., Mr Jackson, Mr William Dartnell, Mr Russell, Mr Thomas Strode, William Rains, P Carocan, Sarah Carocan, Owen Carrons, Charles Cropper, Phillip Pembroke, wife and 2 chn, William Wignell, B Henniker and W Manning. Imports 6 bullocks, 3 horses, Russell and Dartnell, 33 packages furniture, Jackson, 65 sacks oats, bulls, 5,000 feet timber, 9,000 shingles, 20 casks lime, 1 mare and her foal, 1 horse, 3 packets hops, 4 casks porter, 2 kegs ironmongery, 2 casks perry, 1 cask sugar, Order.
Reported 6-Jan Henry that a large barque is aground near the heads, heavy gales prevented communication
Sailed 14-Jan Henry brig, 107 tons, Captain Ruffle, master, for Launceston with sundries. Passengers Captain Ritchie, Dr Watson, M Johnson, Exports 3 pockets hops, 2 casks porter
Arrived 21-Mar Henry brig 106 tons, Captain Toby from Launceston on 16 Mar, Passengers cabin F Spencer Esq., Mr and Mrs Cassidy; steerage E Tyler, Mary Ann and Thomas Hague. Imports 210 bags flour, 29 bags oats, Welsh & Co, 8 bags potatoes, Sedgewood; 20 bags flour, 10 bags onions, Toby; 17 bags oats, Lilly; 5 bags barley, 20 bags flour, 58 bags oats, 4 bags potatoes, 5 bags sugar, 1 bag slops, 3 bags apples, 2 boxes soap, 1 box candles, 1 box tin, 6000 feet cedar, 6000 feet pine, 12 kegs butter, 200 sheep, Order; 1 box millinary, J McNall.
Sailed 28-Mar Henry brig 106 tons, Toby, for Launceston Passengers Messrs William and John Wood, R Bostock, John Archer and Williamson. Cargo 1 horse.
Arrived 23-Apr Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby from Lauceston on 14 April, Passengers cabin Mrs Robinson, Mrs Gardner, Messrs Blane, R Murray, A McDowell; steerage D McIntyre, J Smith, William Leard, J Thompson, W Donner. Imports image
Sailed 6-May Henry schooner 107 tons, Captain Toby, for Launceston Exports 16 bales wool
Arrived 1-Jun Henry brig 107 tons, Captain Toby, from Launceston on 28 May Passengers cabin Messrs W Porter and Keith King; steerage John Walker, P McGuiness, j Evans, H Brown, Wm Wilson, Eliza Wilson, Wm Wood, Isaac Hall,
Sailed 6-Jun Henry brig 107 tons, Captain Toby, for Launceston in ballast, Passengers W Corston. Exports 1 package carraway seeds
Arrived 26-Jul Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby from Launceston on 23 July Passengers Mr W Bedds and 2 chn, Mr Wignall, Miss Agan, steerage John Potter and wife Imports
Sailed 3-Aug Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby for Launceston Exports 250 sheep
Arrived 19-Sep Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby from Launceston on 16 Sep Passengers Mrs Chittleborough and child, Mr and Mrs Sharpe. Imports
Arrived 1-Nov Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby from Launceston on 30 Oct Passengers Mrs Chamley with Messrs Scott and Russell Chamley and 3 chn, and 10 in the steerage
Sailed 12-Nov Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby for Launceston Passengers Mr Roberts. Exports 300 sheep
Arrived 7-Dec Henry brig 107 tons Captain Toby from Launceston on 4 Dec Passengers Messrs Rand, McLean and family. Imports 15000 feet sawn timber, 5000 broad paling, 700 narrow paling, 1000 laths, 1500 shingles, Tolson, Geelong; 6 chests apparel, 2 casks hardware, 3 bullock-yokes, 1 corn screen, 2 sacks flour, 1 bag books, 3 horses, McLean, Geelong; 8870 broad paling, 50 bags bran, Order, Geelong. Compare account from the Launceston Gazette

Himalaya

arrived 30 Sep 1840, barque, 477 tons, Left Plymouth 29 June 1840 - see my Himalaya page.

Hind


Arrived 13-Jan Hind schooner from Launceston on Thurs last
Arrived 13-Jan Hind schooner, 13 tons, Captain G Grayling master, from Launceston 7 Jan, cargo, sundries, Passengers Thomas Taylor and Edward Elliott. Imports 1300 feet sawn timber, 3000 feet paling, 1/2 ton potatoes, 1 dray
In the Harbour 17-Jan Hind (schooner) 13 tons G Grayling master, just arrived from Hobart
Sydney Commercial Journal for Saturday 8 Feb 1840 noted the Hind arrived from New Zealand having sailed the 24 Jan, the brig Hind, Captain StJones, with pork, flour, etc
Reported by Sydney Commercial Journal, Weds 29 July 1840, Hind, Captain Jones arrived on Sunday last from Hobart on 17 July,

Hindostan

departed London 09 May 1839 and brought female convicts to VDL arriving at Hobart 11 / 12 Sep 1839, There is no copy of surgeon-superintenent's journal located.
Sailed 13-Jan Hindastan ship, 500 tons, Captain Lamb, for Geelong to take in wool.
at Geelong 17-Jan Hindostan (ship) 500 tons, Captain Lawler, loading for London
Sailed 26-Mar Hindostan ship 500 tons, Captain J Lamb, for London Exports 274 casks oil shipped at Hobart, 1188 bales wool
Hindostan left London and Sheerness 7 Oct 1840 and reached Hobart 19 Jan 1841 landing 200 boys and had 9 die during voyage.

Indemnity

has a busy year 1839, in Australian waters
Sydney 'Commercial Journal and Advertiser', from the Ferguson Project web site, reported
23 March 1839, Indemnity arrived yesterday from London, having sailed 11 Nov 1838, with merchandise, passengers Mr S Lyons, Mr A Lyons, Mrs, Miss and Master Harris, Mr John Smith, John Griffiths, John Daley, James Hewett, wife and 4 chn,
27 March, in stream, just arrived
10 Apr - at Campbells Wharf, discharging
27 Apr - In Cockle Bay, Sydney, refitting
8 May - departed yesterday for Norfolk Island with Government stores Indemnity imports 19 June - arrived from Norfolk Island with 8,000 bushels maize for Government, passenger Mr Kerr
13 July - departure for Norfolk Island, with Government stores
7 Sep - Indemnity arrived at Sydney from Norfolk Island having left the 22 Aug, with convicts, etc
2 Oct - The Indemnity resumed her passage to Hobart on Monday last, cargo of rice, passengers Sydney Stephen with lady, family and 3 servants, Mrs Mason and child, Mrs Arthur and Sarah Wade.
2 Nov arrived on Weds last, from Hobart Town, with rice. Passenger Mr White
6 Nov at Darling Harbour, discharging
23 Nov, loading for London, then on Dec 7, loading for Port Phillip and Launceston, Dec 18, moved to Queens Wharf, loading
1 Jan 1840

Indemnity

sailed on Sunday last, for Port Phillip and Launceston, with 14 named passengers and 23 in the steerage. Name variants are Miss Barber, Mr Henchcliffe, Fraser
Reported 6-Jan Indemnity barque, Captain John Roberts commander, now expected from Sydney, for frieght or passage to Launceston apply to W Langhorne and C0, Williams Town and Melbourne
Reported 6-Jan Indemnity The barque reported aground she succeeded in getting clear after a few hours (tide came up).
Jan 7 - The Henry reported a large barque is aground near the heads, heavy gales prevented communication
The barque reported aground proved to be the Indemnity, she succeeded in getting clear after a few hours (tide came up).
Indemnity arrived 7 Jan 1840, barque, 505 tons, Captain Roberts, from Sydney Dec 29, cargo, sundries, passengers. Cabin Rev W Hamilton, Rev Douglas, Major Fraser/Frazer, Mr JH Barsten, John Coonal, J Hinchcluffe, Alexander Ross, WH Yaldwyn, Rev Wilson with Lady and 2 chn, Miss Marian Bartlet
Steerage Michael Regin & wife and 5 chn, Thomas Regin, William Weddall & wife, James Egan, Richard Martin, Robert Mahoy & wife and 2 chn, Richard Babbington, Henry Jackson, William Howell & wife and 2 chn,
Brought goods for J Allan, JP Fawkner, R Fletcher, W Langhorne, plough for Skene Craig, Alexander MchinlayMachinlay, Henry N Mason, one house in frame for Messrs Campbell & Woolley
In the Harbour 17-Jan Indemnity (barque) 305 tons Captain Roberts, just arrived from Sydney
Sailed - 21 Jan - Indemnity, barque 305 tons, Roberts master, for Hobart in ballast, with exports - 400 bags rice, 40 baled gunnies, 15 packages coir ropes, 4 1/2 chests curry powder, 1 1/2 cases cayenne, 2 cases cigars, 1 hogshead gin, 2 cases merchandise, 557 stones, 6 cases molasses, 39 grindstones, 7 casks sperm oil. Indemnity Reported in Sydney 'The Free Press and Commercial Journal' for 16 Jan 1841, lists 'Indemnity' and another eight vessels 'are all laid on for London, and to be dispatched as soon as possible'.
Arrived 5-Oct Indemnity barque 305 tons Captain Roberts from Launceston Passengers Captain J Rulls, Mr and Mrs Page. Imports image
Sailed 17-Oct Indemnity barque 306 tons Captain Roberts for Launceston Passengers Mr and Mrs Cottrel, Mr and Mrs Guthrie, Messrs Were, Furlong, Blandge, Monteflore and Frazer. Exports 600 sheep, 3 horses, 2 bales hay
Arrived 15-Nov Indemnity barque 300 tons Captain Roberts from Launceston on 11 Nov Imports 233 bales hay, 4000 feet timber, 2600 shingles, 1400 broad paling, 1 horse, Pittman; 26 bales hay, Order.

India

arrived 9 Apr 1840, ship, 493 tons, Capt Hugh Campbell from Greenock 5 Oct 1839 via Adelaide. Image Scotland 100. Passengers 8 in Steerage, reached Adelaide 23 Feb Arrived at Port Phillip 9 Apr
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India imports 18 as Cabin - Alexander Scott, Lady and dau, Kenneth McKay and family, Rev Andrew Love, Mrs Catherine Love and family, Mrs and Master David Gardner, Mr James Campbell and Misses Julia Campbell and Flora Campbell, Messrs A McCallum, Robert Neil, W Ansley, JB Gilmore,
6 as Intermediate - Messrs David Oliphant and Ebenezer Oliphant, D Robertson, J McLaren and William McCarter or Carter
and 8 in Steerage

See visit to Adelaide of India recorded by Di Cummings. The barque India reached Adelaide 23 Feb, 38 passengers to Adelaide, Passengers for Port Phillip and Sydney --- Rev Mr Love, his lady and family, Mr and Mrs Gardner, Mr and Mrs Scott and family, Mr and Mrs McKay and family, Misses Stewart, Julia Campbell, Flora Campbell, Messrs James Campbell, Godfrey McNeill, N Hill, John Crowe, Robert Neil, E. and O. Oliphant, A S Robertson, William McCarter, Joseph Gillespie, Robert Fitzgerald, Colin Campbell, William Lochhead, JC Gilmore, Thomas Annersley, Thomas Darchy, John Dickson, Robert Wigmore, George Bell and Robert Bell, and a number in the steerage.

'Port Phillip Herald' reported - March 20, first sighting, anchored at Williamstown, believed to be India. Reported 10 Apr
The India met with a good deal of severe weather on the passage.
4 May India, cleared for Sydney. Passengers cabin - Mr and Mrs Scott, Miss Scott, Messrs Neil, N Hill, G McNeil, J Crane, R Darchy, J Gilmore, R Wigmore, J Hughes, Gardener, Milne, James Hunter, J Sharp, John Porter.
Steerage and Intermediate - R Russell, 5 Mounted Police, Mr Thompson, Colin Campbell, J Gillespie, D McCallum.
Cargo leaving Port Phillip is part of original cargo and 255 bales wool.

The following was published in the South Australian Register, 23 February 1840 - The barque INDIA, 493 tons, Hugh Campbell, commander, from Greenock, having left on 5 October, by way of Cork and Porto Prio, with a cargo of sundries. Passengers for Port Phillip and Sydney --- Rev Mr Love, his lady and family, Mr and Mrs Gardner, Mr and Mrs Scott and family, Mr and Mrs Mackay and family, Mr and Mrs Scott, Misses Stewart, Julia Campbell, Flora Campbell, Messrs Robert Neill, James Campbell, Godfrey McNeill, N Hill, John Crowe, E. and O. Oliphant, A S Robertson, William McCarthur, Joseph Gillespie, Robert Fitzgerald, Colin Campbell, William Lochhead, J C Gilmore, Thomas Annersley, Thomas Darchy, John Dickson, Robert Wigmore, George and Robert Bell, and a number in the steerage.
An Irish Immigrant, Robert Bell, travelling in the intermediate cabin kept a journal of the voyage. The precis has by necessity included only general facts of the voyage and details of a few highlights and events experienced. The full journal is very well written and contains details of daily life on board the ship. Journal Of Robert Bell
INDIA - Lost at Sea 19 July 1841

Indus

Indus collision arrived 15 March 1840, barque, 560 tons, Captain McFarlane from Leith on 29 Sept 1839 and via Adelaide 6 March arrived 15 March. Image Scotland 99
Passengers, Cabin Miss Ann Drysdale, Mr and Mrs John? Gibson, James Ayton,
Intermediate Peter Huchinson, John Dobie and James Kidd.
Steerage William Brown and family, Mr Kidd and family, Miss Elizabeth Brown 22, Wm Thain, From Adelaide Mrs Watson and 3 dau,
Port Phillip Herald, 17 March 1840 - The Indus, on her passage out, encountered most severe weather. In the Channel she lost some of her spars and was obliged to put into Cork, to refit. At Cape Leuwin she was struck with lightning and lost some of her masts. Again while approaching Kangaroo Island, a white squall carried away several of her masts and spars - fron 'South Australian'.
25 April Indus, ship, 368 tons, M'Farlane master, for Calcutta, in ballast, and back in Adelaide 6 June with 6 passengers and cargo from Calcutta

Di Cummins page Indus 1840 reports that she sailed 26 Sep 1839 but was in a collision off Montrose and put back to Leith for repairs. Sailed from Leith 5 Oct 1839 with Capt John MacFarlane and 22 passengers, arrived at Port Adelaide 25 Feb 1840.
She identifies the Brown family as William Brown and his wife Elizabeth nee OGorman, with John Brown, Mary Brown, William Brown, Thomas Brown, Eliza Baxter Brown, and James Brown.
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 13 May 1840, Indus arrived at Sydney on Sunday last, having left Port Phillip the 2nd instant. Passengers Mr and Mrs Scott, Miss Scott, Messrs Hill, McNeill, Crowe, Dutchy, Gilner, Weighmore, Hughes, Milne, Hunter and Porter; also 6 intermediate passengers, and 5 mounted policemen in the steerage.
Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 22 July 1840, Indus, 422 tons, Captain Clark, arrived at Sydney on Saturday from Calcutta on 20 March and Port Adelaide on 19th instant, with passengers Dr Ullathorne, Messrs Hall, Riley, Woore, Smith, Gow and one in the steerage.

Industry


Purchase 29 July The schooner Industry has been purchased by Mr Ashton from Captain Bell of the Gem, for the sum of 1050 sovereigns. She is intended to be a regular trader between Launceston and this port
Report 26-Jun Industry has been purchased by Mr Ashton formerly of Launceston but now of Port Phillip.
Arrived 16-Jul Industry schooner Captain Spoule from Launceston via Sydney Passengers Mr Keoble and Mr Alexander Wilson
Sailed 29-Jul Industry schooner 96 tons Captain Sproul for Launceston Exports 41 tons coals
Arrived 30-Aug Industry schooner 96 tons Captain Ferris from Launceston on 27 Aug Passengers Mr G Milne with wife and 4 chn, Mrs Priestly, Messrs Ashton, Hughton, Rose and 4 in the steerage, Imports
Sailed 14-Sep Industry schooner 96 tons Captain Murray for Launceston Passengers Messrs Ashton, Haughton, Sallie. Exports 8 hogsheads rum, 2 casks beef, 21 casks tallow, 1 case 1 bale linen, 47 bales, 200 sheep.
Arrived 3-Oct Industry schooner 96 tons Captain Murray from Launceston Passengers Mr and Mrs Kebble, Mr Haughton and 1 in the steerage
Imports 20,000 feet timber, 4000 broad paling, 20 bales hay, 56 bags oats, 5 bales hair, order.
Report 30-Oct Industry schooner 96 tons Captain Murray arrived at Launceston from Port Phillip; J Ashton, Agent. Passengers Miss Legerwood, Moses Holt, Mr J Houghton, Mr J Ashton, Mr Thomas Hodgetts. Cargo 6 bags wheat, J Field; 49 ditto ditto, 32 hogsheads porter, 8 ditto ale, 3 casks ditto, Order; 1 tierce tobacco, 40 casks ale, 39 hides, 40 boxes soap, J Houghton.
Arrived 11-Nov Industry schooner 96 tons Captain Murray from Launceston Passengers Mrs All, Messrs Meyers, Best, Lucas, Crowley, Lewis, Cowell, Burns and Thomson Imports 12000 feet timber, 1700 felloes, 61 bags bran, 63 bundles shingles, 122 bundles laths, 3000 paling, Meyers; 5 packages, Murray; 6 horses, Best & Meyers; 3 carts, 6 packages urniyure, 2 bales harness, Order.
Sailed 24-Nov Industry schooner Captain Murray for Launceston Passengers Mrs Farny, Messrs Myers, Lucas, Cowell, Moore and 4 in the steerage Exports 59 casks pork, 11 cases saltpetre, 9 cases 1 bale slops. 73 bundles rod iron, 1 bale bags, 18 quarter-chests tea, 6 cases mustard, 60 hides, 80 sheep
Arrived 27-Dec Industry schooner tons Captain Murray from Launceston Passengers Mr and Mrs Houghton, Miss Houghton, Mrs Meyers and 4 chn, Mrs Neale, Messrs Buxtone, Sandford and 8 in the steerage. Imports 7000 paling, 6000 laths, 9000 feet sawn timber, 4 hogsheads rum, 1 hogshead gin, 1 tierce tobacco, 10 packages furniture, Houghton.

Isabella Watson

arrived 11 Aug 1840, ship, 515 tons, Capt John A McDonald master, from Leith 11 Apr 1840 - For more details and list see my Isabella Watson page.

Notes on Vessels by name - Adelaide, Caledonia, Eagle, Harvest Home, James, Lord Goderich, Madras, Mary Ridgeway, Perseverance, Statesman, Vesper,
Arrivals in 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849,

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