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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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Perseverance


Arrived 9-Jan Perseverance Captain Dryden, from Launceston last Monday, with sundries.
Arrived 10-Jan Perseverance schooner, 45 tons, Captain William Powell master, from Launceston 3 Jan, Cargo, sundries, Passengers John C Campbell Esq., Mr Frederick Hobson, Mr Isaac Haynes, Thomas Johnson, John Donnelly, William Hopwood, Edward Tomlins, Charles Collins, Mary Puller Imports 11,869 feet timber, 32 bags bran, 8500 shingles, 1600 broad paling, Order; 1 bullock dray, J Gray; 1 spring cart, JJ Peers, 18000 shingles, 1 chest drawers, Order; 1 wheat screen, 3 sieves, F Pittman; 1000 feet timber, 1 bag sugar, P Whealan;
Sailed 19-Jan Perseverance schooner, 45 tons, W Conell, master for Launceston. Passengers Messrs John Gibson, John E Stretton, John Jones, Peter Woodward, John Patterson, John Daley, Isaac Scotchinere and Henry O'Neil
Arrived 23-Feb Perseverance schooner 45 tons, Captain Cowell, from Launceston 18 Feb, Passengers John Neal, James Bintage, ? Lloyd. Imports
Sailed 29 Feb 1840 Perseverance schooner 45 tons, Cowell master, for Launceston, Passengers Mr Bolger. Exports 90 empty bags, 6 quarter chests tea
Arrived 23-Mar Perseverance schooner 45 tons, Captain Cowell, from Launceston on 19 Mar, Passengers cabin Mr R Collard, Mr J Patterson and Mrs Faro; steerage J Scotchmear, G Dore and J Lucas. Imports 9,740 feet timber, 16,000 shingles, 32 bags oats, 40 bags flour, Order; 91 bags oats, Harding; 1 pair wheels, as addressed.
Arrived 15-May Perseverance schooner 45 tons, Captain W Coweell, from Adelaide on 6 May. Passengers Mr W Locke, jun., Mr Kennedy; steerage 3 Camerons. Imports 102 bags sugar, 44 coils rope, 1 case drugs, 9 boxes candles, 5 tons iron. Reeves & Locke.
Sailed 29-May Perseverance schooner 45 tons, Captain H Irvine, for Adelaide Passengers cabin Mr Snodgrass, Mademoiselle Elise Siegard, Mr William Locke, jun., supercargo. Steerage John Jamison, and John McGlashan. Exports
Arrived 15-Jul Perseverance schooner 45 tons Captain Irvine from Adelaide 8 July Passengers Mr Cooke and 2 chn, Mr W Locke Imports 106 bags sugar, 83 coils rope, 31 cases sago, 6 casks ketchup, 88 kegs white lead (part of original cargo returned) 30,000 Manilla cigars, 74 bags sugar, Reeves & Locke.
Sailed 16-Jul Perseverance schooner 45 tons Captain Irvine from Adelaide
Sailed 11-Sep Perseverance schooner 45 tons Captain Bishop for Sydney Passengers Mr Rainbow. Exports 30 casks tar, 121 boxes glass, 500 horns, 2 cases saddlery, 1 case shoes, 1 package leather.

Pickwick


Arrived 15-Feb Pickwick cutter Symonds master, from Launceston 4 Feb, Passengers cabin Mr and Mrs Kennedy, steerage L Ward. Imports 2 cases slops, Benjamin; 630 boards, 340 battens, 106 joists, 160 pieces quartering, 115 bags bailey, 23 bags oats, 1000 palings, 2 packages fruit, Order; 1 cask cream tartar, G Coulstock.
Sailed 19-Feb Pickwick cutter 55 tons, E Symonds master, for Launceston in ballast
Arrived 21-Mar Pickwick cutter 25 tons, Captain Symonds, from Launceston on 18 Mar, Passengers Mr W Hayle. Imports image
Sailed 26-Mar Pickwick cutter 25 tons, Symmonds, for Launceston Exports 31 bags wheat, 1 packet slops
Arrived 4-Jun Pickwick cutter 25 tons, Captain Symonds from Launceston on 15 May Imports 94 bags barley, 38 bags oats, 57 bags bran, 50 bags flour, 13 bags second flour, 500 paling, 1000 feet timber, 5000 laths, 1 box apparel, 10 cases mustard, 1 chest drawers, Order.
Sailed 10-Jun Pickwick cutter, 25 tons, Captain Symonds, for Launceston in ballast
Arrived 8-Jul Pickwick cutter 25 tons, Captain Symonds from Launceston Passengers Mr Adamson Imports 50 bags flour, 100 bags barley, 30 bags bran, 50 bags oats, 24 bags wheat, 1 malt mill, 1 plough, 1 bundle box-plants, 2 coops poultry, 1 box apparel, 3 barrels oil, 4 bushels apples, Symonds
Sailed 11-Jul Pickwick cutter 25 tons Captain Symonds for Launceston Passengers John Cancy and John Carr Exports 62 barrels pork, 17 barrels tallow, 2 barrels beef, 12 barrels beer, 1 barrel cider, 1 bale sacks
Arrived 5-Oct Pickwick cutter 25 tons Captain Baldwin from Launceston Passengers John Baker.
Sailed 7-Oct Pickwick cutter 25 tons Captain Baldwin for Launceston in ballast
Piscator

Piscator


Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 9 Sep 1840, schooner Piscator, Captain Richards, departed on Monday for Port Phillip with sundries and passengers Mr T Jones and 6 in the steerage
Arrived 19-Sep Piscator schooner 111 tons Captain Richards from Sydney Passengers Mr and Mrs Jerome, Messrs Forbes, McCarty, Quin, Roy, Jones and Cook. Imports
Sailed 7-Oct Piscator schooner 114 tons Captain Richards for Sydney in ballast

Porter


Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Weds 7 Oct 1840, brig Porter, Captain Porter, arrived on Sunday last from Hobart on 25 Sep with 1077 bags of wheat and passengers Mr and Mrs Small, Mrs Southers and child, and Mr Robinson
Arrived 20-Dec Porter brig 257 tons Captain Porter from Sydney Passengers Mrs Porter, Miss and Master Porter, Mr and Mrs Foster, Mrs Donnell, Messrs Horrocks, RR Spottiswood, R Flinders, Alexander Cummings. see Imports image on December 1840 page

Prince George

Reported by Commercial Journal, Sydney Sat 25 Jan 1840, arrived from Port Phillip on Thursday, having left the 16th inst, the Revenue cutter Prince George, Captain Moore.
Arrived 11-Apr Prince George revenue cutter, 79 tons, Captain Moore, from Sydney 1 March.
Detained 27-Apr Prince George revenue cutter, actively attending on the Quarantine Station
Arrived 1-Jun Prince George Revenue cutter, Captain Moore, from Geelong
Sailed 22-Jun Prince George revenue cutter, for Geelong and Sydney Passengers HF Gisborne, Esq.,
Report 30-Oct Prince George the revenue cutter Captain Moore sailed from Sydney on 17 Oct for Portland Bay and this port with Passengers Mr Blair the Police magistrate for Portland, and Mr Primrose.
Arrived 31-Oct Prince George revenue cutter Captain Moore from Sydney via Portland Bay
Arrived 21-Nov Prince George revenue cutter. Captain Moore from Portland Bay
Arrived 11-Dec Prince George revenue cutter from a cruise of discovery.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan Imports arrived 9 March 1840 ship, 700 tons, Captain Duncan Ritchie Commander, from London 27 Oct and Adelaide 26 February.
Passengers cabin, from England Mr and Mrs Greig, Messrs J Perry and F Perry, and Mr Mackenzie, from Adelaide Messrs Empson, Fisher, Pickering, Thorn/Thom, Wallack and six in the steerage.

See visit to Adelaide of Rajasthan recorded by Di Cummings.
Sailed 21-Mar Rajastan ship 601 tons, Captain Ritchie, for Bombay in ballast

Rapid


Arrived 7-Sep Rapid brig 150 tons Captain Devlin from Launceston on 1 Sep Passengers Messrs Rawson, Dunlop, Gerrand, Furlonge, Route, Chittleboro, Mr Mills with wife and child. Imports 51 bales hay, 228 bags oats, 3 bales slops, 4 rolls lead, Devlin; 8 bales hay, 189 bags oats, 10 bags barley, A Andrews; 29 barrels bread, 15 bales hay, Order.
Reports 7-Sep Rapid is recorded to leave George Town for Port Adelaide 5 Jan 1840, left Adelaide and on 22 Feb 1840 arrived George Town, and for Sydney 2 May, left Sydney and on 18 Apr 1840 arrived George Town and 27 June 1840. Arrived at Launceston 22 Aug 1840 and also 2 Nov 1840
Sailed 18-Sep Rapid brig 153 tons Captain Devlin for Adelaide Passengers Messrs Langhorne, Rawson, Carries. Exports 260 barrels flour, 4 bales slops, 2 cases wearing apparel, 2 horses, 1 box, 250 bags flour

Rectus


Sailed 24-Jan Rectus cutter, 15 tons, C Berry master, for Western Port in ballast

Rookery


Report 27-Oct Rookery 312 tons Captain Bourne from London arrived at Launceston on 9 Oct with cargo for Port Phillip see Imports image on October 1840 page
Arrived 12-Nov Rookery barque 311 tons Captain Bourne from London via Launceston Passengers Miss Champion, Mr and Mrs Hurst, Messrs Were, Raven, Williamson, Orr, Murdock, Steightey, Ramsdale, Robertson, Ignatius, Balfour Imports

Rovers Bride


Arrived 29-Nov Rovers Bride cutter 50 tons Captain Hescott from Sydney Imports 60 tons coal for Clonmel steamer
Sailed 11-Dec Rovers Bride cutter 50 tons Captain Heskott for Sydney Passengers Mr B Thompson. Exports 9 cases hats, 3 cases merchandise
Reported by Sydney Commercial Journal, Sat 26 Dev 1840, Rovers Bride, Captain Hescott, arrived at Sydney on Wednesday

Samuel Cunard


Arrived 29-Nov Samuel Cunard ship 299 tons Captain Passmore from Sydney Passengers 2 in the steerage Imports 14600 feet timber, Order; 3 cases apparel Roach.
Report Samuel Cunard from Sydney for Portland Bay, with cattle, put in at George Town for hay on Saturday 25 Jan and sailed again the next day

Scout


Arrived 27-Jul Scout nrig 95 tons Captain Gwatkin from Launceston on 24 July
Sailed 8-Aug Scout brig 91 tons Captain Gwatkin for Launceston in ballast
Arrived 24-Sep Scout brig 94 tons Captain Gwatkin from Hobart. Imports
Sailed 1-Oct Scout brig 91 tons Captain Gwatkin for Launceston Exports 500 sheep
Arrived 12-Nov Scout brig 94 tons Captain Gwatkin from Launceston Passengers Mr Scott and one in steerage Imports
Sailed 26-Nov Scout brig 95 tons Captain Gwatkin for Adelaide Passengers Messrs Sturt, Pullar, McPherson, Braithwaite and 1 in the steerage Exports 380 bags flour, 110 bags sugar, 250 bags oats, rest is blurred

Seppings

Commercial Journal Sydney, Sat 31 March 1838, records the arrival of the barque Seppings, 344 tons, Captain Rawlings om March 16 at Hobart, from London the 9th and Isle of Wight 12 Nov 1837, with a general cargo and lists 8 surnames of passengers
9 April 1840 at Port Phillip, Captain Corry Rawlings, barque, 344 tons, arrived in Capmbells Wharf, Port Jackson, Seppings this 22 day of April 1840, carried a cargo of sugar from Calcutta to Port Phillip (Melbourne) 9 April, and Port Jackson (Sydney) together with passengers, convicts and soldiers.
Cabin passengers Mr and Mrs G Nails and 2 chn, Messrs Brown, Buchran, Cooper, Hutchinson and Sparks. Di Cuumings page repports the Nails family came with 1 male and 2 female servants.
Four soldiers in charge of fifteen surviving European convicts from Calcutta and Eight prisoners of the Crown from Port Phillip

Seppings left Port Phillip on 15 April for Sydney, with Passengers G Nail, Lady, 2 chn and 2 female servants, 15 prisoners from Calcutta (this ignores the 3 who had died); 7 male and 3 female prisoners from Port Phillip. Export part of original cargo from Calcutta; from Port Phillip, 14 bales wool

The web page Seppings was written by Alex Rogers 18/5/1999, who explains - On board was my 3x Great-grandfather, Domingo Garcia [Gressier], a Portuguese speaking native of Bombay, transported for stealing jewellery - see Domingo Gressier's story

Shamrock

Shamrock
Arrived 10-Jan Shamrock cutter, 35 tons, Captain Henry Barrett master, from Hobart Town 31 Dec. Cargo, sundries, Passengers Mr D Macpherson, Mr J Andrews, Mr Bird, Mr Grady and James Gowan. Imports 5000 feet timber, 30,000 shingles and laths, 15- feet stone, 1000 feet cedar, 10 packets furniture, 4 carts, 2 tons lime, 5 packages baskets, 1 case preserves, 1 package furniture, 9 wine baskets, 1 case corrosive sublimate, Order
Arrived 18-Feb Shamrock cutter 56 tons, Captain Barrett, from Hobart 6 Feb, Passengers Messrs Mackenzie, Williams, Clarke and 5 in steerage. Imports 5,800 feet timber, 10,000 shingles, 5,000 lathes, 1,000 palings, 1 1/2 ton potatoes, 2 boxes apples, 1 bale hair, 16 bags shot, 1 case cigars, 6 bags glue, 1 coffee mill, 4 bags coffee, 1 crate stone bottles, 1 cask lime, 10 pockets hops, 1 cask oatmeal, 6 baskets, 2 packages filterers, 2 bags flour, 1 quarter chest tea, 1 box eggs, 1 box fowls, 1 box straw hats, 1 box sundries.
Sailed 24-Feb Shamrock cutter 36 tons Captain H Hewett, for Hobart
Arrived 4-Apr Shamrock cutter 35 tons, Captain Fraser from Hobart on 25 Mar, Passengers John Jones, John Weaver, George Atkins, and Thomas Davis. Imports image
Sailed 8-Apr Shamrock cutter 35 tons, Captain Frasier for Hobart. Exports 19 hides.
Arrived 27-Aug Shamrock cutter 35 tons Captain Boyd from Hobart
Sailed 29-Oct Shamrock cutter 35 tons Captain Boyd for Hobart. Exports 99 sheep, 28 casks beef, 20 kegs butter, 5 bales woolbagging
Arrived 29-Nov Shamrock cutter 36 tons Captain Boyd from Hobart Passengers Mr Miller Imports
Singapore

Singapore


Arrived 3-Nov Singapore barque 302 tons Captain Hamilton from Singapore on 26 Aug Imports image
Sailed 24-Nov Singapore barque 302 tons Captain Hamilton for Sydney, list is blurred
Reported by Sydney Commercial Journal, Weds 16 Dec 1840, Singapore, with sundries, passengers Mr and Mrs Clark, Mr Inglis, and 3 in steerage

Sir John Franklin

Sir John Franklin
Arrived 6-Feb Sir John Franklin schooner 56 tons, JM Gill master, from Hobart 24 Jan. Cargo 6000 shingles, 1300 feet timber, 200 sacks British oats, 15 tons cut stone, 2 tons potatoes, 2 crates of glass, 2 cases muscets, 10 barrels gunpowder, 10 barrels glue, 5 kegs white lead, 1 case preserves, 3 cases fruit.
Sailed 10-Feb Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons, Captain JM Gill, for Hobart, Passengers cabin Messrs Bell, Young and Short. Agent EM Sayers. Exports 126 sheep, 69 hides, 7 casks tallow, 26 barrels porter, 62 bags sugar.
Arrived 24 Mar Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons, Captain EM Gill, from Hobart Imports image
Sailed 9-Apr Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons, Captain JM Gill for Hobart. Passengers Mr Brunton. Exports 78 hides, 1 steam boiler, 12 pieces machinery.
Arrived 2-Jun Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons, Captain Gill, from Hobart on 25 May
Sailed 11-Jun Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons, Captain Gill, for Hobasrt Passengers Messrs Jackson and Williamson. Exports 11 casks beef, 9 baskets burgandy, 48 bags rice.
Report 28-Jul Sir John Franklin Gill which sailed for PP on 2 July, was obliged to return July 19 with loss of anchors, cables, sails etc fduring a violent gale in the straits
Arrived 1-Aug Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons Captain JM Gill from Hobart on 23 July Imports 5000 feet timber, 7000 laths, 10,000 shingles, 60 bags potatoes, 52 bags flour, 56 bags bran, 5 cases furniture, 2 cases 3 casks hardware, Sayers; 6 casks nails, 18 coils rope, 2 bags saltpetre, 21 bags potatoes, Williams; 25 bags flour, J Thomas; 1 basket apples, Order; 1 box apparel, 3 empty jars, Pittman.
Arrived 29-Nov Sir John Franklin schooner 56 tons Captain Gill from Passengers Captain Johnson Messrs Roberts, Wallace, and Townsend Imports
Sailed 9-Dec Sir John Franklin schooner 52 tons Captain Gill for Hobart Passengers Mr and Mrs Valentine, Mr Morris. Exports 9 barrels prunes, 6 casks tallow, 4 kegs tobacco

Sisters


Arrived 18-Oct Sisters cutter 48 tons Captain Mitchell from Sydney on 2 Oct Passengers Captain Dixon Imports 1700 bushels maize, 2 casks pease, 100 feet cedar, 40 pieces pine boards, Dixon.
Sailed 10-Nov Sisters cutter 48 tons Captain Mulhall for Adelaide Passengers Mr Dixon Exports 124 bags flour, 1100 bushelsmaize, 100 feet cedar, 40 pine boards.
Arrived 25-Dec Sisters cutter 48 tons Captain Dixon from Adelaide Passengers Messrs Langhorne, Naimby, Dutton, Ramsay and 27 in the steerage. Imports 1 case merchandise, Langhorne Bros.

Socrates


Arrived 28-Jan Socrates barque 152 tons, Cowton master, from Launceston 21 Jan via Geelong. Passengers Cabin Charles McLachlan Esq., Lieut TM Airey, Messrs John Dibble, Angus Kennedy, CH Nicholson, Steerage Thomas Bird, John Day, James Elliott, Dreglmene Morrison, William Holt. The Soctares left at Geelong Mr John Smith, Mrs Smith and 3 chn, Mr Henry Allan, Mr John Handcock, William Duncan, John Coulston, Benjamin Atkins, Henry Gibbons, Lewis Lynch, Henry Loughtman Imports 12 bags flour, 900 sheep, 6 horses, 10 head cattle, 1 chest tea, 6 bags sugar, 1 keg tobacco
Sailed 29-Jan Socrates barque 152 tons, Captain Cowton, for Launceston. Passengers Cabin Mr William Gould, Steerage J Johnson. Exports 170,000 feet timber, 2 chests tea, 2 barrels Pimlien ale, 4 3/4 gross saw files, 15 doz cut-saw files, 1 tierce tobacco
Sailed 15-Feb Socrates barque 152 tons, Captain Cowton, from Launceston 12 Feb, Passengers cabin James Thomson Esq., Dr and Mrs Walton, Masters J. L. E. W. and H Walton, Misses A. F. M. and E Walton, steerage Mary Price, John Manning, Robert Pickering, George Cayler, Monsieur Tobee, Samuel Smillie, Thomas Molley, Imports 17 bags flour, 1 chest tea, 4 bags sugar, 1 keg tobacco, Cowton; 600 sheep, 3 horses, 1 cow, Dr Walton; 300 sheep, James Thomson.
Sailed 17-Feb Socrates barque 150 tons, Captain Cowton, for Launceston, Passengers Messrs Monckton and Linnett, and Robert Brooks, Mrs Ferguson. Export 80 sheep
Arrived 29 Feb 1840 Socrates barque, 150 tons, Cap Cowton, from Launceston 25 Feb. Passengers Messrs Douglas and Howard, and ten in the steerage
Sailed 3-Mar Socrates barque 152 tons, for Launceston, in ballast, passenger Mr Armitage.
Arrived 21-Mar Socrates barque 152 tons, Captain Cowton, from Launceston on 16 Mar, Passengers Mr W Townley. Imports 800 sheep, Order.
Sailed 21-Mar Socrates barque 152 tons, 152 tons, Captain Cowton, for Launceston in balast, Passengers Mr C Irving, Mr Howard and J Cordell
Arrived 4-Apr Socrates barque 152 tons, Captain Cowton from Lauceston on 30 Mar. Passengers cabin Messrs Thomson, Bruce and Brown; steerage Edenswill, Thompson, and Walker. Cargo 932 sheep, 2 horses and 2 bullocks, 1 cart, Order.
Sailed 6-Apr Socrates barque 152 tons, Captain Cowton for Lau. Passengers Airey and Clarke, Esqs. Exports 4 cases whaling gear
Reported in Hobart Town Courier, 24 Apr 1840, Socrates bark, 152 tons, Captain Cowton departed 21 Apr 1840 from Launceston for Port Fairy with sundries and 20 passengers
Sailed 23-May Socrates barque, 152 tons, Captain Cowton, for Launceston in ballast Passengers Colin Campbell Esq., Reported 2 June Socrates arrived in Launceston Weds evening, having made the run over in only 24 hours.

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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