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Isabella Watsonarrived 11 Aug 1840, ship, 515 tons, Capt John A McDonald master, from Leith 11 Apr 1840. Have 4 fiche pages,
Passengers Cabin - Mr and Mrs Anderson and family, Mr and Mrs Henderson with masters T and W, Misses M and E; Miss M Hogg, Captain J Reid, Mrs M Reid, Masters John, William Reid, S and Agnes Reid,
Messrs W Ogilvie, James Laurence, John Carfrae, J Miller, J Bland, C Pentland, and W Jennings MD; 41 bounty emigrants (30 to proceed to Mr Thomas Barker's estate in Sydney and the other 10 to a gentleman in Geelong) and 40 steerage - , have 61 names.
The 'Isabella Watson' was a wooden vessel of 514 tons, built in 1840 on dimensions of 118.4 x 25.5 x 18.4 feet.
Had 5 couples, 8 single women and 1 single man, bounty 342 pounds for 19 adults. There was no payment for the 7 children, who came at parent's expense. Problem over who is to receive Bounty seems to include some of the Steerage passengers. 10m and 12 f remained in Melbourne, 26 wanted to go to Sydney.
The Bounty names
Reported Tues 18 Aug - The Cabin passengers of the Isabella Watson entertained Captain Macdonald, the commander of that vessel, to dinner in the Lamb Inn yesterday, ...and presented to him a piece of plate bearing the inscription 'Presented to Mr J A Macdonald ... in testimony of his general propriety of conduct as a commander'.
8 Sep cleared for Sydney with part of original cargo, passengers Messrs Mr OConnell, Mr McArthur, Mr Manton, Mr Ryrie, Miller, Mr J Lorimer, Pentland, Ogilvie, and Mr Jenkins,
Judge Donithorne/Donnithorne, Mrs Ley and 38 in the steerage.|
Arrival in Sydney reported Sep 25.
Arrived 12 Nov, from Sydney 1st inst, Passengers Mr and Mrs George and child, Mr Stevens and family, Mr and Mrs Dutton, Dr Bernard, Messrs Leadbeater and Owen, 18 in the steerage
21 Nov cleared for Singapore, in ballast.
On 21 March 1852, 'Isabella Watson', inward bound from London with 50 passengers arrived off Port Phillip Bay. The vessel stood in for the entrance, but in smooth water struck a submerged reef off Point Nepean, losing her rudder and becoming unmanageable. As her masts went over the side, a lifeboat, containing the captain and ten passengers left the ship. It capsized immediately, drowning nine occupants. At dawn a pilot vessel landed the remaining passengers and crew.
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