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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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August


Bourke named Hobson’s Bay for Captain Hobson of “HMS Rattlesnake”, whose surveys and advice on channels and the settlements had been invaluable to Bourke. The Bay had been called “Anchorage” by surveyor Grimes in his exploration of 1803, and “Squatters Bay” by the officers of “HMS Rattlesnake” in 1836, as they watched sailors unloading livestock there. The lower salt section of the “Yarra River” carried the name “Hobson’s River” well into the 1840’s.
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4th August -


Arrived - 1 August -
Goshawk
brig 244 tons Capt Willey from Sydney on 15 July Passengers Messrs Goodwin and Hamilton, 10 in steerage Imports
Arrived - 1 August -
Paul Pry
schooner 55 tons Capt Harding from Launceston on 25 July Passengers cabin Messrs J McDowaland N Campbell, one in steerage. Imports 65 bags flour, McDonal; 37 bags flour, Porter & White; 3 bags wheat, 25 cases beer, 1 phacton H, 18 kegs lard NC Order; 6 bags oats, 48 bags flour, 1000 broad paling, 4000 heet sawn timber, Campbell; 106 bags oats, 137 bags bran, 3 cases slops, J Harding; 1 cask hardware, 1 bundle, J Day; 2 bags flour, Order.
Arrived - 1 August -
Sir John Franklin<
schooner 52 tons Capt 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. Tamar
Sailed - 1 August -
Lowestoft
schooner 114 tons Capt Ruffle for Launceston Passengers Messrs W Adams, Fair and Coulson. Exports 55 bags flour, 2 packets hops, 50 demijohns gin, 30 bags salt, 17 bags coffee.
Sailed - 3 August -
Jean
brig 190 tons Capt Clarke for Hobart Passengers cabin Miss Devereux, Mr Butterly, Mr Thomson, Mr and Mrs ONeil, steerage H Henry and Mr James. Exports 816 sheep
Sailed - 3 August -
Henry
brig 107 tons Capt Toby for Launceston Exports 250 sheep
Report - 1 August - by
Paul Pry
Captain Harding reported two vessels ashore on Flinders Island. The Government brig the Tamar arrived at George Town the evening previous to the sailing of the Paul Pry, with the news of the wreck of the City of Edinburgh from London to Sydney, with 10 lives lost, and of the Ocean Queen from London to Launceston, but expected to be got off (floated again).

Friday 7th August -


Arrived - 3 August -
Tamar
schooner Capt Bell from Launceston Passengers Hon. D Talbot, Messrs Airey, Clark, Lewis, Arrowsmith and Moorson, Mrs Bell and 2 in the steerage. Imports Mary Ridgeway
Arrived - 6 August -
Mary Ridgeway
barque 217 tons Capt Stevens, from Sydney on 8 July Passengers Mrs kell, Mr Levien, FM Mann, Cunningham and Turner, and 12 in the steerage. Imports
Sailed - 5 August -
Bright Planet
barque 184 tons Capt Lawler for Sydney Passengers Messrs Simson, Whitehead, Stewart, McLaren, Howey, Mclean, Riley, Tyer, Rodger, Hoddle, Berwick, and 6 in the steerage. Sailed early Thursday morning Exports 25 bales wool, 2 tierces tobacco, 29 casks barley
Sailed - 5 August -
Mellish
ship, Capt Jones for Sydney Passengers Mr and Mrs Reiby, Mr and Mrs Arthur with 2 chn and servants, Mrs Kirby with 3 Misses Kirby and 2 chn, Miss Gibbs, Messrs J Henry and T Harvey
Sailed - 5 August -
Lady Emma
barque 98 tons Capt Buckland for Launceston Passengers Mr Locke
Sailed - 6 August -
Curlew
schooner 98 tons Capt Watson for Sydney Exports 15 bales sheeting, 2 trunks hosiery
Sailed - 6 August -
Charlotte
brig 96 tons Capt Tregurtha for Launceston Exports 150 sheep
Report - 7 August -
Jewess
We have been requested by Mr Henry Moore, owner of the Jewess, to report that after an inquiry, he found Mr Johnstone a fit and proper person to command the vessel.

Tuesday 11th August -


Arrived - 8 August -
Jewess
brig 204 tons Capt from Passengers Mrs Madden, Mr and Mrs Callow, Mr Talbot
Arrived - 8 August -
Marmion
ship Capt Jellard from London - see Marmion notes.
Arrived - 8 August -
Mandane
ship Capt Murdock from Sydney on 19 July. Imports
Sailed - 8 August -
Scout
brig 91 tons Capt Gwatkin for Launceston in ballast
Sailed - 8 August -
Agnes and Elizabeth
schooner 74 tons Capt Mitchell for Hobart
Sailed - 8 August -
Elizabeth lloyd
schooner 39 tons Capt Armstrong for Portland Bay Passengers Mrs J Lee, Mr and Mrs J Cronan
Sailed - 8 August -
Theresa
Capt Young for Sydney Passengers cabin Mrs Mackay, Mrs Lindane, Zooch, Rourke, Gibbons, Davy; intermediate Messrs Tuffin, Lasater, Bligh, McRonald, Mackay; 11 in the steerage. Part of original cargo.
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Sailed - 8 August -
Gem
schooner 76 tons Capt Pearce for Launceston Passengers Mr Russell, two Messrs Henty
Sailed - 10 August -
Tamar
schooner 117 tons Capt bell for Launceston Passengers Mrs Bell

Friday 14th August -


Arrived - 11 August -
Isabella Watson
ship 515 tons Capt JA McDonald from Leith - see Isabella Watson notes. Long list of Imports
Arrived - 13 August -
Culdee
- see Culdee notes.
Sailed - 10 August -
Coromandel
sails for Sydney - see Coromandel notes.
Sailed - 4 August -
Duchess of Kent
Capt Newby for Sydney Passengers Mrs Smythe - see Duchess of Kent notes.

Tuesday 18th August -


Arrived - 15 August -
Dauntless
ship 698 tons Capt Miller from Greenock 17 Feb and Adelaide 8 Aug - see Dauntless notes.
Report - 18 August -
Water Lilly
has been sold by Captain Cole to WH Dutton, Esq., for 4000 sovereigns worth of sheep and cattle

21st August -


Arrived - 20 August -
Dovecot
brig 155 tons Capt Orlando Bull from London on 1 May - see Dovecot notes. Imports
Report - 28 August -
Dovecot
got aground in entering Hobson's Bay and was saved by the timely assistance afforded by Captain JM Gill of the schooner Sir John Franklin. Captain Bull had a letter of thanks published in the Port Phillip Herald.
Sailed - 19 August -
Gunga
barque 277 tons Capt Reside for Sydney Exports 10 bags pepper. 1 case silks, 2 cases laquered ware, 12 bags coffee, 56 bags coffee and part of original cargo from Singapore
Sailed - 20 August -
Water Lilly
schooner 155 tons Capt Langdon for Launceston
Report - 21 August -
Caroline
sailed from Sydney on 6 Aug bringing Passengers cabin Mrs Smart, Mrs Nesbitt, Messrs Leigh and lonnier, and 15 in the steerage
Report - 21 August -
Ballast
was formerly obtained by the Salt Water River, Geelong. The area has been let on a squatting license. The Curlew and the Elizabeth were both detained two days behind their time of sailing, due to the difficulty in having to obtain leave from, and paying the occupant, before obtaining ballast.

Tuesday 25th August -


Arrived - 21 August -
Caroline
brig 181 tons Capt Rogers from Sydney on 5 Aug Passengers Messrs Larrimer, Nesbitt, Smart and 17 in the steerage. Imports
Arrived - 21 August -
Lillias
schooner 88 tons Capt Smith from Hobart on 13 Aug. Imports
Arrived - 23 August -
Minerva
schooner 110 tons Capt Fawthorp from Launceston on 18 Aug Passengers Messrs E and S Henty, E Morton, T Parker, Mr Clark and 3 chn, J Loffness, P McCabe, J Burns, J Haslem, H McKenzie, W Evans and J Butler. Imports
Arrived - 24 August -
Black Swan
schooner 113 tons Capt Hart from Launceston on 19 Aug Passengers Messrs A Ebden, B Warby, G Evans, N Gridly, Dr Rowe and S Scott. Imports
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Sailed - 20 August -
Culdee
barque 387 tons Capt Campbell - see Culdee notes.
Sailed - 22 August -
Jewess
brig 204 tons Capt Johnstone for Sydney in ballast Passengers cabin Mr Younghusband; steerage Mrs Decoy, P Burns, D Cameron
Report - 25 August -
Gunga
put back to port on Sunday due to the illness of the Captain

Friday 28 August -


Arrived - 26 August -
Lowestoft
schooner 114 tons Capt Ruffle from Launceston Passengers Miss Spencer, Messrs Devonport, Locke, Daynton, Devonport, Ruffle and Adams, and 13 in the steerage.
Arrived - 27 August -
Majestic
barque 317 tons Capt Smith from Hobart. Imports - see Majestic notes.
Arrived - 27 August -
Lord Sidmouth
barque 181 tons Capt Marr from Hobart Passengers Mrs Marr, Messrs Marey, Falkner, Carter and Spottiswood.
Arrived - 27 August -
Shamrock
cutter 35 tons Capt Boyd from Hobart
Arrived - 27 August -
Branken Moor
ship 371 tons Capt from Hobart on 17 Aug - see Branken Moor notes.
Arrived - 27 August -
William Woolley
brig 199 tons Capt Truscott from Sydney - see William Woolley notes.
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Sailed - 25 August -
Water Lilly
schooner 177 tons Capt Langdon for Launceston Passengers Rev Dr Grange, Dr Stodart, Messrs Campbell, McDowal, Russell, Lewis and 3 in the steerage. Exports 111 demijohns gin, 11 casks fat
Report - 28 August -
Salt Water River
again available for collection of ballast - the Superintendent cancelled the attempt to monopolise the area.
Report - 28 August -
Majestic
had two young lads, articled apprentices, were proceeding from the Beach to their shio in a boat at the time carrying sail, when a sudden gust of wind upset the boat and precipitated them into the water, one of the lads was picked up by a boat, the other sunk to rise no more.
Report - 28 August -
Dauntless
distressing accident, killed the 6 year old daughter of a gentleman just arrived from Scotland - see Dauntless notes.

1st September -


Arrived - 30 August -
Paul Pry
schooner 56 tons Capt Harding from Launceston on 24 Aug Passengers cabin Messrs J Frost, O Williams, J Grant, steerage Edward Preston Imports
Arrived - 30 August -
Thomas Laurie
barque 291 tons Capt Price from Sydney on 8 Aug - see Thomas Laurie notes.
Arrived - 30 August -
Industry
schooner 96 tons Capt 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
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Arrived - 31 August -
East London
ship 409 tons Capt Lewis from London on 18 April - see East London notes.
Arrived - 31 August -
Tamar
schooner 117 tons Capt Bell from Launceston on 25 Aug Passengers Mr and Mrs Cummins, Captain Cain, Messrs Best, Shaw, Rogers, Symmott and 3 in the steerage Imports 10 bales hay, 200 bags oats, J Cain; 56 bags potatoes, A&S Bolden; 16 bales hay, JH Patterson; 3 bags flour, W Highett; 211 bags oate, 66 bales hay, A Andrews; 5 1/4 tons hay, 50 bushels oats, G Cavenagh
Sailed - 29 August -
Minerva
schooner 110 tons Capt Fawthorpe for Launceston in ballast Passengers Messrs Hofness, Price, Burns, McCabe, Mortimer
Sailed - 29 August -
Goshawk
brig 244 tons Capt Willey for Sydney in ballast Passengers Messrs Graham, Rose and Manton. Exports 2 hhds rum, 42 tons coal, part of original cargo.
Sailed - 31 August -
Lillias
schooner 88 tons Capt Smith for Hobart in ballast Passengers Messrs Rowe, Barclay, Burke, James, Docherty, Buckley and Smith
Report - 1 September -
Tamar
encountered very stormy weather on her voyage from Launceston to this port. The second-mate was swept overboard and drowned. The unfortunate man had sailed for several years with Captain Bell, and had been made an officer, for the first time, this voyage.

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