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Briefly about the salvage at sea:

When a ship founders in wild seas or runs aground, the first priority is to secure the safety of survivors. Only then does attention turn to salvaging the ship, its parts (if it has broken up) and its cargo. None of the ships bound for South Australia in 1836 was wrecked. Indeed, in the nineteenth [...]

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Week 25 – The demon drink

Scene: sailors skylarking

On land It is one week into the grand experiment of colonisation and things are not going well at Nepean Bay. Samuel Stephens and Captains Morgan and Ross have their hands full, with both the company men and the crews of both ships ‘very troublesome, impertinent, idle and dissatisfied’ in Stephens’ words. The unloading is [...]

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