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Week 08 - adieu to old England

[ 10th of April 1836 to 16th of April 1836 ]
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By 10 April the Duke of York was on its way once more, although not without anxiety on Captain Morgan’s part. The recent storm still weighed on his mind. He and the mate prayed together for guidance and then he sought extra consolation in reading the 121st Psalm. Reassured, he gave the order to get underway again.

With far more extensive repairs to complete, the John Pirie was delayed in port for another six days. Captain Martin also had three crew members to replace. He finally sailed on 16 April, although without the cabin passenger Stephen Sessions, who left the ship after the storm never to return. It is probably a miracle that more passengers didn’t join him! We can only wonder at the feelings of those on board as they set out into the ocean once more.

Both the Cygnet and the Lady Mary Pelham were also on the water, although we have no sources from either ship this week.

Journals from passengers at sea:

Week 42: Numeracy Onboard

Over the past eight months we have read many journal entries, diaries and letters describing the experiences, thoughts, ideas and feelings of those onboard the nine ships. We have followed the authors…

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Week 25 – The demon drink

[ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | , on board the | | | | | | | | wrote.]

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 …

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Week 20 – infectious disease

[ | | | | | | | | | | , on board the | | | | | | wrote.]

The Duke of York is now in the Southern Ocean, making good progress. It is Captain Morgan’s wife’s birthday and he reflects endearingly on his love for her and his happiness in the married state….

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Week 14 – steady progress

[ | | | | | | | | | , on board the | | | | | wrote.]

All six ships are making steady progress, sailing south in the Atlantic. The weather is fine and conditions pleasant, but relations on board the John Pirie and the Cygnet are tense. On the John Pirie …

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Week 13 – tensions reach breaking point

[ | | | | | | | , on board the | | | | | wrote.]

This week we catch up with the Cygnet as it approaches the Equator. A bout of bad weather has seen many of the passengers sick and conditions below deck are foul. Boyle Travers Finniss is impatient with…

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Week 06 – a ‘perfect Hurricane’

[ | | | | , on board the | | | wrote.]

On 26 March the John Pirie seemed to be making progress, as it finally cleared the English Channel and struck out for the Atlantic Ocean. But just west of the Bay of Biscay the weather worsened…

[ Read the full journal extract ]

Next week: Although the weather had moderated, all of the ships continued to battle high seas and strong winds. Extensive wreckage floating in their path reminded them all of the peril they had recently escaped.

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2 Responses to “Week 08 – adieu to old England”

  1. Allison November 10, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Lori.

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  1. Lori Bongiovanni - November 9, 2011


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