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A1 ship, 926t. (o.m.), 1014t.
- Description: 3-mast ship rig, class A1.
- Tonnage: 926 tons (o.m.), 1014 tons (o.m.)
(1848); 1013/1015 tons; 926/1015 tons (Parsons, 1988).
- Built: Hull, 1842-3
- Dimensions: Length 151.0', breadth 36.7',
or length 145.3', breadth 33.0', depth 23.3' (Parsons, 1988).
- Repairs: F.&YM. 45, 48, 59, 65; ptF.&S.63;
pt 65. Srprs 48, 54, 57, 65, 66; pt.ND. 54; ptNTSds 57; WptF.&S.
65; D.F.&d 65; ptKlsn 66.
- Registered: S.S. 57 - 5yrs, 63 - 7yrs.
- Home Port: London (1848
- Intention: London - Bombay (1848); London
- Halifax (1848); London (1860
1861); Falsmouth - South
America (1861); Liverpool Coaster (1866-67).
- Owner(s): T Ward (1848); Wilson & Co.,
- Master(s): Cromarty (1848); T Austen (1848);
John Sargent (1849
1855); Connell (1860
1861); N Heath
(1861); Sopwith (1866-67).
- Surgeon Supt(s): John Kidd (1851); James
- Fate: ? Last listing [LR] 1866-67?
- Jenny Fawcett (Victoria, Australia) has compiled an extensive database of nineteenth century Australian shipping records, and from sources including Shipping Reports Inwards and Outwards and Register of Assisted Passengers [held
at the Public Records Office of Victoria and other locations],
Ian Nicholson's Log of Logs, Marten Syme's Shipping
Arrivals and Departures for Victorian Ports, and the Melbourne
Argus and Australian and New Zealand Gazette newspapers,
mentions the following voyages of the Stebonheath:
ex Adelaide 8 Nov. 1850; arr. Melbourne 15 Nov. 1850; dep. Melbourne 12/15 Feb. 1851; arr. London 8 Jul. 1851
- ex Plymouth 9 Sep. 1851; arr. Melbourne 16 Dec. 1851; dep. Melbourne 31 Mar or 21 Apr 1852; arr. London 6 Aug. 1852
- dep. London 7 Oct. 1852; arr. Geelong 19 Jan. 1853; dep. Geelong 17/18 Jan. or 20 Feb. 1853 for Melbourne thence London
- dep. London 9 Sep. 1854; arr. Melbourne 23/26 Dec. 1854; dep. Melbourne 15/17 Feb 1855 for London
- dep. London 18 Aug. 1855; arr. Melbourne 19/21 Dec. 1855; dep. Melbourne 14/17 Feb 1856 for London
- an article from the Belfast Banner
in 1858 regarding an Inquiry into the Tornado mutiny refering
in comparison to "the disgraceful proceedings that have
rendered the Stebonheath notorius..."
- Peter Noone (New South Wales, Australia) transcribed Australian newspaper reports of the 1858 incident.
- Selected voyage(s):
The 1013 ton ship Stebonheath [926t(nm)/1015t(om)] was owned by Wilson
& Co. Built in Hull 1842-3 her measurements were 145.3'x33.0'x23.3'. She
underwent repairs in 1845 and 1848. [The Stebonheath may have been
named after the variant spelling for Stepney, generally accepted to be derivated
from Steben and hythe: apart from the doubt whether Steben refers to a personal
name - Stephen - or to a Saxon word "steb," meaning timber, the
hythe or wharf, is not strongly disputed. As there appears to have been no
other appropriate place elsewhere the hythe would seem to have related to
the foreshore at Rateliff - see "Stepney
in Other Days", from The Copartnership Herald, Voll. II,
no. 19 (Sept., 1932).]
(13jun2003) notes: "One of my ancestors sailed to India on the Stebonheath.
He departed on the 06 July 1845 and arrived on 15 October 1845." Christopher
seeks information on the voyage and any pictures
of this vessel.
The Stebonheath departed Plymouth 31 January 1849, arrived Port Adelaide
11 May, mastered by John Sargeant. Lew
Chinner's WebSite notes amongst the emigrants on this voyage were John
Andrews and his wife Grace Boundy, together with their children William Andrews
(born 1844 at Carharrack?, Cornwall, died 1928; married Ellen Hillier and
became a farmer at Smithfield), and Grace Andrews (born 1846, died 1873; married
Richard Best). Noelene Selmes of Marayong,
NSW mentions that her ancestors listed as MR Mrs Wilton and son were on this
voyage and seeks further information regarding this voyage (Surgeons Report,
conditions / food on the vessel, etc.). Margaret
Swiggs (3 May 2003) had a great-grandfather aboard. Keith
Ford (8Jun2002) had family on this voyage. Michele
Gregg (10Apr2003) is searching for a Lindo family of believed to have
taken this voyage: Robert Christmas Lindo is believed to have arrived in Adelaide
with his wife and two children on May 11 1849 on the Stebonheath. Robert,
born 25 December 1812 in Norfolk, England, died 4 March 1904 at Jamestown,
South Australia. His wife, Emma Jane (or Jane) Lindo nee Wilson, was born
21 April 1815 at Wetwang, Yorkshire, and died 9 August 1895 at Jamestown.
They had married on 2 October 1842 at Acklam, Yorks; children thought to be
on the voyage were Wilson Lindo (born 25 February 1843) and Miriam Lindo (born
31 August 1844).
The Stebonheath later departed London 1 June 1850, Plymouth 16 June,
to arrive at Port Adelaide 15 September, mastered by John Sargeant. Henry
and Mary Coward, ancestors of Graham
Coward [31jan2000], came to Australia on this voyage. Diane
Cummings of Melbourne [5nov2003] and others are creating a free online
database for passengers into South Australia from 1836 to the 1860s. Diane
forwarded (from another researcher, thought to be Judy in Queensland) a passenger
list for the Stebonheath ex London 1 June 1850, and also
two Letters of Appreciation regarding
Captain John Sargent, published in the South Australian Register on
Saturday 21 September 1850 containing signatures. Judy
Meibusch [27oct2003] forwarded the following entries from the South
Australian Register of Monday 16 September 1850:
Arrived Sunday Sept 15. The ship Stebonheath, 1030 tons, Sargent
, master, from London 1st June and Plymouth 16th June. Passengers for Adelaide
& Port Phillip.
"Stebonheath" ship 1030 tons Sargent arrived from
Plymouth 13th Sept at the Light Ship, Acranian, Cooke & Co agents.
In 1851, when owned by Wilson and Co of London, the Stebonheath was
sheathed in yellow metal and received a ten year A1 certification from Lloyds.
As an emigrant vessel mastered by John Sargeant, she was towed from Gravesend
on a cool (69°F) mild late-August day before a westerly wind, reaching
Plymouth in three pleasant days. On 9 September, after a week in harbour the
Stebonheath departed for Victoria before a cool (62°F) easterly
wind; she was reported becalmed south of Ireland three days later. Good weather
then saw her west of the Cape Verde Islands by the 27 September where she
was sighted by the Tinto. She reached Hobson's Bay, William's Town
(Port Phillip) just before midday on 16 December 1851 . The Surgeon-Superintendent
on this voyage was Dr John
Kidd, RN. Welcomed by fresh bread and beef rowed from the shore, the
Stebonheath brought the colonists the disappointing news that the recent
gold finds had so far caused little excitement in London. She cleared port
for the return journey on 31 March 1852, sailing on 21 April for London which
she gained on 6 August, with some 16 passengers, 3,220 bales of wool
and gold from the colony. [Chuk, 1987.]
The Stebonheath left Gravesend again on 25 September 1852, arriving
at the Downs two days layer and reaching Plymouth on the 30th. On 7 October
1852 she set out for Australia, arriving in Geelong on 18 January, mastered
by John Sergeant but now with James Kilgour as Surgeon Superintendent. She
carried six cabin passengers and 364 government immigrants, with cargo including
six cases of pianos, 30 barrels of raisins and $30,000 in coins for the Union
Preston'sWebPage gives details regarding one passenger: Elizabeth Lawrence,
born in 1831 in Calne, Wiltshire, England, the daughter of James Lawrence
and Elizabeth Lemington. She married William Sefton 16 August 1854 at
Christ Church Church of England, in Geelong, Victoria; he was 21 years old
farmer and she was 23. Disembarking from the Stebonheath in 1853, Elizabeth
and her family had first settled at Modewarre where they opened a boot shop
later moving to Yourang where they were among the first selectors.
It appears that the Stebonheath arrived in Victoria, Canada on 26 December
1854, with a party of British immigrants including Alexander Day (see
On 18 August 1855 the Stebonheath left London for Melbourne, reaching
her destination on 19 December. John Sargent was again in command for this
Jenny Fawcett's GenSeek
WebPage - part of an excellent WebSite - notes a reference to a "notorious
mutiny" on the Stebonheath reported in a newspaper in 1858. Peter
Noone (September 2001) transcribed
Australian newspaper reports of the incident. Jan
Royal of Melbourne (29sep2003) thinks her "
gr gr grandmother
(Mary Lawrence) was on this voyage" and seeks a passenger list.
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