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The boat is stove in by a snag
Title : The boat is stove in by a snag The boat is stove in by a snag
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Creator : James, T. Horton (Thomas Horton)
Source : Six months in South Australia ..., p. 282
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : J. Cross
Date of creation : 1838
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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On 6 December 1837 as Hutchinson and Strangways came back down Currency Creek, their whaleboat was stove in by a snag, a large sunken tree, and repairs were made using cloth, tallow and kangaroo skin. Two of the whalers from Encounter Bay who crewed the boat, told Strangways and Hutchinson how they had walked overland from Port Fairy in Victoria and rafted across the River Murray, upstream from the Mouth, which was too wide and the current too fast for them to attempt.

Snags in the River Murray would be a continual problem for the paddle steamers in the last half of the nineteenth century, and would require special snagging boats. Cattle and sheep were overlanded from Victoria, but this may be the earliest account of men walking overland from that colony, until some years in the future when Chinese men landed at Robe in the South East and walked overland to the Victorian goldfields to avoid paying landing taxes in that colony.

Related names :

Strangways, Thomas Bewes, d. 1859

Hutchinson, Young Bingham, 1806-1870

Coverage year : 1837
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :
Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919
Jennings, Helen Young Bingham Hutchinson (1806-70) and the foundation of South Australia Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1991
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