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Emigrant ships departing August 1838
Title : Emigrant ships departing August 1838 Emigrant ships departing August 1838
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Source : South Australian Packet ships, to be despatched from London and Liverpool as follows - viz. from London, on 1st July...the new East India...ship Rajasthan...On the 15th August, the Prince George...From Liverpool, on the 1st August, the new ship Susan...
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Abraham, Printer
Date of creation : 1838
Additional Creator : South Australian Colonization Commission
Format : Poster
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The poster announces the forthcoming departures, of emigrant ships from London and Liverpool giving the tonnage of the ships and their captains. Also provided is general information regarding a steam boat service linking Scottish and Irish ports with the ships if required.

Posters such as these advertising shipping departures are rare survivors. This copy's survival was made possible in part because the notice had been used for letters written by the shipping agents James and William Waddell.

The Rajasthan was a three masted ship rig of 601 tons, 126 by 29 by 22.7 feet in dimension and was built in Bombay in 1837. It actually sailed from London 26 July 1838 (not 1 July as the poster announced) and arrived in South Australia in late December, with 254 passengers.
Prince George was built in Bristol in 1830 and was another ship rigged vessel, somewhat smaller than Rajasthan at 482 tons and 118 feet long and with a beam of 30 feet. It departed from The Downs 12 September and arrived in South Australia 6 December 1838.
Parsons did not record the voyage of the Susan in his Migrant ships for South Australia 1836-1860.
Ship rigged vessels had two or more masts 'all with square sails usually rigged across the width of the hull.'
Related names :

Rajasthan (ship)

Prince George (ship)

Susan (ship)

Waddell, William

Waddell, James

Coverage year : 1838
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Haines, Robin. Life and death in the age of sail: the passage to Australia Sydney, N.S.W.: University of New South Wales Press, 2003

Parsons, Ronald. Migrant ships for South Australia, 1836-1866 Gumeracha, S.A.: Gould Books, 1999

Pitt, G. Index to pioneers arriving in South Australia from overseas ports, July 1836 to December 1845 Archives Department, 1935

Randall, Eliza. And the dog came too: being an account of a voyage from London to South Australia on the ship Templar in 1845 Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 2001

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history. Editor Wilfrid Prest. Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2001

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