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Jeffcott and Blenkinsop are drowned
Title : Jeffcott and Blenkinsop are drowned Jeffcott and Blenkinsop are drowned
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Creator : James, T. Horton (Thomas Horton)
Source : Six months in South Australia ..., p. 285
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : J. Cross
Date of creation : 1838
Format : Book
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Captain Blenkinsop took the whaleboat out through the mouth of the Murray, but when he had nearly passed the last line of breakers the surf overturned the boat and Blenkinsop, Sir John Jeffcott and two crew members were drowned. The surviving crew were assisted ashore by the Aboriginal people. Strangways and Hutchinson then discussed the river flows and currents at the Murray Mouth, comparing them with Captain Charles Sturt's findings in 1830 when he navigated the Murray and discovered the mouth. They considered the Mouth unusable except possibly by steam vessels. They considered Encounter Bay a superior anchorage for the colony.

Strangways and Hutchinson had originally set out to examine the navigability of the Murray Mouth. The whaleboat had safely entered the mouth several days previously, but it appeared that the crew had concealed from Blenkinsop some difficulties they had experienced. There is also the chance that the repairs that had been made to the boat after it was snagged in Currency Creek may have been damaged in the surf at the mouth and contributed to the boat being overturned.
Related names :

Jeffcott, John William, Sir, 1796-1837

Blenkinsop, John William Dundas

Hutchinson, Young Bingham, 1806-1870

Strangways, Thomas Bewes, d. 1859

Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Coverage year : 1837
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :
Jennings, Helen Young Bingham Hutchinson (1806-70) and the foundation of South Australia Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1991
Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919
James, T. Horton Six months in South Australia: with some account of Port Phillip and Portland Bay, in Australia Felix Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1999: Appendices at the end of the volume include accounts of a number of minor explorations from Adelaide in the early years.
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