Diary of James Moorehouse
|Voyage to Adelaide in 1869|
|Under command of||Captain John Bruce|
|Departure date||13th May 1869|
|Arrival date||31st July 1869|
|Voyage duration||77 days|
|Port of Call|
|Port of call||Plymouth|
|Arrival||14th May 1869|
|Departure||15th May 1869|
James Moorhouse kept a diary of his voyage beginning on May 12th until the City of Adelaide's anchorage in South Australia in late July
May 12, 1869
The ship City of Adelaide, Jn Bruce Comm left Shadwell basin this day, on the morning of 14th were in Plymouth and the following day made sail at 5 pm, with following passengers:
FA Weld, Lady and 6 children and governess
Miss Brigitte, T de Lisle.
R Holmes, J Paulin- E Cope, Mr and Mrs Hall, Capt Tapley, Miss Crampton, Miss Conray, Miss and Mr Odermann, Mrs and Miss Miller, and a host of Mr Weld’s servants.
JH Webb MD in charge of physic and c.
This has been our first warm day, so in the morning now there is a general “rush oh” for the bath. I have to take mine__ to be in anything like time.
Passed very close to Eng Barque Belle from London to China yesterday and today, very close to E Barque Annie from London – the former 20 days out to our 15. had three services this Sabbath.
We during day passed a large ship the Resolute from London to Sydney, but 2 days longer out than we are. The weather is very oppressive, but fortunately does not rain this morning and yesterday morning I have had turns of the deck.
Tremendous heavy rain all morning - 1000 gals of fresh water. A man met with an accident, got his head frightfully cut.
After two day days (sic) heavy rain, we at last are fained with a fine day and steady breeze, passed several outward-bounders
We had capital sailing when down in 42º S. doing over 200 miles a day during the whole of July. Of course on coming to anchor on our 77th day, we had pilot, ship reporters and several boats of friends.
Capt Douglas took of Gov Weld, Blundell and De Lisle and they went to Govt House.
We had a sweep as to the hour the pilot should board us and the Treasurer (Cadenhead) won it. Bruce behaved very well to all, and was presented with a testimonial of 20 sovs.
The South Australian came out in 74 days
The Yatala came out in 77 days
The SS Balclutha with Gov Weld on board broke down, passengers and mails taken to Wallaroo in Aury…