18/10/1863 - 08/02/1864

Ship Summary

Vessel

Masters

Journey

Origin

Depart Date

Saturday, October 17, 1863

Destination

Arrive Date

Sunday, February 7, 1864

Journey Notes

With 321 Souls; Government Assisted Migrants. The Utopia from London and Plymouth with Government immigrants, has made a very good passage of 94 days. She took in cargo in London and sail on October 18, from which time six days elapsed before anchoring in Plymouth Sound. Having recieved her emigrants on board, she sailed on November 6 and crossed the equator on December 1, in long 29° W. On December 30 rounded Cape of Good Hope, and passed between the islands of St.Paul's and Amsterdam on January 14. While in sight of St.Paul's the vessel was becalmed for 12 hours, during which time a large school of whales played round the vessel, blowing in all directions; indeed Captain Stewart asserts that during his long sea service he had never an opportunity of seeing so many monsters of the deep at one time. On February 7 passed Cape Borda Lighthouse at 3pm., and hoisted ensign and number in expectation of a reply, but no attention was paid to the signal. On arrival she was boarded by the pilot, who came to anchor outside, and it is doubtful whether or not she will proceed into harbour during these springs, as she is drawing over 18 feet aft; but it is probable some trimming may reduce her to 17, in which case she will moor in harbour during the week. In the mean time Dr.Duncan having visited the ship, the immigrants are free to land. Register 9/2/1864

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