09/06/1866 - 16/09/1866

Ship Summary





Depart Date

Friday, June 8, 1866


Arrive Date

Saturday, September 15, 1866

Ports of Call

Journey Notes

The Hougomont from Liverpool and Plymouth is commanded by Captain Cosens, whose friends in the colony will remember with pleasure his previous visits to Port Adelaide in the Lady Ann and Salamanca. It is at all times gratifying to welcome back old friends, and more so when they - the owners - are known to posses the qualities requisite to the good government of an immigrant ship. It is unfortunate the vessel had been visited with measles, as the boarding officers were, in consequence, unable to board, although a strong gale was blowing when she anchored; but Captain Cosens, furnished to our reporter the following particulars of the voyage:- On leaving Plymouth strong westerly winds prevailed, which continued until inside Porto Santo, and through the Channel between the Canary Islands. Soon after the north-east trades set in, even before reaching the Cape de Verde Islands; taking her into a position 11°N., lat. 25°30'W.,long. and from there she was but 14 days to the Line, which was crossed in 29°W. on July 15, or 36 days from Plymouth. St.Rayne was weathered without difficulty, although crossing so far west; but she made her southing down the coast of South America so close to the land that she was occasionally in soundings at several fathoms water, and was actually in sight of the lighthouse. After getting clear of the coast it was Captain Cosens' intention to get well to the southward, but the winds would not permit his reaching further than 44½°. On 19th August passed the Cape of Good Hope when 71 days out, and the run across the Southern Ocean was made in 27 days. Register 17/9/1866 With 334 Souls; Government Assisted Migrants.


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