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'KENT'

Built by:Money Wigram & Son's, at Blackwall.
Yard No.
Launched:November 1852
Tonnage:926 61/100
Length:170 feet
Breadth:29 8/10 feet
Depth:20 8/10 feet
Machinery:Sail
Decks:Two decks - Three masts
Built of:Teak, oak & elm, copper-fastened & sheathed in red copper.
Type:Ship rig.
Registered:4th January 1853 No. 3 in London in the name of Money, Charles Hampden & Clifford 40/64 shares, Henry Loftus 16/64 shares & George Coleman 8/64 shares. Certificate granted 7th December 1852.
Off Number:74
Built for:Money Wigram & Son's.
Other info:Crew - 55 plus 8 to 10 midshipmen. Passengers - 133.
History:Pioneer ship in the passenger trade to Melbourne. She was the pick for speed.
The fiddle supplied the place of the shanteyman. No shanteying was allowed.
Passage cost 80 guineas.
Passengers had to provide their own bedding, linen and soap, but bunks were free, champagne being provided twice a week, on Thursday and Sundays.
Passengers joined the crew in tailing on to the halyards.
1953. The passage money for a cabin measuring 8ft 6ins square cost 120 for the trip to Melbourne.
27th January 1853. Captain Coleman, sailed for Melbourne. The passage money for a cabin measuring 8 6 square cost 120 for the trip.
20th April 1853. Arrived in Melbourne.
26th October 1853. Captain Coleman, sailed for Melbourne.
12th January 1854. Arrived in Melbourne.
24th October 1862. Sold to Charles, Clifford & Robert Wigram.
17th December 1864. Sailed from Port Phillip.
13th March 1865. Passed Plymouth going up Channel from Melbourne to London with 10,000 ounces of gold and about 100 passengers, 21 being landed at Plymouth by pilot boat.
20th February 1866. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Commander F.Anderson.
28th February 1866. Sailed from Plymouth for Melbourne.
6th June 1866. Sailed from Melbourne.
7th July 1866. Rounded Cape Horn.
3rd August 1866. Crossed the Line.
30th August 1866. Was off the Isle of Wight, Captain Skinner, with 26 cabin and 179 second cabin passengers, 42,000 ounces of gold - valued at 165,000 - and a general cargo of wool, leather, and copper ore. Circum-navigated the globe in five mouths and 28 days.
20th October 1866. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain H.Farquhar Holt.
20th June 1867. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain H.Farquhar Holt.
27th June 1867. Sailed from Plymouth for Melbourne.
21st March 1868. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain H.Farquhar Holt.
27th March 1868. Arrived at Plymouth from London.
20th January 1869. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain H.Farquhar Holt.
12th October 1869. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain H.Farquhar Holt.
1st September 1870. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain William Newman.
15th September 1870. Arrived and sailed at Plymouth for Melbourne.
20th May 1871. Due to sail from London, calling in at Plymouth for Melbourne, Captain William Newman.
9th May 1872. Registed in Liverpool.
1874. Owned by R.S.Cunliffe of Glasgow.
1875. Acquired by British & African Steamship Co. for service as a hulk in the Niger Delta. In this year her mate was accused of murdering the Master by pushing him overboard in the Bonny River. Mate repatriated to England.
20th November 1876. Reg closed. Vessel dismasted and was as a store ship in Bonny River.
1921. Believed to be still afloat as a hulk on the West Coast of Africa.



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