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Title Letter and Ticket for the Commodore Perry
Date 20 Aug 1863
Document Type Shipping Papers; Manuscript; Legal Papers
Reference D_1997-006
Library / Archive Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Biographical Note / History In 1863 Mrs McCombie travelled from Liverpool to Melbourne on the James Baines vessel, Commodore Perry. She was one of 469 passengers on board the vessel under Captain Daniel Owen. Twelve of the passengers continued on to Hobart on the SS Tasmania. Eight years earlier, in 1855, the Commodore Perry was the first vessel to arrive in the Tamar with assisted emigrants under the auspices of the St Andrews Society. Since she was too large to navigate the winding Tamar River to Launceston she anchored in Lagoon Bay until the steamer Pirate arrived from Melbourne to transport the emigrants to Launceston. The ship carried a few cabin passengers as well as 450 emigrants for Launceston and 292 German vine dressers and planters for Sydney. The Launceston passengers included 350 adults selected by the St Andrews Society and 50 Irish labourers for the Fingal Road Trust. Some of the migrants became pioneers on Tasmania’s North West coast.
Theme(s) Ships and Shipping Lines
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Places Hobart, Tasmania
Ports Liverpool, England; Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Irish
Ships Commodore Perry; SS Tasmania
People Owen, Captain Daniel
Keywords shipping, sailor, emigration
Language English
Copyright Maritime Museum of Tasmania