Sailing the British Empire : The Voyages of The Clarence, 1858-73Main MenuSailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73IntroductionThe Crew / AcknowledgmentsThe Provenance of Watson's LogAdditional Sources: Logs, Crew Lists, DiariesInside Lloyd's Register"Green's Celebrated Service"Details on owner of the ship at the time of our voyage, Richard Green.The Master Builder: William PileThe Master: Joseph Watson's BiographyA Mate's ProgressThe Career of Henry Berridge, First Mate of the ClarenceThe Crew of the Clarence in 1864An annotated crew listThe 18th HussarsThe Clarence and the Cyclone of 1864Origins of Indian Emigrants Aboard The ClarenceThe Surgeon-SuperintendantWages of indentured labourers in Demerara (1870-1900)The Clarence Sails to AustraliaMutiny! Violence and Resistance Aboard "Coolie Ships"Cholera: The Killer from CalcuttaSTSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d08STSC 077, The University of Pennsylvania, fall 2015
Capt. Gibson Goes Ashore
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12015-12-10T16:42:43-08:00Round Trip: London/Melbourne 1871-18726gallery2015-12-22T07:54:55-08:00 Log M6 This tale of the Clarence began on September 5th, 1871 in Gravesend, England. The first leg of the voyage was largely uneventful. Midshipman Huggup recorded the weather and various tasks of the crew. Passengers enjoyed entertainment with fiddles in the cuddy cabin. The Clarence landed at the Sandridge Railway Pier on December 13th, 1871.
The return trip was not quite so tame. The Clarence cast off from the docks on January 20, 1872 and by January 27th, she had already encountered some drama. Henry Smith, the steward, began acting strangely and the surgeon, Dr. Wheeler, was called. The surgeon determined he was suffering from delirium tremens, relieved him of his duties, and placed him under surveillance until an improvement in his condition could be observed. On February 7th, Henry Smith was reinstated to his duties with the restriction that he could not drink alcohol. Not long after Smith's recovery, a shocking discovery was made in the water cabin. On February 12th, Mrs. Sutherland was found dead, lying in a pool of her own blood. It was determined that she died from a self-inflicted wound to her neck half an hour before the discovery.
Midshipman Huggup reported that the next few months passed mostly without incident. The Clarence was making its usual progress, the crew assigned to the various tasks of ship improvement and repairs, and passengers enjoyed the changes of scenery from other ships and sighted land such as Cape Padrone, Bird Island, Cape St. Francis, and St Helena. Captain Gibson went ashore Born Point in the cutter to restock some supplies in late March.
May 8th comes and a curious sight is spotted: the Clarence has caught up with another ship with full sail, but with no crew or passenger visible on deck! Curiosity and philanthropy inspired Captain Gibson to investigate. The ship revealed itself to be the Russian Imaha, from the Island of Gunapie in Peru traveling to Falmouth, England. The entire crew, except for two hands, were suffering of scurvy and were short of provisions. Capt. Gibson and Dr. Wheeler go aboard the Imaha with provisions then return to the Clarence. Two members of the Clarence's crew volunteered to continue their journey aboard the Imaha and assist with the voyage to Falmouth.
May 22nd: Finally, the voyage is over and the Clarence makes fast to the docks at Blackwall.