Keep up the good work!
.. and there are lots of interesting snippets from the 1820s forward
that mention Milford Haven on the Australian Newspapers online, cofio!
See some examples below (though these are probably not vessels
registered there, but this source might still be worth a trawl). I
also threw in an interesting one about emigration from Pembroheshire
to Tasmania via Milford (pity they did not name the ship!).
(where it will be 29C today, unlike poor old Aberystwyth which my
rellis told me a few minutes ago is expecting minus 17 tonight)
'The ship Phillip Laing, Captain Ellis, arrived at Otago on the 16th
April, having left Milford Haven on the 20th December. Thefollowing
are the names of the cabin passengersThe Rev. Thomas Burns,
Mrs.Burns, Mr. Arthur Burns, and four Miss Burns, Carnegie, Esq.,
Mrs. Carnegie, Mr.Blackie, Dr. Ramsay, and Mr. Donaldson.Wellington
Independent, May 24.' (The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 22 June 1848)
'We are sorry to announce, that the youngest son of Lieut. General Sir
THOMAS BRISBANE, K. C. B. our late worthy Governor-in-Chief, died in
Milford Haven, on board of the Mary Hope, on the 29th of May, aged
three months.' (Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser, Hobart,
Tasmania, Friday 13 October 1826)
'Milford Haven.A pleasure Yacht Lost. As the pleasure yacht Phoebe,
of Dublin, was off Milford Haven, she capsized, when all on board,
consisting of Mr.and Mrs. Hargrave, of this city, with fiveor six
children, and three seamen, met witha watery grave. Mr. Hargrave was
on avisit to some property in the south of Ireland, in the yacht, when
a very heavy galecame on and drove her over to Milford,where the
lamentable accident occurred.His eldest daughter and some of the
family,who were not on board, are in the greatestdistress from this
most melancholy event.Dublin Times.' (The Sydney Herald, Thursday 27
A spirited project is undertaken by a resident in this city, who
proposes at an early day to introduce a number of Welsh emigrants. He
is taking out fifty family tickets and a hundred single tickets under
the bounty. The emigrants will be embarked from Milford Haven, in a
ship to be specially chartered bythe home correspondents of the party
referred to. It appears that an annual fair is held in Pembrokeshire
on the 29th of September, and that at such times men make their yearly
contracts for employment, and there can be no doubt but that any
required number will be forthcoming to meet the labour demand of this
colony. The Pembroke farming men are steady and intelligent
agriculturists, and will form a desirable addition to our population.
We hope that the fact of Tasmania offering a most excellent opening
for the distressed Welsh labourers will be widely known in the quarter
to which our attention has been drawn. The permanent prosperity of
every industrious and respectable man who lands in this colony is a
matter of certainty. Let our friends in every part of the United
Kingdom receive this assurance into their minds, and they will never
regret having acted upon it.' (The Courier, Hobart, Tasmania, Saturday
17 June 1854)
On 25/12/2010, at 4:55, REGINALD DAVIES wrote:
I am currently indexing 19th century sailing vessels registered at
the port of Milford. The source used being each vessel's Certificate
of British Registry.
I will post from time to time some shipwrecks but here is a topical
The 'Defiance' was built at Church lake, Llanstadwell,
Pembrokeshire according to a certificate of Benjamin Scurlock the
builder on 10 April 1843.
This 98 ton schooner had several masters until 11 Nov 1852 when a
John Rowlands became her master.
The 'Defiance' was totally lost in December 1855 in the Clyde while
on a voyage from Glasgow to Rouen laden with iron having run onshore
during a snow storm. Crew saved.
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