Acknowledgements

We are indebted to Peter Barton, a maritime historian who specialised in 18th and 19th Century Teesside and Hartlepool shipping and ship-building, who has done an enormous amount of research on the Countess and has been kind enough to share it all with us. It was Peter who compiled the voyages list here.

1870 voyage

Issue Date

Report from

Report Date

Master named

Arrived from or sailed to

Port/Place

Jan 15

Mauritius

Nov 26

Lulham

sailed for

Hobart Town

Feb 22

Hobart Town

Dec 28

Lulham

arrived from

Mauritius

April 18

Newcastle NSW

Feb 11

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sailed for

Mauritius

May 9

Mauritius

March 30

Pearce

sailed for

Newcastle NSW

June 6

Mauritius

April 22

Pearce

sailed for

Hobart Town

Aug 23

Hobart Town

May 27

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arrived from

Mauritius

Sept 13

Batavia. {now Jakarta} (received 9 September per telegraph from Galle {?}.

The Countess of Seafield (British Vessel) a total loss in Torres Straits. No particulars regarding master, cargo or destination. N.B. The Countess of Seafield sailed from Newcastle NSW for Singapore 14 July.

Sept 28

Newcastle NSW

14 July

Pearce

sailed for

Singapore

Oct 4

The Loch Awe, Farquar, which arrived at Batavia on 9th August from Rotterdam, reported that in passing through the Torres Straits, she saw an English barque on shore throwing cargo over board to lighten, and a North German three-masted schooner abandoned. [With reference to the barque, see Batavia {above} particulars in List 13 September relating to the Countess of Seafield which vessel was a barque, and with regard to the North German schooner, see Batavia {above} particulars relating to the Honolulu, in List of yesterday.]

Oct 25

 

Batavia. Sept 10, The Countess of Seafield, of Hobart Town, Pearce, from Newcastle NSW with coals struck in Bramble Bay, at the Eastern entrance of Torres Straits, in the night of the 3rd of August, it was found impossible to get her off, and she was abandoned the next night, her crew being landed on the 2nd. Sept. at Samarang by the Talisman Johannsen (see paragraph in the List of 13 September).

copyright © Peter Barton 2002

Additional comments made by Peter:

This list has been compiled from notes taken from microfilm held at the London Guildhall Library. These are not always as clear as could be wished and perhaps one or two entries may yield a little more information than appears here. The occasional name, where obviously there has been an error in the published Lloyd's List, has been corrected. e.g. Hampshaw for Hamshaw & Browning for Brown.

I have added Lloyd's List extract entries enclosed in {brackets}.