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Frightful wrecks! : which have taken place during the late storm : giving an account of a convict ship, bound for Botany Bay, having on board 108 female convicts, 12 children, and a crew of 16 persons, who all perished, except three who were washed ashore on some fragment of the wreck
Bib ID 5980837
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
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Description Newcastle[-upon-Tyne] : W. Fordyce, Printer, [1833] 
1 broadside : ill. ; 38 x 26 cm. 

Caption title.

"Giving an account also of a number of other ships belonging to Newcastle, Shields, Sunderland, Scarborough, &c. which have been totally wrecked, and all hands buried in a watery grave! Amounting to nearly 300 sufferers! To which is added, the wreck of the Ardincaple, Edinburgh and Newcastle Steam-Boat".

Handwritten note below title: "Sept. 1833".

"The convict ship Amphitrite, the first convict ship proper to be lost on the outward passage to Australia ... sailed on 25 August 1833 with 106 convict women and 12 of their children, together with the Surgeon James Forrester, his wife and a crew of 16; it was Forrester's third voyage as surgeon on a convict ship. The vessel grounded near Boulogne on 30 August, and all of the passengers could have been taken off relatively easily by a French pilot boat, but the Master John Hunter and the Surgeon Forrester agreed that it was an unnecessary risk to land the prisoners, and refused any assistance. Another local sailor even swam out the ship to warn them about the treacherous current in the area and take a line ashore, but this too was refused. As a result, when the flood-tide began, the Amphitrite and its melancholy cargo were doomed. A heavy sea struck and within minutes the ship was broken in half and pounded to pieces; only 3 sailors made it to the shore by clinging to wreckage. The storm was immensely destructive, and the broadside also prints shorter notes on the loss or damage of a score of other vessels." --Hordern House catalogue, The collection of Robert Edwards AO (2012), no. 1.

The woodcut illustration is a generalised and probably anachronistic depiction of three ships foundering in the September 1833 storm that damaged many ships in the North Sea and the Channel. The forward masts mounted on the bowsprits and the older style flags (two ships are flying the English Cross of St. George rather than the contemporary Union flag) may indicate recycling of an old woodcut or perhaps artistic licence. Damage to other ships is covered in the second half of the text, including the Lady Andover, of South Shields, which was wrecked with the loss of all of the crew, and the steamship Ardincaple, which had 9 crew swept overboard.

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Subjects Hunter, John, -1833.  |  Forrester, James.  |  Amphitrite (Convict ship)  |  Convict ships -- Australia -- History.  |  Convict ships -- France -- Boulogne-sur-Mer.  |  Shipwrecks -- France -- Boulogne-sur-Mer.  |  Transportation of convicts -- Australia.  |  Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) -- History.  |  Australian

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