Bernicia

Ship Details:

Ship Name: BerniciaBernicia
Ship Information:
The Bernicia, 548 tons, built at Deptford, Sunderland by J. Laing in 1848 and owned by John Brodie of Brixton, Francis Ridley of Middlesex and the Captain, Harford Arnold. A new ship under the command of Captain Arnold (of the barque Fifeshire) made one voyage to Nelson in July 1848. On the return voyage to London the ship was attacked and burnt by pirates who murdered all the crew. This happened somewhere near Indonesia in 1849 according to the Nelson Examiner and White Wings, however information has come to light that she made two other voyages to Australia and possibly another to Tasmania before she was reported lost on 16 June 1861, wrecked on Robben Island, South Africa.

Voyage Details:

Voyage Name:Bernicia
Tonnage:548
Departure Port:London
Destination Port:Nelson
NZC Ref:NZC 34/3, pp.33-41d; Regr, pp.257-61, ATL; 34/7;
Examiner Ref:
Voyage Information:
Captain Harford Arnold master, Robert Williams surgeon, sailed from the Downs on 10 July 1848 for Nelson and Otago. Arrived Nelson 6 November 1848, with 80 passengers for Nelson, 15 passengers for Wellington and 58 for Otago. As 38 children are listed as embarking, and only 36 as disembarking, 2 children may have died on voyage. Adults number 36 without Emma Packard, who only occurs in NZC 36/6. On p.41a NZC 34/3 also includes 3 other single men for Nelson, E Murphy, Edward Burt and Joseph Sweetstone, but this disagrees with the other lists.

Passengers on The Voyage:

SurnameFirst NameAge on ArrivalProfession
BarrettJohn27joiner
BarrettSarah25wife
BarrettMartha2child
BarrettJohn1child
BartrumEliza Frances24domestic servant
BatchelorThomas4child
BatchelorCaroline2child
BatchelorCharles child
BatchelorCaroline24wife
BatchelorThomas25carpenter
ClaytonSarah18servant
ColeyMichael35agricultural labourer
ColeySarah36wife
ColeyIsabella child
CongreveSir William Augustus24Not listed
EllisJohn30sawyer
EllisCaroline28wife
EllisMary Anne7child
EllisMargaret2child
FieldFrances33Not listed
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