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White Wings Vol II. Founding Of The Provinces And Old-Time Shipping. Passenger Ships From 1840 To 1885

The Tasmania

The Tasmania.

The barque Tasmania, 502 tons, arrived at Port Chalmers from London on February 26th, 1853. Under Captain MacMillan, she left London on the 3rd November, 1852, and called at Plymouth for passengers. She experienced some very rough weather shortly after sailing, and had to put into Madeira short of water. A serious mutiny occurred while the barque was lying there, as the crew considered the vessel unseaworthy, and declined to proceed or to weigh anchor. The latter difficulty was overcome by the prompt assistance of the passengers, and the mutiny was eventually quelled by the firm and determined conduct of the captain. The barque had a favourable run from Madeira, and made the passage from the latter port in 88 days. After discharging passenger and cargo, the Tasmania sailed for Lyttelton, where she arrived on March 15th, and later sailed for Wellington and Sydney. She left Sydney On the 16th June, bound for Singapore, but went ashore on a reef in Torres Straits on July 2nd, and was totally wrecked. The Captain and all hands were rescued