Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Ship Prince Regent 1852 and the Bull and Mouth, Melbourne 1853

It is highly likely that my ancestor William Henry Luff arrived in Australia on the Prince Regent in 1852.  Here is what I have found out so far about the ship.  It was a barque of 529 tons with master Captain W. Jago at the helm.  It was a pretty good trip with no deaths recorded in the newspapers.

The ship left London via Plymouth on 12 July 1852.  It arrived in Adelaide on 15 October 1852 and then travelled on to Melbourne arriving on 4 Novermber 1852. The following are reports about the ship Prince Regent from the newspapers, including a passenger list which is not very detailed at all.  Some names could not be read from the scans on Trove.

South Australian Register 16 October 1852

This ship, with 236 passengers, left Plymouth on the 12th July, and arrived yesterday. Two births have occurred during the passage. There appears to have been no disease of any kind on board since leaving England, an exemption which is ascribed in no small degree to the great care now used in fitting up ships for the passenger trade, and the sedulous attentions of the officers appointed by the British Government at the several ports of departure.

Friday, October 15— The barque Prince Regent, 529 tons, W. Jago master, from London and Plymouth, 12th July. Passengers— Messrs Bane ...?????..., Bell, Campbell, Pratt, Chisman, Maslin and wife, Miss D ????? ad Armstrong in the cabin: Messrs Barret, Cornish, Gilbert 4, Gale, Ham 2, Jewell 9, Littlejohn 2, Mountjoy 10, Mitchell 2, Tape, Tydeman 8, Dobson 6, Wyles 7, Mumphed, Brown 4, Collins, Shaw, Ellis 4, Anderson, Carse 3, Samuels, Caldwell, Clayton 3, Milbert, Byers, Macdonald 2, Dobs, Heron, Crump, Oldridge, Blytheman 2, Layton, Edwards 2, Caurse, Hyde, Warren, Gitten, Mitchell 5, McKenzie 4, Franklin 2, Deane 2, Samuel, Becket, Marshal, Bloomfield; Lacey, Phllips 2, Wright 2, Chapman 3, Garrett, Hood, Taylor, Frew, Haylock 2, Ireland, Stacey, Rudd, Bateman, Huggins, Giles, Lawrence Christie 2. Saunders, Davermark, White, Hard, Allen 4, Wade 2, Luff, Wood 5, Cammond, Savage, Pocock, Wilcox, Meuse 6, Richards 4, MacKenzie, Matthews, Evans, Pooke, Richards, Burrat, Blencot 2, Howse Cutliff 2, Lewis 2, Smith 3, Gee 4, Sunday, Dunhelm, Cooke. Wolfe 2, Fenmore 4, Rundell, Chisman, Moore 4, Snail, Lowther, Foulker, Sinclair, Rowan, Foster 2, Johnson, Crump. Frazer, Schultze, Bustem, So comb, Beare, Scott, and Arnold, in the intermediate and steerage.

The Argus (Melbourne) 20 October 1852

October 15-Prince Regent, barque, 529 tons, W Jago, master, from London and Plymouth, 12th July.    The Prince Regent spoke the Sir Edward Pan? and the James Carson, both bound for Melbourne and apparently full of passengers.

The Argus  (Melbourne) 6 November 1852

November 4 - Prince Regent, barque, 527 tons, W Jago, commander, from Adelaide 28th ult. Pas- sengers-Messrs Johnson, Peters, Roberts, Jones, Salford, and two hundred in the intermediate Westgarth, Ross & Co, agents.

William Henry Luff couldn't find his brother in Melbourne after arriving off the Prince Regent and had to put an advertisement in The Argus (Melbourne) in March the next year, asking if he could meet him at the Bull and Mouth, Bourke Street, Melbourne.  It was a pretty popular, raucous and crazy pub loaded with people, as written about on this website.  Apparently it was a real sight for those just arriving into the gold rush crazed city of Melbourne.  It is quite exciting to know my ancestor probably went to such a pub and had an exciting first few months in a new country, hoping that his trip would lead to a fortune (not knowing that he would die a pauper).

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