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Douglas - The Death Ship

 

 

 

 

 

A small ship, with two masts, The 379 ton Douglas was sheathed in copper(1).

Built in Hull in East Yorkshire, England, in 1846, she was owned by Collinson and her Port of registry was London.

Her Master in 1850 was Captain Douglas (1851 - Captain M Rogers).

With a total of 21 deaths, mainly from cholera, on the voyage to Australia in 1850, the ship was called The Death Ship in South Australian newspapers. There were lengthy complaints published about the officers and surgeon (REGISTER January 12, 1850).

Notes:
1. The copper sheathing was to make her free of barnacles, hence the expression copper-bottomed.

2. This is the ship that Margaret Landells, nee Douglas, died on in 1849. Possibly born in Alnwick, Northumberland, she married Adam Landell(s) (b. 1813, Alnwick. d. 1883 in NZ). Apparently they married in 1832 (supposedly Gretna Green). They had 8 children. Also on board were Jas Douglas, Ed Douglas and Adam Landells.

 



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