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"The Whirlwind"

A Clipper Ship

News Stories about the arrival of the "Whirlwind."

The arrival of the "Whirlwind" caused quite a stir in Launceston. The ship arrived carrying 391 Bounty Immigrants, including the Woolnough family, and the Marshalls. Thomas Woolnough (junior) later married Ellen Marshall.

The picture above is of  a typical clipper ship, from http://www.marineinsight.com/marine/life-at-sea/maritime-history/what-is-a-clipper-ship-2/

Ships News

Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas) Thursday 5 April 1855

The long-expected ship Whirlwind entered the heads on Saturday afternoon, having left Plymouth on 4th January, making the passage in 86 days. She is a fine ship of 1000 tons, and is commanded by Captain Edgell. It will be remembered that shortly after leaving London scarlet fever broke out amongst the emigrants and compelled the captain to put in at Plymouth, where the vessel was detained a considerable time. Since leaving London the deaths (including those who died of fever) have been 44, the births were 7. The emigrants, who have arrived, are now in excellent health, and Captain Edgell speaks very highly of their conduct during the passage. The Whirlwind experienced strong easterly winds for the last three weeks, and sighted Cape Otway nearly a fortnight since.

On Friday week one of the seamen fell from aloft and was killed. No vessels connected with the colonies were spoken. The steam tug Cobre was despatched last night to bring the Whirlwind up to the bar, where she will probably arrive in the course of the afternoon.—Launceston Examiner.

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Launceston Examiner (Tas) Thursday 5 April 1855

The magnificent clipper ship Whirlwind came up to the bar in gallant style on Tuesday afternoon, in tow of the Cobre, and she now lies moored in the stream. She is the largest vessel that has ever visited Launceston, and she has in consequence been the principal object of attraction and theme of conversation since her arrival. We are glad that her agents and commander resolved to break through the prejudices which have so long and so unjustly laid against the navigation of the Tamar, and which have probably prevented many large ships from coming to this port. The safe arrival of the Whirlwind —a ship of 1000 tons—at the bar of the North Esk is, however, "au fait accompli," proving incontestibly that with a steam tug, vessels of her size, at any rate, may venture up the river without risk. We thould like to see the flags of the Commodore Perry, on her arrival, floating within sight of the town.

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Launceston Examiner


April 2 - Ship Whirlwind, 978 tons, Edward Dover Edgell , master, from London; Du Cros, Jackson & Co., agents. Cabin passengers - Mr. Archer, Mr. Tuner, Rev, B Drake, Dr. Ransome, Steerage, 391 bounty immigants :- Lloyd 7, Betts 8, Harvey 2, Perry 3, Dudley 5, Marshall 5, Check 5, Nicholes 2. Lancaster 4, Curtis 2, Lyng 12, Sayer 12. Miches 5, Edwards 4, Betham 3, Wood 2, Wells 3, Clark 6, Woods 2, Oakley 7, Goss 4, Hart 4, Fielding 4, James 5, Rolfe 2 Smith 7 , Jessop 4, Dennis 2, Potter 6, Manning 5, Turner 4, Lapthorne 7, Sackling 3, Russle 5, Hudd 4, Hadson 2, Clark 3, Haslewood 3, Cleaver 6, Machen 6, Johnson 7, Groom 3, Woolnough 8, James 6, Banham 5, Tunkin 5, Slaggard 5, Barker 7, Whiterod 3, Slater 8, Rudd 6, Brooks 9, Crisp 3, Walker 7, Farrell 8, Howard 7, Garratt 2, Osbrow 7. Skipper 2, Powell 4, Page 2, Brightwell 2, Bennett 2, Cleaver 2, Woolnough 5, Marshall 3, Smith 2, Johnson 2, Tunkin 2, Peachey 2, Dickenson 2, Hawkes 2, Salter 4, Molton 2, Brethers 3, Hudson 2, Bryant 2, Clark7 , James Fielding, Henry Hassle John Parkes, George Machen, John Mevitt, Sarah Marsh, Emma Lindwell, Francess Houchen, Charlotte Morley, Charlotte Oliver, Ann Write, Lydia Vale, Eliza King, Helen Taylor, Oche Dickerson, Sarah Mush, Emma sing, Susan Saunders, Maria Slatham, John Standley, James Pooley, Henry Overton, George Henslely, William Barnett, Benjamin Saunders. Joseph Gusten, Charles Wright, James Moor, George Buck, Charles Labor, Benjamine Kebble, William Taylor. James Sayer, Willam Kidd, George Johnson, William Marshall, W. Sayer, W. Wells, W. Smith, James Manning, W Hudson, John Webster, Maria Sayer, Matilida Clark, Maria Suckling, Martha Hudson, Ann Rudd, Charlotte Cleaver , Eliza Sayer, Hariett Barker, Elizabeth Howard, John Slaggard, James Barker, William Hudd, Charles Howard, Eliza Herbert, Thomas Harvey.

Launceston Examiner 3 April 1855

LAUNCESTON EXAMINER, Tuesday, April 3, 1855. IMMIGRANTS.     The long expected "Whirlwind" has arrived, and several hundred souls will be added to the population. The emigrants have passed through a fearful ordeal. An accident to the rudder compelled the commander to put into Portsmouth, where the necessary repair could have been effected in a few hours, had not the use of the empty government dock been denied by the official personage in charge who eats the salt of that nation whose funds furnished the accommodation. Scarletina broke out: its victims were removed to an inhospitable hulk, for which the British government charged a high price, forgetful of the first duties of humanity; inclement weather aggravated the disease, which assumed a serious type, and carried off a number of victims. Twenty- three died on the passage, and although the survivors are healthy and robust, the loss of relatives and friends casts a shade of sorrow on the enterprise. We deeply sympathise with the bereaved, and the painful circumstances in which Mr. Drake has been placed must evoke the kindest feelings of his friends. His was no mercenary mission, and though he may not calculate on the gratitude of those he has sought to benefit by a removal from comparative penury to immediate plenty and ultimate affluence, he has earned their respect, and will secure the esteem of the colonists. His position has been one of great responsibility, much risk, incessant anxiety, and no profit. When years have elapsed, he may expect adequate acknowledgment from those he has served, and not till then. The captain, too, has had his trials: his crew have been in a state of insubordination in consequence of the proper and rigidly enforced rules that excluded the seamen from intercourse with the emigrants, and the sailors have, at the conclusion of the voyage, struck. The misguided men will soon learn that here their misconduct will not be countenanced—that punishment will visit the refractory—that extravagant pay no longer prevails, and that the gold-diggers, on the average, do not make ordinary wages. We trust the hopes of the emigrants have not been unduly elated, and that they will be prepared to accommodate themselves, as thousands more affluent have done before them, to the exigencies of a new country. The farm labourer and mechanic will not be carried off by force at any wage they may demand: the unmarried females will not be surrounded by sighing lovers, solicitous to make then brides. Australia is a land where privations must be endured, and hard work encountered. At the end of the vista, which is not long, there is settlement and independence to the industrious, the economical, and sober. Every young woman will find a husband in process of time, but before she obtain a good one she must show by her behaviour she deserves him. Everything will be new to the emigrants; they must be surprised at nothing, and become quickly reconciled to the condition of the colony. If they display those qualifications of temper and aptitude which make people uselul they will be appreciated, and experience consideration and kindness from their employers, who will in general promote their welfare to the utmost. We repeat, hard work, frugality, and sobriety for a time will inevitably lead to independence; but those who seek the latter by the shortest line must be prepared to "rough it" for a season.

The Sydney Morning Herald 25 April 1855

LAUNCESTON EMIGRATION AID SOCIETY.-We have been politely favoured with the following extract of a private letter to a friend, from the gentleman who selected the emigrants by the Whirlwind:-"Launceston, 17th April.-Perhaps you may have heard of our arrival here. If not, I must tell you that, about a fortnight since, we put our emigrants ashore, and such a shipload never reached the colonies before,-serious, clean, healthy, hard-working, God-fearing people. They were soon all engaged, and at good wages, and I am pleased and even proud at the results of my mission. I am happy to say that all who saw the people speak in strong terms of approbation, and their employers are more than satisfied."

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