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Postby shipstamps » Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:04 am

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After the mutiny of the Bounty, a number of mutineers settled on Pitcairn Island. By 1850 the islanders numbered 156 and were increasing rapidly. The question of moving the entire population to another island was being mooted. This time the islanders were insisting on an uninhabited island. In 1856 the majority of islanders decided to move with British government help to Norfolk Island, which had become vacant a little earlier when the penal settlement had been withdrawn. It was larger than Pitcairn, and after sixty years of convict labour it had large areas of cultivation, roads, houses and was well stocked with domestic animals. So in 1856 when the HMS Morayshire arrived all 194 islanders boarded her. The Morayshire left Pitcairn on May 3, 1856 with 194 persons, landing them on Norfolk Island on June 8, 1856. The 194 Pitcairners were soon joined by a baby born on May 9. Altogether there were: 38 Christians, 48 Quintals, 21 Youngs, 18 Adamses, 16 McCoys, 20 Buffetts, 13 Nobbses, 11 Evanses. They brought with them a cannon and the anvil from the Bounty, both of which can be seen on Norfolk Island today.
The Morayshire was built at Moulmein in 1853 for Duncan Dunbar, who owned the shipyard. Dunbar, already a shipowner on a large scale, was one of the first London owners to encourage the building of high-class sailing ships of teak in Burma. A ship of 788 tons, the Morayshire was under the command of Capt. J. Mathers in 1856. The Norfolk Island stamp design is taken from a painting, by an unknown artist, in the possession of the Norfolk Island Administration.

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Re: Morayshire

Postby aukepalmhof » Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:57 am

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Built as a wooden vessel by Dunbar’s Drydock at Moulmein, Burma for Duncan Dunbar & Co., London.
Launched under the name MORAYSHIRE.
Tonnage 788 tons, dim ?
Ship rigged.
1853 Completed.

She was first used in the service from London to India.
Later used in the emigrant trade to Australia.
09 October 1855 sailed from Southampton under command of Capt. Joseph Mathers, on arrival at Sydney on 22 January 1856 there were on board 36 crew, two cabin passengers and the following tweendeck immigrants, 80 men, 169 women, 45 boys and 30 girls. Her tonnage given as 833 tons burthen.

After disembarking the passengers and unloading the cargo she was chartered by the British Government to take the entire population from Pitcairn to Norfolk.

At ten o’clock of 21 April 1856 the Pitcairn Islanders sighted a sail, and at 04.00 pm she rounded St Paul Rock, after she hoved to a canoe from the island set off to board her, asking of she was the vessels what was promised to take them to Norfolk Island.
The next day the MORAYSHIRE anchored in the Bounty Bay.
At least all people on Pitcairn had decided to leave, and loading of their belongings began.
02 May breakfast for the last time ashore, and at 04.00 pm all were safely on board the MORAYSHIRE, hereafter the ship made sail bound for Norfolk Island.
After a very difficult voyage, most of the time special the women were seasick.
09 May a boy was born on board who was named in honour of Sir William Denison, the Governor of New South Wales, Reuben Denison Christian.
06 June Norfolk Island was sighted, but due to light winds they did not land till the 08 June.

12 August 1856 she arrived again in Sydney from Hobart, Tasmania under command of Mathers, with on board 31 crew and 32 passengers.

06 March 1857 under command of Capt Mathers she arrived at Sydney with on board 30 men crew from Manila.
15 April 1858 returned to Sydney still under command of Mathers and 30 crew, 43 passengers and 3 stowaways.
She disappears then for some time her whereabouts unknown to my, 1861 not more mentioned in Lloyds Register.

I found her back on the ... Search.cfm website.

1866 Under Capt Miller and owned by Mitchell & Co at Calcutta she arrived in the States. An other voyage she made under his command in 1867.
1868 She is under command of Capt. Swinscow, 1869 again under command of Capt. Miller, and her last voyage to the States she made again under command of Capt. Swinscow in 1870. This five voyages to the States was she owned by Mitchell & Co. Calcutta.
Then she disappears again.

Navicula gives that she on a voyage from Java to Vancouver in 1893 loaded with sugar went missing.

Norfolk Islands 2010 $0.55/2.75 sg?, scott?

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Re: Morayshire

Postby Arturo » Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:17 pm

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Pitcairn Islands 2006, S.G.?, Scott: 243c.

Pitcairn Islands 2006, S.G.?, Scott: 643b.
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