Re: [TSL] Number of crew on the 3 masted ship, Sea in 1853
Susan Swiggum <> on 07/04/2013

Hey Bob,

I am going to give you a non-answer answer and I have Cc'd Mariners 
List, so you might get a private answer from someone on that list.

I do know that the number of  crew would depend on whether SEA was 
sailing, rigged as a ship or a barque.   I _think_ ship-rigged required 
fewer crew, but I may have that back to front.    For memory for 
instance, I see emigrant vessels arriving at Quebec, barque-rigged, with 
passengers and then eastbound with lumber, ship-rigged.


On 7/3/2013 9:55 PM, Robert McKenzie wrote:
> G'day Listers
> Trying to ascertain if the following crew would be sufficient to sail an 840
> ton, three masted ship in ballast from Melbourne, Australia to Peru?
> The crew of the Sea consisted of Captain Jas. McKay, Wm. McKay (chief
> officer), W. Boyd (second ditto), Neil McLeod (boatswain), Carpenter,
> seventeen able bodied seaman, one ordinary ditto, and two boys-in all,
> twenty five.
> On previous voyages she had crews of 40 and 37!
> She was wrecked on Nepean Reef with this crew in 1853, and newspapers of the
> day reported that some crew may have been in irons.
> Would a crew of 25 be a 'normal' crew for such a vessel on such a journey?
> There was one newspaper report that said she was bound for Sydney, Australia
> then Peru.
> Cheers....Bob
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