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Re: [TSL] "Electric" Hamburg to Melbourne 1856
Brett Weinberg via <theshipslist@rootsweb.com> on 01/18/2015

Hi,

Thank you everybody for helping out with my queries.

From the information you given to me, especially the Hamburg records, it would seem that the ship was the Sloman Line vessel which was bought in July 1856. It also seems that it was the “Electric” ( Italian physicist Alessandro Volta discovered that particular chemical reactions could produce electricity, and in 1800 he constructed the voltaic pile (an early electric battery) that produced a steady electric current, and so he was the first person to create a steady flow of electrical charge.) It would seem that “Electric” would have been a term that would have existed at the time.

Strange that it would have done what seems a one-off trip to Melbourne, when she operated in the North Atlantic. ?  Prior to being purchased by Sloman, the vessel did a round world trip, but all the rest seems to be shuttles across the North Atlantic.

The “Electric” out of Batavia can’t be the same Solman ship which left Hamburg 30 Aug. 1856, as it would have had to make the trip there from Hamburg  in 24 days !

From the departure and arrival dates, the voyage was 117 days. Does that seem reasonable for the times ?

Thanks for the advice regarding Trove, as I hadn’t thought to look there.

Cheers,

Brett Weinberg
Buninyong, Victoria, Australia

> On 19 Jan 2015, at 9:45 am, Ainslie via <theshipslist@rootsweb.com> wrote:
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> Far m0re likely that the ship w0uld be called "Electra" than 
> 'electric'!!   (when was electricity disc0vered?!!)
> 
> The fl0wing c0pperplate handwriting 0f that era c0uld easily be mistaken 
> by transcribers in this day and age as reading 'Electric' and it's easy 
> t0 see why the m0dern w0rd electric 0riginated - my dicti0nary states 
> the name Electra means sparkling!!!
> 
> Cheers
> Ainslie
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