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

If you search 'Trove' the Australian Newspaper Archive you will find ( by 
restricting the date search to December 1856 and the State to Victoria) that 
in the edition of the Star (Ballarat,Vic.) dated 27 December 1856 that among 
the arrivals at Port Phillip Heads was the 'Electra' from 'Hamburgh'.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66040225

I think you need to find details of a vessel called 'Electra' rather than 
'Electric'.

My understanding is that the majority of voyages to Australia from Europe 
were around Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, often calling at one of the 
South African ports en route, such as 'Delagoa Bay' (nowadays Maputo in 
Mozambique). The return voyage may have been round Cape Horn, especially if 
a cargo was carried from New South Wales to the west coast of America or 
South America.

However http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154872217 calls the vessel the 
Electric of 900 tons, captain F.C. Wienhotty with 141 passengers in the 
intermediate and steerage. The agents were Treusein,Bertheau and Co.
Further down the same article the ship is again called the 'Electra' and 
there is a full list of the cargo carried - salt, tar, brandy, candles, 
cheese, butter, cigars, pork, cardboard, hops, 'trowsers', cement, 
firebricks, matches, raspberry vinegar etc. all listed with who the items 
were consigned to.

Jeff




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brett Weinberg via" <theshipslist@rootsweb.com>
To: <THESHIPSLIST@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 3:43 AM
Subject: [TSL] "Electric" Hamburg to Melbourne 1856


> Hi,
>
> My GG Grandfather, Heinrich Weinberg, came out to Melbourne, Australia on 
> “Electric” from Hamburg, arriving 26 Dec. 1856.
>
> From what I can find out, the ship was purchased from Brower of New York 
> in July 1856 by Robert Sloman and continued to primarily on the North 
> Atlantic route.
>
> Was there another “Electric”, other than the Sloman ship, as the voyage to 
> Melbourne, seemed "out of character” ?
>
> Also, any idea of the cost of a fare in 1856 from Hamburg to Melbourne ? 
> My GG Grandfather doesn’t seem to be an assisted passenger, and I was 
> wondering how much he would need to pay the fare.
>
> Was the route in those days to Australia via Rio ?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> Brett Weinberg
> Buninyong, Victoria, Australia
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