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The Ship Planter

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  • Name The Ship Planter 
    Gender Unknown 
    Associatn Abt 1831 
    Voyage 16 Jun 1832  Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • and arrived in Sydney, NSW on 15 October 1832 under Master R L Fraser and Surgeon Alick Osborne
    Voyage 10 Nov 1838  Portland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • and arrived in Sydney, NSW on 9 March 1839 under Master F B Manning and Surgeon Thomas Robertson
    Newspaper Mar 2010  the Daily Telegraph, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • Exposed, the bawdy love boat of 1838
      by Matthew Moore
       An extraordinary tale of debauchery among officers and passengers on a emigrant ship to Australia at the height of Empire has been disclosed in a newly-discovered diary.
       The ship's captain took to sharing his bunk with two daughters of a preacher who was moving his family to Adelaide, while the rest of the crew enjoyed the company of a party of prostitutes.
       When not carousing with passengers, it seems that the officers on the Planter, which departed from Deptford, east London, in November 1838 engaged in drunken violence.
       James Bell, a junior officer, recorded the behaviour in a 225-page log that is going up for auction next month after being bought for a few pounds at a market stall.
       He wrote: "The captain was allowed to keep the daughterscompany at all hours and during the whole time of our being in warm weather our bed on deck sufficed for all three... such an example was soon followed up by all the Ship's Co: but particularly the 3 Mates [who] carried immorality to a glaring height."
       Describing an alcohol-fuelled confrontation between the captain and the ship's surgeon, he noted the "dispute ran so high as to provoke the former to knock the latter down with his fist".
       Felix Pryor, a historian who catalogued the journal on behalf of Bonhams auction house, said he was shocked by its account, expecially as Bell kept the diary for his sweetheart in Britain. "It reads like one big orgy - not something one would send to a lady," he said.
       "With all this whoring and drunkenness, it is amazing the ship ever arrived in Austraia." The log is expected to fetch 4,000 pounds in London on March 23.
    Person ID I27683  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2011