Voyage to London in 1878

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Voyage to London in 1878
Under command of Captain Edward Alston
Departure port Port Augusta
Departure date 31st October 1877
Arrival port London
Arrival date 7th March 1878
Voyage duration 127 days

The City of Adelaide spent three weeks unloading in Company’s Basin at Port Adelaide before setting off for Port Augusta on 18 August 1877. She arrived there on 25 August and unloaded part of her original cargo from London, as well as some coasting cargo from Port Adelaide. She loaded her return cargo, and sailed from Port Augusta on 31 October, but encountered very severe weather while beating down the Gulf. She passed Kangaroo Island’s Cape Borda on 7th November to face very heavy seas and an increasing gale in the open ocean. The ship behaved well under shortened sail until a heavy sea suddenly struck the boat and knocked away the rudder. Thanks to superb seamanship by Captain Alston, the City of Adelaide managed to put back into Port Adelaide on 14 November for a replacement rudder. After the necessary repairs on Fletcher’s slip, the City of Adelaide sailed from Port Adelaide on 25th November 1877. Sailing via Cape Horn, she eventually arrived in London on 7 March 1878 after an over-all duration of 127 days out of Port Augusta.

Passenger List

The following is a list of the passengers who sailed from Port Augusta on 31 October 1877.[1]

Mrs Alston, Dr Friege, Mrs Jackson, Master Jackson (son), Mr Ingram - all in the cabin.

Crew List

This crew list is held by the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

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Cargo List

On this voyage the ship carried 4043 bales of wool and 170 tons of copper. The exporters are listed below.[2]

Exporter Goods Exporter Goods Exporter Goods
Wallaroo Smelting 2195 cakes copper Wallaroo Smelting 890 bags copper ore F J Frost & Co 33 bales wool
Ayliffe & Baines 121 bales wool Sir John Morphett 359 bales wool James Bros. 15 bales wool
H C Swan 193 bales wool H & F Rymill 397 bales wool R A Tarlton & Co 81 bales wool
W R Mortlock 714 bales wool J J Swinden 70 bales wool F H Faulding & Co 45 bales wool
B Ragless 215 bales wool Thomas M Gibson 18 bales wool Henry Scott 6 bales wool
Elder Smith & Co 386 bales wool John Ragless 152 bales wool Price, Maurice 62 bales wool
J & W Moorhouse 106 bales wool Tinline & Murray 130 bales wool Hayward Armstrong 60 bales wool
W J Browne 55 bales wool Price & Browne 212 bales wool Warwick Bros. 51 bales wool
Ross, Hennuing & Baker 96 bales wool D & J Fowler 338 bales wool Bean Bros. 17 bales wool
Bignell & Young 12 bales wool Bignell & Young 1 packet


  1. South Australian Register 15 November 1877
  2. The Observer (Adelaide SA) 3 November 1877

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