Passengers, Seaports, Captains
Arrive San Francisco
July 28, 1850
219 ton British bark
Captain George Thomas
On May 23, 1850, the Daily Alta California Shipping Intelligence Memoranda included the BarqueWilliam Melville at Hobart Town on February 11, 1850, loading and sailing for San Francisco on February 22.
Left Launceston, Tasmania, March 30, 1849. On May 13, 1850, sent a boat to shore at Patersons' Group in search of water. The boat's crew were decoyed natives into the bushes on the pretense they would be shown water. They were attacked by a great number of natives. Two crewmen were killed: Francis Lacey of Hobart Town and Michael McSweeny of Ireland. Remainder of crew saved themselves by swimming off towards the ship and a boat sent to pick them up. 36 passengers, 116 days to San Francisco.
110 opossum rugs, 1 horse (for Captain Thomas), 1 house for the Captain, flour, oats, rice, pickles, butter, bacon, medicine, tobacco, sugar, tea and onions.
May 24, 1851, Daily Alta Califoria, San Francisco
FOR SALE by the undersigned, the cargo of the barque William Melville, from Hobart Town, consisting of
- 690 Boxes onions, 1874 boxes potatoes, 177 boxes applies;
- 26 baskets apples, 113 bags barley; 219 bags oats;
- 2 bales gunny bags; 10 bales leather;
- 124 casks bottled beer, 6 doz each;
- 4 hhds leaf sugar; 100 bags Mauritius sugar;
- 100 casks molasses, 60 bxs raisins;
- 1050 bars iron; 96 bundles iron.
EDDIE BROWNE & CO
Mrs. Thomas and Child
J. M. C. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. French
February 3, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
Memoranda: Barque William Melville arrived at Hobarttown November 8, 1850.
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