Monday, May 7, 2018

Passengers to Natal per Natal Star 1864 and 1868


Natal Star: two Passenger Lists


This barque, departing London in November 1863, was reported in the Natal Government Gazette January 1864, listing as passengers: 

ANDREW William
ANDREW Anne C
ANDREW Alice
ANDREW Margaret
ANDREW Mary
ANDREW William B
ANDREW Louisa A
BRYANT Phoebe
BRADLEY Sarah
BRADLEY Sarah (mother & dau?)
BRAITHWAITE Agnes
HODGKINS John
HODGKINS Arabella
HODGKINS Alfred
HODGKINS Lancelot
HODGKINS Clement
IRVINE David
MAXTED William
MAXTED Jane E
MAXTED Eva C
MAXTED Wm J
MCGREAT Bridget
SPENCER John
SPENCER Sarah
TOLLINGTON Thomas
TOLLINGTON Elizabeth
WOODHOUSE George
YOUNG Samuel

A Notice indicated that 'Friends of the above Emigrants, who are desirous of communicating with them as soon as possible after arrival, may forward their letters under cover to the Secretary to the Immigration Board who will transmit them to the Port Captain for delivery on board the vessel.
Jas CRAW, Secretary, Immigration Board, Pietermaritzburg, January 29th 1864.'

All the passengers listed above travelled 3rd class. Agents were Muirhead Findlay & Co. (Natal Mercury 19.9.1868)

'The A1 Magnificent Clipper Ship 'Natal Star' F. AIRTH Commander will immediately on discharge of Inward Cargo load for London (with liberty to call) and having portion of her Cargo engaged, will have despatch. Her Passenger Accommodation is known to be unequalled. For Freight or Passage apply to Muirhead, Findlay & Co. Agents'.
(Natal Mercury 22.9.1868). After leaving Natal on September 26 the vessel was bound for Algoa Bay with 4 passengers.

A later voyage of the same vessel, arriving Durban 17 September 1868, brought:

ALEXANDER Mr
AMOS David
BALLANTYNE Bertram (Mastr
BALLANTYNE Elizabeth (Miss)
BALLANTYNE James,
BALLANTYNE James (Mastr)
BALLANTYNE Jennie (Miss)
BALLANTYNE Jessie (Miss)
BALLANTYNE Jessie (or Janet) (Mrs)
BALLANTYNE John (Mastr)
BALLANTYNE Margaret (Miss)
BALLANTYNE Peter (Mastr)
BALLANTYNE Walter (Mastr)
BALLANTYNE William (Mastr
BLAKE (Misses) (2)
CAPEL Agnes (Miss)
CAPEL Edward (Mastr)
CAPEL Elizabeth (Miss)
CAPEL Ellen (Miss)
CAPEL John
CAPEL John (Mastr)
CAPEL Lincoln (Mastr)
CAPEL Mary (Miss)
CAPEL Mary (Mrs)
CAPEL Rosa (or Rose?) (Miss)
CAPEL Samuel (Mastr)
CAPEL William (Mastr)
COOLIE (COOLEY?) James
CRAIG Miss Margaret
DAVIS Norris Edward
DAY H
DICKSON Elspeth (Mrs)
DICKSON J R
DONALDSON Annie (Miss)
GAVIN John
HALL William
INGRAM John
KIEMAN Sophie (Mrs)
KIEMAN William
KING Andrew Dow
LLOYD Ann Maria Grimes (Mrs)
LLOYD Annie Stacey (Miss)
LLOYD Bill (sic) George (Mastr)
LLOYD Charles Bannister (Mastr)
LLOYD Charlotte Frances (Miss)
LLOYD Ellen Priest Cantherley (Miss)
LLOYD Hugh Wroughton (Mastr)
LLOYD Llewellen (sic) Henry (Mastr)
LLOYD Margaret Jane (Miss)
LLOYD Mary Elizabeth (Miss)
MILLER Alexander C (Mastr)
MILLER Mary C (Mrs)
MILLER Mary Jane (Miss)
MILLER W C
RITCHIE G
RITCHIE Helen (Mrs)
RITCHIE Isabella H (Miss)
ROOKE Henry A F
SHEPHERD Margaret (Miss)
SHEPHERD W A
SIMPSON E (Mrs)
SIMPSON James P
SOMERVILLE Andrew
STONE John Blackwood
STONE Mrs
WATTS James William
WILSON Annie Isabella (Miss)
WILSON Archibald (Mastr)
WILSON George Walter (Mastr)
WILSON Maggie (Miss)
WILSON Mrs
YOUNG Charles de Laventz/Laurentz

Natal Star (sailing vessel) 366 t Capt STEWART: one of the clipper packets of John T Rennie's Aberdeen Direct Line. Others of this line (which competed with the Bullard King line for many years) included Natal, Transvaal, Tugela, Prince Alfred, Maritzburg, Umgeni, L'Imperatrice Eugenie etc; most of these were under 500 tons. The Aberdeen Line vessels made the passage from London direct to Durban in 49 to 95 days (the record sailing of 49 days being that of Prince Alfred).

On this particular voyage, Natal Star departed London 20.6.1868, arriving at Natal 17.9.1868. She was carrying 70 passengers and a general cargo. Though her Captain was Stewart, the Mate, for reasons unknown, was in command on this run. All the passengers listed above travelled 3rd class. Agents were Muirhead Findlay & Co. (Natal Mercury 19.9.1868)

Note the unusual detail of forenames given - valuable information for family historians.

The Natal Star was wrecked in a gale at East London on 19 July 1874, without loss of life.
[Cape Archives CC 3/7/2/2]

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