Thanks for this post. I now have received from the Australian War Memorial, personal records archive staff, a copy of the above order. [Public Domain material] And very interesting it is, re the congested harbour Balaklava was early May 1855.
While Kerrie claims there appeared to be no other related papers in the anonymously donated collection of papers it is catalogued under, I'm assuming the order may have originally been part of other material held in Australian Archives.
It is dated at the time that Captain Arthur SHARP entered the harbour in command of the renamed Baraguay d'Hilliers [while under charter to the French (EDIT 1/7/2016 House of Commons reports would indicate otherwise, to the assumptions contained in various other web commentaries)] but built for Duncan DUNBAR in Burma in 1852 and named the Hougoumont. Indeed Lloyds annual publication never got to notate the temporary name change, of possibly some two years. Nor does it notate Captain SHARP as having done a Crimean trip as it's commander.
While in port Captain SHARP wrote to his Brother and Sister in Launceston, Tasmania. A rather poor quality photo copy off the original, is held by the State Library Victoria. A copy of which I'm working on transcribing.
The letter is quoted in a letter to the editor of the Launcheston Examiner 8-9-1855, page 5, and what is of interest to me for further research, is Captain SHARP'S reference to travelling overland through France to take up his command.
The subject for further discussion and advice, when I get a chance to post more.
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