Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

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Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby Les Waring » 19 Jan 2015 18:43

I'm calling for help from those with knowledge of troopships used to move British forces, especially detachments, to India in the early 1850s. I've found that most such ships were privately owned, commercial vessels, hired out to transport troops. As such I've been able to identify several arrivals in India of people I'm researching via the FIBIS website;

However, one of my men Pte John BLAKELEY, whose name wouldn't therefore be on the published passenger list, claims to have travelled on the sailing ship 'WELLINGTON' (which I'm guessing may have been a RN vessel, leaving Britain in August 1854 and arriving in Kurrachee (Karachi) about 132 days later i.e. in December 1854. I've checked the FIBIS website, as well as my limited skills allow, for arrivals in the Bengal and Bombay presidencies, with no luck.

Any help or hints welcome and thanks in advance, as usual.

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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby crimea1854 » 19 Jan 2015 21:01

Les

There was an HMS Wellington but from her history it's unlikely to be her, I'm therefore inclined to think that the Wellington you are after was a merchant ship, in which case Lloyd's Register of Shipping is your best bet. Have a look at the following website (you will need to scroll down to find the correct year - also remember that there will be more than one ship of this name).

http://www.lr.org/en/research-and-innovation/historical-information/lloyds-register-of-ships-online/

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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby Maureene » 20 Jan 2015 01:21

The following link, which is about a terrible voyage to India in 1859, is not directly relevant, but it does say that the ship had been chartered by the War Office to carry troops' families to India
http://www.old-merseytimes.co.uk/infantmortality.html
(The Captain ended up being murdered}

I would agree with Martin that the ship "Wellington" is most likely to be a merchant ship

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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby Frogsmile » 20 Jan 2015 02:09

The RN ship the Duke of Wellington was the Baltic fleet flagship in 1854 and seems never to have been to India.

There was a sailing ship Wellington but she was American and seems never to have left the New York to New Orleans run throughout the 1850s.

I am wondering if your man might have mixed up the name (a long shot I know) for the Sailing ship WELLESLEY (the family name of the Duke of Wellington:

WELLESLEY (1844)

The British ship WELLESLEY (Official No. 308; International Signal Code: HCJN), was built at Blackwall, London, by Richard & Henry Green in 1844. 1014/1102 tons (old/new measurement); 162 x 36.5 x 23.1 feet (length x beam x depth of hold). The annual volumes of Lloyd's Register of Shipping for the years 1844/45-1881/82 give the following additional information:

Owner:
1844/45-1869/70 - R[ichard] Green
1869/70-1872/73 - Little & Co
1876/77-1881/82 - Vallee Gooloo, of Calcutta

Master:
1844/45-1847/48 - W. Toller
1848/49 - Arrow
1849/50-1850/51 - not given
1851/52-1858/59 - Parish
1859/60-1862/63 - Smith
1862/63-1866/67 - J. Smith
1866/67-1869/70 - Wigney
1870/71-1881/82 - Stadden

Port of Registry:
1844/45-1872/73 - London (crossed out in 1872/73)
1873/74-1874/75 - not given
1875/76-1881/82 - Calcutta

Port of Survey:
1844/45-1881/82 - London

Destined Voyage (omitted from the Register after 1873/74):
1844/45-1850/51 - Calcutta
1851/52 - Madras
1852/53 - not given
1853/54 - Madras
1854/55-1848/59 - Calcutta
1859/60 - not given
1860/61-1863/64 - Australia (crossed out in 1863/64)
1864/65-1865/66 - not given
1866/67-1869/70 - Australia
1869/70-1871/72 - India
1871/72-1873/74 - West Indies
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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby zerostate » 20 Jan 2015 03:12

The Wellesley (the civil ship) set sail for Calcutta on June 1st 1854 (and arrived back March 14th 1855)... So it's not that ship. The Wellesley in navy service was being refitted at Chatham as a guard ship, and was then guard ship in ordinary there, so both those are out it seems.

I'll look further (including the Wellington), but I'm not that hopeful on finding more than Frogsmile did on that vessel.

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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby zerostate » 20 Jan 2015 03:35

Found the first part (from The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 22, 1854; pg. 12; Issue 21800):

Gravesend July 21...
Sailed. - ...and the Wellington, for Kurrachee"
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Which as it was in the civil ship movements column means it was a civil vessel.

Chris

Edit: I cannot find an arrival date... But there were more than one ship called the Wellington at the time, as one arrives at Gravesend from St. Lawrence on 26th October 1854 (I'm assuming that was the US flagged Wellington).

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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby Maureene » 20 Jan 2015 06:55

Arrival from Allen's Indian Mail for 1855, page 16
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=p7c ... on&f=false
Arrived Kurrachee (Karachi} 7 December [1854]. There is a name mentioned Black, who I assume is the Captain.

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Re: Troop Trasport to India - 'Wellington' 1854

Postby Les Waring » 20 Jan 2015 16:02

Dear All

Thanks very much for the help. You seem to have nailed it.
Can't say much more at present as I have a family medical emergency on.

Best Wishes

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