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Sketch of a sea voyage

Date: c 1859
Dimensions:
Overall: 204 × 124 × 1 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Morgan Hayden
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Manuscript diary
Object No: 00000498
Related Place:Callao, Good Hope, Cape of, Mauritius, North River, Calcutta, Melbourne,

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    Description
    Reminiscence by Morgan Hayden recounting a voyage from New York to Melbourne on the NEPTUNE in 1859. He also records the return voyage via Peru, Mauritius and Calcutta.
    SignificanceA most informative and well written account of a long sea voyage over two years,during which the world was circumnavigated twice
    HistoryA most informative and well written account of a long sea voyage over two years,during which the world was circumnavigated twice .This journal has probably been written up Iromadiary, and intended as a memoir.The author appears to have been a member of the crew, although it is never openly stated. He does, however, mention that 'Sundays and liberty's [sic] days were usually spent in rambling...' .thus tending to confirm this supposition.The
    NEPTUNE left New York on 21 November 1859 "deeply laden with a valuable cargo consisting of an assortment of almost everything that Yankee ingenuity and skill could produce to supply the inhabitants of the land of gold with the necessaries and luxuries of life.There were also on board forty passengers who were about to seek their fortunes in that far off land of gold."On 18 March 1860, the Australian coast was sighted ' the first land we had seen for
    three months', the route having been across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
    'The same night we were safely anchored in Melbourne Harbour after a passage of one hundred and twenty days — Melbourne is a very beautifully situated and thriving city at the head of Hobsons Bay in the colony of
    Victoria... ' The NEPTUNE spent over a month in Melbourne before setting sail for Calleo, Peru.
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