The Ship Golconda
#21157, b. 1852
|Birth||1852||The Ship Golconda was built in 1852 at St John, New Brunswick, Canada, and was a three-master of 1124 tons; 171 feet long by 33 feet wide and 22 feet deep in the hold.|
|The Golconda's tonnage has been listed variously as of 1087 old tons or 424 new tons, 1170, 1044 and 1224, indicating different bases of calculation.|
|23 January 1853||The Ship Golconda sailed from Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on Sunday, 23 January 1853 and anchored at the port of New Orleans on 26 March 1853. The Captain was George Kerr.|
On this trip the Golconda was carrying 321 Mormons who were presided over by Elder Jacob Gates.
During the crossing of the Atlantic a brief storm wrecked the vessel's three top masts. Two emigrants died, two couples were married, four babies were born and a Swedish sailor was baptized. According to the Millennial Star, the "conduct of Captain Kerr gave great satisfaction to all the company, and before parting a vote of thanks, with three cheers was tendered him"
After six weeks on the ocean the Golconda arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi River. There they waited for twelve days before a steam tug could tow her to New Orleans. The trip from Liverpool took a total of sixty-two days.1
|4 February 1854||The Ship Golconda sailed from Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on Saturday, 4 February 1854 and arrived in New Orleans on 18 March 1854 under Captain George Kerr.|
The Golconda was carrying 464 Mormons who were supervised by Elder Door P Curtis, assisted by Elders Thomas Squires and W S Phillips. The emigrants were organised into seven branches, and meetings were held five times a week with many reported spiritual manifestations.
Winds were contrary early in the voyage, but after a few days the weather was favorable which made the crossing pleasant most of the time. after a forty-two day passage Captain Kerr brought his ship safely to New Orleans.
Two marriages were solomnized during the voyage and there was one death. At New Orleans three emigrants were quarantined. Having crossed the Atlantic safely, ten people died on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Louis.1
|2 July 1858||The Ship Golconda sailed from Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on Friday, 2 July 1858 with Elizabeth Clegg, John H Mutch, Thomas Harvey, Ellen Davies, Joseph Mutch, Alice Mutch, Hannah Mutch and Thomas Robinson Martin aboard and arrived at Sydney on 21 October 1858, a voyage of 111 days. The Captain was George Kerr and the Surgeon was John Carleton Bury.|
|Article||1868||There is no listing of the Golconda in Lloyd's Register after 1868.|
|Last Edited||13 Dec 2009|
- [S337] The Ship Golconda, online http://www.csranet.com/~dcarlsen/famhistory/golconda.html