The Voyage of the Colonial Ship Victoria

By Colin Jones, published May 1986


A detailed account of the RAN steamship, Victoria in commission between 1856 and 1882 when she was sold out of service. She was built in Pembroke, UK as a “contemporary sloop of war”. She participated in the war against the Maoris in New Zealand. A year later, in 1861 with accompanying vessels, she was sent to rescue members of the ‘great overland expedition’ along the perilous east coast to the Gulf of Carpentaria and return to Melbourne. Captain Norman’s journal gives deep insight into lives of the crew, sailing conditions, colonial settlement and escapes from dangerous weather. The Victoria ended her career in hydrographic survey work.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Science & Exploration

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