development of the new colonies of Australia and New Zealand is nurtured
by the sea, commencing with the arrival of the first convicts and free
emigrants. Tales of tedious voyages are spiced with vivid and tragic
memories of storm, collision, fire, shipwreck, and perhaps the greatest
tragedy of all - the mysterious disappearance of a ship - never heard of
again. Each voyage had its own individual tale, sometimes of heroism, sometimes
tragedy; of rescue, or loss of life.
Tayleur was wrecked when only two days out of Liverpool, with the
loss of some 380 lives. The London foundered when only three days
out of Plymouth, taking with her 244 lives. The Royal Charter, on
her return journey with successful gold prospectors, was only two days
from her Liverpool home when she foundered off Wales with the loss of some
emigrants endured the months-long voyages across icy seas, only to fall
victim to the sea when within sight of a new homeland. The Dunbar came
to grief within just miles of the safety of Port Jackson. The loss of the
Cataraqui at the entrance to Bass Strait in 1845 remains as Australia's
greatest civil disaster, although some legitimate claim could be made ten
years later when the emigrant ship Guiding Star failed to arrive
from England, with the loss of 546 lives; all potential new Australians.
voyages of ships ploughing through seas of the Great Circle Route between
the British Isles and these distant colonies have been linked with migration,
the gold rush, the growth of mercantile commerce and industry, and the
evolution of ships and shipping.
book will no doubt be read with a touch of sadness, and yet with some measure
of pride, reminding us that the spirit of adventure and a new life challenged
and defeated the grim obstacles of travel to the far reaches of the world,
sometimes at a terrible cost.
Loney completed this manuscript in 1994 not long prior to his death. It
has been edited and extensively added to by Jack's friend and collaborator
on previous books, Peter Stone. The Australia Run completes the six
volume Australian Shipwrecks, commenced in 1972 by Charles Bateson, and
continued by Jack Loney in 1980 with Australian Shipwrecks Volume Two,
then Three, Four and Five. The latter two volumes are still available.
See Maritime History section.
Loney commenced research for this volume six many decades ago. Whereas
the previous five volumes include only those ships wrecks on the Australian
coastline, Volume Six -The Australia Run completes the set by including
those ships lost in the run between Great Britain and Australia, a most
significant route as it determined the destiny of the developing colony.
Because this volume also includes ships on the Australian Run that were
wrecked in Australian waters, there is some duplication with the previous
five volumes in terms of ships named, but the material presented is new.
a foreword to this edition, Jack wrote in 1994:
is difficult to gauge public interest in a book of this type and for this
reason I shall welcome correspondence drawing my attention to errors and
suggesting other areas of research that a further volume could possibly
be produced at a later date to include incidents involving vessels trading
from Australia and New Zealand to other foreign countries, re the French
Bounty Clippers, and also war casualties.
of the major problems confronting me was the choice of what to include
and what to omit. Material for a book of this type is almost limitless,
probably sufficient for several volumes but had to be curtailed by sheer
search for photographs and illustrations has been an interesting endeavour;
my only regret being their limitation, also for reasons of space.
this is the last of Jack Loney's publications which number well over one
hundred. As Jack took over the Australian shipwreck volume publication
on the death of Charles Bateson, so perhaps will another author continue
the work of Jack Loney. Peter Stone, who received in 1998 the Victorian
State Government's Jack Loney Memorial Award for his contribution to maritime
education, has taken on the task to edit and contribute to Jack's original
manuscript, at the request of Jack's family who continue to run Maitime
History Publications. As this may be well be the apprentice checking the
master's work, Peter has previously collaborated with Jack on previous
publications (Australia's Island Shipwrecks, High and Dry), and
has published Jack's "Wrecks On..." series since 1989. He has added a significant
amount of information on the Australia Run in relation to early emigration,
and has included further wrecks and photographs as a result of his extensive
Shipwrecks Volume Six - The Australia Run will be a worthy addition
to any library, whether as a single independent volume or as part of the
complete set. It is a "stand alone" book in its own right as it covers
the total period of colonial Australia's maritime history. Production will
be of high quality as is the objective of Oceans Enterprises publications.
The volume will be hardcover, with dust jacket, approx 300 pages, approx
100 prints and photographs, approx 20 maps.
Although The Australia Run
is a volume within the Australian Shipwreck series, it nevertheless stands
on its own as a fascinating story of emigration to Australia and the plight
of ships on The Australia Run.
CHAPTER ONE - INTRODUCTION.
CHAPTER TWO - THE AUSTRALIA RUN
Emigration and development
Life on Board.
Size, speed and
CHAPTER THREE - ROUTES TO THE ANTIPODES.
The Admiralty Route.
Sailing the Great
Via Suez and North
The Long Voyage
CHAPTER FOUR - HAZARDS OF THE RUN.
Mutiny & Piracy
Chronological listing of ships lost on the Australian
1. Shipping Companies
2. Great Circle Sailing.
3. The Singapore Route.
5. Career of James Nichol Forbes.
6. On Board Rules and Regulations.
7. Summary of Wrecks on Major Islands.
8. Australian Shipwreck Legislation.
9. The Tryal.
10. Major Loss of Life.
11. Australian Lighthouses.
12. Other ships.
13. Geographical Gazette.
16. Additional Notes.
BIBLIOGRAPHY. Extensive INDEX.
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