LAST VOYAGE OF SURAT 1873
Crew contract and accounts for the last voyage of the 'Surat' 1873 which
ended in the ship grounding off the Catlins on New Years Day 1874.
The document was supplied by Ed Heseltine, descendant of and researching
his namesake in the list below.
Since the ship was lost off our southern coast many of these people may
have remained in New Zealand, or have been living here already.
The names of the crew were :-
JOHNSON, Edward Joseph FORSHAW, Abram
HESELTINE, Edie LODGE, George
ARCUS, John FOX, Richard
HOYTES, John KELLY, Charles
WILKINSON, George HOLDER, William
NAUMANN, F G JOHNSON, John
ELSANDER, A F WILSON, James
PHILLIPS, Nathan EVANS, Laurence
KILLEN, James GREGORY, I T
MORRIS, William HUME, George
GRAINGER, William DONN, Robert
PICTON, John DAN???RY, Thos
BROWN, James JOHNS, Thos
CATSTREE, Henry James BRIDGES, Walter
STEVENS, Harry PYLE, Thomas
HELSHAM, Edward MOORE, John
MOURNEY, James JONES, Richard
TIGHE, Thos I MERSEY, David
and one other signature of which I cannot make out a single letter.
The crew signed on between 20 and 27 September 1873 and the ship was lost
after grounding off the Catlin Coast in Southland,
New Zealand on 1 January 1874.
Attached to the aforementioned crew contract and accounts is a schedule of
births, marriages and deaths occuring during the voyage.
Dec 24 1873 unnamed daughter to Thomas BROWN (farm labourer) and
Dec 28 1873 unnamed son to Ephram ELLIS (weaver) and Christiana.
sadly, neither survived
Oct 22 1873 Amy Elizabeth HORNE age 4/12 daughter of William HORNE
and Amelia, of diarrhorea
Dec 25 1873 (none) BROWN age 12 hours daughter of Thomas BROWN and
Elizabeth, of convultions
Dec 28 1873 (none) ELLIS age 24 hours son of Ephram ELLIS and
Christiana, of convulsions
There were no marriages recorded on the voyage.
Many Thanks to
(Auckland, New Zealand)